The HTC One (E8) is a version of the manufacturer's flagship HTC One (M8) handset. The big difference is in the choice of materials employed by HTC. The E8 uses a plastic casing instead of the aluminum uni-body construction. In addition, the Duo camera set-up is replaced by a single 13 MP shooter on the back. The use of plastic makes the E8 lighter than the HTC One (M8), and since it is offered in China, it comes with dual SIM slots, while at the same time preserving the great specs sheet of its sibling. Priced at sub-$500 off-contract, it is certainly one of the best value-for-money dual SIM propositions at the moment.
Another blockbuster from Lenovo with 4000 mAh battery, the new S860 offers one of the longest battery endurance on a dual SIM Android handset, and also comes with a large 5.3" HD display. The camera on the back is 8 MP, and the phone upgrades from the P780 with 2 GB of RAM this time. The battery pack is removable, so if you are looking for a budget dual SIM device that will last you a week off the grid with a spare battery in your pocket, and you don't mind the (relative) bulk, Lenovo S860 is your guy.
The Moto E is one of the most affordable brand-name dual SIM handsets, but it has plenty of merits to show for its price, too - a 4.3" qHD display, dual-core Snapdragon, and a 5 MP camera on the back, not to mention it is running Android 4.4 KitKat from the box.
A successor to the ultrapopular 520, the dual SIM Lumia 530 upgrades its chops where it counts. Loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, the Lumia 530 brings the goods, such as the new Action Center, Word Flow, personalized Start Screen background, HERE Maps, and who can forget, Cortana. Powering all this goodness is a tidy quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU. There is 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, the latter of which can be expanded via microSD card up to 128GB. To make use of all that space, you can install and run apps off the card, and there is a 5MP main camera.
TFor the first time in three years, Samsung is going downmarket with its Note line, releasing a slightly more affordable variation of the Note 3, with a 5.5" HD display, and a hexa-core Exynos processor. We found it to be lacking any major disadvantages, and a very worthy handset for the money. Moreover, if you are looking for a dual SIM handset with an S Pen stylus, that's the only one you will get
Bright 1080p display? Check. 13 MP camera with Sony sensor? Check. Ultraslim and light 6.9mm body? Check. Two easy to access SIM cards on the sides? Check. The Alcatel One Touch Idol X is still one of the best value-for-money dual SIM phones you can buy, and it's a looker, too, available in several nice pastel colors.
Sharing decent midrange specs with the Desire 601, its dual SIM version sports a 4.5" qHD display, dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 5 MP camera with flash, and a pretty good for the specs 2100 mAh battery. Moreover, with the Desire 601 you get the BoomSound stereo speakers, too.
On its own, the dual SIM Nokia Lumia 630 version has a lot to offer - the mostly smooth performance, more mature Windows Phone 8.1 with improvements from Nokia Cyan, the good display, free offline navigation and it’s definitely a good value for the money.
The dual SIM HTC Desire 816 strikes a good value for money ratio with its solid build quality, large 720p display, and its snappy UI performance. On top of that, you may be surprised by the results produced by its 13MP main camera, while the 5MP front-facing one will leave you very satisfied with your selfies. And seriously, how many smartphones of this price range can offer you a set of front-facing speakers?
Fitting midrange specs in one of the thinnest and lightest 4.7-inchers out there, Oppo has managed to produce a great Dual Active SIM handset with the R819. It sports a very bright 720p screen, 8 MP camera on the back, and ingenious SIM card tray that lets you quickly swap out the second SIM card. At $350 you are getting a well-rounded Android with cool features and svelte looks.
The Xperia C sports a large 5" 540x960 pixels display, quad-core chipset, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, and has an 8 MP Exmor RS sensor on the back. Not too shabby for the price, which gets you instant brand name recognition and dual SIM functionality in one. Plus, in our call quality testing it proved to have one of the best-sounding earpieces and clearest microphones of the whole bunch, and that's a pretty important feat to have for a dual SIM device. Last but not least, the Xperia C managed to score one of the best battery endurance achievements in our demanding test.
One of the best Android phones for last year, the HTC One, gets even better in the dual SIM version, as, besides two SIM cards working in tandem, the phone also offers a microSD slot under the removable back cover - something the "regular" HTC One doesn't get. It is now officially available outside of China, as HTC lists it for sale in its UK store, for instance, with European network support. "Unlike other dual-sim Smartphones, HTC's dual active solution offers complete flexibility:
Receive calls from either sim card at any time
Switch seamlessly between both sim cards while you talk
HTC Sense helps you manage calls, texts and data between sim cards s effortlessly
On-board Dual Network Manager allows you to select a preferred network and personalise the name of each SIM, eliminating any complexity"
Since you still have all the other bells and whistles, like a brilliant 4.7" 1080p display, BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, and 32 GB of internal storage, plus the phone allows you to get a call on the second card while talking on the first, the only deterrent to get it, if you are in the market for a great dual SIM device, is the high pricing.
Idol X+ version upgrades on its predecessor with a faster chipset and a larger battery, plus a pimped up sound output. Is it worth the price difference? You decide, but it is every bit as slim and compact for a phone with a 5" 1080p display as its predecessor, so as far as dual SIM devices go, this one should be on top of your list.
The other great value for money dual SIM offering besides the Idol X is Lenovo's P780. Armed with one of the largest phone batteries ever, the 4000 mAh unit in the P780 offers full 25 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and 16 hours of video playback - that's twice what most other phones are achieving. Granted, with such a huge battery and metal back cover, the 5" HD Lenovo P780 is not the lightest out there, but if you are looking for an affordable dual SIM handset that will last you at least a weekend away from the charger, this one it is.
The Moto G needs no introduction, as it is one of the most popular brand-name Android handset on the affordable side of the pricing spectrum. The dual SIM version keeps the same bright HD display, good camera, and stellar battery life.
China is usually the market getting first dibs on great dual SIM phones from most major manufacturers, and the Galaxy S4 is no exception. Its dual SIM version ships with gimped Google services, and search is done via Baidu, but if you are a sucker for 1080p AMOLED screens and dual SIM functionality, you can pretty much pair those only in this device.
The Galaxy S3 Neo is presented by Samsung as “the most premium dual SIM smartphone” (hmmm). The phone has a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, dual band Wi-Fi and supports microSD card up to 64GB. The S3 Neo runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The LG G Pro Lite phablet keeps the screen size of its namesake at 5.5", but with a much lower 540x960 resolution. The processor is also slimmed down to an entry MediaTek level, dual-core and clocked at 1 GHz. The G Pro Lite sports 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, and an 8 MP rear camera. The beefy 3140 mAh battery should do endurance wonders with this screen and specs. The G Pro Lite is comparatively thin at 9.4mm, and weighs the reasonable for a 5.5" phone 164g.
A stand-out feature are the dual speakers "for excellent audio performance with or without headphones," which is not something you see on a phone every day, let alone an affordable phablet.
Not only that, but the phablet comes with an embedded stylus, similar to Samsung's Note line, and dual SIM capability, which hints that it is targeted towards emerging market customers which are jonesing for a phablet with two SIM cards and on the cheap. The stylus is tucked at the top, not the bottom like with the Galaxy Notes. but like them comes with dedicated Notes app for handwriting, and the dual SIM functions also gets an accompanying Hot Key for quick switch between networks.
Samsung outed a rather ho-hum "mini" version of its flagship S4, outfitting it with a qHD display at 4.3" diagonal and just 8 GB of storage. That didn't prevent it from charging an arm and a leg for the specs, counting on the instant Galaxy S4 brand name recognition. The situation becomes much better when you get the dual SIM version of the Galaxy S4 mini, though, as then the extra functionality fits the price of the otherwise well-rounded offering.
A lot of people can't call even a two or three hundred USD Android midranger with two SIM cards cheap, and for those the cutsy Nokia Asha 210 dual SIM fits the bill. Built tough and painted in jolly colors, it rocks the almost forgotten portrait QWERTY style, has the battery endurance of a feature phone and will run you only about $70 without any contract subsidies. It can't get much better than that.
Asha 210 not cheap enough? "The Nokia 107 Dual SIM comes with speaking clock, FM radio, MP3 player, free games and a flashlight. On top of that the tough dust and splash-proof keymat is designed to withstand a lot, and the characters on your keys won’t fade, no matter how long you use them. What more can the dual SIM warrior want for this kind of cash.
Xiaomi is the next status quo challenger from China, outing very well-rounded phones at rock bottom prices, and its affordable dual SIM Android, codenamed Red Rice, comes to prove why Google's Hugo Barra moved from Mountain View to Xiaomi's headquarters not long ago. How about 4.7" HD screen, quad-core processor, and an 8 MP camera on the back at this price tag? Not bad, we'd say, proving that a phone doesn't have to be expensive to get decent specs anymore, dual SIM ones notwithstanding.
Last year, Samsung unveiled a Galaxy Grand successor, aptly named Galaxy Grand 2, which sports a higher resolution display, a quad-core processor, larger 2600 mAh battery, plus an additional half a gig of RAM, for a total of 1.5 GB.
We get a slightly increased screen diagonal - 5.25" vs 5" for the original Grand - and the svelter, 8.9mm profile of the Grand 2, compared to the 9.6 mm of the Galaxy Grand. The second edition is taller but slightly narrower than the original, which on theory should help one-handed navigation, but we'll know more when we get a review unit. The Grand 2 sports a faux leather back cover, similar to what Samsung did with the Note 3, indicating that this soft touch material is here to stay on Sammy's phones.
Other than those you get an 8 MP camera again with an LED flash, 8 GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot for expansion, HSPA+ and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The device is, naturally, a dual SIM phone, targeting it at emerging markets, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.