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While most can get by with a single-SIM handset, there’s something to be said about the flexibility that comes with a dual-SIM device. A dual-SIM setup allows you to, have two different phone numbers. You can also have one SIM for data, another SIM for calling and texting. Not to mention it can facilitate traveling abroad without having to remove your primary SIM card.

Manufacturers don’t typically make dual-SIM versions of all their phones. Instead, they usually create dual-SIM models for phones that are popular in international markets. To help you out, we have curated a 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 dual-SIM devices hit the market.

Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro back standing up (37 of 60)

The Huawei P30 Pro is one of the best phones around. Its great design, powerful specs, and leading-class camera give it plenty to love. The P30 Pro features four cameras on the back – a primary 40MP one with an f/1.6 aperture; an ultrawide 20MP with an f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP 125mm telephoto lens , and a TOF camera. 

It’s blazing fast, has great battery life, and some of the best cameras you can get on any smartphone. That said, it isn’t  easy to get your hands on it if you’re in the U.S., as the phone was not officially released in the country. 

The Huawei P30 Pro utilizes a Hybrid Dual Sim system, in which you can choose to use one as an SD card slot. It uses Huawei’s proprietary nano memory technology, so don’t go buying a microSD card! 

Specs

  • 6.47-inch, dual-curved, FHD+ (2340×1080), OLED display
  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor
  • Mali-G76 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128/256/512GB of built-in storage, expandable via Nano Memory card slot (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual-SIM (dual standby)
  • 40MP, 20MP, 8MP, and TOF cameras
  • 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 158×73.4×8.4mm, 192grams

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OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro phone angled on table back

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the most expensive phone to come from the Chinese startup, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great deal. This phone starts at $669 and competes with thousand-dollar handsets. 

Its specs make it a powerhouse, including elements like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6/8/12GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery, and a 6.67-inch 90Hz AMOLED display with a 3,120 x 1,440 QHD + resolution.

The notch has disappeared, making this a true all-screen experience. OnePlus has gone with an elevating front-facing camera mechanism, instead. 

OnePlus has never been known for making impressive cameras and, unfortunately, that remains the case with the 7 Pro. The photos it produces aren’t bad, and in good light, it can snag some nice shots, but if the light you feed the lenses drops even a little bit the images end up washed out and muddy.

Specs

  • 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 3120 x 1440 resolution, 90Hz
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6/8/12GB RAM
  • 128/256GB built-in storage
  • Dual-SIM (dual standby)
  • 48MP, 16MP, 8 MP cameras
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 162.6×75.9×8.8mm, 206grams

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

best dual-SIM phones - Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was one of the most anticipated releases of last year. It shares much of its design language with its predecessor, but more refined design elements like better fingerprint scanner placement and a smaller camera visor give the Galaxy Note 9 the edge. 

There’s no risk of compromise in terms of hardware as far as the Galaxy Note 9 is concerned. You get the Snapdragon 845 processor onboard, backed by 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Up to 512GB of built-in storage is a power users dream, and keeping everything running is a 4,000mAh battery. The Galaxy Note 9 also features the best smartphone display around, with numbers to back that up

Like the Huawei P20 Pro, the dual-SIM (dual standby) version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is only available in certain markets and is limited to the Exynos model. If you want to have the Snapdragon 845 version with dual SIM, your only option is to import the device from China. The dual-SIM version is also of the hybrid slot variety where the second SIM slot also serves as the microSD card slot. So users have to make the choice between expandable storage and dual-SIM capabilities.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 / 2.7GHz octa-core Exynos 9810
  • Adreno 630 GPU (Snapdragon) / Mali-G72 MP 18 (Exynos)
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128/256/512GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD card up to 512GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12MP and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual-SIM (dual standby) – hybrid slot
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201grams

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Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus red reflection at angle

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series features three models: the S10, S10 Plus, and S10e. The S10 would be the standard version, while the S10 Plus is for those who want a larger device, and the S10e is the affordable version of Samsung’s latest phones. 

All three Samsung Galaxcy S10 handsets are available in dual-SIM configurations, but it’s hard to get in the USA. You will need to buy the phone outright and unlocked in order to enjoy dual-SIM features. 

Regardless, it’s nice to know you can get Samsung’s flagship devices with dual-SIM capabilities. These phones are extremely popular and will likely accomplish the most sales in this list. 

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Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 back

Those who want a flagship smartphone at a fair price can’t go wrong with the Xiaomi Mi 9. No longer do you need to pay $1,000 to get the latest tech in your phone. Instead, Xiaomi gives it to you for as low as 499 euros. 

Specs include a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 2340×1080 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6/8/12GB of RAM, and a 3,300mAh battery. 

Unless there’s something missing that you just can’t live without — like a headphone jack, higher resolution, or a bigger battery — then it is a hearty recommendation. If you really want a device that can turn heads, go for the transparent model.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6/8/12GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • Dual-SIM 
  • 48MP, 16MP, 12MP cameras. 
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.67 x 7.61mm, 173grams

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Pocophone F1 aka Xiaomi POCO F1

xiaomi pocophone f1

Xiaomi introduced a new sub-brand called Pocophone (or POCO in India) last year with its first device being the F1. The name promises speed, and Xiaomi certainly delivers in that department with the Pocophone F1 the only smartphone priced at between $300 and $400 to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.

Backing the fast processor is 6GB or 8GB of RAM, with up to 256GB of built-in storage available. While featuring the specs sheet of a far more expensive flagship, the Pocophone F1 starts at just 20,000 rupees (~$280) in India and starting at 330 euros in European markets.

The underwhelming design does betray the flagship specs though. The polycarbonate backing is simple, and the large notch and relatively thick bezels undersell the excellent performance you get with this device. For those hoping for a more premium look, the highest-end variant comes with a kevlar back that looks and feels much better.

Aside from the design, the Pocophone F1 delivers in other departments. The phone absolutely flies and the large battery ensures impressive battery life. If performance and battery life are key factors, the Pocophone F1 is one of the best in this price range. The cameras are good, albeit slightly inconsistent. But the software experience is great, with Xiaomi aiming for a more stock-like feel with the new Poco Launcher (based on MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1 Oreo).

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes with a dual-SIM (dual standby) hybrid slot, which means that the SIM 2 slot doubles as the microSD card slot. So users will have to make the choice between expandable storage and dual-SIM capabilities.

Specs

  • 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with 2246 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12MP and 5MP rear cameras, 20MP front-facing camera
  • Dual-SIM (dual standby) – hybrid slot
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm, 180grams

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Asus Zenfone 5Z

asus zenfone 5z

OnePlus 6 may have started the trend of the affordable flagship but there are now many competitors that are looking to make their own mark in this segment. Asus is back with a bang this summer with a fantastic new smartphone – the Zenfone 5Z, which takes on the OnePlus 6T and other high-end phones in the flagship arena.

The specs sheet of the Zenfone 5Z looks very similar to that of the OnePlus 6T. You get the Snapdragon 845, 6 or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of built-in storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. The OnePlus 6T does have a leg up, at least on paper, in the camera department, with the Zenfone 5Z coming with a 12MP and 8MP dual rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing shooter.

Asus has liberally tacked on the term “AI” to the various features of the phone even if it oversells the actual capabilities of the device. Some are impressive though, like AI Charging, that stops the phone from charging to 100 percent overnight. That doesn’t mean you won’t get a fully charged phone, it just means the phone will charge to 100 percent right before you wake up, once it gets to know your sleeping habits.

Asus has also focused on the audio experience, with the ZenFone 5Z coming with two five-magnet stereo speakers driven by dual amplifiers to ensure maximum volume. It also supports Hi-Res Audio files encoded at up to 24-bit/192KHz sample rates and supports DTS Headphone:X for 7.2-channel virtual surround-sound when using headphones.

Starting at just $499, the Zenfone 5Z is slightly more affordable than the OnePlus 6T, which makes it a more enticing option for some. All versions of the Zenfone 5Z come with dual-SIM (dual standby) capabilities. However, the device utilizes a hybrid slot with the SIM 2 slot also serving as a microSD card slot. So users will have to make the choice between expandable storage and the dual-SIM feature.

Specs

  • 6.2-inch AMOLED display with 2246 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 12MP and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby) – hybrid slot (SIM 2 slot can also be used for expandable storage)
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 153 x 75.7 x 7.9mm, 155grams

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Honor View 20

The View 20 impresses with a high screen-to-body ratio thanks to its hole-punch display — a first for Honor. It comes with flagships specs including the Kirin 980 chipset, which also powers the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The dual-SIM device features up to 8GB of RAM, a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, and a 4,000mAh battery.

The View 20 has a large battery, a headphone jack, and a unique design.

The rear camera setup features a 48MP main shooter and a 3D camera for AR effects. The selfie snapper up front comes in at 25MP. The Honor View also sports a headphone jack, which you won’t find on the Huawei P20 Pro or the Mate 20 Pro, but it doesn’t have an IP rating or supports wireless charging. It stands out due to its interesting design with a striking “V” pattern etched into the back glass.

Like all Honor devices, the View 20’s main highlight is the price. It retails for 570 euros, which translates to around $650. The phone is not available in the U.S. at the moment. In Europe, its specs and price point put it up against the OnePlus 6T, which starts at 550 euros.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with 2,310 x 1080 resolution
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor
  • Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 48MP and TOF 3D stereo rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Oreo
  • 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1mm, 180grams

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Huawei P20 Pro

huawei p20 pro

Dual rear camera setups have almost become standard in the smartphone space. So of course, Huawei had to push the boundary and tack on a third camera with their flagship, the P20 Pro. Luckily, this is more than just a gimmick, with the P20 Pro offering a DSLR-like experience and quality.

Each camera serves a different purpose. The main 40MP sensor captures rich color, the 20MP secondary monochrome sensor captures additional details, and the third 8MP telephoto lens is used for zoom and additional focal length. The camera also has Huawei’s new AI-assisted stabilization (AIS), which lets the P20 Pro take long-exposure shots without a tripod. You also get a great 24MP shooter up front.

It’s not all about the camera, even if that is more than enough reason to buy this phone. You get a high-end processing package, a really good Full HD+ display, and a beautiful design.

Something to keep in mind is that the dual-SIM (dual standby) version of the Huawei P20 Pro is only available in select markets. The P20 Pro has also officially not been released in the U.S., but the imported international version listed on Amazon is a dual-SIM model.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch AMOLED display with 2240 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP triple rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm, 180grams

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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 any dual-SIM phones? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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