The best high-end dual SIM phones of 2015

The best high-end dual SIM phones of 2015
Most phone makers these days are either issuing dual SIM versions of their more popular handsets, or only producing dual SIM phones. The reason behind that proliferation of геар with two SIM card slots, is that if you want your handset to stand a chance in huge markets like China, for instance, you have to offer a dual SIM device. Since carrier subsidies are not as widespread there, people are often buying unlocked devices that can be used on multiple carriers, and are hopping on and off talk and data plans, depending on where they find the best offer.

Not only that, but having a decent dual SIM phone is a godsend for those who have company-issued numbers, as they can carry only one device with them at all times, instead of two. Some of today's dual SIM handsets offer both dual-active and dual-standby abilities, too, meaning that you can get a call from one line, while talking on the other, and put the first on hold, for instance. 

Furthermore, if you have found a great cellular data plan, you can use one of the cards for browsing the Internet, yet keep your free minutes and texts on the other for the ultimate convenience. That is why we are rounding up some of the best premium dual SIM phones that were issued this year, to help you choose if you are in the market for one, and we will follow up quickly with the category we know you are also interested it - the value-for-money dual SIM-ers of this world.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 duos ($650)


If you don't mind handling a big-screen phone, need a dual SIM device, and budget isn't a constraint, Samsung really outdid itself with the Note 5 this year. It has the best screen-to-body ratio in the category, a thin and premium design, amazing (for a phone) camera, especially in low-light scenarios, long battery life, and ultrafast charging, including of the wireless kind. 

All these are on top of the futureproof Exynos 7420 chipset, coupled with no less than 4 GB of RAM. We didn't even mention the S Pen stylus which now comes with an auto-eject mechanism, but it's there, and about the only downside of this phablet in its Duos variant is that the dual SIM tray isn't combined with a microSD slot, yet the phone does come with 32 GB/64 GB storage versions, which should be enough for most.




Samsung Galaxy A8 duos ($420)


Love big-screeners, but don't have the dough for a Note 5? Well, another Samsung darling has you covered - the Galaxy A8 duos sports a 5.7" AMOLED display and 16 MP camera, too, but the screen is with a 1080p resolution, and the camera lacks OIS. Nevertheless, we found it to be an excellent proposition for the money, sporting a very thin, premium build, and excellent battery life.


Huawei P8 ($499)


Those 5.7-inchers making your eyes roll? Soothe your sockets with the 5.2" Huawei P8, which has a slender metal build, 1080p display, and a 13 MP camera with RGBW sensor and optical image stabilization on the back. When we reviewed the P8, we got away impressed by the thin and premium chassis, good camera stills, and excellent call quality, too.


Microsoft Lumia 950 dual ($549)


Another 5.2-incher here, but this one stands apart from the current pack not only with mighty specs like a QHD screen and 20 MP optically-stabilized PureView camera, but also with the fact that it is powered by the fresh-out-of-the-oven Windows 10 Mobile inside. If you have been waiting on the sidelines to give the new Windows the benefit of the doubt, now is your chance to snatch a fine Lumia device at long last. The app gap may eventually get to you, but in the meantime you will have fun with the light-agnostic PureView camera, fast charging, and the Continuum handoff feature between Windows 10 devices in the house.



Samsung Galaxy S6 duos ($560)


Another premium phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S6 is available in a Duos variant, too, and is fit for those who want a premium dual SIM phone with manageable size. Needless to say, you will also get excellent photos from the 16 MP camera with OIS, especially in the hard-to-master low-light situations, but also record pixel density for the category, good battery life, and superfast charging.



Sony Xperia Z5 dual ($599)


If you are looking for a prime dual SIM gear, you can't dismiss the new Sony Xperia Z5, too, which features a 5.2" high-brightness display, a screeching Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 23 MP sensor with Sony's ultrafast Hybrid AF on the back. Despite the blazing (literally) Snapdragon 810, we got away from our review content with its excellent battery life, good pictures and video, as well as a fine call quality. What more can you ask from a phone? Well, a side-mounted finger scanner and waterproof chassis wouldn't hurt, and the Z5 has those, too.



HTC One A9 dual ($499)


Since you can't find an iPhone with two SIM slots, the next best thing is the HTC One A9 in its dual SIM reincarnation. We kid, but the Rose Gold version of the A9 indeed carries a resemblance with Apple's finest, yet the similarities end with the exterior. 

The A9 is a thin and premium metal 5-incher with 1080p display, an optically-stabilized 13 MP camera, which we found to take pretty neat photos and videos, plus it has a microSD card slot for storage expansion, unlike the S6. The only ho-hum aspect about it is the middling battery life, which will likely make you reach for the charger at the end of the day, or the middle of the next at the latest, but, hey, that's another iPhone similarity right there.

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27 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Great list!

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is missing in the list....

23. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Yeah :(

26. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

In my life... Ive never seen any Xiami phone and I bet I wont.

18. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

this is samsungarena. where is lg g4 dual

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Also MS Lumia 950 & 950 XL.

27. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

the L950 is there

3. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I didnt know that the Z5 Compact had Dual SIM.. It is the Z5 Premium that is Dual. PA, Could I have a link to where I can get one. I have been looking at that size with a dual sim for a very long time and would like to get my hands on one...

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I second this, don't get my hopes up. I have a z5 compact now but I definitely need the dual version NOW.

5. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

It hasn't been realesed yet, or PA is mistaken

8. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

And it has 3GB RAM.. 7 is the new 9 and 3 is the new 2 as for PA... o_O

15. ayub407

Posts: 8; Member since: May 16, 2013

There is Z5 and Z5 Premium Dual. It's not available everywhere.

6. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

PA you should add those only which are available globally like samsung dual flagship is not available globally

7. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Z5 compact doesnt have a dual sim version. Only Z5 ,Z5 premium ,Z3+ and Z3 have dual versions. M5 also has a dual.M5 has a helio x10 .so it is highend as well. PA made a mistake saying Z3 compact. Atleast i thank PA for atleast adding the Z5 series. PA was biased and anti sony. Please be unbiased.

9. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Sorry PA made a mistake saying Z5 compact.

10. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G4 dual sim and lg nexus 5x

11. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

lg nexus 5x has a dual sim version?

12. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 duos is my phone of choise with those specs. Hope it will be available in The Netherlands next year.

13. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

wow note 5 with $650 price tag but not LG G4 with a $400 tag? WHAT conspiracy is this?

14. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Correction PA, Z-5 Compact doesn't have a dual sim version, its only for Z-5 and Z-5 Premium.

16. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

PA are the most idiotic when they try to compile a list like this. WTF happened to the Moto X Style (Pure Edition)?? BLU Pure XL?? HTC One E9+??

17. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Asus Zenphone 2 @2.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal for about $320 anyone??

19. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

are these phones available though with the proper frequencies for att/tmobile?

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2332; Member since: May 04, 2015

As a subscriber to T-Mobile USA, T-Mobile UK and other networks in the Middle East and Africa I can tell you with certainty that the only dual-sim phone that truly works worldwide on all LTE and WCDMA networks is the Asus Zenfone 2 WW and USA versions. And it comes with a US warranty. End of story. This list should read the most expensive dual-sim phones because if the Huawei Mate 7 or 8 aren't there too then it's a waste of time.

21. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

i know its not super high end but the oneplus two is on the same level of at least a few of these

22. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

on gsmarena: The LG Nexus 5X may be the first ever Nexus device to have a dual-SIM version. That is, if the information listed by one Kuwaiti retailer is correct. Xcite is the company that claims to have the dual-SIM Nexus 5X already in stock, ready to be purchased for KWD 145 in its 16GB iteration (that's around $477 or €437, by the way). All the other specs are identical to the single-SIM Nexus 5X we all know, but there's the added mention of two nano SIM slots to complete the package. So unless this is a mistake, we should probably expect to see the dual-SIM Nexus 5X launching in some other markets in the near future as well. However, it's unlikely that LG and Google will bring this model to Europe or North America, since they've traditionally not been markets with high demand for dual-SIM smartphones. On the other hand, the dual-SIM Nexus 5X could be offered pretty much everywhere else in the world.

24. murali_v_2000

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Add Blu Pure XL to the list - Dual Sim (confirmed support for TMo/AT&T). 6" QHD (all for $350).

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