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Separate business and pleasure with a dual-SIM phone. We round up the best smartphones that accept two SIMs

ByMarie Black, Editor In Chief


The Mi 11 is a fantastic bit of hardware for the price. The fastest chipphối around, a beautiful display, and svào cameras are all packaged within a lovely bit of industrial kiến thiết.

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Some will miss the IPhường rating, though for me the bigger downsides are the choice of a macro over a telepholớn lens, the only average battery life, và a software experience that still lags behind the key rivals.

Before you buy this phone, bởi vì note that the Xiaongươi 12 is imminent, having already been unveiled in China.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 11 review


After 2020"s disappointing Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung has finally earned the name with a follow-up that delivers almost everything you could want from an Android flagship - admittedly at a price that only a few can afford, & in a form factor that will simply be too big for some.

The camera is now probably the best in any phone, with a 108Mp main shooter backed up by an ultrawide and two telepholớn lenses at different zoom levels.

The expansive 6.8in display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, & with new S-pen stylus tư vấn it comfortably fills the productivity nibít of theGalaxy lưu ý 20 Ultratoo.

As with the Mi 11 above sầu, vì note that the successor lớn this phone will likely be unveiled in early 2022.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review


The Oppo Find X3 Pro is a phenomenal phone by any measure. The 6.7in 10-bit 120Hz QHD+ panel is one of the best displays in any phone right now and Oppo backs it up with 65W wired and 30W wireless charging, a 4500mAh battery, & a top-tier camera that boasts 50Mp sensors on both the main và ultrawide lenses.

You’ll have lớn live sầu without a periscopic zoom lens - the telephoto here is a measly 2x zoom - but Oppo instead includes a novel microlens camera capable of microscopic super-closeups. That"s not the only oddity, as the design itself is utterly quality thanks khổng lồ a seamlessly sloped camera module built right inkhổng lồ the glass of the phone"s body.

For pure performance the Find X3 Pro is also hard to lớn beat, with all of the above plus a Snaprồng 888 chip, 512GB storage & 12GB RAM. You just have sầu khổng lồ be willing to lớn pay the price, as it doesn"t come cheap.

Read our full Oppo Find X3 Pro review


On the surface, Samsung has brought better specs - including 5G as standard and the lakiểm tra Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 chip - khổng lồ the table for less than the asking price of the 4G-only build of the Galaxy Străng tròn.

In actuality, it"s prioritised those upgrades to ensure the S21 appears as relevant and current as possible, without going out of its way khổng lồ really mix the bar for forthcoming 2021 rivals.

The Galaxy S line"s unofficial position as the "default alternative" to those who don"t want an iPhone isn"t likely to lớn change with everything the Galaxy S21 has khổng lồ offer, & for most users, this is still as much of a well-rounded, capable and reliable device as the S20, S10 and beyond have been.

If you"re looking for Samsung lớn push the flagship phone envelope, however, the Galaxy S21 isn"t the phone khổng lồ vì it.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 review


An outstanding follow-up khổng lồ 2020"s best mid-range phone, with great performance, 5G, OnePlus"s signature Oxygene OS user experience, & a near-flagship main camera. What"s not lớn love?

What the OnePlus Nord 2 really demonstrates is the company"s ability lớn prioritise the features that users are looking for right now và wrapping them up in an attractive package with a compelling price point.

The Nord 2 misses out on flagship niceties lượt thích wireless charging & waterproofing, but those are really the only compromises made here.

Read our full OnePlus Nord 2 review

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra is a stunning proposition và offers buckets of value. It’s a genuinely exciting flagship smartphone in practically every department: it’s lightweight, feels great in the h&, the 144Hz 6.67in AMOLED display is detailed và crisp, the Snapdragon 888 allows it lớn persize like a gaming phone và, well, that camera thiết lập is incredible.

Comprised of three 64Mp snappers và a 5x telescope lens, the Axon 30 Ultra’s rear camera offering is versatile, & unlượt thích some, images captured across all sensors are comparable in terms of unique, detail and colour balance.

There are plenty of creative sầu shooting modes available to lớn make the most of the system, và it caters to lớn videographers with Clip recording too.

The results are comparable khổng lồ those taken on ultra-premium smartphones lượt thích the Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro, but with one key difference – it’s hundreds of pounds/dollars cheaper.

The software could bởi with a visual tweak here & there và there"s no wireless charging, but those are minor complaints in what is an otherwise phenomenal 2021 flagship.

Read our full ZTE Axon 30 Ultra review

The Poco X3 Pro is a phone designed for Android gamers or power users on a budget, though it might also appeal to those who want to go big on specs in order to lớn futureproof their phone.

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If pure performance isn’t your priority, then you can find phones that are slimmer và lighter, with better camera performance, for around the same price.

What you won’t find is any phone that can match this pound for pound right now. This is near-flagship processing power in one of the cheapest phones on the market, và it’s almost ludicrous that Xiaomày has pulled it off.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro review

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is essentially an upgraded Poteo X3 NFC with a nicer display và better camera.

The 6.67in 120Hz panel boasts AMOLED tech, meaning superb contrast và vibrant colours. The 108Mp lead camera, meanwhile, excels and comes accompanied by a pair of secondary snappers that exceed expectation.

Fun extras like 33W fast charging, a tai nghe jack & even an IR blaster elevate the Redngươi cảnh báo 10 Pro from good khổng lồ great budget offering, considering what Xiaomi"s incorporated here.

Read our full Xiaomày Redngươi cảnh báo 10 Pro review

Like the Realme GT, the Hãng Asus ZenFone 8 is in many ways a proper flagship phone - it"s simply one that"s been priced aggressively enough khổng lồ make the cut in our mid-range chart.

You get flagship features lượt thích a Snapdragon 888 chipphối, fast RAM, và even an IP68 water-resistance rating - though there"s still no wireless charging, sadly.

It"s also lightweight & compact, with a 5.9in display and weighing just 169g, making it one of the smallest Android phones around - though sadly this does come with an inevitable compromise on battery life.

We much prefer the ZenFone 8 khổng lồ the more expensive ZenFone 8 Flip, though that phone does boast a neat flipping camera module.

Read our full Asus ZenFone 8 review

The Poco F3 is a cracking mid-range phone. Stellar hardware is led by Qualcomm’s 5G-enabled Snaprồng 870 chipset, which delivers excellent performance across the board.

That extends khổng lồ gaming, where the 120Hz OLED display comes inlớn its own. However, that high refresh rate does hit battery life, especially when you’re working with a smaller capacity than the Poteo X3 Pro. The software is also still an acquired taste, despite big steps forward for MIUI in recent years.

A premium design và solid mix of cameras make for an excellent smartphone experience, but the strength of the competition makes it more difficult khổng lồ recommend.

Read our full Xiaomi Poco F3 review

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

How vì 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 form size SIM cards they accept.

You can never assume; you"ll need to lớn tương tác the manufacturer or kiểm tra spec tables, nhận xét or forums khổng lồ 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 lớn actively swap between them or reboot the phone.

However, if you get a điện thoại tư vấn on one number while a gọi is active sầu on the other, it won"t start ringing in your ear or give sầu you the option khổng lồ put the first caller on hold - the gọi will simply not be successful.

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

Dual-active sầu SIM phones use two modems và allow you khổng lồ receive calls on both numbers at once.

If it"s you who wants to lớn make a Điện thoại tư vấn or send a text, Android has a standard SIM Management thực đơn that lets you specify which SIM should be used for voice calls, đoạn phim calls, messages và điện thoại 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 lớn be a lot of confusion when it comes lớn 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.

Unlượt thích with calls and texts, typically speaking the data connection can"t be on standby for both SIMs; you must specify which SIM you want khổng lồ use rather than select one when prompted - though some phones will let you mix them lớn 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 Hotline comes in to lớn the other, it will pause the data connection on the first.

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Marie has been writing about tech for 15 years. Our resident Xiaomi expert và a follower of all upcoming phones, she is also the go-lớn for charging tech.