Dual SIM phones have always been seen as low-end devices offering simultaneous connectivity to two cellular operators, but as times have changed even bigger brands have understood the potential of these devices. Dual SIM phones don’t just provide connectivity to two different operators, but along with that they also provide greater ease of use. So here we have a list of top 5 dual SIM based Android smartphones across various price points that will help you make a great buying decision. We have included smartphones across the low and mid-range so that you have a wider choice.
Sony Xperia Tipo (Rs 9,600)
Sony’s cheapest Android smartphone – Xperia Tipo is also available in a dual SIM variant for those who have two mobile numbers. The Sony Tipo Dual is similar to the Sony Tipo except for dual SIM functionality. The Tipo Dual comes with a hardware button, using which one can easily switch between the two SIMs. Other than that the two are identical in terms of features. The Sony Xperia Tipo runs on an 800 MHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor and has 512 MB RAM. The phone has a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
The phone comes with Sony’s Timescape user interface atop Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The Tipo dual has a 3.2 megapixel camera but no front facing camera. Sony Xperia Tipo comes with 2.5 GB of internal memory, which is expandable by up to 32 GB. The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery with promised talktime of up to 4 hours.
Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite (Rs 6,990)
Galaxy Y has been the most exciting offering from Samsung, especially for pocket conscious people, but it has now been challenged by its very own successor – the Galaxy Y Duos Lite. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite comes with the same functionality as its earlier cousin the Galaxy Y Duos, including dual SIM capability. The device has a minimalistic size that, along with 11.9 mm thickness, gives it a slim and sleek profile. Galaxy Y Duos Lite features a 2.8 inch display with 230 x 320 pixel resolution. It has Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system which is slightly older but offers compatibility with most Android applications available at the Google Play Store.
The 832 MHz single core processor on the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite makes sure that the device performs well throughout. Along with that the device features a 2 megapixel full focus camera capable of taking images as well as videos. Galaxy Y Duos Lite offers 4 GB of user memory, which can be further expanded by an SD memory card of up to 32 GB. It has an in-built FM radio, WiFi and HSDPA 3.6 connectivity for faster data downloads and for jitter free multimedia on the go.
Samsung Galaxy S Duos (Rs 16,700)
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a cheaper, dual SIM look alike variant of the popular Galaxy SIII smartphone, which became popular across the globe. The Galaxy S Duos comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 7227A processor running Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on its big 4 inch display. Inspired by the design featured on the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the Galaxy S Duos looks good and sure enough is an object of desire. Its 4 inch LCD display comes with 480 x 800 pixel resolution while its 1 GHz processor and 768 MB RAM take care of applications. The smartphone utilises a slightly older but functional Adreno 200 graphics engine, which will be good enough for most tasks, but HD gaming is where the device would lag.
The phone comes with 4 GB onboard storage available to users while another 32 GB data can be added using a standard micro SDHC card. Imaging is handled by a 5 megapixel auto focus camera that is capable of recording VGA resolution videos only, although there is an LED flash for illumination in low light. In the front there is also a VGA camera for video calling.
HTC Desire V (Rs 15,500)
The HTC Desire V comes in a GSM+GSM dual SIM variant that supports dual band HSPA+ in the primary SIM slot, while the second SIM supports EDGE and GPRS connectivity. The HTC Desire V features a 4 inch WVGA resolution capacitive touchscreen display powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227A chipset that includes a 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor and Adreno 200 graphics card. The phone has 512 MB of RAM. The device also features a 5 megapixel primary autofocus camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera for video calling and self portrait. It offers connectivity through WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and for entertainment there is an audio and video player with FM radio.
The handset has 4 GB storage and a micro SD expansion slot that supports 32 GB additional memory. The HTC Desire V features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich accented with HTC’s latest Sense 4.0 user interface. The device also features Beats Audio enhancements for superior music quality and sound.
Micromax Superfone Canvas 2 A110 (Rs 11,000)
Micromax has been quite successful in the dual SIM arena and has now launched its first ever dual SIM Android phablet – the A110. A110, which is also known as Canvas, is the second phone in the Canvas series after the A100. This dual SIM Android device from Micromax comes with features like a huge 5 inch capacitive touchscreen, dual cameras, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth etc. It features 32 GB of expandable memory via a micro SD slot for additional storage, other than the 4 GB that is on board.
The Micromax Superfone Canvas 2 A110 runs on Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 1 GHz dual core processor making it one of the cheaper dual core, dual SIM Android smartphones in the market today. The Micromax A110 is also a 3G enabled smartphone and its master SIM can be used to make video calls through its 0.3 megapixel front camera. The phone has a 5 megapixel rear camera that is good enough for occasional snapping.