There's been quite a bit of hype over the return of the Motorola Razr as a foldable smartphone via flip phone style. Even with the downgrade in terms of specs, there's no doubt it hits all the right notes for those nostalgic on the old versions. But now something odd has been revealed about the new Motorola Razr that is both futuristic and yet problematic; it has no physical SIM card slots and only supports eSIM.
For those unaware, an eSIM is basically a small chip inside your phone that takes in information of the telco plan and number that you want. It works similar to the NFC chip used for payment tech like Apple Pay and Google Pay, and it's rewriteable so you can easily change operator or even add data plans to connected devices with an eSIM. But it's so new, and only recently have our local telcos have introduced eSIM that it has yet to gain traction here.
This will be a big issue for the Motorola Razr, as it seems to be the first device to lack a SIM tray. Even the latest smartphones that support eSIM still has a SIM tray option, making it more accessible to all countries that may not have eSIM available. If they aim for a global launch (which they have yet to announce anyways), this is a major factor to consider.
On the bright side, eSIM is available for the major telcos in Malaysia. But whether Malaysians are willing to make the switch for the Motorola Razr, which is already looking to be sold around MYR6000, is uncertain and possibly unlikely.