The Best Dual SIM Phones

by Dan Forster - , Last Updated on April 15, 2015, Buying Guides

Dual SIM phones have a lot going for them. They’re pretty much what you would expect: a device that allows you to run two SIM cards simultaneously. And as more and more people are wanting to run business and personal phones, dual SIM models are becoming more and more popular. It used to be that dual SIM hand sets were expensive and low powered, but times are changing, and there are some awesome dual SIM smart phones on today’s shelves. If you’re looking for a great phone that just happens to be able to run two SIM cards, then we’ve collected the best UK available models right here, so check out your best options…

The Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Dual SIM

The Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Dual SIM

The Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Dual SIM

The 2nd generation Moto G from Motorola is one of the best dual SIM phones on the market right now, and just goes to show that you don’t need to make too many compromises if you want a two SIM card phone. With classic Motorola design this is a full featured, 4G capable smart phone that will run both your SIM cards.

What kind of specs are we looking at here? The Moto G 2nd generation runs a quad core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, so it’s plenty speedy. You’ll be getting a full five inch display with tons of room for reading, typing and video watching. There’s a 2 MP front facing cam, and an 8 MP rear facing camera. The Moto G comes in two versions, one 8GB and one 16 GB, but both have an SD card slot for up to 32 GB of extra memory. All in all a very solid mid range phone, and one that will please even the most demanding user.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos

Samsung have long been king of the smart phone, and their flagship models often come in a variety of different incarnations. Last year’s best selling Galaxy S5 model happens to also come in a dual SIM format. Looking and feeling almost exactly like the original S5, the S5 Duos doesn’t come cheap, but it is an awesome phone. Be warned that the Duos is a little tough to find with UK operators, so you might need to hunt it down.

You will be getting a hearty quad core 2.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM though, giving you awesome performance. There’s a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display with stunning colour resolution. Camera wise you’re looking at a 2 MP front facing camera and a huge 16 MP rear facing cam. The Galaxy S5 Duos comes with 16 GB of internal memory, but an SD card slot lets you bump that up to a massive 128 GB should you need it. Pricey, yes, but this is a top of the line, high end smart phone, and might be worth the extra cash if you’re a big time phone user.

The HTC One E8

The HTC One E8

The HTC One E8

HTC too have been vying for the top end of the market with their One series, most notably the super powerful One M8 and M9 models. The One E8 is their contribution to the dual SIM market, and again this is a high end model with great performance and specs and a price tag to match. Design wise this is one of the slimmest and sleekest of dual SIM models, and is certainly a fashion statement.

The One E8 runs a quad core 2.5 GHz processor alongside 2 GB of RAM, so performance really isn’t an issue here at all. There’s a five inch LCD3 screen. The front facing camera on the E8 is a huge 5 MP, whilst the back is a more expected 13 MP. The One E8 comes with 16 GB of built in memory, and again an SD card slot for up to 128 GB of extra storage.

The Motorola Moto E Dual SIM

The Motorola Moto E Dual SIM

The Motorola Moto E Dual SIM

If you’re looking for affordability in a dual SIM phone then the Motorola Moto E should be right up your street. A fully touch screened smart phone, the Moto E is basically a budget version of the Moto G, and that means big savings for you.

You’ll be getting a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, so this isn’t the highest powered of phones, though performance is still pretty snappy. There’s a 4.3 inch screen, making the Moto E nicely portable. There is no front facing camera though, and the rear has only a 5 MP device. You’ll get 4 GB of built in memory, with an SD card slot for up to 32 GB of extra storage should you need it.

The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM

The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM

The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM

If you’re not looking for an Android then your dual SIM options are a little limited, but Nokia do make a range of dual SIM Lumia phones, though specs aren’t quite as high as we’d really like to see. The Lumia 630 dual SIM is probably the best of the bunch, and it’s a brightly coloured and affordable device that runs Windows 8.1 out of the box.

The Lumia 630 has a quad core 1.2 GHz processor on board and 512 MB of RAM, meaning day to day performance is solid, though there are no lightening fast speeds here. The display is 4.5 inches, and again there’s no front facing cam only a 5 MP rear facing device. The 630 comes with 8 GB of built in storage, but an SD card slot offers the possibility to add up to 128 GB of extra memory.

The HTC Desire 816 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 816 Dual SIM

The HTC Desire 816 Dual SIM

Finally, the HTC Desire 816 dual SIM is maybe one of the best bargains around, packing some impressive specs into a mid range smart phone. You still get that beautiful slim-lined HTC desire, but the Desire 816 is much more affordable than the HTC One E8.

There’s a quad core 1.6 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM, giving you some nice speeds, good responsiveness and excellent multi-tasking. There’s a huge 5.5 inch display, making the 816 more of a phablet than a traditional phone. The front facing camera gets a large 5 MP resolution, whilst the rear facing camera gets 13 MP. And there’s 8 GB of built in memory, with an SD card slot to take that all the way up to 128 GB.

As dual SIM phones become more popular we’re going to be seeing dual SIM options become standard. But right now these are by far your best bets if you’re looking to run two SIM cards on one phone.