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Why Nokia nixed an SD card slot for the Lumia 920

A Nokia executive told PC Pro that adding a memory card slot to the new flagship phone would have "defiled" it.

Nokia's Lumia 920 has no SD card slot on purpose.
Nokia's Lumia 920 has no SD card slot on purpose.
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Nokia's new Lumia 920 smartphone is missing an SD card slot, but that was intentional.

Speaking with tech news site PC Pro, Nokia executive VP Kevin Shields said that a memory card slot would have ruined the clean design of the phone.

"We started with the premise that we wanted an uncompromised physical form," Shields told PC Pro. "To put an SD card slot in it would have defiled it."

The Lumia 820 comes with only 8GB of internal storage but includes a microSD card slot that can handle up to 32GB worth of data. The 920 already comes with 32GB of storage built in, so Nokia also seems to have felt that an SD card slot was simply not needed.

"Most people aren't using the storage in their phone, anyway," Shields added.

The 920 does include a microUSB port for charging and a headphone socket, which Shields said proved enough of a challenge for engineers to add.

Nokia has outfitted the 920 with several unique features that it hopes will lure in customers.

The new Lumia offers a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD Plus display with a WXGA resolution of 1,280x768 pixels. The ClearBlack display filter is designed to cut down on sun glare. The phone comes with built-in wireless charging that supports the Qi standard, so you can juice it up through any compatible charger.

The camera relies on PureView technology for image stabilization and greater sensitivity to light. Also part of the package is an augmented reality feature known as City Lens, which lets users track down local businesses simply by pointing the phone in a certain direction.