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The best dual SIM Android phones available

Why use one SIM at a time when you can double the fun?
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December 13, 2021
Huawei mate 20 Pro - Nano Memory card in the SIM tray slot.

While most users can get by with a single SIM handset, there’s something to be said about the flexibility a dual-SIM device can offer. A dual-SIM setup lets you have two phone numbers while also using dedicated SIM cards for data and calls/texts. Here are our picks for the best dual-SIM Android phones you can buy, but make sure you don’t accidentally grab a single SIM version instead!

The best dual-SIM Android phones:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more dual-SIM devices hit the market.


1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs S21 Plus vs S21 Ultra 2 1
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It’s a new year, which means a new slate of powerful Samsung Galaxy devices. The Galaxy S21 family currently includes three devices, each supporting dual-SIM functionality. It remains to be seen whether all Galaxy S21 devices are dual-SIM enabled or only devices outside the US.

Read also: Samsung Galaxy S21 series buyer’s guide

All three Galaxy S21 models offer 120Hz AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 888 (or Exynos 2100) processors, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage. The premium S20 Ultra even offers 16GB of RAM, although that’s undoubtedly overkill for anything you’d want to do on the phone. Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 family isn’t cheap by any means, but it’s more approachable than in previous years.

The only downside is international editions feature the slightly less powerful Exynos 2100. Also, while you’re here, Samsung’s S10 line of smartphones was all dual-SIM in the same global-unlocked configuration only.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 64, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,00mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 64, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12 or 16GB
  • Storage: 128, 256 or 512GB
  • Cameras: 10, 10, 12, and 108MP
  • Front cameras: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Vivo X70 Pro Plus

Vivo X70 Pro Plus camera housing and window 1
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The Vivo X70 Pro Plus sits proudly on our list of the best dual-SIM Android phones for good reason. The phone is a remarkable improvement over the X50 Pro Plus. Aside from the expected high-end processor, stunning camera system, fast charging, and gorgeous design, the phone also adds a QHD+ display, an IP68 rating, and wireless charging.

The phone doesn’t come without its drawbacks. It may feel a bit too large to some, there’s a lot of bloatware, and the zoom lens could be improved. More importantly, it’s hard to find outside of Asian markets. You have to really dig to find it elsewhere, but some sellers can import it.

If you can get a hold of one, you’ll get to enjoy a Snapdragon 888+, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage. The battery is plenty large with 4,500mAh, and an overall flagship experience. The only bad news is that all this goodness will cost a pretty penny.


Vivo X70 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 backs
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The latest OnePlus flagships are here, and we recommend both if you want dual-SIM capabilities. Both devices pack plenty of the same features, though the OnePlus 9 Pro has finally ticked into the true flagship price range.

They hit many flagship highlights — high-end processing packages, impressive 120Hz displays, beautiful designs, solid build quality, and excellent battery life. Even better, both phones now come with speedy wireless charging straight out of the box. You still won’t find an IP68 rating on the unlocked OnePlus 9, though the T-Mobile version comes with one, suggesting that both models are waterproof.

Here: OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and OnePlus 9R buyer’s guide

OnePlus’ latest version of fast charging lets you fully charge its large battery in just 39 minutes and could provide a day’s worth of use with just a 15-minute charge. A full battery in less than 40 minutes is no small feat either; both phones pack 4,500mAh cells.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 bokeh
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The first dual-SIM device on our list is also the winner of the Snapdragon 888 race. Xiaomi’s Mi 11 launched first in China, packing Qualcomm’s latest chip and a massive 6.81-inch display. You can also choose from 8GB or 12GB of RAM to power your new device.

Xiaomi chose a triple rear camera setup to lead the way on its Mi 11, highlighted by a 108MP primary shooter. You’ll have a macro sensor and an ultrawide lens to work with as well. In addition to your dual-SIM flexibility, you can also take advantage of all-day power with the solid 4,600mAh battery.

Xiaomi has also pulled back the covers on its Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra, and Mi 11i, and they take the specs even further. Each one comes dual-SIM-ready, and the Mi 11 ultra packs one of the most prominent camera bumps we’ve ever seen. You’ll get Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip on each device as well, so they’re certainly worth tracking down.

Alternatively, those looking for newer phones should consider the Xiaomi 11T series. These include the Xiaomi 11T, Xiaomi 11T Pro, and the lower-end Xiaomi 11 Lite NE. They are slightly more affordable too!


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

Sony Xperia 1 III hero 2
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The latest Sony flagships have arrived, or at least they’re available for preorder. That means you can finally look forward to bringing the new and wildly expensive Xperia 1 III into your home. If you want a slightly more affordable experience, the Xperia 5 III is just around the corner, too.

Sony’s slightly more affordable flagship, the Xperia 5 III, packs a Snapdragon 888 Plus chip under the hood along with 8GB of RAM. However, if you opt for the Xperia 1 III, you can jump to 12GB instead. You’ll find three 12MP cameras at the back of both the Xperia 1 III and 5 III, as well as a ToF sensor on the Xperia 1 III that should help with portrait mode images. The SIM tray accommodates a dual-SIM offering hybrid, dual standby.

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The weirdly named pair features side-mounted fingerprint scanners like most other Xperia phones. They also come with 21:9 displays that make the phones quite lanky. You also get wireless charging on the Xperia 1 III, an IP68 rating, and even a headphone jack. All these things combined make it one of the best dual-SIM phones you can get.


Sony Xperia 1 III specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 III specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Oppo Reno 6 Pro 5G

Oppo Reno 6 Pro review showing sparkling back
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

The Oppo Reno 6 Pro 5G is a beast of a dual-SIM phone. It finally ditches the glossy finish and packs plenty of solid 2021 midrange features, including a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, a 90Hz AMOLED screen, up to 12GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery with blazing-fast 65W charging. And dual sim dual standby, even with 5G.

The Reno 6 Pro’s camera credentials are nearly unchanged from the Reno 5 Pro, delivering a 64MP camera backed by an 8MP unit and a pair of 2MP lenses. Just don’t expect 8K video recording, though 4K video should be fine for most users.

This mid-range powerhouse doesn’t come with an IP rating or any mention of splash resistance, but it’s built from Gorilla Glass 5 and can handle two SIM cards at once. It’s a big device sporting a 6.55-inch display.


Oppo Reno 6 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Asus Zenfone 8 and 8 Flip

Asus Zenfone 8 camera module - The best dual SIM phones
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Asus Zenfone 8 is a powerful little flagship with premium specs that can handle two SIM cards at once. The Zenfone 8 Flip carries on the successes of one of the best all-around camera phones in the Asus Zenfone 7 Pro thanks to its unique camera mechanism, which flips the rear cameras around to point them towards the front. It’s now a 64MP IMX686 main shooter, with an ultrawide lens and 3x telephoto to cap it off.

Both devices pack Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 chipset and crisp Full HD+ displays, but the spec sheets diverge from there. The Zenfone 8 has just a 5.9-inch Gorilla Glass Victus display, while the 8 Flip goes larger with a 6.67-inch option. However, it swaps down to Gorilla Glass 6 and trades a 120Hz refresh rate for a 90Hz version.

Even the battery size differs between the two, with the Zenfone 8 adding a 4,000mAh cell to its dual-SIM setup while the larger phone opts for a 5,000mAh cell.


Asus Zenfone 8 specs:

  • Display: 5.9-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 6/8/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 12MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 8MP
  • Front cameras: Same as rear
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

8. Asus ROG Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5 product shot of the home screen front on - The best dual SIM phones
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

The Asus ROG Phone 5 is a worthy successor to last year’s ROG Phone 3. It’s the current gaming-themed champion of Android smartphones with the highest-end specs, plus some extras. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, a 6.78-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate screen, up to 512GB of storage, and up to 18GB of RAM. The ROG Phone 5 also has one of the largest batteries on the market at a whopping 6,000mAh, plus an impressive 64MP IMX686 primary rear camera.

Read: Asus ROG Phone 5 review

There are some great stereo front-firing speakers on the phone and a Quad DAC-powered headphone port. Like its predecessors, it has two capacitive Air Triggers for gaming along with dual-SIM / dual-standby support. This phone has two variants, both of which have small rear screens in the back. The Asus ROG 5 Pro has a color PMOLED display on the back, while the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate model has a monochromatic version of the same small display. Both are used to show off animated icons and GIFs, but that’s it.

The Pro and Ultimate models also have two touch sensors on the back. You can buy first-party accessories for the phone, including the Kunai 3 left and right gamepad modules that can be mixed and matched. There’s also the Aero Active cooler which cools the phone when placed on the back.


Asus ROG Phone 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/16/18GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

9. Google Pixel 6 series

The Google Pixel 6 in Sorta Seafoam color in hand
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

Google’s Pixel 6 series marks a return to the flagship realm after a year of the mid-range Pixel 5. The two phones offer larger screens, larger batteries, and a dual-SIM setup for added flexibility. Of course, it’s not a physical dual-SIM tray, but rather one physical SIM and an eSIM.

The Pixel 6 series is Google's most premium offering yet.

That said, Google has made even more changes to launch the Pixel 6 series. For starters, you can’t possibly miss the rear camera bar. It packs a 50MP primary lens and a 12MP ultrawide option on both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The Pro model goes a step further, adding a 48MP telephoto lens to the mix.

Under the hood, you’ll find Google’s first Tensor chip keeping the lights on. It promises better image processing and a more seamless Google experience than ever before. Best of all, the Pixel 6 starts at just $599.


Google Pixel 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Tensor
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,614mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Google Pixel 6 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, WQHD
  • SoC: Tensor
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 11.1MP
  • Battery: 5,003mAh
  • Software: Android 12

10. Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro 5G in hand over a coffee table with the screen displaying the time and the apps. - The best dual SIM phones
Adam Molina / Android Authority

This is the best Oppo phone you can currently get, and yes, it can handle two SIMs at once. The Find X3 Pro is an impressive early 2021 device with a Snapdragon 888 chipset, IP68 rating, and futuristic styling that would look right at home in a Star Wars flick.

Oppo's Find X3 Pro blends high-end speed with Star Wars style.

Oppo’s camera bump is one of the most unique we’ve seen in a while, and it seems to melt into the device itself. It stars a pair of 50MP shooters along with a 13MP telephoto lens and a 3MP macro to give you some extra flexibility. You’ll have some problems with fingerprints due to the high-gloss finish, so be ready to clean often.


Oppo Find X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, 3, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

We do get one frequently asked question that’s worth addressing here, too. Many people are looking for dual-SIM phones, but some are looking for Dual Active SIM phones instead of Dual Standby. Dual Standby is much more common, and every phone listed here is that type.

Read next: The best Android phones you can get

Dual Active SIM phones are almost entirely extinct because carriers support new phone options to conduct multiple connections. The move has been made over to VoLTE by most carriers in most locations. That allows you to make two calls at once over data, which essentially was a key reason for having older Dual Active options, where it was more necessary to establish the connections.