Hybrid SIM Card Slot: Meaning and Use in Mobile Phones

Almost everyday new mobile phones are landing in market. Every phone tries to beat competition by offering more and more new features to customers. Nowadays, hybrid SIM card slots are becoming a trend in some of the popular smart phones. A friend recently bought Asus Zenfone 3 which came with such a hybrid slot. But he had no idea what it is. So, he asked me the meaning of hybrid sim card slot and thus I looked into it. In this article I will discuss what is a hybrid SIM card slot, its feature and its advantages and disadvantages.

The word hybrid mean a combination of features from two or more different entities. Hybrid SIM card slot allows you to use your phone as a dual-SIM phone or as a single-SIM phone with a microSD card in the second slot to expand the phone’s memory. As the end user you can decide what you want:

  • a dual SIM phone or
  • a single SIM phone with expanded memory.

The choice is yours!

Advantages of Hybrid SIM Card slot

Actually speaking there is no advantage to the user whatsoever except that you do not need to open the phone’s hard case anymore.  You can simply slide in the tray with the SIM and microSD. This gives you the convenience of changing your phone’s SIM configuration very easily.

But hybrid slot gives a clear advantage to the phone’s manufacturer. For the phone manufacturers, hybrid slot saves space. This saved space will help produce a slimmer phone — or maybe with a larger battery, additional RAM or a powerful camera.

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So, instead of removing existing features to accommodate new features, phone manufacturers have opted for the additional slot and coupled it with the dual SIM tray. As a manufacturer they are offering you both — dual SIM option as well as extra storage.

hybrid SIM card slot meaning

The above image displays how the hybrid SIM card slot is used in a mobile phone.

Disadvantages of Hybrid SIM Card slot

The Hybrid SIM Card slot feature does not allow you to use the features together. That’s obvious! You can use it either as a dual SIM or as a single SIM + microSD. This feature limits your phone’s functionality and that is the major disadvantage of hybrid SIM slot. It would have been advantageous to the user if a third slot was also provided. In that case you could have had a dual SIM phone with an expandable memory.

Mobile Phones with Hybrid SIM Card Slots

Following is the list of some of the smartphones that offer hybrid SIM slot.

  • Asus Zenfone 3 and 3 Ultra
  • Gionee S6, S6 Pro, S6s
  • Huawei Honor 5c, 7, 8
  • Huawei Honor Note 8
  • Huawei Honor V8
  • Lenovo Vibe X3
  • Micromax Canvas 6
  • Oppo F1 and F1 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8
  • Samsung Galaxy C7, E5, J1 Nxt, S8, Z3
  • vivo V3Max and X7 Plus
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3, 3s Prime, 3s Pro, 3x, 4
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and 4
  • ZTE Axon 7 and 7 mini
  • ZTE nubia Z11

Conclusion

Users who like to have a SIM for voice calls and a separate SIM for data usage along with extra storage, they will not like the hybrid SIM card feature. There are hybrid SIM card hacks available that may meet your requirement. However, those are not easy or safe solutions. Many popular smartphone models are available with this feature but instead of buying a phone because of its popularity, it is better to buy one that meets your requirement.

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9 thoughts on “Hybrid SIM Card Slot: Meaning and Use in Mobile Phones”

  1. Bhavesh Bishnoi

    According to your requirement, the best phone will be ‘Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL’ or ‘Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL’. The Camera is awesome with other features appreciable. I have been using this one for 2 years now. Really a Good one. Thanks

  2. hi, Can u suggest some good phones in the range Rs. 12000 to 17000 with good battery life, good features and specially without hybrid sim slot( dual sim +memory card slot ). what do u think about redmi note 5 pro ? hoping for your reply as early as possible. thank you.

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  4. Swagato Chatterjee

    Recently One of my friend bought ‘Redmi Note 4’. After handling the handset and surfing through the features I decided to buy the same model but I paused after knowing the Hybrib sim slot about the phone. For me the requirement is having two sim slots plus an external memory card slot cause I need to save a lot of data on phone which will not be effective in case of Hybrid slot ones. I read through this article and it helped me a lot. Thanks

  5. hi, Can u suggest some good phones in the range Rs. 10000 or below with good battery life, good picture quality and storage without hybrid sim slot and without non removable battery. hoping for your reply as early as possible. thank you.

    1. Hi Roshni, there is no “perfect” and yet inexpensive phone. One has to do a bit of trade-off on one feature or the other. But In your price range, Samsung On7 Pro could be a good choice.

    2. Swagato Chatterjee

      According to your requirement, the best phone will be ‘Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL’ or ‘Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL’. The Camera is awesome with other features appreciable. I have been using this one for 2 years now. Really a Good one. Thanks

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