Hybrid dual SIM slots are a clever way for OEMs to drop the separate MicroSD card slot without facing consumer ire, and 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.

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.

Vivo V7 and V7+

Vivo’s both full vision display smartphones, V7 and V7+ is a dual-sim handset with a dedicated slot for microSD card to expand storage up to 256GB.

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.

LG Q6 

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 C7 Pro (9)

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.

Also Read: Reasons To Buy And To Not Buy The Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus (2)

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.

The Galaxy J7 Pro (review) and J7 Max (review) which were among the first affordable phones to include Samsung Pay (J7 Pro) and Samsung Pay Mini (J7 Max) app also include a separate SD card slot.

Redmi 5A

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.

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.

Coolpad Mega 3


Coolpad Mega 3 (Review)  is a one of its kind handset that accepts three SIM cards and still has a dedicated MicroSD card slot. So if you were using two SIM cards before the Jio fever kicked in, and now want a phone that can keep 3 SIM cards active at once, and still, wish to avail SD card privileges. Well, the Mega 3 is all you need. But, only if you are a basic user.

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 February 7, 2018

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  1. Is it true that reviews say that Moto G 5 plus is worst in battery heating and black lines while using camera. Manufacturing defect like not fixing the back cover well and some gaps are found in the mobile.

    • Not worst, but battery isn’t the best in this class. There is moderate heating. It gets hot while charging and playing games, which is acceptable as per today’s standards. We didn’t face any camera issue on our review unit. Build quality is decent, we have two phones and none of them has any ‘gaps’ that you just mentioned.

  2. In the starting section of the article where it says that all C series phones support dual sim + SD card is not true.
    The C7 Pro does not have the support for dual sim + SD card.
    It has a hybrid slot.
    Please correct it.

  3. Its too bad, the mobiles which are having hybrid slots… It is better with dedicated slots. i.e separate sim and memory slots for dual sim models.

  4. Deepak, shall i get cell phone with below specifications
    Dual SIM with dedicated memory slot, water resistance IP6, 16 MP back and rear with flash, 6 inch screen,3000mAh + with fast recharge battery,min 1440 x 2560 px display, Gourilla glass, 6 GB RAM with 64 GB internal memory

    • yes. 4G VoLTE will work only on one SIM at a time. Also, if you have a Jio and Non-jio sim, and if you are using data from non-jio SIM, Jio won’t work. You will have to use data from Jio SIM.


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