Best 5 eSIM phones for your overseas travels as of December 2020

Best 5 eSIM phones for your overseas travels as of December 2020

It goes without saying that when travelling overseas, purchasing an eSIM is an absolute essential! Nonetheless, you might find that your phone is not compatible with one, and need to buy a new one.

Plus, when you travel to rather remote locations, it may be fairly unlikely to use a device that will maintain your signal all the way as stably as is necessary. Fortunately, we have compiled below a list of certain embedded SIM phones that work better than others while traveling.

Best eSIM Devices to Purchase

1. iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini

iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini
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Frequent travellers will find this phone to be highly beneficial. The new iPhone 12 has high-quality 5G, which would allow your phone to load games, apps, and the internet faster than ever before. Note, however, that this is only the case if you are in an area where 5G is currently available.


The iPhone 12 comes with 4K video resolution – a great feature for photographer-type travellers – and will also capture video in 10 bit HDR at 4K and 60 frames per second. In other words, it will likely outperform an actual video camera in video-quality.

Apple unveiled four new phones in total: The iPhone 12 (starting at $799), the iPhone 12 Pro (starting at $999), the iPhone 12 Pro Max (starting at $1,099), and the iPhone Mini (starting at $699).

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE

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The Galaxy Note 20 FE brings the S Pen, 5G support, and a flat display to a relatively accessible price point. It offers great battery life and highly versatile cameras, and features Samsung’s excellent One UI 2.5 software.


The phablet’s camera array includes a 108MP-wide camera with a f/1.8 aperture, and it is paired with a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view and aperture of f/2.2. The 12MP telephoto lens delivers a 5x optical zoom and up to a 50x super resolution zoom. Essentially, travellers can opt out of bringing along their DSLR or professional cameras, as this device can do the work.

The Galaxy Note 20 FE Ultra packs a 4,500 mAh battery, which holds up quite well for long travels.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE starts at $499.

3. Google Pixel 5

Photo from: GSM Arena

The combination of the larger battery, slower chip, increased RAM, and Android optimizations make this device perfect for seafarers or travellers. If you’re looking for a device that will last a full day and more, the Pixel 5 is ideal for you.

This is Google’s top-end product of 2020 and it’s a great option if you are looking for:

  • A more affordable 5G phone with some flagship-level features
  • A great camera experience
  • A smaller-than-typical size
  • Quality software and guaranteed updates

The Pixel 5 costs $699 in the US, where it’s available in only one size, two colors, and one storage configuration.

4. Motorola Razr 2019

Photo from: Tech Radar


There are two cameras on the Razr. A main 16MP f/1.7 shooter (which can also be used as a selfie camera when in clam mode), and a 5MP front-facing camera buried in the notch at the top of the screen. There’s an additional ToF camera alongside the primary camera for enhanced depth perception.

The battery capacity is a meagre 2510mAh and is split across two parts of the device. It supports 15w fast charging, but wireless charging unfortunately isn’t an option. Still, the battery capacity is enough for a day’s worth of travel.

This currently sells at $1,500.

5. Huawei P40

Huawei P40
Photo from: Pocket Lint

The Huawei P40 is a high-quality phone with some high-end hardware designed to deliver a stunning experience when it comes to camera, battery life, and a variety of other important features you’ll want in a modern smartphone.

This is also the only device of the company that supports eSIM for now. Its other competitors, such as Oppo, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, Honor, RealMe, OnePlus, Vivo, all do not support eSIM use yet.

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Huawei’s rear camera technology here is genuinely brilliant – especially considering the lower price of this device when compared to the P40 Pro (which does not support eSIM) – and it offers high-quality performance, as it utilizes a special chipset developed by the company. Lastly, it’s capable of 5G connectivity if you’re on a compatible plan!


Whatever mobile device you decide to use, opt for one that is embedded SIM-compatible as you would always be able to connect it anywhere without the hassle of using physical SIM cards. You can click here to purchase an embedded SIM!

You can also check out if your current device is an embedded SIM-supported device here.

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