Samsung to introduce a dual-SIM handset to its Galaxy range, in the form of the Galaxy S Duos, outed without fanfare on the Korean manufacturer’s official blog today.
The Duos utilises what Samsung calls ‘always on’ technology, allowing a user to perform tasks using each of the two SIM cards at the same time. This means that calls can be taken with one card without interrupting the functionality of the other.
Despite its name suggesting the device to be a derivative of the Galaxy S, it is the more recent Galaxy S III which seems to have been the inspiration for the Duos’ design, with its form factor being a shorter and thicker version of Samsung’s flagship device.
The Korean manufacturer has not provided any details about the handset’s processor yet, but the device is reported to have 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1500 mAh battery. Samsung has said that the dual-SIM handset will be available in Europe in September with an LTE-compatible version set to emerge at a later date.
The idea of dual SIM phones is to cater for people who regularly have to swap cards for a variety of reasons which can range from crossing international borders to switching between work and personal commitments.
Dual-SIM phones are popular in the developing world but the concept has largely been eschewed by major manufacturers. A dual-SIM phone could negate the exclusivity that many networks wish to have over a customer’s phone, even allowing the user to take advantage of different pricing plans.