India gets the eSIM version of the iPhone XS and the XS Max. What does that mean for you?

iphone xs india dual sim

Apple recently announced three new iPhone models – the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. We’re not complaining since the iPhone 6-esque design was getting old and a refresh was certainly required. This generation of new iPhone are also the fist to support dual SIM capabilities among other new features.

For a country like India, this was a great sigh of relief as a lot of iPhone users are stuck with one carrier while their Android counterparts have had the opportunity to simultaneously use two SIM cards for ages now. That said, there’s a bittersweet ending to this tale.

You see, Apple announced two variants of each of these models. One variant family comes with a dedicated SIM slot (nano SIM) and an eSIM slot. The other variant came with two conventional nano-SIM slots. The latter have been reserved for China, Macau, and the Hong Kong market, while the rest of the world, including India, gets the eSIM variant of all the three models.

What’s an eSIM slot you ask? Short for embedded SIM, it does away with the need to have a physical SIM card in your phone. Just configure the eSIM to your carrier and voila, you’re done.¬†eSIM is backed by the GSMA, the association of mobile networks.

Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Because it isn’t. The only issue is that most of the carriers in India don’t support it at the moment, so you will be restricted to single SIM use on the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max. Apple will enable the eSIM slot through an update later and hopefully, Indian carriers like Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone will start supporting the new standard by then.

But when is soon? We don’t know to be honest. Given it’s not a herculean ordeal, we’re hoping before the end of this year. The big three might be the first to start supporting this feature, followed by other smaller players, or what’s left of them anyway.

Check out the two new iPhone models below. Both have some introductory offers so don’t wait too long if you’ve made up your mind.

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

What’s good:
It’s an iPhone and the best one at that. Why? Because it has a processor Android doesn’t have an answer to. Finally, a dual SIM iPhone. The cameras will be great too, no doubt about that.

 

What could have been better:
Have you seen the price of this thing? Also, the second dual SIM slot is an eSIM slot. The Indian telcos need to support it first, which won’t happen at launch. Also, you’re paying one lakh rupees for 64GB space.

 

  • OS
    iOS 12
  • Weight
    177g
  • Display resolution
    1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Display
    5.8-inch, S AMOLED
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Apple A12 Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • GPU
    Apple GPU
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.4, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@60FPS 1080p@240FPS rear
  • Battery
    2,658mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Video
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Internal storage
  • Price

 

 

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS

What’s good:
It’s an iPhone and the best one at that. Why? Because it has a processor Android doesn’t have an answer to. Finally, a dual SIM iPhone. The cameras will be great too, no doubt about that.

 

What could have been better:
Have you seen the price of this thing? That too just for 64 gigs of storage. Also, the second dual SIM slot is an eSIM slot. The Indian telcos need to support it first, which won’t happen at launch.

 

  • OS
    iOS 12
  • Weight
    208g
  • Display resolution
    1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Display
    6.5-inch, S AMOLED
    1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Apple A12 Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • GPU
    Apple GPU
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.4, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@60FPS 1080p@240FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,174mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Video
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Internal storage
  • Price

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