Budget dual-SIM phones in SA: shootout

Microsoft and Pinnacle both recently reveled low-priced dual-SIM smartphones, with Pinnacle’s Proline SP4 set to become available in SA on 30 January.

The theory behind using a dual-SIM phone is that you can separate which network and price plan you use for data, and which one you use for traditional voice calls.

“What really sets the Proline SP4 apart from its competitors is its dual-SIM feature. Users are now free to choose how they use voice and data on their phone with the ability of having two SIMs active simultaneously and specifying which SIM is dedicated for cellular data usage,” said Pinnacle.

The two Lumia devices from Microsoft are punted as the “most affordable Lumia devices to date” by the company.

The Lumia 435 and 532 will begin rolling out in key markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East, and Africa during February 2015, said Microsoft.

With this in mind, we took five low-cost dual-SIM smartphones available in SA – or set to go on sale in the country soon – and compared their basic specifications and price.

Specifications Lumia 435 Lumia 532 Acer Liquid Z200 Hisense U939 Proline SP4
Dimensions 118.1 x 64.7 x 11.7mm 118.9 x 65.5 x 11.6mm 126.5 x 65 x 10.3mm 132 x 67.6 x10.5mm 125 x 64 x 10.6mm
Weight 134.1g 136.3g 130g 138g 125g
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 Android 4.4 Android 4.2 Windows Phone 8.1
Display 4″ WVGA (480×800) 4″ WVGA (480×800) 4″ LCD (480 x 800) 4.5″ FWVGA (480 x 854) 4″ WVGA LED (480 x 800)
Rear camera 2MP 5MP 2MP 5MP 4MP
Front camera 0.3MP 0.3MP 0.3MP 0.3MP
Storage, internal 8GB 8GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Storage, expandable microSD – 128GB microSD – 128GB microSD microSD – 32GB microSD – 64GB
Graphics Andreno 302 Andreno 302 Mali-400 Adreno 302
RAM 1GB 1GB 512MB 512MB 512MB
Processor 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 1.3GHz dual-core MTK6572 Cortex-A7 Quad Core
Battery 1,560mAh 1,560mAh 1,300mAh 1,630mAh 1,920mAh
Price €69 – R928 (before taxes) €79 – R1,065 (before taxes) R965 R899 R999

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