Rare breeds: Dual SIM phones with separate microSD card slot (no hybrid SIM tray)

Rare breeds: Dual SIM phones with separate microSD card slot (no hybrid SIM tray)
Not too long ago, dual-SIM smartphones were a rare breed. On top of that, the few models that existed were unexciting, bland in design, and had just enough processing power to not be mistaken for a potato. Demand picked up, however, which explains why today's smartphone market offers a much broader selection of dual-SIM handsets – from cheap, entry-level phones to top-tier brands' flagships. 

Alas, dual-SIM phones come with their downsides. One is that they often employ the so-called hybrid SIM card trays – trays where the secondary SIM card slot doubles as a microSD card slot, but can't accommodate the two card types simultaneously. In simpler terms, you can enjoy the service of two carriers, or the convenience of expandable storage, but not both at the same time (without cheating). The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S7, for instance, is designed this way.

We can't blame manufacturers for adopting hybrid SIM card trays in their devices, as doing so leaves room for other components to be fitted. But we've also come across more than a few phones that offer both dual-SIM functionality and a dedicated, separate storage expansion card slot. These are devices that don't care how many SIMs you have in. They'll always let you carry the whole 180 episodes of Seinfeld on that microSD card of yours. Here's a bunch of them.



1. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Very rare indeed. I think I can live hybrid sim tray as long as the base storage is 64GB. And I also wish this year's Nexus will have a dual sim functionality.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Separate sd slot is still practical. Especially in Asian countries were dual sim is a must. Most Sony phone have separate sd slot and sim tray.

18. danny_a2005

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

hey phone arena can we have a 2017 version of this? I want to know

2. SmartArena

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

+ Moto X Style I wish all Phones have this option.

3. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

The Galaxy A9 Pro also has a dual sim slot and a separate SD slot. But just the Pro version.

10. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Waiting for it to launch globally...My Dad is waiting for it desperately.

13. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

I purchased the Chinese variant off of Amazon. Still, I would wait for a global release. I had to do a lot of finagling to get some basic Android features to work, and I still cannot get "Ok Google" from any screen to work. :-(

15. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Which is why I wanted to wait, for a moment, I almost bought it and yeah on Amazon only, I thought of installing Hongkong based ROM to get the play store on board but i thought it wasn't worth it. Good news that it is launching as per the rumour mill.

14. M.O.A.B

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Both the pro and the regular version has dedicated slot for the sd card

4. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

xiaomi mi5

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Are you lack on spec? Mi 5 doesn't support micro SD.

6. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Saygus' idea of dual microsd slot was also good that was ruined with their f**ked up delaying tactics.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Shame they don't mention if the dual sim is standby, dual standby or active

8. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Zenfone 2 supports dual active and dual standby, if I recall correctly.

9. funtastic888

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo also have separate microSD + dual sim card

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

I've learned to live with it but don't like it at all. With Google Drive, Photos, Music, Docs etc in the cloud and a minimum 32GB on board it's becoming unnecessary. Received 100GB of Drive storage for free when I bought my Zenfone 2.

16. Markm85

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2016

Hi. Im not very clued up on all this tech stuff but looking for help. Im badly needing a dual sim phone. I read up that some have a hybrid tray or something for a sd card or sim. What does this mean if i had w sims in it amd not an sd card? What i need is Dual sim active(does the active mean that i can have a call waiting on sim 2 if im on a call on sim 1) Thanks in advance 4g on both

17. cunninglinguist042

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Can we get an updated list?

19. suedenym

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

Alcatel Flash Plus 2 had dual sim and separate dedicated sd card slot. Great phone.

20. LenovoPh

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2017

Don't forget our own Lenovo Vibe Shot with True 16Mp Rear Cam/ 8Mp Front Cam accommodates 2 sim slot with dedicated micro SD slot. ASSHOLES! HAHA!

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