ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in long form, has given the go ahead for the new SIM format standard that some dub the nano-SIM. Apple pioneered the introduction of a micro-SIM card when their iPhone 4 was released, and now, the nano-SIM is said to be 40% smaller compared to the current micro-SIM design. This is not good news for folks like me who tend to lose stuff, and as it is already, I have a hard time keeping track of the number of microSD memory cards in my stash. ETSI has agreed in principle to the design in Osaka, Japan, where the final shape will be 12.3mm by 8.8mm, and will share the same thickness as existing SIMs at 0.67mm thick. This design is said to be backwards compatible with current hardware, and does seem to veer towards Apple’s recommended size.
This can only mean one thing if it is adopted broadly across the smartphone and featurephone markets – we are in for a treat with slimmer and smaller-sized handsets. However, with all the improved features thrown into modern day phones, the battery used will also need a quantum leap in terms of performance improvement, and going slimmer is not going to help its case unless someone stumbles upon a radical new way of powering phones. [Press Release]