Since September 24, the iPhone 13 has been launched in several countries. The model sold in Hong Kong, where I live, is different from the one sold in Japan, etc., and is a “physical dual SIM card” model that can hold two SIM cards. This time I tested the Chinese / Hong Kong / Macau model of the iPhone 13 Pro Max (A2644).
Although not supported by eSIM, you can use two SIM cards in any combination.
I put two SIM cards with a 5G contract and used them. The SIM card tray is set up so that a SIM card can be inserted in both the front and back. The front has a normal shape on which a SIM card can be placed.
The back of the SIM card tray has a spring-shaped retainer to prevent the SIM card from falling. This structure is the same as previous models compatible with dual SIM card.
Insert two SIM cards and set up the main line and the secondary line. I was able to connect to 5G immediately so I could see the “5G” screen at the top right of the screen.
Looking at the connection status of the two lines, first, I am taking the 5G with SMC HK (SmarTone) from the main line. In Hong Kong, many areas of the city are already covered by 5G and the number of areas that can be used indoors is increasing. While there are many common areas 5G NR in the LTE 1 band for DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing), if you install a 5G contract SIM card, you can connect to 5G in most places.
I switched to the secondary line. The carrier is Mobile Duck. Even if I switched to that, I immediately picked up 5G.
If you enter an operator profile in eSIM, you can freely switch between 3 or more SIM cards at any time. However, for those who replace the SIM card with another smartphone or who use a local prepaid SIM card abroad, the physical specification of the dual SIM card may be more convenient. Especially in countries and regions like Hong Kong, where prepaid SIM cards can be purchased at convenience stores, the demand for smartphones compatible with dual SIM physical cards will remain high.
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