While many folks can get by with a single-SIM handset, there’s something to be said about the flexibility that is afforded to you when you have a dual-SIM device. A dual-SIM setup allows you to not only potentially have two different phone numbers but you can also have one SIM for data, another SIM for calling and text, and you can more easily travel abroad without having to remove your primary SIM card.

Typically manufacturers do not make dual-SIM versions of all their phones, instead they usually create dual-SIM models for phones that are popular in international markets. Sorted by price, on this page is where you will find our list of the best dual-SIM Android phones currently available. We will keep this list up to date as new phones are released, and as always please share your thoughts on what you think the best dual sim Android phone is.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.
Update, September 2016: This month we removed the BLU Life One X to make room for the Moto G4 Play, ZTE Axon 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Best phones under $200

Moto G4 Play

Lenovo’s Moto G4 Play enters the market with a low price tag, solid specifications and a familiar design language we’ve all grown to love.

It sports a 5.0-inch HD display, solid Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera that’s great for snapping the occasional photo. Plus, you get a removable 2800mAh battery, which is a feature many manufacturers have been leaving out of their phones lately.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 294ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 144.4 x 72 x 9.9mm, 137g

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Honor 5X

Huawei has finally announced its plans to break into the US market with the Honor 5X. The Honor 5X was announced a number of months ago, but it was just recently revealed that the dual-SIM budget handset would be coming to the United States for only $200.

Featuring an all-metal build and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the 5X absolutely comes to market with a few features that we don’t normally see on sub-$200 smartphones. It comes with a big 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 616 processor, 16 GB of storage and microSD expansion up to 128 GB. It also comes with a 13 MP rear camera, a pretty sizable 3000mAh battery, and runs Huawei’s EMUI atop Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Huawei says the device will receive its update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow sometime soon, as well.

You can pre-order the Honor 5X from Amazon in Dark Grey, Daybreak Silver or Sunset Gold color options for only $199.99.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm, 158 g

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Motorola Moto G (2015)

The Moto G, one of the most beloved budget phones on the market, is now in its third iteration. This time around, the handset offers up a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and either 8 GB storage and 1 GB RAM, or 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM. bother models include microSD support, a 13 MP rear cam, a 5 MP front cam, a 5-inch 720p LCD display, and a hefty 2470 mAh non-removable battery. While the Moto G has never been about flashy extras, this year’s model does introduce waterproofing and LTE to the mix.

For those that lust for customization, the Moto G also includes limited Moto Maker support. While this feature isn’t as robust as you’d find with the Moto X Style (Pure Edition), it’s still a great step in the right direction. As for software? The phone runs Lollipop out of the box, and it is likely only a matter of time before a Marshmallow upgrade makes its way into the hands of consumers.

There is one trick, though! The U.S. version doesn’t have a dual SIM card slots. You will have to either find the right version elsewhere and have it imported… or you could skip this one and check out the other options.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution, 294 ppi
  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1/2 GB of RAM
  • 8/16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2470 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm, 155 g

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Best phones under $400

OnePlus 3

OnePlus did a great job at hyping up its 2015 flagship, the OnePlus 2. After missing the mark in a few key areas like camera and software performance, though, it was very clear the company still had a lot of work to do.

Fast forward to 2016 and we now have the OnePlus 3. Not only does it fix many of the issues we had with the 2, it also brings some new software and camera features to the table that are definitely worth checking out.

With the OnePlus 3 you get a thin, all-metal unibody design, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a massive 6GB of RAM and a perfectly capable 16MP rear camera. The battery is a little smaller this time around, but it does come with Dash Charging technology that will be able to get you a 60% charge in just 30 minutes. Oh, it has NFC too!

The best part? You can buy it right now for just $399 without and invite. That’s right – OnePlus has finally done away with the dreaded invite system for good.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

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ZTE Axon 7

ZTE’s Axon Pro from 2015 was a good phone, but it fell short in a few key areas. It came to market with only one storage option, no expandable memory, and the dual camera setup on the back of the device felt a bit gimmicky. Not only does the company’s latest flagship fix all of those problems, it brings much more to the table.

It has a big 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon processor, plenty of RAM, multiple storage options, and yes, expandable memory up to 256GB. It also sports some killer front-facing speakers, all-day battery life, a great camera, and a sleek, attractive design. While certain parts of the software could use a little more polish, the ZTE Axon 7 goes toe-to-toe with the best in the Android market. It’s also inexpensive at only $400, making this an even more attractive option for folks looking to score a solid flagship device.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
  • Non-removable 3250mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, 175g

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Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Instead of announcing just one Moto G variant this year, Lenovo brought us three different devices – the Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play.

The highest-end of the bunch is the Moto G4 Plus, and it brings a handful of notable improvements to the Moto G range. It has a big 1080p display, capable processor, expandable storage, and even a fingerprint sensor this time around. While we had a slight problem with the volume/power buttons and the camera in low light, we can honestly say this is one of the best budget offerings in 2016.

Right now you can buy it in the U.S. for $249.99 through Amazon or Motorola.com.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm, 155g

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Alcatel Idol 4S

We’re not used to seeing higher-end smartphones from Alcatel, but that’s changing this year.

Alcatel’s Idol 4S, the follow-up to the popular Idol 3, aims to blur the line between high-end and affordable smartphone. It comes with a big 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM and plenty of on-board storage. It also comes pre-packaged with a VR headset, which is a really nice touch.

You can pre-order the Idol 4S from Alcatel’s website for $349, while the full retail price of the handset will be $50 more.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.9 x 75.4 x 7mm, 149g

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Best phones above $400

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 stands out from the competition in more ways than one. Not only is it the best big-screened smartphone out there, it might be the best smartphone on the market right now.

It sports a big, bright 5.7-inch Dual-edge Super AMOLED Quad HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and microSD expansion. It also comes with the same great rear- and front-facing cameras that are present on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The camera package isn’t the only thing the Note 7 borrows form the Galaxy S line. It also features a Dual-edge display, so all of the handy Edge display features found on the S7 Edge are present here, too.

The Note 7’s S Pen has gotten a lot more useful as well. Now you can record pretty much anything on your screen and make it into a GIF, and you can also translate text from other languages, magnify certain parts of your screen, and much, much more.

This is a very pricey device, though, so be sure to weigh your options before spending over $800 on a smartphone.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Dual-edge Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 518ppi
  • Quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8890 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, 169g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM, great 12 MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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LG G5

While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32 GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 16 and 8 MP dual rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, 159 g

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Huawei Mate 8

Huawei recently unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 8. Featuring an extremely premium build, market-leading performance and great battery life, this is one heck of an Android device. Huawei still has yet to make the Mate 8 available in the United States, but that caveat is easily bypassed when buying the device from Amazon or any other online retailer. Luckily Huawei decided to include just about every band needed to connect to U.S. carriers’ networks, so if you do choose to import, you likely won’t have many problems on the connectivity front.

All in all, the Mate 8 is one of the better Android devices we’ve used in recent memory. It has a big 6.0-inch display, fast Kirin 950 processor, plenty of on-board storage and a decent camera. It’s also running the latest version of Android, which is a nice touch. Huawei’s software overlay may not be the most appealing to folks in the U.S., but that’s really one of the only downsides we have with the device.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch IPS-NEO LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 368 ppi
  • 2.3 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 16 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm, 185 g

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So there you have it – our picks for the best dual-SIM options Android has to offer at the moment. Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • Paomagz

    No z3 dual sim?

    • AndroidBoss

      That’s like asking “No Note 4 dual sim?” :P
      But I think eventually it will… When it’s released.

    • This list will be updated monthly with the latest offerings.

      • Jaded

        where’s the monthly update

  • Some Guy That Works At Rogers

    When the Panasonic new phone is released, it should top this list pending the bands availability.

    What would be awesome is if apps like Whatsapp would support dual SIM for two whatsapp accounts…

    • kevo888

      Huawei P7 dual sim and LTE…love mine.

    • Joe boat

      I have a dual sim phone by Zopo. Each sim card has its own number hense being capable of having two whatsapp accounts.
      I will tell you streight in the face, it is not easy to mentain the two accounts. But it is possible.

    • JDMillest

      how would you install two whatsapp?

  • MichaelSammler

    “A dual-SIM setup allows you to not only potentially have two different phone numbers but you can also have one SIM for data, another SIM for calling and text, you can more easily travel abroad without having to remove your primary SIM card and the list goes on.”
    Does the list go on? I thought that was about it.

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  • browngeek

    Interesting list, as I’m looking for a dual sim phone with LTE capability and as close to stock as possible (or at least rootable). You seem to have missed out a bunch of chinese manufacturers though. One phone that looks very good at the moment is the IUNI 3.

  • RS84

    Xiaomi Redmi 1s, not included?

    • mrjayviper

      can you easily buy the Redmi in the US?

  • applebrainwashespeople

    wonder why this blog hasn’t written an article about how the new iphones
    bend in your pocket… its all over the news… maybe because they are
    frauds, probably paid by apple. faking an iphone drop test… frauds..

  • Kenneth Ko

    Noticed LG G2 Mini is not in the list, kindly elaborate why so we know why we should avoid this unit and consider those in the list over it.

  • Rohit

    Well, here in India the htc desire 816 and the one E8 both support gsm and cdma networks (2G &3G) on the first sim slot. Dont know if thats different in other markets.

  • Guest

    why should anybody think US buyers before any other buyers? why you all Americans need to be so a self centered?

  • IonelB

    Zte Nubia z7 series?

    • Dave Weinstein

      Unlike most of the phones listed above, Nubia’s Z7 (and X6) have dual LTE SIM support, not just 3G support. Additionally, they support the LTE frequencies used in Singapore, Thailand (BKK), Hong Kong, and China (1,3 and 7, and 38-41)

      • Brad Bauer

        Dave, Are you sure that Nubia Z7 Max has dual LTE SIM support? That is exactly what I am looking for, but I saw a video review on YouTube and the reviewer said otherwise.

        • hichaam

          The LTE is supported on both slots, but only one can use it at time, and you can swap them in the software.

  • Jodfgdf

    Xiaomi redmi 1s

  • Chkhito

    What about Huawei & Lenovo dual sim phones? They are great

    • Guest

      I’ve been using the Ascend G750 for a while now… very nice phone with very decent specs for the price (±300 dollars) but the service (at least where I live is pretty, pretty poor. For instance, they removed the stock android encryption feature but refuse to tell me why or when it will be put back in. Every time I contact them it can take well over 2 weeks before they respond. Wouldn’t recommend buying one.

  • Sirajuddin

    Zenfone 4,5 and 6 have dual sims and they won the Red Dot product design award

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  • Martins

    Maybe add Huawei Honor 6 to the list
    nice design, powerfull, big battery and good price

  • Allan Catraz

    Don’t forget the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8. If I am not mistaken, it’s still the largest screen dual SIM device on the market. I hope they release a dual SIM version on the Mega 2.

    • inez blafla

      Zopo 990 is a 6″ dual sim android phone.

  • Kolyan24k

    With current Hangouts VOIP I dont really need dual SIM. I currently have 3 numbers ringing on 1 phone !

    • Arun

      How do you make Hangouts VOIP ring for local numbers? Don’t you need to pay monthly for the three local numbers then?

      • Kolyan24k

        Need to pay for 2, Google Voice number is free. I have European number and USA number, plus USA number with GV. When in Europe can have EU call directly to phone, then forward US number to GV, this way all 3 ring to one phone (1 in regular dialer 2 in VOIP)

  • soumayanour

    Between the new moto g 2014 (2nd generation duall sim) and any htc ( E8, 616) what would you choose? ( btw i don’t need the 4G) please help!

  • Hassan00107

    Where is xperia t2 ultra dual?

  • Paolo

    Is there a Galaxy Note 2 that has a dual-sim setup? I’m planning on buying one at Amazon in a couple of months and having a SIM for friends and family and one for business would be great.

  • oiej47

    Too bad i can’t find this version of Moto G on Amazon french … i’ve been wanting to have a moto G for a while

  • Ignacio Guerendiain

    You forgot the Moto G second generation (2014). They exist, I have one :)

  • I like samsung galaxy mega 5.8
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  • Estong714

    I don’t think S6 has expandable storage isn’t it?

    • Estong714

      You’re welcome!

    • Buck

      The S6 does NOT have expandable memory. I found out the hard way and I’m NOT happy with Samsungs choices. Even the Quad-Core processor is a huge … HUGE disappointment ! ! !

      I’m still waiting on the manufacturers to WAKE UP to users Not wanting their expensive devices being loaded with junk bloatware that also causes their data plans to be billed for auto-updates, even if we don’t use that Crap !

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  • TheP

    But which ones are dual-active? Best dual-sim phones article and missing this most important information?

    • Eric Stealth

      I am using the BLU Studio 6.0 LTE Version with DUAL SIM. (Model Y650Q) as my daily driver.

      Can’t beat the price of $179.99 at Amazon.com

      It is UNLOCKED.

      It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.6 GHz Quad core with Andreno 305 GPU

      13MP Main Camera with LED Flash and 5MP Front camera

      16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM. Micro SD Slot up to 32GB (or 64GB with FAT32 format)

      4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps

      Compatible with T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, Straight Talk, Net10, Ultra Mobile, Walmart Family Mobile, H20 Wireless, 420 Wireless, Red Pocket, Telcel America, Lyca, Go Smart and more..

      4G HSPA+ Compatible with AT&T

      3G/2G GSM SIM cards compatible with H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers.

      This Unlocked phone though will NOT work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.

      My issue is it still runs on Kit Kat 4.4.2 But hopefully a Lollipop or a CyanogenMod will be released soon.

      The Phone Calls and Messaging from works well simultaneously from SIM1 and SIM2. It allows you to select which ones to use.

      But for people who use Apple’s iOS iMessaging it’s difficult to get their messages especially if it is a Group Message. It’s an Android vs iOS thing. But I don’t mind and there are Android Messaging Apps out there that you can use to make it work. I just haven’t explored it yet.

      Therefore, this phone should’ve made this list.

      • SyCoREAPER

        That has 0 to do with the post you quoted

    • zuccherino

      Dual Activ is the Asus Zenfone 2. It runs actually with Android 5.0. Between march 2016 and next month comes the new in Android 6.0 out. Beta is still testing till the end of february. I like my ZenII :)

      • DrYumYum

        He’s not referring to one model.

        He’s referring to the most important feature of dual sim phones – what models will run both sims at once, and also I’d like to know, what “g”… As some (all?) don’t run full speed/tech on both.

      • ✡ Netanel ✡

        The best Dual sim ever is the Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

        • Chris

          Time will tell, not available many places as yet. Zenfone 3 Deluxe supports dual sim 3G-4G operation rather than older dual sims which only support 2G on the secondary sim.

        • 40jimlloyd40

          It’s $499 and it’s not even out yet. How can you can call something the best that you haven’t touched?

    • Jesse Wood

      I would say the best is the AXON 7 for sure it has all of the carriers most of these phones don’t have all the carriers.

      • 40jimlloyd40

        Android Authority lost some credibility with me to leave the Axon 7 out but include the G4. The G4 isn’t even close to comparable. The Axon 7 has specs equal to the Galaxy S7 series.

    • I agree. Can Android Authority please have a dedicated mention of only phones that are Dual Sim, dual ACTIVE or full ACTIVE? As 2G network becomes unavailable in some countries, people are going to need to be able to use 3G/4G networks on both sim cards, even if it is just for voice calls.

      I have asus zenfone max, but it is annoying when I get error in dual sim settings “can only have 1 sim active with 3g or higher”

      • Chris

        Zenfone 3 supports dual sim operations being 3G and 4G; of course only one is data but you can receive voice and sms on the 3G sim now.

  • Drakov Sergey

    As anyone who has had sonys would know , the waterproof feature is a “maybe”, I owned 2 xperia z3 dual sim, one was water proof, the second one wasn’t, touched water and became a $800 brick.
    When it comes to phone signal, if you’re working with the band’s 1700 2100, don’t bother wasting money on this thing, they advertise as these bands are included and they are, but in all the 3 sony’s I have owned, the signal is shitty and disconnects way too much (and often doesn’t connect at all).
    At this point what I can be glad about the sony is the camera, but if that’s the only best feature on a present time smartphone, is not worth it.
    The signal is better and stronger on a cheap phone I tested (que 5.5, dual sim, which sells for 120 bucks).
    Sony’s customer service is non existent. I’m still waiting for a part they said they’d send me, they said would take 14 days; it’s been 5 months.

    • ReptilianRedux

      Re: Xperias, that is disappointingly true. I found out the hard way when a year-old Z2 was accidentally plunged into a water tank.

    • Lim Ming Quan

      Never had any major problems with my Sony Xperias, had great customer service. (:

  • Bill___A

    When I am looking for a dual sim phone, I am looking to see which one has the second SIM do more than 2G because a lot of countries have mostly shut down their 2G networks. I have just wasted time on a completely and utterly useless article.

    • Eric Stealth

      I am using the BLU Studio 6.0 LTE Version with DUAL SIM. (Model Y650Q) as my daily driver.

      Can’t beat the price of $179.99 at Amazon.com

      It is UNLOCKED.

      It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.6 GHz Quad core with Andreno 305 GPU

      13MP Main Camera with LED Flash and 5MP Front camera

      16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM. Micro SD Slot up to 32GB (or 64GB with FAT32 format)

      4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps

      Compatible with T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, Straight Talk, Net10, Ultra Mobile, Walmart Family Mobile, H20 Wireless, 420 Wireless, Red Pocket, Telcel America, Lyca, Go Smart and more..

      4G HSPA+ Compatible with AT&T

      3G/2G GSM SIM cards compatible with H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers.

      This Unlocked phone though will NOT work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.

      My issue is it still runs on Kit Kat 4.4.2 But hopefully a Lollipop or a CyanogenMod will be released soon.

      The Phone Calls and Messaging from works well simultaneously from SIM1 and SIM2. It allows you to select which ones to use.

      But for people who use Apple’s iOS iMessaging it’s difficult to get their messages especially if it is a Group Message. It’s an Android vs iOS thing. But I don’t mind and there are Android Messaging Apps out there that you can use to make it work. I just haven’t explored it yet.

      Therefore, this phone should’ve made this list.

      • SyCoREAPER

        Stop spamming assclown. Posted that once already and now twice the wrong way

    • JDMillest

      s7/s7 edge both sim slot are the same, 2g, 3g, 3g/2g, lte/3g/2g

      • not necessarily. You need to verify it is dual sim, dual ACTIVE. Surprisingly many decent dual sim phones phones are still only dual-sim, dual standby. This means both slots can handle 2g/3g/4g, but only ONE slot can use 3g/4g radio at a time. The other slot is forced to 2g only. But this assumes that 2g will be around forever, which it will not be.

        Dual ACTIVE means that there are 2 dedicated radios or somehow you can use both sims simultaneously for 3g/4g, including voice calls. phone manufacturers are so busy trying to install a 20MP camera, instead of hardware that enhances what a phone was originally designed to do (make/receive phone calls). Agreed?

        • JDMillest

          i see, s7 edge duo is my first dual sim. i agree how everything is so advance and moving so fast, they should make all dual sim active.

          whats the pro of having both sim slots using 3g/4g? for me my second sim is only for calls, so 2g is ok cause i dont need internet on that sim. it most more to make them both active? idunno

          • 2g is being discontinued in many countries over the next 5 years as 3g coverage will make it redundant. In some cases, you will only be able to use 3g or higher to get voice signal. Dual active for 3g/4g slots mean that you can get voice on one 3g/4g radio and then internet on a separate 3g/4g radio

          • JDMillest

            thanks for the info!

      • Chris

        S7 won’t do it, a phone that will support 3G and 4G sims for example is the Moto G4 Plus or Sony Xperia X Performance.

  • Eric Stealth

    I am using the BLU Studio 6.0 LTE Version with DUAL SIM. (Model Y650Q) as my daily driver.

    Can’t beat the price of $179.99 at Amazon.com

    It is UNLOCKED.

    It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.6 GHz Quad core with Andreno 305 GPU

    13MP Main Camera with LED Flash and 5MP Front camera

    16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM. Micro SD Slot up to 32GB (or 64GB with FAT32 format)

    4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps

    Compatible with T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, Straight Talk, Net10, Ultra Mobile, Walmart Family Mobile, H20 Wireless, 420 Wireless, Red Pocket, Telcel America, Lyca, Go Smart and more..

    4G HSPA+ Compatible with AT&T

    3G/2G GSM SIM cards compatible with H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers.

    This Unlocked phone though will NOT work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.

    My issue is it still runs on Kit Kat 4.4.2 But hopefully a Lollipop or a CyanogenMod will be released soon.

    The Phone Calls and Messaging from works well simultaneously from SIM1 and SIM2. It allows you to select which ones to use.

    But for people who use Apple’s iOS iMessaging it’s difficult to get their messages especially if it is a Group Message. It’s an Android vs iOS thing. But I don’t mind and there are Android Messaging Apps out there that you can use to make it work. I just haven’t explored it yet.

    Therefore, this phone should’ve made this list.

    • Michael Merrill

      gross 6.0+ is a must if you are going to buy a phone now in my opinion. Doze and encrypting is a must in this day in age.

    • Michael Merrill

      Also if you are going the route of running a ROM you would be better off getting a cheaper older gen name brand phone. My favorite opinion is the LG G2 which you can find for a steal. NFC and 3000mah battery is never overrated. Dev support is alot better for it than a BLU phone.

  • ReptilianRedux

    Smartphones + non-removable batteries = FAIL. Planned obsolescence? You’re losing customers by not allowing aftermarket batteries that serve the need to use a phone beyond just 8 flimsy hours

  • Dusan

    I got Edge+ Dual SIM and was quite disappointed that you can only use 4G/3G on the primary SIM, the secondary uses only 2G. Which in my case is not even enough to make a call since my service provider’s network is based on 4G, and having a secondary SIM for data is pointless as it’s still only SLOOOOOOOW 2G speed.
    I should have done some homework. Just thought that maybe there are more who don’t know this.
    I wonder what the limitations are?

    • Acaa Aca

      you can use 4G on sim2 but you need to switch sim1 to 2G. i use it all the time on s6 dual sim. they can’t be both 4G at the same time.

    • Mars94

      Sir, if you ever check your messages, know that the problem is not a limitaion of the phone.

      If you ever want to switch the internet SIM you must go to network settings and set the SIM settings to 3G/4G LTE to the other SIM manually. This is the case with the galaxy s5.

    • Chris

      2016 is the year that the first dual sim phones that don’t force the secondary sim to 2G are finally starting to make an appearance. Look at the Moto G4 Plus or Xiaomi Mi5

  • balcobomber25

    This site is so in love with Moto. The Moto G is a terrible phone for $100 nevermind $200.

  • Equinox

    Don’t prefer dual sim phones

  • TheOracle

    Why does AA compile these lists with so many phones overlooked? Where’s the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro? Various offerings from Lenovo, Zuk, ZTE, HTC, Axxon etc? Why remove the Zenfone and put two One Plus models whilst retaining the Motorola? What’s the deal with the fascination with Motorola anyway?

    • Joonho Jung

      AA doesnt mention shitty xiaomi because most of us live in a country where the gov is not corrupt and respects each company’s patents unlike china and most south east asian countries

      • TheOracle

        WTF does that have to do with anything you moron. I suppose the two Huawei’s on the list are made in Alabama according to your warped Donald Trump logic?

        • Joonho Jung

          lol u retard I only mentioned xiaomi. Can u actually read? Huawei has lots of its own patents, unlike xiaomi who copies samsung and apple. I have no single word about huawei in my reply. Plus, huawei is officiaĺly released in major countries like germany, france, U.S, etc. Learn how to read u IDIOT

          • TheOracle

            “unlike china and most south east asian countries”.

            Your ignorant ass wrote that and I read it right. Just because a phone isn’t available in the west doesn’t make it a copy. The reasons for not launching in major Western markets has more to do with size and ability. Huawei, One Plus (Oppo/Vivo), ZTE, Lenovo and LeEco all dwarf Xiaomi.

            Xiaomi are in other Asian markets including India where anyone (especially Crapple) are free to sue them without the “protection” of the Chinese government. Why haven’t Xiaomi been sued yet?

            You’re an ignorant Jackass who should do more research.

            Btw I’m enjoying my Redmi Note 3 Pro here in Florida.

    • Joe

      Technically Motorola is a Lenovo company, though you mqke a good point there.

    • GasPoweredCat

      while an excellent device finding a redmi note 3 with full LTE support can be tough, there are a ton of variants of it and only one of them supports B20 LTE for voda and o2, im not saying its impossible just be careful with the one you choose, likewise with the lenovo zuk, only the z2 pro has B20 LTE the standard zuk z2 doesnt. that said i cant say ive ever even seen the dual sim versions of the moto devices (and the samsung ones are pretty rare) so they probably wont be any easier to find i suppose. its a shame were stuck needing B20 as there are so many nice devices out there for very cheap if you dont need it, the xiaomi mi5, the meizu pro 5 or pro 6, the zuk z2 and a few other very nice premium devices can all be had for around £300 or less. although i must admit im quite keen on the ZTE axon devices

      • TheOracle

        Simple solution is to change Carriers. I’m on T-Mobile USA, 3UK and T-Mobile UK so B20 doesn’t matter. The dual-sim Samsung’s are all over the place and easily available, especially on eBay and Amazon.

        My problem with this list is the inclusion of 2015 phones from Motorola etc. If that’s the case they should have the Zenfone 2, OPO etc. There are far better and newer phones than the Motorola’s listed.

        • GasPoweredCat

          this i know well, hence why im on three but for others locked into contracts it can cause an issue, ive always bought my phones outright (with one exception) so its not a prob for me to switch carriers, not that i have any intention of that., EE were crap customer service wise, while three have been excellent

          i fully agree with adding the motos over the zenphone and lenovo etc and there was no reason to include both, they could have just said moto g dual sim devices, likewise they could have put “galaxy dual sim models” to cover all samsung flagship devices rather than listing the s7 and the note separately. i would also argue that its more difficult to get the moto and samsung dual sim models than the other potential offerings. i do however quite like the alcatel idol 4s and thats something i never thought id say about an alcatel/TCL unit.

          im hoping to see the likes of xiaomi, meizu and a few other good chinese manufacturers to start pushing out more internationally focused models, im also kind of hoping that the latest mediatek chips are actually half decent (which from reading they do appear to be) which will open up a lot more possibilities on devices. ive yet to have a chance to play around with any of the p20 deca core ones but i have ordered a phone with a p10 in (an elephone p9000) to have a play about with and see what theyre like compared to a mid range device from the usual OEM crowd. i plan on using it as my daily driver coming from a sony xperia z5 which ive really struggled to love since getting (for a good while i considered selling it and going back to a z3 as nothing else on the market really caught my eye)

          • TheOracle

            Good luck with the Elephone. Crap support and quality from what I’ve heard. After various Chinaphones I’ve learned to stick with the established names like Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, ZTE etc.

          • GasPoweredCat

            i was kind of expecting support to be low and there to be a few issues, in fact almost hoping for it as i want something that is going to give me cause to start modding my device again, the kernel sources are out so it seemed like a good base to start playing with an MTK helio chipset device and maybe making some roms again. im going in expecting there to be issues etc, i plan on getting a few others from Umi, Ulephone and the like too just to see what theyre like

            id argue that the issue isnt actually so much the device itself but the cpu/chipset it uses, the most well received chinese devices are those using qualcomm cpus in general, eg the redmi note 3 is a good device as long as you get the snapdragon version, the MTK one doesnt fare so well from what ive read.

            somehow huawei have managed to pull out marketing magic that has suddenly made them the darlings of the industry yet only a short while ago they were pretty much listed as “crap china phones” along with all the others (im sure the nexus had a lot to do with this) im not sure what the kirin chips are like as there seems to be little mention of them in any major news (although ive had little cause to look myself as i dont encounter them that often) however i do think that huawei are way overpriced, things like the p9 and the huawei watch while nice are not worth the price they ask compared to other offerings.

            another thing that bothers me about them (and many other chinese phones) is the awful EmUi/MiUi/Flyme type OS, its arguably a great way into android if youre coming from an iphone but coming from a stock android build it feels awful (im sorry but i want my app drawer) i know with modding you could change that but its not always that easy and a custom rom may not have all the features and of course it voids your warranty, not that it would bother me as i have usually voided my warranty on any tech within a day of owning it. but seeing some of the newer manufacturers putting out devices with stock or near stock android is one of the things that got me interested in them.

            support may also be pathchy but i think their end game may well be to try and essentially get the community to bug bust their software, elephone provide an official twrp and official root method along with kernel sources which allows development and fixes from just about anyone capable of doing it. Umi also have an official root tool too called rootjoy. seeing those sorts of things do kind of make me want to support these companies in a world where other manufacturers are doing their utmost to crush any chance of you modding their devices (with samsung being arguably the worst offenders)

            i find it sad that the modding scene is kind of dying because of this lockdown fever so that people can use their phone as a credit card etc, so having a company thats at least kind of encouraging community development and modding is something i want to support, if i wanted a locked down environment id be using an iphone (and on that day satan will be skiing to work)

            i think basically im kind of bored of the major manufacturers devices so im going to have a play around with some of these newer devices, theyre mostly cheap enough that changing them out isnt a massive issue, if the elephone isnt any good i wont feel like ive lost too much and i can just change out for another, thats another bonus in itself as im usually kind of sick of a device after about 6 months and i get the itch to change up to something different. wow sorry that was a mighty long post

          • TheOracle

            Lol @ the Satan remark. I agree 100%. Hate Crapple.

            Hardware will be a problem with the crap Elephoney too. For me stock android is crap. Each to his own. I hated the miui launcher when I got my Redmi Note 3 Pro but just switched over to ZenUI and got my app drawer and (most importantly) alphabetical sorting of apps amongst other things.

            I’m still sticking to the established names despite some very tempting models from Umi, Ulephone and Vernee etc.

          • GasPoweredCat

            well a few hours ago the amazon guy popped round and dropped it and an ulephone power off for my housemate who decided he wanted to take a punt on something with a big battery (he almost bought the ouiktel k10000!) so the initial verdict?………….

            im much more impressed than i expected to be if im honest, granted i had fairly low expectations and initial impression can and likely will fade over time, both devices feel pretty solid and well built, the back on the ulephone looks a little plasticky but it feels solid and doesnt bow or give anywhere. the big surprise was the screens, both the elephone and even the cheap as chips ulephone utterly trounce the display on my xperia z5, brighter and sharper (so much so that i begin to wonder if theres something up with my z5, surely it shouldnt seem so dark compared to such cheap phone displays)

            ive only done quick tests so far really, ran a speedtest over 4g which netted me 28 down/21 up, so all good there, did a quick gps test and it locked pretty quickly, no noticeable difference from the z5 , i also fired up pokemon go for a second to see how it fared, took a little longer than the z5 to start up initially but after that it ran like a dream. im fully expecting to run into issues at some point soon but so far im actually very surprised by it, i thought id find myself picking fault with it but as yet im actually struggling to find things to dislike, even on the ulephone which ill admit i had even lower expectations of.

            i guess we will see how the hardware holds up in the coming weeks , if it does go wrong its just an excuse for me to pull it apart! i do have plans to get hold of a few others to play about with, a redmi note 3 pro included once i get around to getting one of the proper international versions with B20 support (itll likely be gifted after im done messing with it so having the support for b20 may be needed) im hoping to eventually get a vernee apollo and an umi super to see how they hold up too

          • TheOracle

            You need to join Chinaphonearena and get some good input there.

          • GasPoweredCat

            Think I’m already registered there, 4pda is usually a good source too

  • RJ V

    there is no dual active phone in right sense except the older model of samsung c3212.. a true dual phone should be able to get calls in their respective sims without call divert..i.e. when sim1 is busy, sim2 should also get call directly .. simply you should be able call sim2 from sim1 of the same device.. All cell phone manufacturers are mis-leading the customers..

    • mariusv

      Actually that is not true. I own a Honor 7 and I can call SIM1 from SIM2 and vice versa and like Honor7 there are many phones.

    • Game Hustla

      Nope Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML and my ZE550ML) and Huawei Ascend Mate7

  • RJ V
  • LG V10 Dual SIM variants are better.

  • 3223

    One question, why is it that dual sim phones have two separate IMEI? My dual sim s7 has two different IMEI, which is odd coz I thought IMEI is tied to a specific device…

    • cheezer88

      does it have both sims active or do you have to switch over to each sim to use a different phone number.

      • 3223

        It actually can have both aims active. Just that I am forgoing one sim slot for the SD card. You can even choose which sim to use for data. Both sims are on standby and can work, if I use it.. :p

  • Tiffany Green

    Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 – I should have gotten you vs the Asus Zenfone 2 (which broke down 60 days after purchase) …. aww well, ZTE works fine and I don’t believe those Federal agents who think their devices are spying for China (lol, did Apple pay them to announce that the Press?)

  • T_Dizzle

    Where are the LeEco phones?

  • Randy Leyba

    Can anyone recommend a dual sim phone with Wi-Fi calling that will work on T-Mobile USA?

  • 40jimlloyd40

    You can add the Axon 7 to the list as soon as it’s available.

    • @Androsity101

      I’m excited for this phone. Have two atm, 1 Att & 1 Verizon. Seems like this might be the first phone I can put both SIMs on a single phone.

  • DDD

    And again, the OPX gets put in the wrong section.

  • m.albinali

    Why mention sd card support if the micro sd card occupies the second sim and you no longer have dual sim support?

  • intruda

    Mate 8 with custom google rom is pretty nice.

  • David

    A dual-SIM device is really helpful.

  • Badelhas

    Why doesn’t the Alcatel idol 3 4.7 inch get mentioned, ever? I don’t even know why I comment questions to the editors here, they never answer, unlike Android Central

  • ktos

    Umi Super?

  • santosh ingale

    in a turm of giveaway i know that this is best tech channel and they have a best app that inform you all new tech info…..love android authority

  • ktos

    Best waterproof and dual sim??

  • ktos

    List of the best phone with dual sim and water resistance.

    • Jake

      1. S7 and S7 Edge

      • ktos

        Ok! But what next??

      • Flu

        2. Z5

  • Saurav

    OnePlus three is also an good suggestion

  • randre70

    You forgot the zte axon 7!

  • Nathan Buffington

    NO AXON 7?!

  • Kunal Narang

    AA announced ZTE Axon 7 as the best mid range smartphone and gave it an editor’s choice award. Yet, it does not find a place in this list. This is beyond me.

  • Karly Johnston

    Best under $400 is the Zuk Z2 Pro or Axon 7. The screen on the OP3 is garbage.

    • Jadoei1

      Ehm nope it isn’t, it is a great screen, and the camera from the Axon 7 is a lot worse than the OP3

      • Karly Johnston

        It has the worst color accuracy of the year and a cheap pentile matrix leaving pixels clearly visible to the eye. It is a garbage screen. It has a good daylight camera but low light is average, like most mid range cameras.

  • Juschan

    Oneplus 3 or G5?
    i need to decide and i like both haha

  • ✡ Netanel ✡

    Zenfone 3 Deluxe!….

  • Acnologia

    why is there no p9

  • farciarz

    zte axon 7 > honor 8 > one plus 3

  • TheOracle

    Still no Axon 7? Wtf?

  • GasPoweredCat

    personally i think id stay away from samsungs dual sim models, they have a habit of leaving them in the dust when it comes to updates from what ive seen in the past, if looking for a dual sim id be looking at the oneplus or honor/huawei stuff if not importing, but if i was going to import i think id look at some other chinese stuff possibly, including the likes of meizu and xiaomi, i know theres no band 20 on them in general, but id just avoid O2 and itd probably suffice, if you can do that things like the xiaomi Mi5, lenovo zuk2 (china version) and meizu pro devices become available often under 300 quid and in the case of the mi5 close to £200 if you shop round)

  • Ollie Hamon

    The Wiley Fox Storm should be on this list too…

  • Victor Mbah

    how good is the ZTE Axon 7?

  • D Gamer

    where is oneplus 2 in the list have you’ll forgotten it under 400$?

  • noh1bvisas

    i know t mobile doesn’t sell dual sim phones. does anyone have 2 t mobile lines/numbers on the one dual sim phone?

  • Alex Aumann

    In the article, it’s worth mentioning which dual SIM phones can use dual SIM and microSD. I know the Samsung S7, Samsung Note 7, and LG G5 have a slot that accepts a 2nd SIM or uSD (but not both).

    I’m still using a Samsung S5, because I can use dual SIM and a uSD card.

  • Hilko

    Xiaomi Mi5 is of course one of the best smartphones out there with dual sim. Currently for around 270 dollars for 32GB version. It is only lacking in one serious area, it’s missing the 800 band /20 for LTE – used in West-Europe. if the phone supported the 800 band I’d have it myself as well.