Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Sometimes one SIM card is just not enough: being able to have two numbers active on a single phone is liberating for those who have a second line reserved for work, but what are the best dual SIM phones around?

While dual SIM phones were not as common in the recent past, in the middle of 2017 there are a bunch of great options to choose from. There are high-end flagships offered with dual SIM connectivity and affordable phones for those on a tighter budget.

We take a look at the top options and list them right below, with their pros and cons. Take a look.

High-end phones | Mid-range phonesAffordable phones


High-end phones:

Samsung Galaxy S8 Duos




The flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 is offered in a 'Duos' version in many markets. The dual SIM version supports two nano SIM cards, as well as a microSD card on top of the 64 gigs of native storage. The dual SIM support is really the only difference in this model: for all else, it's the same powerful device like the regular, single SIM S8.

OnePlus 5




OnePlus has consistently been making dual SIM phones for quite a while, and its latest OnePlus 5 is no exception. It support two nano SIM cards, but does not feature a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

LG G6




LG's G6 is also offered in a dual SIM model for particular markets, where the feature is popular. The G6's signature feature apart from its dual SIM support is the dual rear camera system. Its second rear cam is a super wide-angle one that allows you to capture some stunning-looking photos. The phone is based on the Snapdragon 821 system chip, and is significantly more affordable than other flagships.

HTC U11




The HTC U11 is another top-tier device that ships in a dual SIM version in some markets. The U11 has one of the best cameras we've ever seen on a phone, and while it lacks the trendy, immersive full-screen design, it compensates with a clean and fast interface.

Huawei P10



Huawei has been growing by leaps and bounds, and while its phones are still not available in the United States, the flagship P10 is a great choice and it supports dual SIM connectivity. The 5.2-inch phone ships with a 1080 x 1920 pixel display, a range of vibrant colors including a flashy green and blue versions, an interesting take on stock Android and a dual camera system.

Mid-range phones:

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Last year's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are also available in dual SIM versions for those who want that extra connectivity. Again, availability depends on the market. If you cannot find a Dual SIM version of the phones in your market, you might want to double check whether you can import the model from another country, but be warned: you might have limited warranty or no warranty at all.

Honor 8


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

The Honor 8 is now nearly a year old, but it remains an excellent phone. It's a 5.2-inch phone with a gorgeous design, dual SIM connectivity, and an affordable price of between $300 and $400. The Honor 8 features a dual camera system, solid battery performance and is an overall great value for the money.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

The mid-range Galaxy A5 (2017) sports an elegant glass and metal design and water-proofing, two features that you cannot find on many phones in its price range. It also ships in a dual SIM model depending on the market, and has outstanding battery life and the new Samsung Experience user interface.

Affordable phones:

Huawei P10 Lite


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

A downright budget option with dual SIM connectivity, the Huawei P10 Lite can be had for less than most of the phones on this list. It is less powerful, with less capable camera, but when it comes to basic tasks it handles itself well and has a very decent battery life. And yes, it comes with support for two SIM cards.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Further in affordable phone territory, we find the Galaxy J5 (2017). The newest model in the J series is built like a tank, with a solid metal construction, and while it definitely has less than impressive performance and camera, it again handles itself well for basic tasks and has great battery life. Dual SIM support? Check.

Huawei Nova Plus


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Huawei's Nova Plus is one of the more stylish phone options among affordable dual SIM phones these days. Equipped with Huawei's custom interface, it looks a bit like iOS with Android as a backbone, and it generally performs very smoothly in daily tasks.

Bonus: Nokia 3310 (2017)


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

If you don't care at all about modern smartphones and just want a phone that will last you days on a single charge and a phone that you will not regret losing, HMD Global has a phone for you: the new 2017 edition of the classic Nokia 3310. Priced at well under $100, the new Nokia 3310 is good for telephone, playing snake and... nothing more. It's terrible for texting, it's terrible for browsing the web, and it practically does not have apps. We warned you it is not for everyone.

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15 Comments

1. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

I hate hybrid slot.. Who has created this ?

9. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Theres a flexible cable on internet that can fix this. The flexible cable have the sim card pin, and so thin, so you can put the flexible and the microsd card. On the other end of the flexible cable, there were the SIM card. So, you can put the sim card outside the phone

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's not a solution at all.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Try to search "dual sim micro sd hybrid" on youtube.. There are lots of tutorials to do it without flexible cable..

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I feel like not having the Honor 6x on this list is a pretty big omission.

3. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

honor 6x asus zenfone 3 Most xiaomi phones mate 9 a lot of good phones missing here

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

Agreed. Not including the Huawei Mate 9 and Xiaomi Mi Mix shows they have no clue about dual-sim phones.

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I think galaxy c9 pro should be here. It have 6GB RAM, dual sim + micro sd (not hybrid).

5. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

Is the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black worthy of this list?

12. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

BB is not top brand anymore, and its not real BB. Its actually a china TCL phone. TCL brand/quality is not too good, so TCL buy Alcatel & BlackBerry brand to 'fix' their problem.

6. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Phone Arena's Hate on Sony continues...

7. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I want to know if the 2nd SIM slots are 3G or higher. AT&T has cut 2G service, so my Zenfone 2's second SIM slot is useless now. The database doesn't seem to have this information yet.

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

Most newer dual-sim phones allow you to choose 4G on both sims.

11. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

On galaxy c9 pro is: 2G+2G 2G+3G 2G+4G 3G+2G 3G+3G 3G+4G 4G+2G 4G+3G

13. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

On zenfone 3 series (verified on zenfone 3 ultra, zenfone 3 zoom, and regular 5.5" zenfone 3) 2G+2G 2G+3G 2G+4G 3G+2G 3G+3G 3G+4G 4G+2G 4G+3G

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