Trends in the tech world are either marveled at or frowned upon. When one brand starts by removing a particular feature or innovates a new feature, the rest of the brands in the particular industry follow suit. Just like how we’ve seen charging bricks no longer being sold with your phone, the trend of adding eSIM features and phasing out the physical SIM slots is already here.
Apple has always had the eSIM feature for a while, but with the iPhone 14 lineup, you can no longer install a physical SIM. Now, it’s time for Android devices to start showing up with eSIM capabilities. Well, the lead has already been taken up by Google’s newly launched Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
Thankfully, the Pixel 7 lineup still comes with the physical SIM tray that allows you to insert a single nano SIM. With physical and eSIM options on the Pixel 7 lineup, you won’t have to worry about getting a cheap local SIM while traveling abroad as you can easily pop it in your Pixel without having to worry about activating it and all of the stuff.
While this might be a good reason for people to pick the Pixel 7 Pro over the latest iPhone 14 lineup, this is just the start of the good stuff. In fact with future updates for the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, you will be able to make use of the dual eSIM feature. Yes, two eSIMs in your Google Pixel.
Andreas Proschufsky, the editor for the German tech website. DerStandard revealed on Twitter that Google has been working on MEP (Multiple Enabled Profiles). With this feature, Google Pixels will be able to make use of two eSIMs. This will be enabled via an update that is expected to roll in the coming months. As of now, the update is confirmed to be rolling out in March for Pixel 7 users in Germany. Again, all of this will also factor into whether your network carriers will provide support for it or not.
So, once the feature is enabled, you can choose between having dual eSIMs active or one physical and one eSIM. You won’t be able to make use of three SIMs on the Pixel 7 lineup. Looking at how the Pixel lineup is starting out with eSIMs, we can expect eSIMs to be a popular feature on phones released in 2023. This could however mean that the return of the SD card slots is expected or it’s the end for SD cards and physical SIM slots starting in 2023.
The eSIM connectivity is available for Pixel phones since Pixel 3a and the newly announced Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are no different, you can use one physical SIM and an eSIM at the same time, while the dual eSIM connectivity will be released next year.