7 Best Dual-SIM Phones in 2019

Work and pleasure shouldn’t mix, but sometimes combining the two is the best thing to do. With a dual-SIM phone, you can have both your work number and your personal number in a single phone, rather than carrying a separate phone for each. Dual-SIM phones are especially popular in Asia, as evident from the number of Asian smartphones on this list, but even Apple has finally caught onto the trend with the latest generation of iPhone.

SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 128GB+8GB RAM SM-G973F/DS Dual Sim 6.1" LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Model) (Prism Black)Buy on Amazon|$665.5(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)
SonySony Xperia XZ3 (H9493) 6GB / 64GB 6.0-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Black)Buy on Amazon|$580(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1Buy on Amazon|$297.39(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:49 ET)
HUAWEIHuawei P30 ProBuy on Amazon|$879(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)
OnePlusOnePlus 6T A6010 128GB, Dual Sim, 6.41", 8GB RAM, GSM Unlocked International Model, No Warranty (Mirror Black 128GB)Buy on Amazon|$471.99(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)

Not sure what dual-SIM capable phone to pick up for international travel, or for work? Follow along with us below, and we’ll show you a handful of our favorites.

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is one of the best choices that money can buy for dual-SIM support. You still get the same great iPhone experience with the iPhone XR, but with slightly downgraded hardware It still has a great camera that will take excellent photos, but is the single lens instead of the dual-lens that the XS and XS Max have.

You still get some really good screen size in the iPhone XR — a whole 6.1-inches of real estate. The Face ID module is still here as well.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is one of our favorite smartphones for not only daily use, but for dual-SIM support as well. Add a second SIM card to this, and you can use the Samsung Galaxy S10+ almost anywhere you go. One of the major highlights with this phone is the new immersive “Cinematic Infinity Display”, allowing you to view your favorite media with superb detail. It comes with a professional grade camera, giving you two camera sensors on the back for the competitive edge in photography.

One of the advantages to the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is that it comes with an even larger battery than the rest — a whole 4,100mAh. It also has Wireless Powershare, which allows you to charge up other Qi-enabled devices by setting them on the back of your phone.

Apple iPhone XS & XS Max

The iPhone XS & XS Max feature dual-SIM support with a nano-SIM and an eSIM, the latter being a global specification that enables remote SIM provisioning of any mobile device. At the moment, only 10 countries support Apple’s eSIMs, but the number is expected to grow in the future.

If you have an older iPhone, you can use your existing nano-SIM for your main carrier and the eSIM for your secondary carrier. The setup process is straightforward, and you can customize how you would like to use each carrier. For example, you can use your primary carrier as your default line and your secondary carrier for cellular data only.

When making a call using the Phone app, you can switch between carriers by tapping the current one directly from the keypad as long as you have iOS 12 because the dual-SIM feature isn’t supported in previous versions of iOS.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 is a productivity-oriented phablet with dual-SIM support, extra-large display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440, stereo speakers, the S Pen, an intelligent Bluetooth stylus that makes writing and drawing as natural as pen and paper. Equipped with a flagship chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the Galaxy Note 9 is among the most powerful Android smartphones on the market, and it delivers a buttery smooth experience with no lag even when multitasking.

The Galaxy Note 9 is available with 128 GB or 512 GB of built-in storage space, and you can expand the storage space even further with up to 512 GB microSD card. Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Note 9 with an intelligent camera that recognizes what you’re looking at, optimizing color settings like contrast, white balance, exposure, and more.

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus is a Shenzhen-based Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has risen to prominence thanks to its progressive marketing strategy and products that deliver excellent value for money. The OnePlus 6T launched on October 29, 2018 as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices. It’s actually an improved version of the OnePlus 6, which launched earlier in the year.

The smartphone has dual-SIM support, sports a camera notch, and features state-of-the-art specifications. For the price of a mid-range smartphone, you get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6.41-inch Full HD+, Optic AMOLED display, two camera sensors, up to 10 GB of RAM, and a large 3,700mAh battery with support for fast charging.

The OnePlus 6T launched with Android 8.1 and OxygenOS, a customized version of the Android mobile operating system developed by OnePlus for its overseas market. OxygenOS is widely considered to be one of the best implementations of Android currently available, and many OnePlus customers would stick with the brand just to use OxygenOS instead of stock Android.

Huawei P30 Pro

With its Leica-branded camera, two SIM card slots, flagship hardware specifications, and elegant design, the Huawei P30 Pro is one of the most attractive dual-SIM smartphones in 2019. This one, as briefly mentioned, was co-engineered with Leica, a German company that manufactures cameras, lenses, binoculars, rifle scopes, and ophthalmic lenses.

If you’re familiar with Leica, you probably know that its cameras and lenses are on the wishlist of many professional photographers. The Quad Camera Huawei and Leica have developed for the P30 Pro lives up to Leica’s name and amazes with its ultra-fine level of detail, vibrant colors, and exceptional low-light performance.

The photos you take with the P3o will burst into life on the 6.1-inch OLED display with superior color gamut. Instead of a virtual bar, the smartphone relies on an edgeless fingerprint sensor with smart navigation, allowing you to enjoy the stunning display in its entirety.

It has 8GB of RAM, Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor, up to 256GB in storage, and a massive 4,200mAh battery.

 

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Xiaomi has proved that it’s possible to create a flagship Android smartphone that costs less than $400 and has dual-SIM support. The Pocophone F1 features latest flagship silicon from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845, in addition to 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of expandable storage in the base model.

What may also surprise you is the capacity of the battery inside the Pocophone F1: 4,000 mAh. Of course, compromises had to be made somewhere to reach the unbelievable price. Because the Pocophone F1 is aimed mainly at the Indian market, Xiaomi sacrificed NFC connectivity since it’s penetration in India is still very small. The smartphone also comes with a fairly standard IPS LCD display with a camera notch, rounded corners, and small borders.

But if you’re willing to look past these minor limitations, the value the Pocophone F1 delivers is simply unbeatable in this price range.

SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 128GB+8GB RAM SM-G973F/DS Dual Sim 6.1" LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Model) (Prism Black)Buy on Amazon|$665.5(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)
SonySony Xperia XZ3 (H9493) 6GB / 64GB 6.0-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Black)Buy on Amazon|$580(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1Buy on Amazon|$297.39(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:49 ET)
HUAWEIHuawei P30 ProBuy on Amazon|$879(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)
OnePlusOnePlus 6T A6010 128GB, Dual Sim, 6.41", 8GB RAM, GSM Unlocked International Model, No Warranty (Mirror Black 128GB)Buy on Amazon|$471.99(Price as of 07/16/2019 22:50 ET)

Verdict

As you can see, there are tons of different options if you need a dual-SIM solution. Dual-SIM is such a nice technology, because when a second SIM card is installed, you can either switch between networks manually, or the phone will have hardware support for keeping both connections in standby mode, allowing the phone to automatically switch between networks as needed.

Some phones even have the necessary hardware to maintain both connections simultaneously, which is more helpful for work connections than anything.

Do you have a favorite dual SIM smartphone? Let us know in the comments section below.