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[Discussion] Hybrid SIM slot vs Dedicated SIM slot - What's your preference?

2020-03-19 10:14:47
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Mi Fans, you are already familiar with the term "Hybrid SIM Slot and Dedicated SIM Slot". And you must have heard or seen these types of SIM card slots in our latest smartphones but still, most of the users are still confused about what a Hybrid SIM Slot and Dedicated SIM Slot and how to use them. So here in this post, I will tell you what are those sim slots really mean so that you don't remain in any confusion when buying your new smartphone. Here I will discuss the various advantages and disadvantages of both SIM Slots.

What is a Hybrid SIM Card Slot?
A Hybrid SIM Slot is one that can function both as a SIM card slot and a microSD card slot. This means you can either put another SIM in a hybrid SIM slot and use your phone as a dual SIM smartphone or you can put a MicroSD card in it for expanding the memory of your phone. The Hybrid SIM slot can be a separate slot or can be present on a SIM card tray where the other normal SIM card slot is also present. The hybrid sim slot can accommodate either a microSD card or a nano sim card. Simply put, you have two options:

  • DualSIM (one micro/nano SIM + one micro/nano-SIM)
  • One micro / nano SIM + MicroSD card

So, it’s left to the user to decide if he/she wants to use two SIM cards simultaneously or use just one SIM card and a MicroSD card. In most cases, it’s the second SIM slot that plays the hybrid role.

Advantages of Hybrid SIM Slot
  • It saves space on smartphones for manufacturers.
  • It can help to make the smartphone much slimmer.
  • Reduce some of the circuitry involved.

Disadvantages of Hybrid SIM Slot
  • It limits your phone functionality.
  • You can either use your smartphone as a dual SIM phone or you can expand the storage through microSD card.
  • Cannot use dual SIM cards and microSD cards both simultaneously.

What is the Dedicated SIM Slot?
A Dedicated SIM Slot is also known as a non-hybrid sim slot. It provides the facility to the user to use Two SIMs and an SD card at the same time, which means there are three slots in the mobile two for sims and one for SD card. You can use Dual SIMs and an SD Card at the same time.

Advantages of Dedicated SIM Slot
  • Can use two SIM cards and an SD card to expand your device memory.
  • You won't have to compromise with a SIM card and an SD card to increase your storage if you want like hybrid SIM card slots.
  • Can use an SD card with two SIM both simultaneously.

Disadvantages of Dedicated SIM Slot
  • Use cheap SD to expand our data storage which may get damaged by itself and we can lose all of our precious data.
  • SD card is not as fast as internal storage.
  • While rendering videos and music which are in the SD card takes more time than internal storage.
  • SD card data also may get corrupted due to various reasons.
  • Using an SD card may infect your device too as the SD card may have harmful malware or virus which can corrupt your full device and also lag your device.
  • A dedicated SD card slot thickens the device and also increases weight.

To put it all together, a hybrid SIM card slot is good for manufacturers but not for users, since it restricts the functionality to some extent. The manufacturers have figured out a way to make the smartphone slimmer by saving on space with the hybrid card slot but users now have to make a conscious decision between choosing Dual SIM smartphone functionality and a Single SIM with expanded storage functionality.

Tough choice? Let us know what you think about the Hybrid SIM card & Dedicated SIM card in the comments section!


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Dipto78 | from Redmi 7


Hybrid SIM Slot 😍
2020-03-19 11:55:02
Dipto Prodhan
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jihad.ptk1 | from Redmi Note 7 Pro


Hybrid SIM slots
2020-03-19 21:52:05
Md. Jihad Hossen
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Mi Community Bangladesh

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nurhossain | from MI 8 SE


Dedicated sim slot.
2020-03-19 23:52:47

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Mohammed sobuj | from Redmi Note 4


2020-03-20 01:17:44

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A HS | from Redmi Note 7S


But I always like dedicated slot.
2020-03-20 01:45:24

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Ahmed 007 | from Redmi 7


Hybrid Sim Slot
2020-03-20 01:55:33

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Md.Arafath Hossain | from Redmi Note 8


2020-03-20 04:29:45

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Snickersnee | from Mi 9 Lite


dedicated sim slot
2020-03-20 06:34:26

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ফরিদ | from Redmi 8


hybrid sim
2020-03-22 10:57:00

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Specialist | from Redmi Note 4


I would go for Hybrid slot
2020-03-22 11:27:16
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