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The best dual-SIM phones 2022



Dual-SIM smartphones let you use two SIM cards in a single phone. Most people who use dual-SIM phones find the functionality useful for mixing work and pleasure, rather than carrying separate phones for their work and personal contracts.

Dual-SIM phones are also useful for maintaining two personal contracts, whereby one might offer a good rate on calls and texts and the other offers unlimited data. Or perhaps you frequently travel abroad and would like to carry a local SIM for when you’re at home and another that is local to the country you’re visiting.

These days, you don’t always need two physical SIMs to achieve this dual-SIM functionality. For example, Google’s Pixel 6 supports physical dual-SIM along with eSIM, which means you can have one standard SIM installed in the phone and subscribe to another network via its eSIM. For more on this, see what is an eSIM?

Do bear in mind that many smartphones officially sold in the west are single-SIM variants, whereas alternative models of that very same phone sold elsewhere in the world are dual-SIM. We’re focussed on phones released in the US and/or UK for this list, and have only included models that officially support two SIMs in those markets. If you have another phone in mind, a good place to check is Amazon for any dual-SIM variants of that phone.

Best dual-SIM phones 2022

1. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – Best overall

Pros

Excellent camera

Phenomenal display

Stylus support

Cons

Bulky

Expensive

Slower charging than key rivals

The Galaxy S22 Ultra doesn’t feel like an S22 at all – in fact this is more like a covert revival of Samsung’s once-loved Note brand, with a distinct design from its S22 siblings and a built-in slot to store the included S-Pen stylus.

The camera is one of the best in any phone, with a 108Mp main shooter backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different zoom levels – with the zoom performance particularly improved on previous models.

The expansive 6.8in LTPO AMOLED display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, and with S-pen stylus support it comfortably fills the productivity niche of the former Note phones.

Read our full
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

2. Vivo X80 Pro – Best camera

Pros

(Maybe) the best camera around

Fast wired & wireless charging

IP68-water resistance

Great battery life

Cons

Expensive

No Gorilla Glass

Frustrating software

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

The Vivo X80 Pro is the Chinese giant’s latest flagship, and offers top specs led by arguably the best camera system in any smartphone right now.

With excellent main, ultrawide, and dual telephoto lenses on the rear, this is a camera built for any situation. Image quality is exceptional all-round, but especially at night, with market-leading low light photography.

Top specs, a great display, fast charging, and long-lasting battery round out the phone’s appeal, but bear in mind that the company’s Android skin holds it back a little – hardware this good deserves software to match.

Read our full
Vivo X80 Pro review

3. Google Pixel 6 Pro – Best software

Pros

Pixel camera

Google’s best software

Beautiful display

Cons

Divisive design

Big and heavy

Pixel phones are usually all about the camera, and in that sense not much has changed for the 6 Pro. Which isn’t to say the camera’s stayed the same – now packing a 48Mp main lens along with an ultrawide and a periscopic telephoto, this is the most powerful Pixel camera yet.

It’s bolstered by AI smarts driven by Android 12 and Google’s new Tensor chip, and few phones can rival the photographic output here.

You’ll have to put up with slow charging (and buy your own charger to boot), and accept the fact that this is a big phone with a divisive design – you may well love it, but there are plenty out there who don’t.

Read our full
Google Pixel 6 Pro review

4. Oppo Find X5 Pro – Best flagship all-rounder

Pros

Beautiful, unique design

Powerful camera combo

Brilliant display

Great software

Cons

Big and heavy

No periscope lens

Expensive

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a beautiful, powerful phone that delivers just about everywhere it counts.

Compared to other recent flagships, this feels like an all-rounder: you get an excellent display, strong performance, decent battery and charging, and a powerful camera – all wrapped in a fairly unique design.

Read our full
Oppo Find X5 Pro review

5. Google Pixel 6a – Best mid-range dual-SIM

Pros

Top drawer performance

Smaller size

Outstanding camera

Guaranteed software updates

Cons

Rear plastic scratches easily

Charges slow and hot

Only 60Hz display

The Pixel 6a is an excellent affordable option from Google.

It boasts the same design and chipset as its flagship siblings, but is smaller and more affordable – without giving up dual-SIM support.

The cameras here aren’t the same as in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but they’re still impressive, and you also get Google’s excellent software support. The big downsides are sluggish charging and a disappointing 60Hz display, but everything else about the 6a impresses.

Read our full
Google Pixel 6a review

6. Asus Zenfone 9 – Best compact flagship

Pros

Distinctive, compact design

Fantastic battery life

Strong specs

Excellent low light photography

Cons

Overheating issues

Only two Android updates promised

No mmWave support

The Zenfone 9 is a full-force flagship in a small size, and with remarkably few compromises for it.

The 5.9in display makes this one of the smallest phones on the market, especially on the Android side, and comfortably the smallest with specs this strong.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and up to 16GB of RAM mark this as a serious performance phone, though cooling problems do leave that power slightly throttled. The 8+ Gen 1 is also partly to thank for the excellent battery life however, which puts other compact smartphones to shame.

The gimbal-stabilised main camera impresses, especially at night, though with a few visual glitches and issues in bright environments it’s clear Asus has some software tuning to do. Some may also miss the variety offered by rivals, especially the lack of a telephoto lens here.

Given the phone is so good, it’s frustrating that Asus is only promising two years of support, so this will only suit those who know they’re on a regular upgrade schedule. The lack of mmWave support will also limit the 5G performance for US buyers. The overall experience is excellent though, with smart software and welcome touches like the IP68 rating and headphone jack.

Read our full
Asus Zenfone 9 review

7. OnePlus Nord 2T – Best for cheap fast-charging

Pros

Excellent software

Great design

Strong all-rounder

Cons

Only 90Hz display

Slightly thick

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

An outstanding follow-up to 2021’s best mid-range phone, with great performance, 5G, OnePlus’s signature Oxygen OS user experience, and a near-flagship main camera. What’s not to love?

What the OnePlus Nord 2T really demonstrates is the company’s ability to prioritise the features that users are looking for right now and wrapping them up in an attractive package with a compelling price point.

The Nord 2T misses out on flagship niceties like wireless charging and waterproofing, but those are really the only compromises made here.

Read our full
OnePlus Nord 2T review

8. Samsung Galaxy S22 – Best for software updates

Pros

Strong camera

Beautiful, compact design

Long-term software updates

Cons

Middling battery life

Only 25W charging

Poorer value than rivals

Don’t think of the S22 as a poor man’s S22 Ultra – Samsung has used its standard flagship model to strike a super balancing act of specs and features that comes with few flaws, all squeezed into a compact form factor.

As a result, you get some of the best performance found in an Android phone currently, a glass-bodied design, and the latest Android 12 (dressed in Samsung’s own One UI 4.1, at launch) with a commitment to years of software support.

The battery life is a little inconsistent, and some of the camera features will likely benefit from firmware fixes over time, but this remains an excellent example of an Android flagship.

Read our full
Samsung Galaxy S22 review

9. Poco X4 Pro 5G – Best budget dual-SIM

Pros

Affordable

Stunning design

Flagship-level 120Hz AMOLED display

Capable 108Mp camera

Cons

Plastic body

Occasional lag

The Poco X4 Pro 5G is a huge upgrade over its predecessor in terms of features and design, with a premium look and feel despite the plastic body. The 120Hz AMOLED display is bright, vibrant and buttery-smooth, with one of the smallest camera cutouts we’ve seen.

While the refresh rate isn’t adaptive like premium alternatives, the phone can still comfortably last more than a day with average use, and when it does need a top up there’s 67W fast wired charging (with the necessary charger supplied in the box).

The 108Mp camera is a real treat too, offering impressive detail and colour representation in well-lit environments, although the lack of OIS means night photography could be improved. The accompanying 8Mp ultra-wide is handy, but the same can’t be said for the 2Mp macro lens.

The internals are mid-range, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 leading the show, but performance is very decent for the money. A tempting option for the cost-conscious.

Read our full
Poco X4 Pro 5G review

10. Nothing Phone (1) – Best design

Pros

Unique, eye-catching design

Impressive dual rear camera

Wireless charging

Cons

Average performance

Below average battery life

A little buggy

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

The Nothing Phone (1) may have an outlandish design, but beneath that is a quietly capable mid-range phone.

Expect solid specs, a capable pair of rear cameras, and flagship luxuries like wireless charging and an IP53 rating. There’s dual-SIM support of course, but no microSD slot.

It’s the design that will either draw you in or push you away though. The semi-transparent finish is unique enough, but the ‘Glyph Interface’ LED lights add an extra layer of novelty that certainly makes the Phone (1) a unique option.

Read our full
Nothing Phone (1) review

Your buying guide to the best dual-SIM phones in 2022

How do dual-SIM phones work? 

Something we’ve noticed when shopping for dual-SIM phones is that the manufacturer very rarely provides any information about the functionality other than it exists. It doesn’t tell you how the dual-SIM functionality works in practice, nor whether both SIMs support 4G/5G, or even what size SIM cards they accept.

You can never assume; you’ll need to contact the manufacturer or check spec tables, reviews, or forums to find out this information.

In all the dual-SIM phones we’ve tested, both SIMs are on standby at all times (known as dual-standby phones), but you can actively use only one SIM at a time. This means that either SIM can accept a phone call or text at any time, without you having to actively swap between them or reboot the phone.

However, if you get a call on one number while a call is active on the other, it won’t start ringing in your ear or give you the option to put the first caller on hold – the call will simply not be successful.

What is the difference between Dual-Standby and Dual-Active?

Dual-active SIM phones use two modems and allow you to receive calls on both numbers at once.

If it’s you who wants to make a call or send a text, Android has a standard SIM Management menu that lets you specify which SIM should be used for voice calls, video calls, messages and mobile data. You can either specify a particular SIM for each of these tasks, or leave the setting as ‘Always Ask’.

The data connection is where there seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to dual-SIM phones. Whereas both SIM slots on some dual-SIM phones are capable of supporting 4G or 5G connections, you can use data connectivity on only one SIM at a time. 

Unlike with calls and texts, typically speaking the data connection can’t be on standby for both SIMs; you must specify which SIM you want to use rather than select one when prompted – though some phones will let you set them to switch to the other SIM when the first can’t make a connection.

By default, when you are using the data connection on one SIM and a phone call comes in to the other, it will pause the data connection on the first.

Can you use dual-SIM with a microSD card?

If you want to take advantage of both SIM card slots and expandable storage, your options will be a little limited.

While most phones with expandable microSD storage also offer dual-SIM, typically the SD card has to use that second SIM slot, forcing you to choose between storage and the SIM.

If this is a priority for you, make sure to check reviews and specs carefully for phones that support two SIMs and a microSD card simultaneously – there are some out there – or look out for a combo of microSD and eSIM support.

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