SIM card format and size comparison

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2018-12-13 22:00:16

Compare the different SIM format described in the specifications: Full-size vs Mini-SIM vs Micro-SIM vs Nano-SIM vs Embedded-SIM.

Thanks to Apple and it's iPhone versions, there is now several SIM sizes used in our smartphones or tablets. The iPhone 4 made the microSIM size widely used, several other manufacturer adopted this format. Now the iPhone 5 introduced the NanoSIM size, which is even smaller.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XR introduced the eSIM format along a NanoSIM to support dual SIM.

To have a visual size comparison of the SIM formats, don't forget to click on the chart icon in the top left corner of the table.

HeightWidthDepthFront viewSame contact as full sizeForm factorStandard referenceDevices using it
Full-size85.6 mm53.98 mm0.76 mmYes1FFISO/IEC 7810:2003, ID-1(credit card size)
Mini-SIM25 mm15 mm0.76 mmYes2FFISO/IEC 7810:2003, ID-000Early mobile phones
Micro-SIM15 mm12 mm0.76 mmYes3FFETSI TS 102 221 V9.0.0, Mini-UICCiPhone 4
Nano-SIM12.3 mm8.8 mm0.67 mmYes4FFETSI TS 102 221 V11.0.0iPhone 5
Embedded-SIM6 mm5 mm1 mm less thanNo solderedJEDEC Design Guide 4.8, SON-8iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR
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  • @dave5x
    The ORBITEL 901 was one of the first "mobile" phone to use sim cards:
    https://www.imei.info/phonedatabase/16095-orbitel-901/
    But this website says it use the mini-SIM formats.
    The full-size format is the default smart card dimensions. It might not have been used inside a real phone.
    Posted 2018-12-13 21:42:16 by Alexis
  • Beautiful. The full-size one reminds me of the 8" floppy disks of yore. I'd like to see sample pictures of a few devices that used the full-size SIM card.
    Posted 2018-12-13 20:50:08 by dave5x
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