Hybrid dual SIM slots are a clever way for OEMs to drop the separate MicroSD card slot without facing consumer ire. With the advent of Reliance Jio, more and more people are bearing the inconvenience of choosing between the dual SIM and SD card privilege, especially on phones with 16GB and 32GB native storage. Luckily, there are still quite a few decent phones with dedicated microSD card slots around. Let’s take a look.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Asus, in partnership with Flipkart, has launched a new affordable low-cost handset, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review). The handset includes an 18:9 Full HD+ display, has a massive 5000mAh battery, employs the powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset and is the first Asus phone that runs near stock Android 8.1 software.
The phone has a separate microSD card slot that can accept up to 256GB of secondary storage. The Zenfone Max pro is aggressively priced, starting at just 10,999. Asus will also launch a 6GB RAM variant of the same in India very soon.
- Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 – Lowest price and specifications
Vivo V9 (Review), the latest iteration in Vivo’s V-series, comes with dedicated micro-SD card slot that can be used to add up to 256GB of secondary storage. Other than that, the V9 is Vivo’s new selfie-centric phone with a 24MP front camera, and the successor of its last year V7.
As for the specification, the Vivo V9 comes with 6.3-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 626SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 3260mAh battery, and dual 16MP+5MP rear camera sensor.
- Vivo V9- Lowest Price and Specification
Xiaomi Redmi Y1
Xiaomi’s latest Selfie phone, the Redmi Y1, is perhaps the first Xiaomi phone this year that has a dedicated MicroSD card slot.
The Redmi Y1 boasts of a 16MP selfie camera with ‘Selfie-light’ flash and is powered by 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 quad-core processor. It has a 5.5-inch HD display, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, 4G VoLTE support, and a 3000mAh battery.
- Xiaomi Redmi Y1 – Lowest price and full specifications
Vivo V7 and V7+
V7 and V7+ are the first Vivo handset to sport the 18:9 displays with the 24MP front camera. While the V7+ is company’s flagship smartphone, the V7 is a mid-range device with almost similar specs as its elder sibling. It’s powered by 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Oppo F5 and Oppo F5 Youth
Oppo F5 and Oppo F5 Youth are trendy selfie experts with full-view screens and AI beauty technology.
The Oppo F5 is powered by 2.5GHz octa-core processor and includes features like 20MP front camera, 16MP rear camera, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Oppo F5 Youth, on the other hand, is powered by 2.3GHz octa-core chipset and includes a 16MP front camera, 13MP rear camera, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
Both phones have 6-inch Full HD+ (18:9) Displays, Android Nougat based software, and 3200mAh battery.
Lenovo K8 Note
Lenovo’s newest entrant, the K8 Note handset, is another of those handsets which feature a dedicated microSD slot which can be used to top up the storage further. The mid-range smartphone is also the first from the company to offer a near stock Android (Nougat 7.1.1, in this case) experience to its users.
- Lenovo K8 Note – Lowest Price and Full Specifications
The LG Q6 recently entered Indian smartphone market at Rs. 14,990. The dual Sim phone comes with dedicated MicroSD card slot which allows users to expand 32GB onboard storage up to 2TB via microSD card.
Apart from this, the real striking feature is its 18:9 full vision display. It is a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with full HD+ resolution, 442ppi, and a 78% screen-to-body ratio. If you are someone who likes to consume media content on your mobile phone, the LG Q6 is worth considering under Rs. 20,000 budget.
Samsung Mid-range phones
Nearly all of the latest crop of Samsung upper mid-range phones come with dedicated MicroSD card slots. Here are the best Samsung phones with dedicated SD card slots that you can buy in India:
- Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) – Full Specifications; Full Review
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) – Full Specifications; Full Review; Back Covers & Cases
- Samsung Galaxy A7(2017) – Full Specifications
- Samsung Galaxy A9 pro – Full Specifications
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro – Full Specifications; Detailed Review; FAQ
Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5
Motorola has sided with some really odd storage options for its fifth generation Moto G-series. The low-end G5 just has 16gigs of internal space and the top G5 Plus model still doesn’t have a 64GB storage option. But yes, the presence of MicroSD card slot on every fifth generation Moto G is bound to soften the blow.
Note: The more recent ‘s’ devices – Moto G5s Plus and Moto G5s – have hybrid SIM slots.
Samsung J-series and On-series Phones
Most of the recent J-series and on-series phones have microSD card slot. The recently launched Galaxy On7 Prime that’s also the launch vehicle for Samsung Mall has a dedicated SD card slot too.
- Samsung On7 Prime (2018) – Full Specifications; FAQ
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro – Lowest price and full specifications
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Max – Lowest price and full specifications
- Samsung Galaxy On 8 – Lowest price and full specifications
- Samsung Galaxy On Nxt – Lowest price and full specifications
- Samsung GalaxyJ7 Prime – Lowest price and full specifications
Xiaomi is now adding a dedicated card slot to all its new affordable phones. Apart from Redmi Y1, the recently launched Redmi 5A also includes a separate SD card slot.
The affordable “desh ka smartphone” is available in three colors, is powered by Snapdragon 425 quad-core chipset, and comes in two options – 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage.
- Redmi 5A – Lowest price and full specifications
Infinix Hot S3
Infinix Hot S3 (Full Review) is an affordable and elegant 18:9 display option that brandishes a 20MP selfie camera, 13MP rear camera, 4000mAh battery, Android Oreo-based software. It’s powered by Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset.
The 3GB RAM/32GB variants costs 8,999 INR and the 4GB RAM/64GB option costs Rs. 10,999.
- Infinix Hot S3 – Full specifications and lowest price
Top 10 Dedicated MicroSD card Slot Phones
Hybrid sim slot is certainly past its glory days. Today, many consumers do need at leat 2 SIM cards (thanks to Reliance Jio) and that renders hybrid slots meaningless. Make sure you make an informed choice. Above-mentioned smartphones are the best dual phones with dedicated memory card slot.
Last updated on: April 23, 2018