Does OnePlus 8/8 Pro have eSIM technology?

It has been confirmed that the OnePlus 8/ 8 Pro will be launching on April 14, and it is expected to have many new features, such as waterproof and super-fast wireless charging. Will it also support eSIM, the latest popular technology? Since the company has hinted many times about OnePlus 8’s eSIM feature, and it is said that they are working on a complete 5G ready phone, you will possibly see an OnePlus phone coming with eSIM technology this time. However, you are not going to have an eSIM-only phone, but one with standard SIM card and eSIM mode options.

In general, eSIM means embedded SIM card into your phone and there is no physical SIM card involvement needed with this technology. It is, in essence, a chip inside your smartphone which is supported by your network or carrier. If you want to shift on the networks, you just need to follow some simple steps given by the operator and then you will have an option to move on. 2020 will witness a boost of SIM-supported phones, and if you are interested, we have listed the best ones available in the market till now. 

iPhone X and iPhone 11 series are both optional in eSIM and regular SIM mode because there are very few eSIM-supported networks available in the world. Apple has basically moved to this technology last year by these two phone lines, while for Google, it was an old player years ago in this industry. Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, and Pixel 4 series all have eSIM support and have options to use eSIM or physical SIM. If talking about Pixel 5, it is expected to have a complete eSIM support for the first time. As for the newest eSIM supported phones, there are also Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which are one of the best tech masterpieces by the company to date, and Motorola’s foldable phone, Motorola Razr. Note that only the latter one is an eSIM-only supported phone. It is exclusively supported by Verizon, which means you can’t use the device network on platforms like AT&T, T-Mobile, and others. 

For now, there are very fewer numbers of eSIM supported carriers. In the US, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless support eSIM; in the UK, only EE and Vodafone have support for eSIM till 14/9/19. Also, considering the high manufacturing cost of this cutting-edge technology, don’t expect them to be cheap if you want to buy an eSIM-enabled phone. Nonetheless, as the industry trend, the price is bound to be lower, and we will finally benefit more from this technology. For example, except for the convenience itself brings, without a physical SIM, there is more space for other features and improvement on water-resistance performance of smartphones.


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