The 8 Best Dual-SIM Phones to Buy in 2019

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The Rundown

  • Best iOS: Apple iPhone XS at Amazon, "Powered by an A12 Bionic chipset, which offers blazing fast performance for mobile applications."
  • Runner-Up, Best iOS: Apple iPhone XR at Amazon, "Has a 6.1-inch LCD display with a resolution of 828 x 1792, offering a crisp pixel density."
  • Best Budget: Xiaomi Pocophone F1 at Amazon, "Comes with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and the second SIM slot can be used for a microSD card if you sometimes need extra storage and don’t always need a second cellular connection."
  • Runner-Up, Best Budget: Motorola Moto G6 Plus at Amazon, "Has a 5.9-inch display with a sharp 2160 x 1080 resolution, giving you plenty of real estate for enjoying video content."
  • Best Android: Samsung Galaxy S9 (dual-SIM) at Amazon, "A top tier Android smartphone with a speedy octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, capable front and rear cameras, a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display...and a durable design with an IP68 rating against water and dust damage."
  • Runner-Up, Best Android: OnePlus 6t at Amazon, "It runs on the premium Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB or 8GB of RAM for effective multitasking."
  • Best Camera: Google Pixel 3 at Amazon, "The Pixel 3’s 12MP may not sound like much on paper, but with Google’s software optimization, the company has put forth the most capable smartphone camera on the market."
  • Runner-Up, Best Camera: Huawei Mate 20 Pro at Amazon, "Dedicated AI hardware pairs with three rear cameras and a 24MP front-facing camera for incredible performance."

Our Top Picks

Best iOS: Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

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If you’re shopping for a dual-SIM smartphone, you don’t have to go with something obscure. Thanks to eSIM capabilities, you can still get the most capable iPhone from Apple and enjoy support for multiple cellular connections. The best of the bunch is the iPhone XS, coming with premium specs, performance, and a stunning design.

Using eSIM isn’t quite the same as a traditional dual-SIM setup that relies on two physical SIM cards inserted into a phone. In this case, one SIM is setup digitally with a mobile carrier, likely for your primary mobile plan, while the SIM tray remains available for a second network. While the tradeoff is a little less freedom to swap both carriers with ease, your payoff is a top-tier iPhone.

The iPhone XS offers a large, 5.8-inch OLED display for brilliant visual quality. Inside, it’s powered by an A12 Bionic chipset, which offers blazing fast performance for mobile applications. On top of that, you get iOS, which Apple does a great job of supporting for years to come, and you get one of the best smartphone camera systems around.

Runner-Up, Best iOS: Apple iPhone XR

Apple has a more affordable iOS option than the premium iPhone XS and XS Max. The iPhone XR trims a few features while still boasting excellent performance, an elegant design, and eSIM support. The eSIM feature allows you to set up a plan with one carrier digitally and use the phone’s SIM slot for a second mobile carrier.

Though the iPhone XR is substantially cheaper than the other iPhones released in 2018, it has the same built-in brawn. The A12 Bionic chipset is incredibly robust, and it powers the iPhone XS and iPhone XR alike. So, if you opt for the iPhone XR, you can rest assured you’ll still run even intensive smartphone apps with ease.

The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD display with a resolution of 828 x 1792, offering a crisp pixel density. You also get a capable 12MP camera on the rear, a 7MP front-facing camera, and an array of color options. While the iPhone XR offers good battery life, fast charging and Qi wireless charging provide options for topping off your battery with ease.

Best Budget: Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Every now and then, a budget phone comes along that's way too good to be true — and that’s just the case with Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1. There are a couple noticeable differences between the model and many other premium smartphones, but it has the capabilities where it counts and is easily a phone worth considering — even for shoppers who don’t need its dual-SIM support.

The Pocophone F1 comes at a price that is solidly budget, but it offers a 2246 x 1080 display measuring 6.18 inches. It’s an LCD display, but with a 4,000mAh battery inside, the Pocophone F1 should still get good battery life. Perhaps most impressive is the inclusion of the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB or 8GB of RAM — the same that's seen in most top-tier flagship Android phones.

The Pocophone F1 also comes with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and the second SIM slot can be used for a microSD card if you sometimes need extra storage and don’t always need a second cellular connection. On top of all that, you get a dual-sensor camera in back, fingerprint scanning, and facial recognition. The plastic body may hint at its budget nature, but put it in a case and you can forget that you paid so little for this killer budget phone.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Motorola Moto G6 Plus

Motorola has a great track record for releasing solid budget smartphones, and that’s exemplified often in the G family of smartphones. The Moto G6 Plus is the winner right now, with solid mid-tier specs, a glass and aluminum design that’s pleasing to the hand and eyes, and a price that’s easy to stomach. Best of all, you can get the dual-SIM functionality that you need (just ensure you select a dual-SIM model when you purchase).

Inside, the Moto G6 Plus packs a Snapdragon 630 chipset that can keep up with the majority of tasks you throw at it. Streaming content? Browsing social media? No problem. The Moto G6 Plus has a 5.9-inch display with a sharp 2160 x 1080 resolution, giving you plenty of real estate for enjoying video content. And, the 3,200mAh battery can keep it chugging along.

Motorola is one of the better manufacturers when it comes to ongoing support for their devices, so you’ll also be able to count on regular software updates to help make the Moto G6 Plus last longer. And, with splash resistance, you’re less likely to end up with the phone dying before its time.

Best Android: Samsung Galaxy S9 (dual-SIM)

Samsung smartphones may not be pushing as many boundaries as others brands' offerings (the Galaxy S9 carriers over the design of its predecessor), but with premium specs, incredibly well-rounded features, and a price that’s come down nicely since launch, it’s the best Android handset around. While not all versions of the Galaxy S9 feature dual-SIM support, the international version is readily available and offers up dual-SIM functionality. This gives you the freedom to pop in a SIM card from two different carriers and use them simultaneously or easily switch between them if you’re traveling.

On top of that, you’re getting a top tier Android smartphone with a speedy octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, capable front and rear cameras, a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with an incredibly high resolution, and a durable design with an IP68 rating against water and dust damage. Music lovers get an even sweeter perk — unlike many other flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 still includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can keep using your favorite pair of headphones.

Runner-Up, Best Android: OnePlus 6t

OnePlus came out of left field when it first started releasing premium Android smartphones at budget prices. While their prices have steadily risen, so has their roster of products. The latest from the company, the OnePlus 6t, is a viable competitor to the best big-name Androids, and it comes at a fraction of the price.

Best of all, the OnePlus 6t has the dual-SIM functionality needed to land a spot on this list, with support for two physical SIM cards at the same time. Beyond that, it also offers excellent specs. It runs on the premium Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB or 8GB of RAM for effective multitasking. A 6.41-inch AMOLED display covers much of the phone's front, with only a tiny notch cut out for the front-facing camera.

For a phone priced as it is, the OnePlus 6t truly has a stunning design. All the more impressive is the inclusion of an under-display fingerprint scanner, which allows the screen to stretch over almost the whole front of the device. Serious phone users will love the large, 3,700mAh battery and quick charging speeds. And, with baked-in Android 9.0 and support for timely updates through Google’s Project Treble, there’s plenty to enjoy from the OnePlus 6t for years to come.

Best Camera: Google Pixel 3

You don’t have to sacrifice a great smartphone camera to get the dual-SIM support you need. Google’s Pixel 3 can support multiple carrier connections through the use of eSIM, letting you set up one connection electronically and the other with a physical SIM card. Once you’re set with the SIMs, you can get to shooting with the camera.

If you’re a frequent traveler needing dual-SIM support for network connections abroad, you’ll no doubt want to have a good camera. The Pixel 3’s 12MP may not sound like much on paper, but with Google’s software optimization, the company has put forth the most capable smartphone camera on the market. The dual front-facing cameras will also ensure your selfie game is strong.

There’s plenty more to like about the Pixel 3; it comes with Android 9, and Google’s devices frequently get updates to their operating system and security. It’s a quick phone, too, with a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The 5.5-inch pOLED display offers a sharp resolution and isn’t cut into with a notch. Plus, dual front speakers offer a quality sound experience while watching media.

Runner-Up, Best Camera: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei may not be the most familiar brand, and the Mate 20 Pro isn’t on everyone’s radar, but it should be. The premium smartphone offers incredible specs, a stunning design, serious camera performance (that can occasionally outshine even the best), and the dual-SIM support you need.

The Mate 20 Pro is premium in every way; it has a big, 6.39-inch display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 for an insanely crisp 538 pixels per inch, plus it supports the popular HDR10 standard. The screen is naturally AMOLED in this premium tier, and you’ll get plenty of use courtesy of a quick-charging 4,200mAh battery. The Mate 20 Pro even boasts the ability to wirelessly charge other phones. Inside, it’s powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 980 chipset and 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the model.

Dedicated AI hardware pairs with three rear cameras and a 24MP front-facing camera for incredible performance. Versatility is also a major plus, as there are wide-angle, ultrawide, and telephoto cameras on the back. The ability to switch and blend between them make it a capable photo and video camera, and with the dual-SIM support, it’s a worthy travel companion.

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular dual-SIM card phones on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 50 different phones overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 16 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.