5 Devices Other Than the iPhone that Support the all-new eSIM
eSIM technology expands its reach by making these non-iPhone devices available
Earlier this month, we broke down the need-to-know whys and the wherefores of the latest piece of tech to make its way to the Philippines. The eSIM, a virtual piece of technology with cutting edge remote reprogramming, is the gamechanger of the year in cellular connectivity. And it’s worth taking the time to find out if you can get in on it.
While the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR as well as the Apple Watch Series 3 were some of the first gadgets to become eSIM-ready, non-Apple devices were sure to innovate, too. Their time has now arrived.
Below, we let you in on five other smart devices that support the all-new eSIM. Non-Apple users, rejoice and get scrolling!
Nuu Mobile X5
This Android device, courtesy of Nuu Mobile, may not be a product of a predominant tech brand, but it has time and again proven it’s an equally able manufacturer of unlocked smart phones at pocket-friendly prices. Its eSIM support is one that’s for the books, too, specifically because of its roaming capabilities.
Through Nuu Mobile X5’s hardware and software design, users can connect to local network providers in countries that support eSIM technology, in which case, texts, calls and data charges are much lower compared to a subscription to global roaming technology.
Google Pixel 3
The Pixel 3, alongside the Pixel 3 XL, began including eSIM support in December 2018, just a short couple of months following the phone’s release in October 2018. The Google Pixel 3 rocks a superb camera that performs like any compact camera or entry-level DSLR. Although this is a relatively larger handset (dimensions are 5.73 x 2.68 x 0.31in), the Google Pixel 3 fits nicely in the palm of your hand.
Shopping around for a mobile carrier offering eSIM support won’t be necessary here either. Google has made this available across the board. It’s worth noting, however, that it isn’t possible to use an eSIM and a standard Nano SIM card simultaneously on the Google Pixel 3, as it carries only one International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is another player in the eSIM mobile technology arena to keep an eye out for and consider. The embedded SIM on this smartwatch makes it possible for you to sync with your mobile phone. The built-in SIM also allows you to use the Galaxy Watch while you’re on roaming mode (with your mobile carrier charging your data expenses to your monthly plan): a stark difference from the Apple Watch, which has limited global roaming capabilities.
This sixth-generation watch from Samsung also boasts 80 to 120 hours of battery life. Impressive? We think so, too.
Huawei Watch 2 Pro
Among the mix of smartwatches by Android Wear (also known as Wear OS by Google), Huawei Watch 2 Pro scores bragging rights for being the first one to sport the eSIM feature.
The Huawei Watch 2 Pro differs from other Google-powered smartwatches since it lets you use the same number for your watch and smartphone. You get to share your data subscription, seamlessly and conveniently, between the two devices.
Other notable features of the Huawei Watch 2 Pro include a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with 390x390-pixel resolution, 76MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic and S3 Frontier
If we’re talking official firsts, let it be known that the Samsung Gear S2 Classic was the first to debut eSIM technology. Back then, in the first quarter of 2016, the embedded piece of technology neither applied to smartphones nor supported multiple networks using a single device. Still, Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic set the stage for the Internet of Things by connecting devices in a new and improved way.
Later on in 2016, Samsung followed this up with the release of the e-SIM enabled Gear S3 Classic and S3 Frontier duo, improving on features of the Gear S2 such as longer battery life and LTE support for the Frontier model.
With the influx of innovations in the tech world, the list of eSIM-capable smartphones and watches will only keep growing by the day. While it’s too early to tell if the eSIM will eventually, completely replace the physical SIM card for good, it certainly is an exciting new possibility that offers worthwhile experiences to help you live in a digital world better.