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. To help you out, 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 dual-SIM devices hit the market.

Huawei P20 Pro

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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 latest 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 US, 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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OnePlus 6

An image of the OnePlus 6 held out in a person's left hand with the screen on.

OnePlus continues to push the boundaries of price vs specifications and has another flagship killer on their hands with the OnePlus 6. You get a new all-glass build and a notched display design this time around, and this is only the start of how OnePlus has properly made the jump into flagship territory.

Unsurprisingly, this phone also has the latest and greatest specs available – a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The cameras have been improved this time around too. It comes with dual 16 and 20MP rear camera setup. There are also slow-motion video modes that allow for 720p footage at 480fps and 1080p at 240fps. You can also shoot 4K video at 60fps.

While everything about the OnePlus 6 screams “premium,” the company’s aggressive pricing strategy remains in place. The price of OnePlus’ flagships have admittedly increased over the years, but the OnePlus 6 remains significantly cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy S9, the Huawei P20 Pro, and even older flagships like the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Also, the OnePlus 6 is probably going to be one of the first devices that will receive Android P when it launches. If you don’t want to splurge on the Pixel 2 or wait for the Pixel 3 series, the OnePlus 6 is an excellent alternative for those who are looking for timely software updates.

All versions of the OnePlus 6 are of the dual-SIM (dual standby) variety so you don’t have to worry about imported models or market availability. The OnePlus 6 is priced starting at just $529.

Specs

  • 6.28-inch AMOLED display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 16MP and 20MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm, 177grams

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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 the year. As is the case every time, the latest Galaxy Note certainly delivers once again, with the latest and greatest from Samsung remaining the epitome of powerhouse.

It shares a lot of its design language with its predecessor, but flatter sides and more refined design elements like the better placement of the fingerprint scanner and a smaller camera visor give the Galaxy Note 9 the edge over the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung certainly knows how to make a premium looking smartphone, and the Galaxy Note 9 is no exception.

There’s no risk of compromise in terms of hardware as far as the Galaxy Note 9 is concerned. You get everything and the kitchen sink built into this phone. 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.

Of course, Samsung continues to excel in a couple of key departments – the display and the camera. The Galaxy Note 9 features the best smartphone display around, with numbers to back that up. On the camera side of things, you get the exact same setup as is available with the Galaxy S9 Plus but with a few software tricks to further enhance an already excellent camera experience.

Some may consider that Galaxy Note 9 to be a slightly bigger Galaxy S9 Plus. And that isn’t too far from the truth. However, what makes the Galaxy Note 9 that much more appealing is its defining characteristic – the S-Pen. Samsung has continued to bring more value and convenience with the stylus, and the S-Pen with the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a lot of new features and capabilities.

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 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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Pocophone F1 aka Xiaomi POCO F1

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Xiaomi introduced a new sub-brand called Pocophone (or POCO in India) 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 20,999 rupees (~$299.5) in India and starting at 329 Euros in other 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

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  • 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[/alert]

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Asus Zenfone 5Z

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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 6 and other high-end phones in the flagship arena.

The specs sheet of the Zenfone 5Z looks very similar to that of the OnePlus 6. You get the Snapdragon 845, 6 or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of built-in storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. The OnePlus 6 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 6, 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 10 / Honor View 10

Honor 10

Honor 10

Honor has made a name for itself in the entry-level and mid-range market. Now, the company is hoping to continue achieving the same success in the affordable flagship category with the Honor 10.

You can expect flagship performance with the Honor 10 given the fact that you get the same processing package, RAM, and built-in storage as the Huawei P20 Pro. There are obvious differences between the two of course, but if performance is what you’re looking for, the Honor 10 delivers at a flagship level but at half the price.

The Honor 10 features a beautiful, notched-display design, and comes with the now expected dual rear camera setup of 16MP and 24MP shooters. Up front is an impressive 24MP unit as well.

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Honor View 10

The Honor 10 is not only in direct competition with the likes of the OnePlus 6 and the Asus Zenfone 5Z, but with one of its own devices – the Honor View 10. The View 10 also comes with the same processing package, but the cameras aren’t as good. That said, the View 10 has a more standard design (no notch) that some may prefer, comes with a slightly larger display and batter, and is cheaper.

The Honor 10 comes with dual-SIM (dual standby) capabilities. While the device isn’t officially available in the US, an international version is listed on Amazon for around $450. If you want US warranty, you are better off getting the Honor View 10 (also with dual-SIM) that has been launched in the US and is priced at $429.99.

Specs

Honor 10

  • 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 16MP and 24MP rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm, 155grams

Honor View 10

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 16MP and 20MP rear cameras, 13MP front-facing camera
  • 3,750mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157 x 75 x 7mm, 172grams

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Best Dual-SIM phones – Conclusion

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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