Comparison And Difference : Micro Sim Vs Mini Sim Vs Nano Sim

Hi, guys! Today we have a talk about sim cards. Simcard is the one which makes our mobile phones meaningful. Without them our phones just like a box that used for nothing. Sim card varies from the mini to micro to nano sim cards. So let us see the difference between micro sim vs mini sim vs nano sim in this article

What is SIM Card?

The sim card is abbreviated as Subscriber Identity Module.  Sim cards have a small memory and a very low powered processor, but it can allow you to store the information such as phone numbers, security data, and much more things.

The size of the sim cards varies nowadays depending on the what type of phone we use. They can be either normal(mini) or micro or nano sim cards.

Sim cards are used to provide network connectivity and connect your phone to the internet, and it provides communication between the users.

Types of sim card

  1. Mini sim card
  2. Micro sim card
  3. Nano sim card

Mini Sim Card: What is Mini sim card?

The mini sim card is also called normal sim card or standard sim card. It is used in most of the older phones and also some of the new smartphones also.Example for mini sim card mobiles are Nokia 105, Samsung Guru Gt, Apple iPhone 3GS, etc. almost any mobile phone can use it.

The mobile phones with mini sim card price are low when compared to micro or nano sim cards. There is a chance to make it our mini sim card to micro or nano sim card without facing difficulty or extra pay by cutting your sim card.

Mini Sim Card Supported Devices:

Apple iPhone 3GS

BlackBerry 9720
Blackberry Bold Touch 9900BlackBerry Curve 9320
BlackBerry Curve 9360
BlackBerry Torch 9800
HTC Desire
HTC Desire 310
HTC Desire CHTC Desire HD
HTC Desire XHTC One VHTC Wildfire s
Huawei Ascend G300
Huawei Ascend G330
Huawei Ascend G510
Huawei Ascend P1
Huawei Y3
LG L70
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
Samsung Galaxy Fame
Samsung Galaxy Music
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S2
Samsung Galaxy 3 mini
Samsung Galaxy 3 mini VE
Samsung Galaxy 3 Y
Samsung Galaxy 3 Young
Samsung Galaxy XCover 3
Sony Xperia E
Sony Xperia E1
Sony Xperia J

Micro Sim card: What is Micro Sim Card?

The micro sim card is popularly used in newer smartphones and tablets these days. For example Samsung Galaxy  J family, Moto G4, Xiaomi Redmi 3s, Vivo Y55L, Vivo Y556, Oppo Neo 7, Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4s, etc.

Micro Sim Card Supported Devices:

Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4s

BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry 3

BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 30

HTC Desire 320

HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 510

HTC One Max

HTC One Mini


HTC One X+


HTC One M7

HTC Windows Phone 8S

HTC Windows Phone 8X

Huawei Ascend G6

Huawei Ascend G7

Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend W1

Huawei Ascend W2

Huawei Ascend Y530

Huawei Ascend Y550

Huawei Honor 4X

Huawei Honor 5C

Huawei Honor 6

Huawei Honor 6+

Huawei Y635

LG G Flex

LG G Flex2


LG G2 Mini


LG G3 s


LG G4c

LG joy




LG Leon

LG Nexus4

LG Nexus5

LG optimus G

LG spirit

LG Stylus 2

LG X Power

LG X skin

LG X style

Microsoft Lumia 435

Microsoft Lumia 535

Microsoft Lumia 540

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft Lumia 640

Motorola Moto E(1&2 gen)

Motorola Moto G(1,2&3 gen)

Motorola Moto E3

Motorola Moto G 4G(1&2 gen)

Motorola Moto G4

Motorola Moto play

Motorola Moto plus

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 525

Nokia Lumia 530

Nokia Lumia 610

Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 635

Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 725

Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 930

Samsung Ativ s

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Samsung Galaxy Ace 4

Samsung Galaxy C5

Samsung Galaxy C7

Samsung Galaxy core prime

Samsung Z1

Samsung Z3

Samsung Galaxy Young2

Samsung Galaxy J1

Samsung Galaxy J2(2016)

Samsung Galaxy J2 pro(2016)

Samsung Galaxy J2

Samsung Galaxy J3(2016)

Samsung Galaxy J5

Samsung Galaxy J7

Samsung Galaxy J7(2016)

Samsung Galaxy k Zoom

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note edge

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Sony Xperia E3

Sony Xperia E4

Sony Xperia E4g

Sony Xperia m

Sony Xperia M2

Sony Xperia Aqua

Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia T

Sony Xperia T3

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z ultra

Sony Xperia Z1

Nano sim card: What is Nano Sim Card?

Nano sim is very small and thinner than the Micro sim and mini sim. It most probably used in newer version smartphone.

For Example iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7s plus,

Blackberry passport, blackberry DTEK50,  blackberry DTEK60, Google Pixel, Google pixel  XL, Sony Xperia X family, etc.

Nano Sim Card Supported Devices:

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone plus

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s plus

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7 plus

Apple iPhone SE

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK60

BlackBerry keyone

BlackBerry passport

BlackBerry Priv

Google Pixel

Google pixel XL

HTC 10

HTC Desire 10 pro

HTC Desire 520

HTC Desire 610

HTC Desire 626

HTC Desire 630

HTC Desire 650

HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 820

HTC Desire 825

HTC Desire 830

HTC Desire Eye

HTC One A9

HTC One M8

HTC One M8s

HTC One 9

HTC One S9

HTC One X9

HTC One Mini 2

HTC One U Play

HTC One U Ultra

Huawei G8

Huawei G9 plus

Huawei Honor 5c

Huawei Honor 6X

Huawei Honor 7

Huawei Honor 8

Huawei Honor v8

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9 pro

Huawei Mate S

Huawei Nexus 6P

Huawei Nova

Huawei Nova Plus

Huawei P10

Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei P8

Huawei P8 Max




LG K10

LG Nexus 5X

LG V10

LG V20

LG X Cam

LG X mach

LG X Screen

Microsoft Lumia 550

Microsoft Lumia 650

Microsoft Lumia 950

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Motorola Moto G5

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto X(2013&2014)

Motorola Moto X Force(2015)

Motorola Moto X play(2015)

Motorola Moto X style (2015)

Motorola Moto Z

Nokia 3

Nokia 5

Nokia 6

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia lumia 735

Nokia Lumia 830

Nokia Lumia 930

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3(2016 & 2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5(2016 & 2017)

Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung Galaxy A8(2016)

Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)

Sony Xperia C4

Sony Xperia E5

Sony Xperia Aqua

Sony Xperia M5

Sony Xperia X

Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia XA

Differences Between mini, micro, and nano sim cards:

Sim card is used for making calls, to connect network and sharing data.

In earlier days sim card looks like a credit card size(1FF). As well as technology developed , there is changes made on the sim card size for our comfortable. Now we use the normal phone to smartphones. The smart phones are more popular for their attractive features especially the thin structure of the mobile phones.

So according to the changes on the mobile phone size, the sim card size also changed from mini(2FF) to micro(3FF) to nano(4FF) sim card.

The main difference between sim card is that the dimensions reduced or plastic surrounding reduced in order to make the smartphones smaller and thinner.

So here we discuss about the differences between the sim cards

Size: Mini sim card Vs Micro sim card vs. nano sim card

When mini sim card Vs. micro sim card vs. nano sim card, the first thing come our mind is their size.

Sim type




Mini sim card

25 mm

15 mm

0.76 mm

Micro sim card

15 mm

12 mm

0.76 mm

Nano sim card

12.3 mm

8.8 mm

0.67 mm

Form Factor:

The sim card also known by their form factor


Form factor

Mini sim card


Micro sim card


Nano sim card


Standard reference

Sim type

Standard reference

Mini sim card

ISO/IEC 7810:2003,ID-1

Micro sim card

ISO/IEC 7810:2003,ID-000

Nano sim card
ETSI TS 102 221 v9.0.0,Mini-UICC

Mini sim card vs. micro sim card

The mini sim card supports phone book with only details of contact names and their contact numbers. The micro sim allows you to attach the multiple contact numbers with single name and e-mail addresses & definable groups.

We can convert the mini sim card into micro sim card. By referencing a template we can cutting down the sim card with the help of scissors, razor blade or micro sim cutter & cut mini sim card into the micro sim card size.

After cutting the mini sim into micro sim it perfectly fits your micro sim slot.

Micro sim vs. nano sim card

Nano sim card are 40% smaller than the micro sim and also 15% thinner than the micro sim card. Usually the sim card made to smaller because that plays the important role in the structure of the phone. Yeah! It helps to make the smartphones smaller and thinner.

User can cut the micro or mini sim card or can buy a new nano sim altogether. But user always not lucky because there is possible your effort of cutting down the sim card method not suitable for all kinds of smartphones(nano sim card).

even the user cuts the sim card with proper dimensions, it has chance to do not fit into a sim tray.

Anyway,the simcard functionality are same but some extra featuers available in micro and nano sim cards.


We can obtain the micro sim card from mini sim card and also we can obtain nano sim card from micro or mint sim card.

It can be performed easily , cutting down the sim card by razor, bade or scissor. But there is a chance of damage will occur to the sim card so we use successful adaptor and just like tool such as Nano Sim cutter.

Benefits of using sim card

  • Connecting us to network, communication. You can put your existing sim card in your phone, that enables you to keep on continue your existing service.
  • By using sim adapter we can easily change the sim card from mini to micro or nano sim card.
  • There is no any diffence in terms of providing service among them, but they can vary in size that is we can see the diiference in height, width, depth among them.


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