The best dual-SIM phones you can get right now in the US (July 2016)

The best dual-SIM phones you can get right now in the US (July 2016)
Join us as we take a look at the state of the US smartphone market to uncover the best dual-SIM phones that money can currently buy!

Although dual-SIM phones have reached mainstream status in Asia and Europe, the major wireless carriers in the US do not sell phones with dual-SIM capabilities, which has led a scarcity of dual-SIM handsets being offered to US customers.

As it turns out, however, some of the world's best dual-SIM phones have made their way to US shores. Furthermore, some of the newer unlocked phones come with dual-SIM functionality.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

If money isn't a problem, then the best dual-SIM phone that you can get is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Now, since the US version of the Galaxy S7 doesn't come with dual-SIM capabilities, you'll have to get the international version of the phone to be able to use two SIMs simultaneously. Fortunately, B&H is offering the dual-SIM Galaxy S7 edge in the US directly from its store.

Priced at $750, the international dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S7 edge is a phablet lover's dream come true. The handset comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display running at 1440 by 2560 pixels with dual-curved edges, a Samsung Exynos 8890 chip with an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB of expandable internal storage.

As our blind tests show, the Galaxy S7 edge is a mean photo shooter; the handset features a 12MP primary sensor on the back and a 5MP secondary on the front. Other specs include resistance to water, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as well as a 3600mAh battery.

Learn more about what's probably the best dual-SIM phone for phablet fans by heading over to our Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review

Samsung Galaxy S7

If you're not into phablets, then the smaller Samsung Galaxy S7 is the best dual-SIM phone money can currently buy in the US. As was the case with the S7 edge, the international version of the standard Galaxy S7 comes with dual-SIM capabilities and you can get an imported unit via B&H.

Compared to its curved-screen sibling, the Galaxy S7 comes with the same internal specs but lowers the size of its 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display to 5.1 inches across the diagonal. As always, make sure to read our detailed Samsung Galaxy S7 review for more details on Samsung's current-generation flagship smartphone. 

Huawei Honor 5X

If you're on a budget, the best dual-SIM phone you can currently get in the US is the Huawei-made Honor 5X, a handset that offers a ton of value at its $199 outright price.

The Honor 5X comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display running a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC with a 1.5GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable internal storage. In the imaging department, the 5x is equipped with a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie shooter on the front.

Other specs include Android 5.1 Lollipop (although an update to 6.0 Marshmallow is on its way), 4G LTE on both SIM cards, as well as a 3000mAh battery. That's a lot of value for a smartphone that can be yours for just $199. To read more about a device that can easily be considered the best budget phone currently available in the US, check out our Honor 5X review.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Those looking for the best dual-SIM phone that doesn't break the proverbial bank should probably check out the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S6. The S6 features a Samsung-made Exynos 7420 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable internal storage, a 16MP primary camera, and a 5MP secondary camera for selfies and video conferences.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is slightly slower than the Galaxy S7 in terms of performance and it also lacks its younger brother's water resistance and microSD card slot. On the upside, you can get you hands on what's still a very capable Android phone at a price of just $450. To read more about last year's Samsung flagship, head on over to our Samsung Galaxy S6 review.

ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe

If you're looking for a mid-range Android phablet, then the best dual-SIM phone for you might just be the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe, the tricked out handset in the manufacturer's ZenFone 2 series. The ZenFone 2 Deluxe features a 5.5-inch display running a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. 

The processing power is ensured by a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, while your music, movies, apps, and documents will all find a home on the 128GB of integrated storage space. Other specs include a 13MP primary shooter, a 5MP selfie camera on the front, Android 5.1 Lollipop, as well as a 3000mAh battery. That's a tempting package overall given that the handset is priced at just $350 over at B&H. 



1. ceepyou

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Good list. What about Microsoft Lumia 950/950XL as well as the OnePlus 3?

9. Furbal unregistered

Seriously, if they are going to mention imports. Mate 8, P9, 950s, OP3...

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Agreed but I believe their listing is for phones that also have a US warranty of some sort. There are certainly some excellent phones missing.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

950xl from MS in the US dual sim has warrant

15. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

He said "THe best". Honestly I have a 950XL but the OS is just not ready for the consumer market yet. It's more of a fan phone.

2. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

July, eh? Which phone do you use to time travel? :)

3. AlikMalix unregistered

No trolling, can somebody please explain to me why you need a dual Sim phone. Is it certain areas of the world, or is it some sort of benefit for certain tasks.

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Both my phones (Zenfone2 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro) are dual sim. Both have a local sim in one slot handling data and calls. The other slots have my two UK numbers. Some people have two local sims from different carriers for handling data and/or business vs personal calls. My RN3P has a 3mobile UK sim in it which allows free data roaming in 19 countries. When I'm in the US I use it for my data to run my Google Voice number which is my main number. This also allows me to receive calls and texts on my roaming sims (free with my plans btw) whilst retaining a US number worldwide.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Couldn't edit. On my Zenfone2 I can just buy a Data only sim or Tmobile $30 plan with 5GB of data in the second slot to run my other Google Voice number in the States. In summary, dual-sim phones just give you many more options.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One use could be personal contact like family and close friends use post paid line. Jobs, Project members, acquaintance, dates use prepaid line.

8. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Generally, mixing work with family this far, is a bad idea, but I understand many people who don't sit all day in the office do this.

7. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I have on one sim data plan with LTE on 1800MHz, 100GB for 5€. No voicecalls though, for that I use another SIM. It's a pretty specific case, also some folks who work in a different country they come from and want to keep their homeland number etc.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

For me it would be handy to have both my private number as well as my work number in one phone. But most dual sim phones don't support dual standby let alone dual active. Which for me is useless then. Another downside for me having two numbers in one phone, is Whatsapp can only be active on one number.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

All dual-sim phones are dual standby so that's a fallacy. There are countless dual active ones including the Zenfone 2, S7 and S7 Edge on this list. Please do a little more research. There are also apps that allow you to use duplicate apps on your phone including whatsapp.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not all dual-sim phones are dual standby but got my terms mixed up. Meant not all phones are dual active mainly. The S7 and S7 Edge are NOT dual active, only dual standby . And great that there are apps, but most of them don't work. And the one that does, require root access and doesn't allow receiving notifications for both WA accounts simultaneously, but rather switches between two accounts. But by all means, if you know of an app that allows both whatsapp accounts to be active at the same time, l would gladly hear it.

17. jlfarias

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2016

Hello, could you please share a top 5/10 of the best dual active sim smartphones under your consideration? jlfarias at hotmail dot com

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

The S7 and S7 Edge are dual active along with the Note 5. The Note has been dual active since the Note 3 iirc. That link to GSMArena is irrelevant. Parallel Space gives you what you're looking for without root.

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