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
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
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
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
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
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
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!