7 best dual-SIM Android phones

by: David GonzalesJune 26, 2013

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Whether or not two heads are actually better than one is a subject that we may not be able to cover in this post, but one thing we know for sure is that dual-SIM phones are useful. Otherwise, they wouldn’t still be around. And yet, as we all know, they still are.

From its humble beginnings, which started in a seemingly silly aftermarket peripheral, the dual-SIM phone has now become all but the norm. In fact, the dual-SIM feature is now so important that even existing models are being updated to add it on as part of “refresh” models.

With all of that in mind, we bring you a list of what we consider the best dual-SIM smartphones that belong in the world of Android. Read on to get started.

Acer Liquid S1

Acer Liquid S1
Taiwan-based Acer has been dealing in smartphones for quite a long time, and yet it has managed to completely shy away from the ever-so-interesting phablet market segment — until now.

Its first attempt at making an extra large handset comes in the form of the Liquid S1, which sadly isn’t water-resistant as its name might suggest, but boasts a 5.7-inch HD touchscreen display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and yes, dual SIM card support.

With a release date scheduled to happen sometime in Q3 2013, the Acer Liquid S1 is set to become one of the most inexpensive large screen smartphones ever made to date.

Acer Liquid S1 Specs

  • Display: 5.7-inches, 720×1280 pixels (258 ppi pixel density)
  • Camera: 8-megapixel rear auto-focus camera, 1080p video recording
  • SoC: MTK 6589 with 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Float UI
  • Battery: 2,400mAh battery (removable)

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0
Calling it a dual-SIM phone with dual-BSI cameras is probably the fastest way to describe the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 (also available in India as the Xolo Q100). In truth, of course, it also has a bunch of other things going for it besides those.

Its highlight features include a 5-inch 720p HD IPS screen that’s covered with scratch-resistant Asahi DragonTrail glass, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Managing apps and media may be a bit tricky with it since it only has less than 2GB of user-available storage, but at least it supports microSD cards for added memory.

Considering its $200 price tag, even buying a new card shouldn’t be an issue at all.

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Specs

  • Display: 5-inch IPS LCD, 720×1280 pixels, coated by DragonTrail Glass
  • Camera: 12-megapixel BSI rear camera, 2-megapixel BSI front camera
  • SoC: 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6859
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage + microSD card support (up to 32GB(
  • OS: Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • Battery: 2,100 mAh battery (removable)

HTC One Dual SIM

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Take HTC‘s current flagship Android handset and add a dual SIM feature to it. As far as smartphone origins go, that’s pretty much it for the HTC One Dual SIM. It comes with all the features that have so far made the original a worldwide hit — not to mention an award-winner — and it also has the ability to run two SIM cards at the same time.

If this phone has any faults at all, it’s probably the sub-5-inch touchscreen display as well as the expensive price tag (it is said that its retail price in Russia is the equivalent of $960). Although surely if you think HTC-brand quality is worth paying for, then you may see nothing wrong with how it’s priced.

HTC One Dual SIM Specs

  • Display: 4.7-inches, Super LCD3, 1080×1920 pixels (469 ppi pixel density)
  • Camera: 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera, 1080p video recording, HDR video
  • SoC: 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 and Adreno 320
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage + microSD (up to 64GB)
  • OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5, upgradeable to Android 4.2.2
  • Battery: 2,300mAh battery (non-removable)

Huawei Ascend P6

If you’re into thin smartphones, the 6.2mm Ascend P6 should be right up your alley. And yes, it offers dual SIM card support, too. On top of all that, it’s a fairly feature-rich mid-range Android handset, including such extras as Dolby Digital Plus audio and USB OTG.

The design might remind you of some other well-known smartphone models, but make no mistake: this is an Android device through and through. It even comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed. A few things might be missing, such as NFC and 4G LTE, but at least that’s how you know the 2,000mAh battery should last for at least a day with moderate use.

Slimness and overall portability both matter a lot in smartphones, to be sure, and for that the Huawei Ascend P6 is worth a look.

Huawei Ascend P6 Specs

  • Display: 4.7-inches, 720×1280 pixels (312 ppi pixel density)
  • Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, 5-megapixel front camera
  • SoC: 1.5GHz quad-core Huawei KV32
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI
  • Battery: 2,000mAh battery

Karbonn S5 Titanium

Karbonn S5 Titanium
The S5 Titanium from Karbonn makes its way onto our list thanks to its use of a 5-inch qHD IPS screen, along with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor on a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The all-black design somehow looks refreshing, and the conventional positioning of capacitive touch buttons also help it win points in the design department.

The rest of this phone just barely impresses. But what’s important is that it doesn’t disappoint whether you care about screen size, memory, camera performance, or even connectivity. Well, maybe it could have used a slightly bigger battery. That, and more internal storage.

Karbonn S5 Titanium Specs

  • Display: 5-inch IPS LCD, 540×960 pixels (220 ppi pixel density)
  • Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera
  • SoC: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8225Q Snapdragon with Adreno 203
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Battery: 2,000mAh battery (non-removable)

Micromax A115 Canvas 3D

Micromax A115 Canvas 3D
The Micromax A115 Canvas 3D phone stands out from all the other 5-inch screen-equipped models on this list because of its 3D capacitive touchscreen display. It falls short of being a formidable mid-range phone, with features like a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 512MB RAM, but at the very least it comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed.

The rest of this phone’s specs are at about the same level as some of today’s latest models — 4GB storage, 5MP camera, 2,000mAh battery — so with that it becomes easier to forgive some of its shortcomings. Besides, what other manufacturer has a back cover-printed logo that’s ready to give you a first bump at a moment’s notice? Only Micromax, and we respect them for that.

Micromax A115 Canvas 3D Specs

  • Display: 5-inch 3D capacitive touch, 480×800 pixels (187 ppi pixel density)
  • Camera: 5-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • SoC: 1.2GHz dual-core MTK 6577
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Battery: 2,000mAh battery (non-removable)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 I9150

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
We saved the beast for last with this one — the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 barely reaches the 6-inch territory, but you know it’s big. It’s not the biggest phone Samsung has ever made (or probably ever will make), but it comes with just the right amount of power, not to mention the combination of size and utility, to make it through to this list.

If you find that 1GB of RAM just isn’t enough, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 has an extra 500MB to spare. And it’s also pre-packaged with a 2,600mAh battery, appropriately sized for a phone of its stature.

People who are torn between large-size phones and tablets will probably see this as a kind of perfect mix. It could be the phone you deserve, and possibly even the one you need right now. And if so, we’re sure Samsung would just be all too glad to take your order.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 I9150 Specs

  • Display: 5.8-inches, 540×960 pixels (190 ppi pixel density)
  • Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording
  • SoC: 1.4GHz dual-core CPU
  • Memory: 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage + microSD (up to 64GB)
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Battery: 2,600mAh battery (non-removable)

Are you aware of any other dual SIM phones that we haven’t mentioned? Which of the ones listed here are your favorites? Tell us about it in the comments!

  • box14380

    HTC One is the beast dual sim smartphones.

  • grass9

    I was hoping to see the Battery Monsters Innos d9 (Cloudfone 430x) and THE d10, but meh. Nice list though.

    • DualSeeker

      Where can i buy online (HTC or Huawei P6) in UK?

      • tanvir islam

        @dualseeker check amazon.co.uk. also p6 has a dual sim version

  • Siphiwe

    What about HUAWEI Ascend G510?

  • Garbis Tapacian

    obviously HTC One is the winner here

  • david

    The Razr D3 is an excellent yet cheap alternative. No wonder it’s sold out almost everywhere here in Brazil. Of course you can’t compare to a Nexus 4 (>2x the price) or an s4 (>3x), but 4.1 with decent hardware (even NFC!) and dual sim (a must around here) is a very solid deal indeed. My sister uses it and it can do anything my gnex can (except 4.2 apps like dashclock)… “only” 4 fingers as well, but I don’t know any app requiring 5 fingers anyway…

    It’s one of those phones that really benefitted from all the tech improvement in recent years. I couldn’t imagine something like this would be here for this price even 3 years ago.

    And keep in MIMD that I’m a Nexus guy.

  • Miguel Vieira

    Htc One dual sim? With microsd slot? My choice. :)

  • KS.Rajkumar

    you forgot S4 dual sim …. Ofcourse it cannot be the chart topper in terms of design but software and processor it can definitely win hands down in comparison to the above devices

  • wpw

    CAESAR A9800

    CPU MTK6589, Cortex A7 quad core, 1.2GHz;
    GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP
    ROM 16GB
    RAM 1GB
    5.7 Inch IPS screen 1280 x 720

    12mp rear 5mp front
    2 x 3200 battery
    13000 antutu

    4000 quadrant
    $230 au

  • edo_pizz

    ACER LIQUID E2 (coz i own it) :D

    • buythiscomputer

      Is it good ?

  • martin clinton

    I agree, the Acer liquid E2 should be on the list, got one for my wife and am pretty impressed with it. The MediaTek quad core processor runs things very smoothly.

  • Ryan

    Why S4 Duo isn’t here?

  • shagtiff

    I would add the HTC Desire 600

  • George Anyii

    Thanks a lot for this very informative article, so important to those of us who love Dual-Sim phones. May you also consider the impressive BLU Vivo 4.65 HD (American-made).

    Thanks. George Anyii, Kampala.

  • alvin

    for ur information…
    Huawei Ascend P6 is not a dual sim phone..:-)

  • Sakthi Ganesh

    U made a mistake in cherry mobile it has “quad core”

  • Gesh

    May I know the current price of the above phones?

  • silmer

    Are you nsure the Ascend P6 is dual SIM???

    • Pelonomi Seithati

      Hi Simer did yu get answers?


    Samsung s version problem please don’t buy !

  • miel

    Samsung duos 9150. Is great, but you can not select wich sim to use for outgoing calls. Other than going in the settings. They should add sim selection in the contact dialer

  • broni

    Jiayu G4 and G3S both quad core phones.
    I’m using G2S for a year now, really a great phone for the money.

  • ram2irez

    samsung galaxy mega 5.8 is a disappointment. texting is a problem as rate of error is high. used this for a month and 1 week but gave up using it as texting is very frustrating. my texts are almost always incorrect due to very tight space bar. my text always have a letter b in between words so i need to correct and edit them most of the time. as a result, i sold it immediately.

  • High TechBd

    The post article is very informative for us. Dual SIM phone is most usable for young people. Because if you want to use two SIM of your than you must chose Dual SIM card phone for use. http://hightechbd.com

  • Randy

    How about LTE? I do not see any LTE capabilities on any of the specs outlined

  • lavezarez
  • HTC_quietly_brilliant

    HTC is the best !

  • Choully

    A great article… but is there a dual sim phone out there which has got TWO active 3G/ UMTS slots??

    • metstastic

      Exactly what I would like to know. Apparently, not all dual SIM are equal.

      BTW, the Galaxy S4 is only for China. SIM2 is CDMA only.

      The HTC One is only 2G on SIM2.

  • Rabbani Hussain

    SONY Xperia C

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  • Miguel


  • Paulcamlentino

    OMEGA HD 2.0 of Cherry Mobile is the Rebranded name of Xoloq100, but its actually a QUADCORE Device… and i own it.. better looking than S4…

  • JFV_noB

    Karbonn S5 Titanium = Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0

  • Marshall

    Another bogus review!

  • aj

    i like Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 he the best dual sim android phone and he have long life battery usage :D,

  • Guest213

    Cherry Mobile is made in Phillippines

  • icesoul2004us

    huawei P6 dual sim works in europe? I think not….

  • Adel

    Samsung note 3 dual
    Sim CHINA release

  • AJMP
  • wukitatu

    The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is an excellent unit, but I’m now trying to get hold of the dual-SIM Galaxy Note 3 that is available in China.

  • Akhil Narang

    You forgot to mention galaxy grand

  • dawud

    samsung galaxy s4 mini duos.

  • Suhaib

    HTC desire 600 Dual SIM isn’t here ?!

  • KamaloPSU

    Never had a dual sim phone. Could I use one sim for data and the other sim for say just calls and texts?

  • Junior

    Where is Blu Products Life Series??? LoL!

  • Judge

    Why can’t we get galaxy note 3 dual sim in Australia?

    Any body know? Seems like a conspiracy to keep all dual sim phones out of this country

  • Judge

    There is obvious collusion between all the carriers in Australia to not provide dual sim versions of phones available every where else in the world.

  • jaykrish151

    Unheard of models mentioned to promote them. How do u list. Karbon and cherry with htc one. As of jan 2014 htc desire 500 , 600 and moto g should be here. Huawei p6 shouldn’t be here as it is not dual sim. Atleast not in Dubai.

  • Filemon

    LG G pro Lite dual sim?

  • Angel Angelov

    And What about the Motorola Moto G XT1033 Dual SIM ?? It is second to only the HTC ONE spec wise!

  • Pelonomi Seithati

    I do have P6 where do i put in the second sim card?