The best dual-SIM smartphones you can buy in South Africa

Owning a dual-SIM smartphone can be a great benefit if you want to make the most out of your monthly airtime allowance.

For example, using a Rain SIM in your secondary data slot while having a SIM from another mobile operator to make and receive calls could help you save on mobile data costs.

We therefore looked at some of the best devices with dual-SIM support that are available in South Africa.

It should be noted that dual-SIM variants of these devices are not available from MTN or Vodacom, as these operators only sell devices with a single SIM enabled.

Of the smartphone brands we compared, Huawei is the clear winner in terms of product availability.

Dual-SIM versions of its flagship P20 series are widely-available, whereas only Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus could be found in a dual-SIM version.

Additionally, while Apple’s new iPhone Xs and Xs Max technically support dual-SIM by way of their embedded SIM cards, these are not yet supported in South Africa.

Below are some of the best dual-SIM smartphones available from major manufacturers in South Africa.


Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max

iPhone Xs

Specifications iPhone Xs iPhone Xs Max
OS iOS 12 iOS 12
Display 5.8-inch 2,436 x 1,125 OLED 6.5-inch 2,688 x 1,242 OLED
Processor A12 Bionic A12 Bionic
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB 64GB/256GB/512GB
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Front camera 7MP 7MP
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Cellular LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.16
Durability IP68 IP68
SIM NanoSIM + eSIM NanoSIM + eSIM
Battery 2,658mAh 3,174mAh
Price R21,999 R23,999

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Galaxy S9

Specifications Galaxy S9+
Weight 189g
OS Android 8.1
Display 6.2-inch 1,440 x 2,960 AMOLED
Rear camera 12MP + 12MP
Front camera 8MP
Storage 128GB, microSD
RAM 6GB
Processor Exynos 9810
Battery 3,500mAh
Cellular LTE Cat. 18
SIM NanoSIM (Single/Dual)
Durability IP68
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C
Price R15,999

Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7

Samsung Galaxy J7

Specifications Galaxy J5 Galaxy J7
OS Android 5.0 Android 5.1
Display 5.0-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED 5.5-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
RAM 1.5GB 1.5GB
Storage 8GB, microSD up to 128GB 16GB, microSD up to 256GB
Rear camera 13MP 13MP
Front camera 5MP 5MP
Connectivity 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB
Cellular LTE Cat. 4 LTE Cat. 4
Durability
SIM Dual-SIM (MicroSIM) Dual-SIM (MicroSIM)
Battery 2,600mAh 3,000mAh
Price R2,899 R3,999

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Specifications Xperia XA1 Xperia XA1 Ultra
OS Android 7.0 Android 7.0
Display 5.0-inch 1,280 x 720 IPS LCD 6.0-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Processor Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
RAM 3GB 4GB
Storage 32GB, microSD up to 256GB 32GB, microSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera 23MP 23MP
Front camera 8MP 16MP
Connectivity 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C
Cellular LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.6
Durability
SIM Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM)
Battery 2,300mAh 2,700mAh
Price R2,999 R3,999

OnePlus 5

Specifications OnePlus 5
OS Android 7.0
Display 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 AMOLED
Processor Qualcommm Snapdragon 835
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Rear camera 16MP + 20MP
Front camera 16MP
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
Cellular LTE Cat.12
Durability
SIM Dual-SIM (NanoSIM)
Battery 3,300mAh
Price R11,999

Huawei P20 Lite, P20, and P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro PC

Specifications Huawei P20 Lite Huawei P20 Huawei P20 Pro
OS Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Android 8.0
Display 5.84-inch 2,280 x 1,080 IPS LCD 5.84-inch 2,280 x 1,080 IPS LCD 6.1-inch 2,240 x 1,080 AMOLED
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 659 HiSilicon Kirin 970 HiSilicon Kirin 970
RAM 4GB 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB, microSD up to 256GB 128GB 128GB
Rear camera 16MP + 2MP 12MP + 20MP 40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Front camera 16MP + 24MP 24MP 24MP
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C
Cellular LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.16
Durability IP67
SIM Dual-SIM (NanoSIM) Dual-SIM (NanoSIM) Dual-SIM (NanoSIM)
Battery 3,000mAh 3,400mAh 4,000mAh
Price R5,699 R12,899 R14,999

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Specifications Redmi 5 Redmi 5 Plus
OS Android 7.2 Android 7.2
Display 5.7-inch 1,440 x 720 IPS LCD 6.0-inch 2,160 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 2GB 4GB
Storage 16GB, microSD up to 128GB 64GB, microSD up to 128GB
Rear camera 12MP 12MP
Front camera 5MP 5MP
Connectivity 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB
Cellular LTE LTE Cat.6
Durability
SIM Dual-SIM (NanoSIM) Dual-SIM (NanoSIM)
Battery 3,300mAh 4,000mAh
Price R2,299 R3,299

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