Anyone else waiting for the official launch of smartphones? Now about new flagships we learn practically everything just a few weeks before their official presentation. The new flagships from Google, i.e. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are not exceptions here. True, all kinds of innovations are introduced earlier by other manufacturers, but this time Google can surprise us something. The latest rumours are that the Pixel 2 XL will not have a traditional SIM card.
Of course Google will not give up on its new flagship with mobile networks. The Pixel 2 XL has a programmable SIM card, i.e. eSIM (Embedded SIM). This would mean that the new smartphone will not have a classic SIM card slot. Instead, the subscriber profile will be stored in the device memory. Is this a good idea? Inserting SIM cards between devices is a hassle. Everything also indicates that in a few years each of us will have 10 mobile devices. Therefore, the programmable eSIM card seems to be a convenient solution. However, this is also a problem.
Google Pixel 2 XL with eSIM will only be sold by several operators.
It is not known today that traditional SIM cards will be replaced by their software counterparts, eSIM. However, most people have realized the existence of this technology thanks to the launch of the Apple Watch 3 with LTE modem. By the way, we also learned how many operators around the world support eSIM technology. Unfortunately, it turned out that programmable SIM cards are supported only in 10 countries. Therefore, Apple Watch 3 LTE will only be sold by 18 operators. If such a scenario proves to be true, Google Pixel 2 XL will not be available in most of the countries. I wonder if Google will dare to abandon the traditional SIM card, or whether Pixel 2 XL will support both traditional and new solutions. We will see this in an official presentation, which will take place on October 4.
Source: Android Authority