Yep, that’s the official party line. Apparently, some Asian variants of HTC’s flagship device — the HTC One — do have SD card slots, and when questioned about this, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon told Techradar that Chinese radio bands are smaller, which meant that they had additional space inside to fit a micro SD card slot:
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
If an SD card was something that HTC wanted to include, they probably should have designed the phone with that in mind. But hey, what would I know?
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