HTC One: lack of microSD slot and absence of Verizon version explained

by: Robert TriggsMay 23, 2013


At CTIA 2013, TechRadar had a chance to sit down with HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon to discuss some of the hot topics surrounding the company’s flagship One.

The lack of a microSD card slot in the U.S. and UK was a contentious issue for many when deciding whether to purchase the HTC One, especially considering that both the China and Japan versions shipped with the option for extra storage. It was always likely that this topic would be brought up during the interview, and now we finally have an answer as to why microSD support was left out. It seems that the issue boils down to space:

[quote qtext=”Because the Chinese version of the One is designed specifically for the smaller Chinese radio bands, we do have additional space inside the device we were able to use for the microSD slot. That space isn’t available to us in the global version.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

So there we have it, there simply isn’t enough room inside the U.S. and UK versions of the HTC One to fit a microSD slot.

Also, many of us are still curious why the HTC One is missing from Verizon’s network, but when questioned about it Gordon didn’t really have very much to say.

[quote qtext=”It’s always a great thing to have our phones on as many operators as possible, but we’ve got nothing to announce in terms of Verizon.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

That’s a frustratingly vague response no doubt. It’s possible that Verizon wanted its own version of the HTC One, or made some other demands which simply made the deal an unattractive prospect for HTC. Verizon has sold various HTC products in the past, so there must have been something significant to prevent a deal for HTC’s new flagship device.

Unfortunately, Gordon wasn’t forthcoming with any resolutions for these issues, but at least now we have an explanation for some of HTC’s recent decisions.

  • cvgordo

    No space in the phone? really? give people what they want and they’ll tend to buy it. why don’t you try putting out a phone just once with your gorgeous design with a removable battery and micro sd card slot just to see what would freaking happen?? it’s obvious you’re completely inept at gauging what the public wants (TWO facebook phones?!?!) even though people have been screaming it at you for years. but hey, you can always blame the lack of a marketing budget right?

  • pppp

    HTC simply does not have enough technology to put a removable battery and an sd card slot. If I wanted a good build quality phone, I have chosen an iPhone, not HTC made and designed by China

    • Well, you know iPhones are made in China too, right ? But designed in California

    • Ian Thomas

      HTC is not in China..

    • SeraZR™

      LoL live with your iCrap
      i’d rather die than buy an Iphone

      • Drew Blaskoski

        I sincerely doubt that if that unfortunate circumstance were to arise where you are being forced to choose between death and an iphone you would choose death. What a stupid comment to make. You would take that iphone in a heart beat and then go to the bathroom and clean the shit out of your pants.
        get real man.

        • SeraZR™

          lol it’s just a “saying”
          guess u never heard of em

          *rollseyes* *rollseyes*

  • HitokiriX

    Can someone get bullshit on line one, I gotta ask him about this.

  • bob

    I don’t get the problem?! The iphone does not have the removable battery or expandable storage.. Why does everyone make it seem like its the end of the world if HTC doesn’t have it?? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    • iamzb

      because Apple has conditioned their users to not expect much

    • Reginald Spence II

      Damn right. I wonder the same too…

    • vampyren

      For one this is android we are talking about. Once you give people some thing useful and later remove it this happen.
      And if I wanted lock down I would not have moved from ios. SD and removable battery is king and I won’t settle with anything less than my s4. Also I personally hate aluminum since it scratches really easy.

    • maxfrix

      There are other things the iPhone doesn’t have, first off it doesn’t have Android out their selection of phones. Many people do not even consider the iPhone because it doesn’t have what they want.

    • martravious

      Apple will replace their product past 1 year w/o charge if the battery goes to crap. No other company does that. Experienced this before moving to Android almost 18 months ago. Looking at HTC One for my next phone but lack of removable battery is holding me back.

  • soren

    lol, lame excuse.

    they just want to copy iphone, they want htc phone as similar to iphone in all features, thats the real reason, but they dont want to admit it.

    sorry htc, if i want phone without sdcard i’ll go with iphone after all.

  • maxfrix

    Bull loney, engineer the phone to have the configuration desired by consumers. Do the recycled beer cans take up the extra space? Cloud storage is an idea for when data is truly available everywhere. Also why pay data charges to download your own data over and over?

  • Cal Rankin

    This is further proof that Verizon has the largest number of exclusive handsets, and by exclusive, I include exclusively NOT offering several phones, like the HTC One, the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 4, and so on.