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By now almost everyone knows most facts about the Moto RAZR, which was launched in India yesterday. Facts like its 7.1-inch thinness or its Kevlar fiber rear panel or its splash proof internals or that it has the world’s thinnest battery in a smartphone. Most of you would also know its core specs – 1.2GHZ dual-core TI processor, 16GB of internal memory, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display… But what many of you probably won’t know is it too uses a micro SIM card. Yes, the same tiny ‘non-standard’ SIM card that was first used in the iPhone 4 last year. Read on for more observations. Also Read - Modified iPhone shows promise against type 1 diabetes
Yes, micro SIM cards are not standard, yet and are not easily available either. However, this is what will become the standard in the coming 12 months. As phones get packed with more sensors, get power guzzling features (a 4-inch+ display, for instance) and the constant obsession to miniaturize the device’s footprint, manufacturers will attempt to save every square centimeter of space possible. And micro SIM is one of the options. Take the RAZR, for example. The phone’s internals have been so closely packed that there is literally no space between layers, which seem to have been pasted on top of each other. The designers had to keep the bezel wide in order to accommodate the 1780 mAh battery that should be able to last a day of heavy to moderate usage. Also Read - iPhone 4S users complain Wi-Fi doesn't work after iOS 7.1 upgrade
And it is not just Apple and Motorola. Nokia’s Lumia 800, too, uses a micro SIM. It is about time Indian carriers started stocking micro SIM cards. On a personal note, I would now finally be able to switch between my iPhone 4, the RAZR and Lumia 800 (iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7.5 operating systems) without having to look around for a micro SIM card adapter.
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