Dear Sony, single-SIM Xperia owners would like double storage too

by XB on 22nd September 2016

in Xperia X series, Xperia XZ series

xperia-dual-sim-master-raceFor some reason (don’t ask us why), Sony has offered double the internal storage on dual-SIM versions of key Xperia devices launched this year, versus their single SIM counterparts. Everybody likes to have as much storage as possible, so when the dual SIM variants of the Xperia X, X Performance and upcoming XZ carry 64GB, it somewhat grates that the single SIM variants of the same handsets only carry 32GB.

When you launch a flagship device there is an expectation over the level of specifications that go into the handset. We have not seen Sony do this in the past, so it is frustrating knowing that there is a ‘better’ version of your handset somewhere else in the world. So, please Sony, make these the last devices where single SIM owners are treated as second-class citizens. Share the love in 2017. Peace out.

  • Hello

    Same with the Xperia M4 Aqua, except it’s a lot worse. The dual sim is 16GB and the single sim is only 8GB

  • Nick Paschalidis

    I think the reason behind this is that you can’t use a memory card on the dual SIM version because the second SIM replaces the memory card slot.So they provide 64GB in order to have more storage.

  • jumbo3220

    wooooooooooah :D i like the way XB is taking on Sony with the launch of XZ , yes criticize them to core.. i’m not sure if i should upgrade from my Z2 , battery life will decide that . by the way , does dual sim has a separate micro SD card slot as no space for a one in a dual sim tray. maybe that’s why they are giving more storage to dual sim variant

  • I hate dual Sim devices…..

  • Kevin Pang

    That’s actually a good guess. Sony just balances it out by giving the dual SIM users more storage so that they don’t have to implement a sd card slot. In this case, the single SIM variant has the greater advantage because it can be extended via sd card by at least 200gb (guessed) and the dual SIM variant is stuck at 64GB.

  • Kevin Pang

    Although, normally the second slot could be used as a SIM OR SD card slot. Then the single SIM would be in disadvantage, unless you don’t care about dual SIM capability.

  • Marinko Agic

    I dont care.32GB is big.And you have SD card slot!
    Why to keep stuff like video,gamer,picture in phone instead memory card?

  • RockStar2005

    I think that’s right Nick.

  • theskig

    That’s because Dual has an hybrid slot so if you use 2 SIMs you can’t use a microSD.

    Stupid hybrid slot, I will keep my Z5p Dual for ever…

  • theskig

    But you can use a microSD card on a Dual but you lose the second SIM slot.

  • raju

    Mee too

  • Bezels for the win !

    64GB is not much of storage …and it’s pain in the a$$ to transfer lot’s of data on new phone , inserting your SD card from old phone is much simpler to do . also SONY did had dedicated microSD card slot before on dual sim models , I don’t see a reason why they dismissed that feature .

  • Bezels for the win !

    32gb is big? LOL , NO , it’s not ! I have around 60 gigs of music only….and I’m planing to expand that collection even further .

  • Bezels for the win !

    hahaha I like the pic is it the ”Glorious XZ dual race ” ?

  • Alvin

    Everybody has their own opinion and not all people in this world has 60 GB++ music only files inside their phone :)

  • ryq24

    Sony’s answer is I dont care!

  • Rene Pedroso


  • Rene Pedroso

    Maybe the greater capacity of external storage????

  • Bezels for the win !

    external storage which you can’t use with 2 sims , that makes dual sim model pretty much useless for me .

  • 3_nity

    Xperia Z3+ dual do not using dual hybrid slot. There are a dedicated slot for micro sd.

  • 3_nity

    :D I love it

  • hansip

    Well.. Meh.. I’d do better with Dual SIM now.. Even only with single SIM used, i have no battery issue by using Dual SIM phone (Z5P). It’s for segmentation i suppose.

  • Zayed Kotayba

    No I have Xperia Z5 Premium Dual and I am using two SIM cards plus 64 GB SD card but unfortunately SONY only include 32 GB internal storage for the dual model of the Z5

  • betatesterz

    Not Exactly. The 2nd SIM card slot doubles as an SD card slot. So Technically if you’re using just 1 SIM card on the dual SIM variant, you still get expandable storage with the 64GB internal storage.

    HOWEVER if you need to use the dual SIM feature, then you’re locked to just 64GB of internal storage.

  • dko3tgk

    Exactly. I just bought a new Z5 Dual because of the hybrid sim trays on all the new X models. Just make the tray a little thicker to accommodate dual sim and SD, like that DIY hack on the internet.

  • Khillo81

    Your point being?

  • Matt

    i dont really care as long as the internal memory is really fast.

    i dont get the fascination of opeple who install 1000 apps and blame sony for a slow phone.

    i keep my app list as clean as possible and all my medias on my 128 gb memory card.

  • 3_nity
  • Khillo81

    Yes, but does it have double the storage capacity as the single SIM models? The point here is that Sony is doubling the storage of the dual SIM XZ due to the fact that it either takes a second SIM card or a microSD card, not both.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Why ?

  • XperiaBlog

    Indeed :D

  • XperiaBlog

    You make a good point, but supporting 64GB for the dual SIM models shows that Sony has access to the parts. Why not include the higher storage for everyone?

  • Sadman Khan

    And 60gb of music can go into the microsd. Buy a bigger microsd then

  • Bezels for the win !

    that’s where I’m keeping it of course LOL , but I can’t use my memory card with two sims anymore on new XZ which sucks . makes dual sim model useless for me .

  • SM

    Our beloved SONY, please don’ be such a bitch like OTHERS.

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    Why would you make a dual sim phone when it’s not? Using a hybrid slot defeats the purpose of dual sim…

  • NepgearGo

    Sony is doing it it just to save costs.
    Look at the 3GB RAM and eMMC flash in their “flagships”.
    True, the eMMC in my X Compact is way better than the ones on say, Z5 series and the original X series (2x seq. writing speeds). But it’s still eMMC, and in a time when everybody else (including the Chinese) are using UFS 2.0, the only reason why they are still using it has to be about costs.
    Sony might have kept the SD card slot to stand out, or because it was common back then. Now I think it’s doing it just to save costs so they can stay on the cheap small capacity eMMCs without much protest and even receive some praise (“look how Sony’s kept the SD cards when everybody else has dropped them”). SD cards are a great thing, but they are just too slow to replace your internal storage. It’s not like Sony has enabled adopted storage for us, anyway.
    Also, the RAM. Everybody’s using 4GB now, some even has 6GB. Sony’s the only one releasing “flagships” with 3GB RAM.
    I miss the time when Sony Mobile actually innovated, like with the Xperia Arc and Xperia S (I still keep them), or even the Z2/Z3 (true flagships, great specs for its time) instead making big promises without delivering much.

  • NepgearGo

    I think Motorola first invented a combined SD/SIM tray but the Chinese first put this SD+SIM/SIM+SIM design onto their dual SIM phones. It made it easier to design the phone (less physical space required) so Sony thought, “Why not?”

  • MG

    Wrong post

  • MG

    Is dual sim XZ modell F8332 using a hybrid slot for SD-card? Then it is epic fail since the phone looses dual sim capability when using SD-card. The program manager at Sony responsible should get fired!

  • MG

    Strange that Sony incorporates hybrid slot from this year. Why change direction now? No reason to buy a Sony dual sim phone if someone wants to use SD-card.

  • azzido

    I would rather wanna see much more RAM memory than internal storage. 32GB is fine as long as it is fast + SD card is available to expand it. Xperias are now suffering amount of RAM.

    Somehow not long ago it was different when launched Z2 with 3GB of RAM and 4K recording. They were ahead of competition in terms of RAM memory, and now?

  • Mateus B. Cassiano

    Just stop with the hybrid slot bullshit, please. A dual SIM device should work with two SIM Cards AND a microSD card at the SAME time, just like older devices. AFAIK Samsung started the trend on its low/mid range devices then carried to their recent flagships and now other OEMs are following this stupid trend.

    What bothers me more is that people seems OK with that, removing the 3.5mm headphone plug is unacceptable given the huge number of complaints, but crippling the microSD slot for users who actually needs both SIM Cards seems acceptable as nobody complains.

  • Bezels for the win !

    they do a lot of those “Why not?” removing quite useful features lately and that bothers me…

    maybe I found a solution , this could probably work with Xperia too :

  • Terence Wu

    Well, I think you shoud ask why SONY removed the standalone SD slot and use a hybrid tray, instead of saying why no larger internal storage for single SIM variants. The large storage for dual SIM is to compensate for not being able to use MicroSD or dual SIM users may complaint too. Dual SIM version is no better over single SIM version – ’cause if I want larger SD extension in dual, no way. The best solution to this debate is to bring back the SIM and SD slot in Z series.

  • Granted around that time, Samsung started buddying up with Microsoft and shipped virtually every unlocked midrange phone with 100GB Onedrive for two years. And ever since other OEMs also buddied up with Microsoft and started offering Onedrive storage, some I think offer inversely, Google Drive storage like with LG G4. And remember Xperia of yore? 50GB of Box for life) Maybe that’s why it became a big thing (so that folks who use two sim cards on a hybrid setup would be compelled to use a Cloud Service? I won’t go on the ethics of storing your stuff in the Cloud, but that’s a reasonable explanation for that I guess.)

    Also, consider that Mother Google is antagonistic towards the microSD card, otherwise the Nexus and their new Pixels would support it, so maybe that’s a factor for this.

  • Mac

    Because then they may end up removing another very important feature (for me). The sd-slot which many other smartphones lack these days. I rather pay a bit less and put in my old 64gb mirco sdxc. Now that we finally get that 32gb internal over the so small 16gb flagship memory we’ve been stuck with on Sonys phones for much longer than it should have been.

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