We've heard more than a few laments from HTC fans about the lack of an expandable storage option for the flagship HTC One. If you still want a One with a MicroSD card slot (and you happen to live in the United Kingdom), HTC is about to make your dreams come true. The HTC One model 802w, with a removable back panel revealing dual SIM slots and a MicroSD card slot, is now being offered as a pre-order.


This is very likely a localized version of a similar Chinese variant of the One, offered for a market where dual SIM card slots are in much higher demand. The UK version of the 802w offers all the same technical specifications (including 32GB of permanent storage and a non-removable 2300mAh battery). The two radios are tuned for GSM/HSPA/WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz on the first SIM and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz on the second.

HTC is selling the One 802w as a pre-order for £494.99 (a bit over $800 USD), which is a high premium if you've already got a One and all you want is a MicroSD card slot. There is no shipping date at the moment. It doesn't look like HTC has the same model on sale in the US, but that could change - no one was expecting it to come to the UK so long after the launch of the wider model. If you're still miffed about the exclusion of expandable storage on the original One, consider that HTC might be changing their approach: the newer One Max comes with expandable storage.

Source: HTC UK Store via Engadget

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Matt McNair

    These days I think expandable space is over rated. My last 4 Android devices came with 32GB of storage and no SD card and I haven't filled any of them. I do lean heavily on cloud services though, Play Music etc.

    • Shitiz Garg

      Well, having four phones with 32 GBs of storage give you 128GB, so you can actually store a lot of stuff in there.

      • Matt McNair

        Maybe I should have worked that better. Those are the last 4 I've owned not using them all at once I currently have a 2013 Nexus 7 LTE and a HTC One GPE both 32GB. My wife has my prior Nexus 7 and my old One X+ met an unfortunate end prior to my One purchase. Both my current devices are sitting around 16GB free.

      • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

        In the smartphone world 4 x 32GB =/= 128GB
        you still can only save 32GB files on each device. not to mention you have to bring all your device.

        • Shitiz Garg

          Duct tape?

    • abobobilly

      You kinda answered your own question, that you use Cloud Storage heavily.

      There are many countries where cloud faster 3G or 4G services aren't even available, and ironically a humongous userbase is also from such countries. So relying on less storage because of cloud option, isn't really a good thing IMO. The more storage we have on our phone, the merrier and microSD Cards do come in handy. A family member of mine is using a S4 with 64GB microSD card and even that starts to feel less after some time.

      Anyway, this HTC One (specs wise) definitely feels like it should've been in the first place. MicroSD card option is warm welcome-able.

    • Bart De Rycke

      And i think expendable space is UNDERrated!
      I don't have spotify premium or all acces (play music) and even if i had, my current mobile plan has 500MB. It's more than enough for on the go facebook, foursquare, browsing and navigation. But if i were to add streaming music to that list, i would have to upgrade my data plan AND a premium service.
      Now, i have a micro SD card (64 GB) where i store all my music and data. I prefer to have my files on me than ONLY in the cloud.

      I wanted to buy the One even before it was released. It was a huge deal breaker when i found out it had no expendable memory. So i was waiting for the 64GB version to be released in my country, which, until today, hasn't been announced.
      I'll definitely buy this One if it would be available in my country!

    • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

      These days I think cloud storage is over rated. My last Android devices came with 16GB of storage and SD card support up to 64GB and I have almost filled them up. I do not lean heavily on cloud services though, Play Music etc because in my country data plans are expensive and there is little to none free open public wifi.

  • Marc Edwards

    i'm glad they're starting to branch out a bit. but my criteria for a phone is still microSD and REMOVABLE battery. camping, long haul traveling, so many uses for both. loved the HTC sensation.

    • Dominick White

      That's why the wife, is sticking with Samsung phones

    • Cerberus_tm

      Or you could bring an external charger: they're cheap, can hold a lot more energy, you don't need to reboot you phone and stop doing what you were doing, and they work with any phone.

      Now, if the battery of the new One can't even be replaced with a screwdriver, then that kind of sucks, since your battery degrades over time. But I am kind of over requiring a battery to be quickly replaceable, as long as it is replaceable at all.

      • marcell

        Portable battery charger sometimes didn't work when phone hot.

        I have HTC phones, when it's very hot (playing heavy games, online multiplayer) phone refuse to charge, led is blinking red-green. When that happens and battery low, I have no choice other than shutdown & changing battery.

        I also heard heat is bad for lithium batteries, they can degrade its capacity.

  • jlschulz

    A micro sd slot might bring me back to HTC. Their lack of one is what turned me to Samsung. Its vitally important to me to keep my music and movies on. The crap lack of signal out west makes cloud or streaming use virtually impossible

    • BMC1

      A micro SD slot is essential and for me a removable battery is another essential specification for me. then I'd go back to HTC in a flash. As per other users I moved from HTC to samsung because they changed these 2 essentials for my phone. After the HTC sensation, I have bought S3, Note 2 and Note 3. come on HTC.

  • DJ Mad Linx

    Well now HTC has their head half way out of it's ass. HTC should hear us loud & clear REMOVABLE BATTERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheLastAngel

    Well, hat is just sil... actually that is pretty amazing!

  • blitz4075

    would this work on T-Mo in the US?

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    Now have a removable battery as well as a micro s card slot in your next flagship and you got a winner.

  • Jase Mase

    I would've gotten this phone if it had come out like this in the first place. HTC, take this as a note. People like removable batteries & card slots.

  • master94

    Idk why HTC is trying to be Apple by removing those features. The reason Samsung does well is they don't remove these features. Hopefully HTC keeps these features from now on.