A hybrid SIM card slot basically means in the same SIM card slot
- You can put the SIM card in the first place in the tray
- You can put a microSD card OR a SIM card in the 2nd place in the tray
Many new smartphones these days are coming with a hybrid SIM card slot. But what exactly is a “hybrid SIM card slot”?
Smartphone companies are constantly coming up with ways to save space and make the smartphones appear as sleek as possible. Even a small extra hardware can increase the overall thickness of your smartphone and even hinder its performance. This is why Apple has introduced USB-C sockets and has done away with the conventional 3.5 MM headphone jack slot. Many smartphone companies have started supplying their devices with hybrid SIM card slots.
As the name suggests, hybrid means a combination of multiple features. For example, these days you have hybrid laptops that can be converted into tablets by SIMply rotating the screen.
Most of the smartphones these days come with dual SIM facilities. This means you can use two SIM cards in a single phone. If you have 2 mobile numbers and you would like to use the same device for both, you have an extra slot for the 2nd SIM in addition to the default SIM card slot that you get in your smartphone.
Hybrid SIM card slot explained
The hybrid SIM card tray has provisions to use a SIM card and, a SIM card or a microSD card. As you can see in the image below, there is a single tray slot in the smartphone and a single hybrid SIM card tray:
As you can see, the problem with a hybrid SIM card slot – especially if there is no additional slot – is that, you can either use a microSD card with a hybrid SIM card slot, or you can use the 2nd SIM. You cannot do both.
For example, if you want to use two SIM cards with your smartphone AND you also want to use a microSD card then you are in hardluck. The 2nd place in the hybrid SIM card can either be used for a microSD card or SIM card. So even if you have a hybrid SIM card slot, sometimes an extra slot cannot be helped.
What’s the benefit of having a hybrid SIM card slot?
The biggest benefit of having a hybrid SIM card slot is that it saves space. Very few people use a 2nd SIM but lots of people use a microSD card to expand the smartphones memory. By default, smartphones come with very limited internal memory and most of the people have to insert a microSD card to store more data on their smartphones. This way, the 2nd slot is redundant if both the SIM card and the microSD card can be accommodated in a single tray. It is efficient, uses less resources and also allows the manufacture to create just a single slot rather than creating separate slots.
A separate slot for a microSD card is completely eliminated. The same slot can be used for a microSD card as well as a SIM card and that’s perhaps the biggest benefit of having a hybrid SIM card slot.