Jonathan Ah Kit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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HTC One is the beast dual sim smartphones.
I was hoping to see the Battery Monsters Innos d9 (Cloudfone 430x) and THE d10, but meh. Nice list though.
Where can i buy online (HTC or Huawei P6) in UK?
@dualseeker check amazon.co.uk. also p6 has a dual sim version
What about HUAWEI Ascend G510?
obviously HTC One is the winner here
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.
Htc One dual sim? With microsd slot? My choice. :)
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
CPU MTK6589, Cortex A7 quad core, 1.2GHz;
GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP
5.7 Inch IPS screen 1280 x 720
12mp rear 5mp front
2 x 3200 battery
ACER LIQUID E2 (coz i own it) :D
Is it good ?
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.
Why S4 Duo isn’t here?
I would add the HTC Desire 600
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.
for ur information…
Huawei Ascend P6 is not a dual sim phone..:-)
U made a mistake in cherry mobile it has “quad core”
May I know the current price of the above phones?
Are you nsure the Ascend P6 is dual SIM???
Samsung s version problem please don’t buy !
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
Jiayu G4 and G3S both quad core phones.
I’m using G2S for a year now, really a great phone for the money.
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.
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
How about LTE? I do not see any LTE capabilities on any of the specs outlined
LG Optimus L7 Dual P715. http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5498&idPhone2=5372
HTC is the best !
A great article… but is there a dual sim phone out there which has got TWO active 3G/ UMTS slots??
SONY Xperia C
After getting the dual sim phone don;t forget to try a few of these tips to keep your costs down also http://www.thewisetraveller.com/blog/7_ways_to_cut_roaming_costs.php
CHERRY MOBILE OMEGA HD 2.0
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…
Karbonn S5 Titanium = Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0
Another bogus review!
i like Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 he the best dual sim android phone and he have long life battery usage :D,
Cherry Mobile is made in Phillippines
huawei P6 dual sim works in europe? I think not….
Samsung note 3 dual
Sim CHINA release
BQ Aquaris http://store.bqreaders.com/es/aquaris-5
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.
You forgot to mention galaxy grand
samsung galaxy s4 mini duos.
HTC desire 600 Dual SIM isn’t here ?!
Never had a dual sim phone. Could I use one sim for data and the other sim for say just calls and texts?
Where is Blu Products Life Series??? LoL!
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
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.
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.