Nuu Mobile's New Mobile Contains a Virtual SIM for Low-Cost Travel Roaming

By Holly Brockwell on at

Mobile World Congress has already given us a whole host of new headline phones - the LG G6, the Huawei P10, the Xperia XZ - but the latest from lesser-known name Nuu Mobile, who've been quietly making phones since 2012, has an interesting point of difference for globetrotters.

The Nuu Mobile X5 is a sub-£200 Android that contains an eSIM - a virtual SIM chip that uses the Konnect i1 hybrid service to switch between local phone networks while you're country-hopping. In other words, rather than getting a local SIM every time you go to a new territory, the phone does it for you with software. When you arrive at one of the 100+ included countries, the Konnect app activates low-cost local data via a combination of a SIM box, multiple network identity eSIM and multi-IMSI tech.

You can use your normal SIM, too: the X5 has space for two physical SIM cards on top of the virtual one.

For its £199.99 price tag, the spec's pretty decent - the X5 offers a 5.5-inch full HD screen, Android Nougat and a fingerprint scanner. Here are the full details:

  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • 5.5” Screen (1920 x 1080, 400ppi)
  • 1.5 GHz octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 GB storage (with up to 128GB by microSD)
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP wide-angle front camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 2,950 mAh battery with fast charging
  • 153 x 76.5 x 7.8 mm
  • Available in black and white

Nuu is also throwing in a free screen protector, a VPN and a 2-year warranty. Not bad.

The X5 is available to preorder from today, and will be out in the UK in the second quarter of this year from Nuu Mobile's website and Amazon.

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