Buying a decent dual-SIM handset with limited budget is a tedious task. Plethora of handset models offering dual-SIM support are available in the market. With budget dual-SIM, we like to plead that these smartphones have limited on-board storage and the companies do not guarantee future software updates.
Ideally, the dual-SIM handset is useful for keeping one SIM for calling and the other one for data. Here we have tried to choose five handsets very careful that have at least decent hardware to run applications easily on them.
Micromax Canvas HD A116i is the improvised version of the popular Canvas HD A116 smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch LCD display with high definition resolution. The Canvas HD A116i is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT6589 mobile chipset which comes paired with PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Packing 1 GB RAM, the Canvas HD A116i runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
At its rear lies an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. There is a front facing 2 megapixel camera in the phone as well. Micromax offers 4 GB on-board storage and a memory card slot that can hold up to 32 GB Micro SD card in the Canvas HD A116i. It has two SIM slots of which one supports 3G networks while the other is meant for 2G network. Micromax has fitted a 2000 mAh battery in the phone which claims to offer 5 hours of talk time.
Xolo Q1000 smartphone is equipped with 5-inch IPS LCD display with HD (720×1280) resolution. The Q1000’s display is protected with DragonTrail Glass which is thin, scratch resistant and also claimed to be six times stronger than the conventional glass. With mere 8.8 mm thickness, the Q1000 is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek mobile processors with 1 GB RAM to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update smoothly.
The Q1000 offers 8 megapixel camera for clearer and crisp images even in low light environment using the BSI (Backside Illumination) sensor. Packing 4 GB internal memory storage and memory card slot to expand the storage. Xolo has packed 2100 mAh battery and promises music playback for 21 hours.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy S Duos 2 with 4-inch LCD display with 480×800 pixel resolution. This dual-SIM smartphone supports one 3G network SIM module. Galaxy S Duos 2 packs a dual-core 1.2 Ghz mobile processor and packs 768 MB RAM with 4 GB on-board storage.
This smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update with TouchWiz UI on top of it. At the back is 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. This camera can records 720p HD video and there is a front facing VGA camera for video calls. Samsung has packed a 1500 mAh battery to keep the smartphone running for decent amount of hours.
iBerry Auxus Xenea X1
Auxus Xenea X1 is meant for the music frenzy. The Xenea X1 music edition has a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 960×540 pixel resolution. Supporting dual-SIM configuration, the phone can accommodate one micro SIM with penta-band HSPA support. The Xenea X1 has mere 9 mm thickness and is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 mobile chipset with Mali-400 graphics and 1 GB RAM.
Packing only 4 GB on-board storage, Xenea X1 has a memory card slot support. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and updates can be expected in future. At the rear is 8 megapixel camera with Flash, Auto Focus and full 1080p HD recording. In the front lies a 2 megapixel camera for video calls. The iBerry Auxus Xenea X1 has a pleasing design and packs a 2200 mAh removable battery.
Keeping aside the big screen Android handsets, the Nokia Asha 503 Dual SIM does make an interesting proposition. The Asha 503 Dual SIM supports two Micro SIM modules and also supports 3G network. The phone offers Dual-standby mode as well. Sporting a compact 3-inch display constructed using Corning Gorilla Glass technology, the Asha 503 Dual SIM runs the Nokia Asha software platform 1.2 to bring along several pre-loaded apps.
There is support for WhatsApp and other popular services to. At the back, Asha 503 Dual SIM has 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and can record QVGA quality video. Nokia bundles a 4 GB micro SD card with the phone and one can always add up to 32 GB micro SD card for more storage. Nokia has packed a 1200 mAh battery to offer decent run time.