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PSA: Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is not a dual SIM smartphone

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Last updated: August 22nd, 2019 at 10:18 UTC+02:00

The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G does not have dual SIM slots and only supports a single SIM and a microSD card. Unlike the Galaxy S10 5G, which didn't launch until a few months after the LTE models, the 5G variant of the Galaxy Note 10+ is launching alongside the regular Note 10+ (and Note 10) in many markets around the world. Those who want a future-proof phone will likely want to buy the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G if it's available in their country, but those who think the 5G variant will also have dual SIM slots will be disappointed.

The Galaxy S10 5G has a single SIM slot as well, instead of a hybrid slot that lets you use two SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card that we've seen on Samsung's flagship phones for the last few years. Now, it's not clear why the 5G variants don't have dual SIM slots, but it may have something to do with battery life. 5G networks across the world are in their early stages and don't offer widespread coverage, which means a 5G phone will spend a good deal of time switching between 5G and LTE networks, affecting battery endurance in the process.

Dual SIM functionality is already more taxing on a smartphone's battery, and we're assuming it will be even worse with phones that support 5G networks. Things will get better as 5G networks become more mainstream, but that could take a couple of years and it might be the reason why Samsung isn't equipping its 5G-enabled flagships with dual SIM slots yet. However, considering the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G seems to have dual SIM slots, we will need official confirmation from the Korean giant on why there's only a single SIM slot inside the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (and the Galaxy S10 5G).

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