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.

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.

Vivo V7 – Lowest Price and Specification / Vivo V7+ – 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 

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 

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.

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

Motorola Moto G5 Plus (2)

Samsung J-series Phones

The Galaxy J7 Pro (review) and J7 Max (review) are two phones in which Samsung has provided for some flagship-like features. The duo is also the first budget smartphones to feature the Samsung Pay (J7 Pro) and Samsung Pay Mini (J7 Max) app for mobile transactions. Apart from that, they feature similar 13MP cameras on the front and the back, and stand as viable options if you are looking for something engaging.

Oppo F1s

Oppo’s reigning midrange Selfie expert, the Oppo F1s, comes in 16GB and 64GB native storage options and both variants have a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

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So if you are looking for a selfie-first phone with dedicated MicroSD card slot that you can also find at offline retail stores, you can consider the Oppo F1s.

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Samsung Galaxy On Nxt and J7 Prime

Both the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (Review) and J7 Prime (Review) are almost identical. The Galaxy On Nxt is meant to retail online and has 32GB of native storage, and the J7 prime, on the other hand, has 16GB storage and is available at brick and mortar stores too.

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Both of these phones aren’t perfect, but they are the best Samsung branded options if you are looking for something that costs around 15K.

Samsung Galaxy On8

Samsung isn’t ignoring the dedicated slot for its low-end phones either. The Galaxy ON8, which comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage is another handset that houses a dedicated SD card slot.

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This On-series phone also offers full HD display, an octa-core processor, 13MP primary camera, and a beefy 3300mAh battery.

Also Read: Best Samsung Phones With 3GB RAM That You Can Buy In India

Coolpad Mega 3

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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.

Coolpad Mega 3: Lowest price and full specifications

Moto E3 Power 

The budget Moto E3 Power (FAQ) is another low-cost option that comes with a dedicated MicroSD card slot. The handset features a 5-inch HD display and is powered by entry-grade MT6735P processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

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Other notable highlights include 3500mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, and 4G VoLTE support.

Moto E3 Power Lowest price and specifications

Top 10 Dedicated MicroSD card Slot Phones

Hybrid sim slots are certainly passed its glory days. Today’s consumer is smart, and he doesn’t want to lose secondary sim open against microSD card. Therefore before they buy a new phone they ensure phone has a dedicated microSD card slot. For all such buyers, above-mentioned smartphones are the best dual phones with dedicated memory card slot.

Last Updated on November 28, 2017

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6 COMMENTS

  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.

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