Samsung today made the Galaxy S Duos
official, with a launch that will premiere in Europe next month, and a worldwide rollout to follow. The US might see the dual SIM handset also, as it recently passed through the FCC approval stables.
The handset's main selling point is that it resembles the Galaxy S III design... ok, not really - it's the "Always On" two SIM cards that can be used at once, to "juggle work and play", as Samsung puts it, or simply to take advantage of a cheap data-only plan while you use another SIM for talk and text, or get calls for both cards at once, whatever rocks your boat.
Dual SIM handsets
are the bee's knees in emerging markets, so Samsung gave the Galaxy S Duos the looks, but kept it on the down low with the specs, and likely the price of the light and compact handset. A 4" WVGA screen, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage are not exactly mind-boggling, but a 5MP shooter with LED flash on the back and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ensure you still get a pretty decent handset with dual active standby SIM capabilities.
Take a gander at how it compares to the other dual SIM phones out there in our slideshow below, pretty favorable, eh?
The best dual SIM phones
The best dual SIM phones
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos resembles very much the design of the Samsung Galaxy S III, but has far less capable internal parts. For starters, the screen is smaller, at 4 inches, and with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. The dual SIM phone will luckily run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, sport 512MB of RAM and 4 gigs of internal storage.
Sony Xperia tipo dual is a low-end Android smartphone suitable for first-time smartphone owners. What is really worth noting, however, is that the Xperia tipo is equipped with a 1,500mAh battery, which should deliver over 24 hours of continuous usage time, according to Sony.
It comes in a dual-SIM flavor and has a 3.2-inch HVGA (320x480) display made out of scratch-resistant mineral glass. Inside it runs an 800MHz single-core Qualcomm processor, and on the back we have a 3.2-megapixel camera.
While with somewhat limited initial availability, the HTC Desire V is the first phone from HTC to feature 2 SIM card slots, and runs Android ICS, which is a big advantage nowadays.
Other than that it is a pretty standard mid-range Android offering. I has a 4" WVGA display, 5MP camera and it is powered by a 1GHz processor.
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro DUOS is a dual-SIM version of the original model with portrait QWERTY, except that this one actually packs a front-facing camera. It also features a 2.6” QVGA display, 832MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel rear camera, microSD card slot, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Fan of Samsung, but not a fan of portrait QWERTYs? No problem, the Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS is the dual SIM capable version of the first Galaxy Y.
It comes with a bigger 3.14" display, 3MP camera and the usual set of options for Android phones - Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot, FM Radio.
Want a larger display? The Samsung GALAXY Ace DUOS is a dual-SIM Android device. The version of Android is 2.3 Gingerbread, and it comes with a 3.5-inch display, 832MHz processor, 5MP camera, 3GB user memory, 512MB RAM and microSD card slot for up to 32GB.
The Nokia Asha 200 is a dual SIM candybar messaging phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch color display, Bluetooth, 2-megapixel camera, access to social networks, instant messaging, multimedia players and organizer.
Nokia Asha 305 is a dual-SIM budget oriented feature phone with 3" WQVGA resistive touch display, 1GHz processor, 2MP camera, GPRS/EDGE radio and microSDHC card slot.
ViewSonic ViewPhone 3 is dual-SIM Android 2.3 smartphone. It comes with a 3.5” capacitive touch display, 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and FM Radio. All this is powered by an 800Mhz processor and 512MB RAM.
Want a dual SIM burner? Nokia Asha 202 is a dual SIM Series 40 handset with a 2.4-inch touchcreen display, 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, organizer, multimedia players and access to social networks.
11. Acer Liquid Gallant Duo
Expansys briefly listed a dual SIM Android ICS phone from Acer, then pulled it, as the handset is not slated to appear before August 8. Judging from the specs that were shown, the Acer Liquid Galant Duo might be your best bet for a dual SIM smartphone yet, as it runs ICS and was listed with a very affordable price tag, perhaps due to the MTK processor user, which is all the rage in cheap Chinese handsets:
CPU speed: 1GHz, MTK 6575
Platform: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Network: HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz / Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz / (Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent)
Memory: Internal phone storage: 4GB / RAM: 1GB / microSD slot (up to 32GB)
Display: 4.3-inch touch screen with qHD resolution
GPS: Internal GPS antenna
Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
Connectivity: Bluetooth® 3.0 + EDR / Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n / 3.5 mm stereo audio jack / Standard micro-USB
Camera: 5 megapixel camera, LED flash
Battery: Li-ion battery 1500 mAh
Weight: 145 grams with battery
Dimensions: (LxWxT): 129 x 65,9 x 9,9 mm