Google Pixel 8 Series to Keep Physical SIM Tray Amidst eSIM Speculation

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Earlier this year in March, Smartprix shared the Google Pixel 8 Pro first look, confirming the presence of a SIM card slot. However, recent rumors ignited fresh speculation, suggesting that the upcoming Google Pixel 8 Line-up might abandon physical SIM cards in favor of an eSIM-only configuration.

Amidst these swirling reports, reliable sources have emerged to quell the uncertainty and assert that the demise of the SIM tray has been greatly exaggerated, as reported by 9to5Google. Contrary to recent conjecture, the Pixel 8 series is poised to retain the physical SIM card tray, dismissing any notions of a complete transition to eSIM technology. Additionally, the Pixel 8 Pro variant is expected to introduce a significant enhancement – the inclusion of Night Sight video capabilities.

Google Pixel 8 Pro Smartprix

The Pixel 6 paved the way for improvements in the Night Sight feature, resulting in photos of heightened quality characterized by sharper details and enhanced clarity. This advancement was underpinned by a larger rear sensor, designed to capture more light, in tandem with a novel laser autofocus system. Augmented by motion detection algorithms and the Tensor ISP, these developments collectively contributed to the progression of Night Sight capabilities.

Drawing inspiration from the advancements in the Pixel 7 model, which involved reduced exposure times for Night Sight, the Pixel 8 Pro is slated to introduce Night Sight video functionality. This novel innovation is poised to markedly enhance video recording in low-light conditions, potentially becoming a standout feature of the device’s camera prowess.

Google’s concerted efforts in refining camera capabilities have been fueled by its inaugural Tensor processor. The Tensor image signal processor enabled swift Live HDR+ performance, while also facilitating real-time tone mapping for portrait photography. The Pixel 7’s introduction of Cinematic Blur, extending Portrait Mode to video, exemplified Google’s endeavor to integrate photography-centric features into videography, a trajectory maintained by the Pixel 8 series.

Recent speculations hinted at the potential abandonment of physical SIM cards in favor of eSIM exclusivity, mirroring trends observed in certain iPhone 14 models in the US. This shift was motivated by Android’s initiative to streamline device setup through eSIM technology. Although eSIM adoption has gained momentum, disparities in Android’s eSIM support remain, particularly in regions where local carriers have not embraced this technology.

Nonetheless, insiders well-acquainted with the situation have emphatically refuted these rumors, confirming that the Pixel 8 series will indeed retain the physical SIM tray, positioned along the left edge. This decision ensures that users can continue to rely on a familiar and dependable connectivity option.

Deepak RajawatDeepak Rajawat
Experienced technology journalist with over 7-years of experience. Before embracing online journalism, he has worked with several legacy publications including print editions at Hindustan Times and The Statesman. He also has a keen interest in Sports, which he used to cover with equal enthusiasm in his early career.

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