HTC’s latest flagship, the One M9, has a lot of good things going for it. First and most noticeable is the beautiful aluminum unibody construction that makes up the exterior of the phone. This construction features a slightly revised body from last year’s One M8, which was a more ergonomic version of the One M7 from the year before that. It’s lightweight and sturdy all at the same time, showing the engineering excellent at work in HTC’s labs. Behind the pretty face is Qualcomm’s latest octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and of course the latest Toshiba 20-megapixel sensor for the rear camera. The camera is another big feature since it’s a big change from previous HTC One models, upping the resolution and moving away from the Ultrapixel technology that HTC pushed for the past two years.
But that’s not even the biggest news of all about the HTC One M9 either, which may very well be the microSD card slot found within the walls of the phone. Unlike Samsung’s latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, you don’t have to deal with whatever internal storage the phone ships with. Like many of Samsung’s previous flagships and plenty of HTC’s very own as well, the HTC One M9 comes with a microSD card slot so you can add expanded storage space whenever needed. What’s particularly amazing with HTC’s implementation of the microSD standard is that they, like LG’s G3 last year, support up to 2 terabyte-sized microSD cards; quite a jump from the “measly” 64GB cards before it.
There’s a problem though with this marketing, and it was something pointed out when LG tried it with the G3 last year. 2TB microSD cards don’t exist and won’t exist for another couple of years. 128GB is the largest microSD card you can buy right now. Worse yet, the next biggest one is 200GB which is not even out yet and is expected to come with an estimated price tag of $400! Without an actual 2TB microSD card or anywhere near this size this particular marketing strategy for the One seems a little silly. Thankfully HTC has other great things to back up its phone like the HTC Uh Oh program which covers your phone for 12-months after purchase from any breaks or damages.