Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro may forego the physical SIM card slot in favor of an eSIM-only model.

Google Pixel8 and Pixel8 Pro are slated to be released in October of this year, featuring a number of improvements over their predecessors. So far, leaks have revealed the hardware specifications of this year’s Pixel 8 lineup. Now, a rumour has arisen online claiming that the next Pixel 8 handsets will forego traditional SIM card slots in favor of eSIM. Pixel 8 customers can connect to their carrier without a physical SIM card in their phone by using an eSIM. In the United States, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro versions were also released without a physical SIM card port.

Renders of the standard Google Pixel8 and Pixel8 Pro may forego the physical SIM card slot in favor of an eSIM-only model. were released earlier this year by tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer in cooperation with SmartPrix. Using these photographs as evidence, tipster Mishaal Rahman alleges that the Pixel 8 series will launch as eSIM-only smartphones, at least in some regions. Rahman explains that the images provided lack SIM card slots on the left side and claims that this is not an error.

SIM card slots are located on the left side of last year’s Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel 7a smartphones.

Rahman goes on to say that a Pixel 8 Pro video released by Kamila shows a SIM card slot on the smartphone’s left edge. As a result, the future handset may include actual SIM card slots, as is customary in most locations. Because Google has not yet confirmed these details, it is best to take them with a grain of salt.

If the rumor is true, the Pixel 8 series might be Google’s first eSIM-only smartphone. In the United States, Apple released the eSIM-only iPhone 14 series last year.

Google Pixel 8

KEY SPECS

Display : 6.70-inch

Processor : Google Tensor

Front Camera : 11-megapixel

Rear Camera : 50-megapixel + 12-megapixel

RAM : 12GB

Storage : 128GB

Battery Capacity : 4950mAh

OS : Android 14

Resolution : 1440×2960 pixels

Google Pixel 8 Pro

KEY SPECS

Display : 6.70-inch

Processor : Google Tensor

Front Camera : 11-megapixel

Rear Camera : 50-megapixel + 64-megapixel + 48-megapixel

RAM : 12GB

Storage : 128GB

OS : Android 14

Resolution : 1440×3120 pixels

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