Opinion

Stop with the hybrid SIM slot insanity, Samsung!

It started sometime last year, or maybe sometime in 2014. I don’t exactly remember, but the hybrid SIM slot made it to Samsung devices at some point to offer users with a dilemma they should never have to face. For those unaware, a hybrid slot is a dual SIM slot that supports both a SIM card and a microSD card in the second slot, but sadly you have to choose whether you want your device to be a dual SIM device or give it more storage.

The hybrid slot was a major highlight on the original Galaxy A series, and was also seen on some cheaper Galaxy devices. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, too, come with a hybrid slot in some markets. If you take a trip to Samsung’s website, you will see the company touting the feature like it’s a good thing – it acts like it gives you the choice to select what kind of expandability you want. As I see it, it’s simply a matter of fooling the consumer into thinking it’s a good thing, when it fact the hybrid slot is an evil feature that should just go away.

The biggest – and perhaps only – issue with the hybrid slot is that it limits the user in an area where there should be no limitations. Especially in markets like India, where there is heavy demand for both dual SIM functionality and expandable storage, with the latter a result of high-cost data plans. Even if someone has enough money to buy a premium mid-range device like the Galaxy A series or the flagship Galaxy S7, people in these markets want to be able to use two SIM slots without giving up on the microSD slot.

It’s great to see the microSD slot return on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but in 2016, the dual SIM version really shouldn’t be putting any constraint on the consumer. Companies like HTC and LG have been offering dual SIM high-end devices for some time now, and other than the design, I don’t see why Samsung can’t make space for a microSD slot and two SIM slots on a single smartphone.

Yes, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are thin, have large batteries at the same time, and are just plain beautiful. But the hybrid slot just doesn’t cut it – not on the new flagships, nor on the Galaxy A (2016) lineup, or on any other device. Maybe Samsung will be able to fit in two SIM slots and a microSD slot on next year’s flagships and premium mid-range offerings, but for now, it needs to stop advertising it like a lifesaving feature.

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AdamXPS
AdamXPS

Here’s what I’m wondering: If I take a dual-SIM tray from a Southeast Asia model (G935FD), and insert it into my ‘global’ model (G935F) with two US SIM cards, will it work? Anyone know?

rjbororj
rjbororj

Make sure you check the operating frequencies. If the operating range is same they’ll work. Mostly, phones available here are GSM which won’t work for Verizon and Sprint. They’ll work fine with AT&T and T-Mobile provided that the phone can operate in the frequency range of these carriers!

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

One thing at a time. Seriously.

harinsheth
harinsheth

I AM COMPLETELY 100 % AGREE WITH THE WRITER
YOU JUST SPOKEN MY WORDS
GOOD ARTICLE FROM GOOD AUTHOR AS ALWAYS
3 CHEERS FOR YOU ABHIJEET M. BRO

johnpetrol
johnpetrol

I don’t think its such a big dealbreaker. You can actually modify a sdcard and take out the chip of a simcard and attach it to the other side of the sd card. Its been known to work in some phones. You can actually get 2 sim cards and a sd card working in the honor 7 of huawei, have samsung users even tried this?

TheTAMAS
TheTAMAS

Please do an article about enabling FM radio (AM/MW would be just TOOOOOOOOO great) chip inside phones.

Developing nations don’t have great speed internet and therefore, online radio isn’t a viable solution moreover, in case of an emergency, FM radio station would be of work and not online FM stations because that’d need a working (and powerful) internet connection..

Please..

Amaier
Amaier

Couldnt agree more….
Thank you for the article….

Samsung – we need a phone that has –

Best CPU / GPU
Dual Sim (NOT Hybrid SIM)
SD card
Best Camera
FM Radio – (for Simultaneous Translations in events)
S Pen
Water Resistant
All LTE Bands for international travel

That would be the ULTIMATE for everyone !
Please make the NOTE 6 Like that…..
THANK YOU !

skccs
skccs

I think the time for sd-card expansion, considering app-support has ended. There are too many backdraws for users and manufacturers. As a user you won’t have the full speed advantage, remember that samsung introduced the worlds first smartphone with the s6 with e new quick memory (comparable with an ssd in a notebook). When you put your apps on sd you will get a much slower device. Also I had to buy 2times within 2 years new sd-cards for my note 8. They could not compete with the application loading performance needed by android and they both were killed. Each… Read more »

Superjogurt
Superjogurt

As lack of microSD slot in S6 phones was a deal breaker to many, I would never, ever thought, that there will be any complaints if the slot would be back in S7 phones…
Well I was wrong… Some people just can’t be satisfied, always finding something to complain about…

Now that’s true INSANITY.

supo99
supo99

The dual sim varieties of these mobile phones are useful in every society even in developed countries. I live in a developed country and regularly travel out to Africa. When I travel out, I am able to use two sim cards, And i can go back to my single sim when I get back to the United Kingdom. It is widely used in India, Middle East, South America and Africa. The market is actually much larger than the market in developed countries only.
Hybrid Sim slots seem a senseless idea

India1
India1

TOTALLY DISAGREE !!! I am from India & I love single SIM phones or the hybrid dual-SIM just like what Samsung has been doing. People just don’t understand the bad points of having a dual SIM device. Let me tell you the bad part of a dual SIM phone: 1. More battery consumption 2. If you are busy talking on SIM 1, SIM 2 will be out of coverage area, basically making it useless during that time…and you miss important calls. (I know there is a workaround to divert calls on SIM 1, but believe me, it becomes a mess)… Read more »

TheTAMAS
TheTAMAS

Do you what’s Samsung’s Duos technology?..

I think, you’ve only used/heard about dual SIM phones without that technology..

Lastly, phone’s battery consumption also would increase with using location, Wi-Fi, so do you not use them?
I don’t think so..
Anyways, battery consumption isn’t uniform on every single charge, for any user..

I’ve used dual SIM phones (AOSP) and if you’re getting confused about that simple thing, then I think you’re having a difficult time multitasking [sending messages through WhatsApp instead of email (pun intended)].. 😀

What more radiation?..
Do You understand the concept of SAR?
Please google it..
Don’t spread misunderstanding..
Please..

India1
India1

@Apurba Giri Dual SIM Full Active phone are NOT available nowadays due to govt regulations in various countries, which was partially because of increased radiation. @THETAMAS yes exactly, Wi-Fi, location do consume battery and are necessary for a smartphone use..why have another reason (SIM 2) for draining it? And yes when you are in hurry you make such those kinda..and of course not always. Yes I do understand SAR…. BUT you need to understand that SAR is just a measurement of radiation absorbed. Maximum SAR allowed by most countries is about 1.6 W/Kg. But phone by good companies (including Samsung)… Read more »

TheTAMAS
TheTAMAS

See, if you’re carrying 2 phones, SAR would again be on the larger side.

Probably, worse because a cheaper phone would have a higher SAR.

And think about this, car keys and wallet in 1 pocket, phone in the 2nd pocket.
Where exactly do you suggest storing the 2nd phone?
Back pocket for someone to pick your pocket and cause discomfort while sitting?..

apurba.giri
apurba.giri

Your suggestions are good, no doubt, but the article is mainly for the users who prefer to use a dual SIM! Also, for your point # 2, I think user can receive calls multiple calls even on different SIMs simultaneously now a days using DSFA (Dual Sim Full Active). For responding to messages and calling, you can always set either of the SIM as favorite. I’m no fan of dual SIM either and I think Android isn’t really optimized for dual SIMs. For me, if two SIMs are required, I would prefer to keep a separate tiny phone itself. But..… Read more »

gazadon
gazadon

I agree with the point regarding extra battery consumption.
I had the G9200 (Dual Sim S6) and battery life was abysmal, decidedly worse than the single sim version.

vikram66778
vikram66778

Totally Agree..

Hoggington
Hoggington

Good article, I agree. Looking forward to my S7 edge! 🙂 @Abhijeet…. Sorry to post this off topic subject, but could you guys please try to reach out to Samsung and get clarification as to Smart OIS. If you check out my comment in the article you wrote up saying there is OIS… (when true OIS hasn’t been confirmed), you’ll find a link to a 2012 article by Sammy on “Smart” OIS. http://www.sammobile.com/2016/02/24/yes-the-galaxy-s7-and-galaxy-s7-edge-have-optical-image-stabilization/ Smart OIS is a hybrid. Of course that means it does use Digital OIS for at least some of the stabilization. It could very well be Digital… Read more »

krakajap
krakajap

I think the question is whether or not the market is large enough to warrant this. One of the biggest problems with many manufacturers is that they are producing far too many models of the same device. This can translate into longer release times for updates and general market confusion. While I understand that there are very strong demands in certain areas, there is also a very strong demand for simplicity and streamlined manufacturing. We, as consumers, want everything. 🙂 Manufacturers no doubt want to give us everything but they have to consider all points… they are, as a matter… Read more »

Darkwing3
Darkwing3

The hybrid slot would not be a problem, if Samsung would offer the 128 Gb unit in every country!

tierix
tierix

Dual Sim is now a demand from customers everywhere! More and more people in developed countries want dual sim, not only in poor countries.

imfaraz
imfaraz

i have A5 2016 (A510FD) model and it has two slots for sims and one for sdcard

vertcam9
vertcam9

i think this is to simply the market, it is hard to make different models to suit all demands. I understand in India a lot use dual sim, but how about other markets? is there a dual sim Iphone in india? no right? but iphone sells well there, so i think, there’s really small market (for high end models) for dual sims.

dube4real
dube4real

I totally agree, it’s a shame Samsung is making customers have to make this decision. How can difficult can it be to provide dual sim slots AND a microSD expansion?

LobsterMagnet
LobsterMagnet

Huawei does it on their low end Honor 5X, so it is easily achievable. Adding in a third slot would also be more expensive because it would reuqire a slot on the board to read it.

willy.4
willy.4

Why do you need three ???? One for dual sim , one for the SD card!!!!!

ghedelacruz610
ghedelacruz610

Bec not all people want a duam sim. So in Samsung’s mind, they are giving the user the freewill / freedom to choose if they want two sims or prefer the other one for sd-card expansion. It is really a personal / individual choice.

And by the way, is it really difficult for people to decide on this very small matter? Are people now so dumb to make small personal decisions?

Some people (like the writer Abhijeet) just can’t be satisfied, always finding something (even stupidity!) to complain or write about.