Some lucky folks have managed to get their hands on the Nexus 5 log files which reveals its more or less confirmed specs. The screen comes with a 5″ Full HD display that pushes about 440 ppi while its processing power is handled by a high-end Snapdragon 800 that’s mated with 2GB of RAM. The device which they had comes with 16GB of storage but it is likely Google would offer variation of storage sizes since expandable microSD storage would be lacking.
In the imaging department, the Nexus 5 is seen to be having a 8MP shooter which is a notch below the 13MP camera that’s found on the LG G2. With photography said to be its biggest highlight, there’s no confirmation if it will carry the Optical Image Stabilisation that’s being used on the G2. The device will also support 4G LTE as well as the standard WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
Another interesting discovery is that the Nexus 5 is listed by an Ukrainian telco as using nano-SIM. If this is not a mistake, the Nexus 5 would be the 3rd non-Apple device to use nano sim after the ASUS Padfone Infinity and Moto X. In terms of availability, the Nexus 5 might be officially announced on 31st October as hinted by case maker SPIGEN.
U Mobile now offers the new nano SIM for the iPhone 5 at their U Mobile centres nationwide. The nano sim is offered at RM10 for new and existing subscribers on both postpaid and prepaid. Even if you lose it, the replacement also costs RM10.
For more information, head over to U Mobile nano SIM FAQ.
Celcom has finally announced that they too are offering nano SIM for the iPhone 5. New Celcom First subscribers or existing Celcom subscribers that have been with them for more than 12 months can change to the new nano SIM for free. For other subscribers under 12 months tenure, a RM5 charge applies.
The nano SIM from Celcom is now available for postpaid customers at their 80 Celcom branches and Blue Cube outlets nationwide. Prepaid customers will be able to get it next Monday, 15 October onwards.
The iPhone 5 uses the new Nano SIM which supposedly is different from your typical SIM cards. Its maker had earlier mentioned that one can’t simply cut a nano SIM from standard SIM cards because of its 15% reduction in thickness. Some have suggested shaving off 0.09mm by using sandpaper to match the nano SIM dimensions.
While that sounds like a lot of hassle, it seems that the thickness is something you need not worry about as many has tried using their cut out nano SIMs without any issues. @l33tdawg from HITB has confirmed that the Nano SIM can be cut from the standard sim and it will work fine on the iPhone 5. It was said that the iPhone 5 has sufficient depth so there shouldn’t be any issues having your freshly cut nano SIM stuck in the phone. Head over to HITB to check out the iPhone 5 review.
CNet Asia which earlier showed a guide about cutting and shaving the Nano SIM to spec also has confirmed that thickness does not matter. As long as the dimensions fit into the tray, you should be able to use it without issues.
So there you have it. Instead of paying for a telco issued nano-SIM card, you now have a cheaper option to cut it out with a puncher. If the makers of nano SIM intended to make thickness as a deterent to self-cutting, they have obviously failed to do so with the iPhone 5. While it works for the iPhone 5, this technique might not necessary work with future nano SIM devices that has less tolerance on height.
Thanks to @l33tdawg for the tip!
DiGi today has announced that they too are offering the new Nano SIM starting this Wednesday, 26th September 2012. The new Nano SIM which is used for the iPhone 5 is not only smaller but it is also 15% thinner than the standard SIM. It will be offered for free for new sign ups on DG Smart Plan or DG Postpaid Plus.
For existing postpaid, they would need to pay RM20 to swap their existing SIM to the new Nano SIM format. According to DiGi, the Nano SIMs will be widely available across 250 DiGi outlets nationwide by early October 2012. To find out where to get it, the full list of outlets carrying the Nano SIM will be published here tomorrow.
Today Maxis has started offering the new Nano SIM which is offered at RM25. So those that have gotten a iPhone 5 last weekend from oversea sources, you now have 2 local telcos offering the Nano SIM officially.
In a statement, Maxis has announced that it is the first mobile operator in Malaysia to introduce the nano SIM. Maxis says that customers who already have an iPhone 5 and those who plan to purchase the device in the future can get the nano SIM for RM25 starting September 24 at the Maxis centres stated below. Other Maxis Centres nationwide will offer the new SIM format by late September.
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Measuring 12.3×8.8 mm in size with a thickness of just 0.7mm, the nano SIM is 30% smaller and 15% thinner than current micro SIMs. Aside from the reduction in size and thickness, nano SIM continues uses the same smart card chips and offers the same functionality as current SIMs.
UPDATE: Cut out Nano SIM works on the iPhone 5. Read about it here.
Those wanting to their iPhone 5 soon would probably be getting it from the first wave countries such as Singapore. While it is simple to think that a Nano SIM can be cut out from a standard Mini or Micro SIM, think again.
Giesecke & Devrient, the makers of the Nano SIM says that this is not possible. They have mentioned:
“As you surely know some people have cut down a “conventional” SIM (2FF) in a MicroSIM (3FF) with a knife or with a pair of scissors. Sometimes it has worked, sometimes not. Reason that this method functioned was that the 2FF and the 3FF SIM card has the same thickness. The thickness of the Nano-SIM is reduced by about 15 percent – so we think that a reducing only in size is not working.
Backward compatibility with older device models is ensured by an adapter solution that allows the Nano-SIM to be integrated into all established mobile devices for universal use.”
The thickness of standard SIM cards is 0.76mm, which is the reason why self cutting or SIM puncher makers work well to convert mini-SIM to micro-SIM. However the new nano SIM is only 0.67mm thick. While there’s a small chance that you can force it to fit by shaving some thickness off but you would risk having the SIM card damaged or worse, having it stuck on the nano SIM tray.
It is recommended to get the proper nano-SIM issued from telcos but so far nobody has announced its availability yet. The local telcos should consider offering it soon since there are number of Malaysians are getting their iPhone 5 from oversea sources.