Galaxy Z Fold 3 has 2 physical SIM slots and an eSIM (not in the US)

Samsung sets a new standard for mobile experiences with powerful premium foldable smartphones

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 brings plenty of big upgrades over the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and even more so over the Galaxy Fold. Samsung’s actually gone as far as making its new foldables water resistant to the same standard as its non-folding flagships, and the Z Fold 3 is also the company’s first-ever phone with an under-display camera. samsung galaxy z fold 3

Naturally, Samsung has focused on improving the little things as well, and one of those is the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s SIM card capabilities. Unlike the first two Galaxy Z Fold devices, the Z Fold 3 has two physical SIM card slots instead of one, and it has an embedded SIM (eSIM), as well.

So, technically, you can use three different carriers on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, although only two of them can be active at the same time. That is, you can either have the second physical SIM slot active or the eSIM, but you can switch between them on the fly. This is an excellent feature for those who may have multiple phone numbers, which is often the case in markets such as India, even though three phone numbers might be a stretch for most people.

Sadly, there’s still no expandable storage support, and considering it’s not available even on the Galaxy S21 lineup, there’s pretty much no chance that Samsung’s foldable phones will ever get it. Thankfully, you can pick up the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in 256GB and 512GB storage variants (both of which feature 12GB of RAM).

And if you’re wondering about the Galaxy Z Flip 3, you’re still getting just dual SIM functionality – one physical SIM slot and an eSIM, though we can hopefully expect this to change next year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in the USA samsung galaxy z fold 3 

Look at any US-bound Samsung phone, you’ll find out it doesn’t have a dual SIM slot in its tray, and it doesn’t support eSIM next to your physical SIM. Recently, T-Mobile Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra units were said to be getting an eSIM unlock, so hopes are high that Samsung phones in the US will finally be getting dual SIM capabilities. Here’s something of note: the Note 20 series are now a year old, nothing was even said about the most recent Galaxy S21 series.
So, at their hands-on session with the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, PCMag were wise enough to check for eSIM support specifically. Apparently — nope, no eSIM in the States.
International Samsung phones very often have some sort of dual SIM support. Either two physical slots for different SIM cards or — at the very least — one SIM slot and the ability to register an eSIM for a secondary account or number.
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