10 Best Phone for Travelling the World in 2019

If you travel outside of the U.S. frequently, you will immediately understand the importance of a second SIM card slot on your smartphone. This allows you to travel freely without having to remove your original SIM card, while also letting you stay connected with a local SIM card. This is pretty much everything you need to keep in mind if you’re looking for a travel specific phone. There is a wide range of smartphones available in the market today, so picking one of them can be quite confusing.

ProductBrandNamePrice
HUAWEIHuawei Y7 2019 (32GB, 3GB) 6.26Buy on Amazon|$165.97(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
GoogleGoogle - Pixel 3aBuy on Amazon|$399.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10e 128GB+6GB RAM SM-G970 Dual Sim 5.8Buy on Amazon|$539(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
NokiaNokia 7.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 64 GB - Dual CameraBuy on Amazon|$279.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
HUAWEIHuawei P30 Lite (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.15Buy on Amazon|$309.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
BlackBerryBlackBerry KEYone (64GB, 4GB RAM) BB100-7 - 4G LTEBuy on Amazon|$278.95(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
ASUSASUS ZenFone 5Q (ZC600KL-S630-4G-64G-BK) - 6” FHD 2160x1080 displayBuy on Amazon|$199(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:33 ET)
MotorolaMotorola Moto OneBuy on Amazon|$177(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
BLUBLU Advance 5.2 HD - GSM Unlocked Dual Sim Smartphone -BlackBuy on Amazon|$77.79(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
MotorolaMoto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB – Ceramic BlackBuy on Amazon|$299.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:33 ET)

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This is why we’ve decided to talk about some of the best phones for traveling the world. While we’ll mostly cover dual-SIM phones, you will also find a couple of single SIM phones on this list that can be an excellent replacement for your primary smartphone. So let’s have a look.

10 Best Phone for Travelling the World in 2019

 

 

Huawei Y7

While Huawei isn’t particularly thriving in the mobile business right now, the company has continued to churn out affordable smartphones for the masses. The Huawei Y7 is one such device which was launched earlier this year with an attractive design and the company’s proprietary Dewdrop display. More importantly, this is a GSM smartphone and hence won’t be compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint, etc. So you should be fine as long as you get a prepaid GSM SIM card when you travel overseas.

The handset comes with a 6.26-inch 1520 x 720 LCD panel, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 13MP + 2MP AI-based dual rear camera array, a 16MP front camera, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. As you can see, although this is a mid-range offering, the Huawei Y7 has all the features that you could ask for in a travel oriented phone. It runs on an octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC and features Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2. Since this handset is not officially sold in the U.S., it does not carry American warranty. Considering the fact that this is meant to be used as a spare phone for your overseas travel, this shouldn’t be much of a problem to the customers. The handset is available in Midnight Black, Red, as well as Blue colors.

Buy on Amazon|$165.97(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

Google Pixel 3a

This may seem like an unconventional choice given that the Pixel 3a doesn’t come with a dual-SIM slot. However, as most people will tell you, the job can also be done with a single SIM smartphone. The simple solution is to use this solely as your trip phone so that it can always be ready to take a new SIM card when you travel. As for the Pixel 3a, it’s probably one of the better travel phones you can find. It runs on GSM networks, which makes it compatible with pretty much every major wireless network around the world.

The Pixel 3a offers a no-compromise experience when it comes to software and it’s also worth noting that the handset is high-up on the list of devices to get the latest Android updates. The handset comes with a 5.6-inch 2220 x 1080 OLED display with Asahi Dragontrail glass for scratch resistance. It only comes in one storage variant (64GB) while there’s no microSD card slot. This limits your options somewhat, although 64GB of storage should be adequate for a travel device. The phone also comes with 4GB of RAM, a 12.2MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. As of September 4, the Pixel 3a has started receiving the Android 10 update, making this one of the few devices to have the honor.

Buy on Amazon|$399.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

Samsung Galaxy S10e

The Galaxy S10 is a pretty fresh handset in the market, followed by the recently unveiled Galaxy Note 10. The Galaxy S10e is a global variant of the flagship which comes with dual-SIM standby support. It packs a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080. The only key difference between this handset and the standard Galaxy 10 is the processor.

This uses a slightly toned down octa-core Exynos 9820 instead of the Qualcomm silicon. The phone also comes with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, 16MP + 12MP rear cameras, a 10MP front camera, Android 9 Pie, and a 3,100 mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging. While it may seem like the hardware here is slightly under par, well, it’s not. This is a flagship handset that offers you the ability to have two SIMs at the same time making it ideal for traveling. This goes without saying but the smartphone is compatible with GSM carriers only, and will work globally. The phone is available in Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Green, and Canary Yellow.

Buy on Amazon|$539(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

Nokia 7.1

Launched late last year, the Nokia 7.1 is a solid mid-range handset and can be your perfect companion for travels abroad. This variant is fully unlocked to work with GSM carriers including the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile and a wide range of global GSM carriers. As for the handset itself, the Nokia 7.1 is no doubt one of the best budget offerings you can get in the market. As far as the hardware is concerned, the highlight of this smartphone is the dual rear cameras on the back accompanied by an 8MP front camera which significantly bolsters the handset’s camera credentials.

It also has a fingerprint sensor embedded onto the back panel, while features like Bluetooth 5.0 and USB C ensure that the device is on par with modern day smartphones. This is an Android One smartphone, which means it will be among the first to receive the latest Android updates. So although the phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo by default, it already has an update to Android 9.0 while there’s no on the Android 10 rollout as of yet. The phone has a 3,060 mAh battery which is supplemented by 18W fast charging tech. Be sure to have a closer look at this product from Amazon.

Buy on Amazon|$279.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

Huawei P30 Lite

It should come as a surprise to no one that this is our second Huawei smartphone on this list. Although this smartphone has the name “Lite” in it, it’s anything but Lite. As you would expect, this is a dual-SIM smartphone that comes with support for GSM carriers. Naturally, this also means that the phone is unlocked to work globally, making this an ideal candidate for your traveling phone. The P30 Lite comes with a 6.15-inch 2312 x 1080 display, the octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 710 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, Android 9.0 Pie, and a 3,340 mAh battery.

The real highlight with the P30 Lite is the triple camera layout on the back. This consists of 24MP, 8MP, and 2MP sensors along with a 32MP front facing camera. The phone really shines as far as the design is concerned, and can be bought in Midnight Black and Peacock Blue colors right now. The Amazon seller is also offering a 64GB microSD card with the product, which may well be a limited period promotion.

Buy on Amazon|$309.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

BlackBerry KEYone

This is yet another exceptional choice for a travel handset, especially considering the fact that this uses a combination of touchscreen as well as a QWERTY keyboard. What’s also fascinating about this device is that the space bar also works as a fingerprint scanner, which saves a lot of space and the trouble of reaching out to the back panel to authenticate or unlock your phone.

The Keyone packs a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 resolution LCD panel with a slider form factor. This allows you to seamlessly switch between the touchscreen and the keyboard friendly layout. There’s a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, 64GB of expandable storage, 4GB of RAM, the octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, Android 7.1 Nougat (upgradable to Android 9.1), and a 3,500 mAh battery. This is an unlocked dual-SIM handset that can work with all the major GSM carriers in the world. It also comes with LTE support for selected networks, including U.S. carriers.

Buy on Amazon|$278.95(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

ASUS ZenFone 5Q

The ASUS ZenFone 5Q which is also known as the ZenFone 5 Lite in other markets, is one of the few dual-SIM smartphones out there that come with a proper American warranty. That’s because this model has been designed specifically for the American markets, which is quite unusual. However, for the customers, this is one of the best smartphones they can get, especially if they’re looking to travel abroad and not worry about the lack of warranty, as is the case with other smartphones.

The ZenFone 5Q is pretty well equipped in terms of hardware and comes with a 6-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2160 x 1080. While its design may leave a lot to be desired, there’s no doubt that the ZenFone Q is a perfect option for those looking to get an inexpensive smartphone for their travels abroad. The handset is packing the octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. What’s special about this device, however, is the unique dual front cameras sporting 20MP and 8MP sensors. The back consists of a 16MP + 8MP dual camera arrangement, so it’s clear that the focus is on the front camera here. Be sure to have a closer look at this product from Amazon.

Buy on Amazon|$199(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:33 ET)

 

Moto One

Moto also has its own Android One smartphone in the form of the Moto One. This here is the international version of the smartphone, which comes with dual-SIM support. It’s only compatible with GSM networks, so you’re free to use any GSM carrier around the world. This smartphone packs a 5.9-inch Max Vision LCD screen with a resolution of 1520 x 720 and an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC. The phone comes with 64GB of expandable storage, 4GB of RAM, a splash resistant coating, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

The phone comes with Android 8.1 along with an update to Android 9.0 Pie. There’s a 3,o00 mAh battery along with support for 15W fast charging. The Moto One also comes with a 13MP + 2MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The seller is currently offering this smartphone in white. Be sure to have a closer look at this particular handset.

Buy on Amazon|$177(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

BLU Advance 5.2 HD

BLU is a company synonymous with mid-range and budget smartphones, which makes it an excellent candidate for your travel phone. This offering, the Advance 5.2 HD comes with a 5.2-inch HD curved glass display and is accompanied by an 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. It runs on a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. This phone is unlocked to work with a number of GSM carriers in the U.S. as well as globally.

This handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo by default and is based on Google’s Go Edition of phones which enables the goodness of Android for budget hardware without compromising on performance. If you’re looking for a cheap and inexpensive smartphone to take with you on your travels, this offering by BLU fits the bill perfectly. As of now, the company only offers the smartphone in Black, so there aren’t a lot of color options available to pick from.

Buy on Amazon|$77.79(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)

 

Moto G7

Launched earlier this year, the Moto G7 is an excellent smartphone that could be your savior in your overseas travel. In addition to featuring attractive design, the G7 is also packed with features that make it one of the best mid-range phones in the market today. This particular model comes unlocked and can work with AT&T, T-Mobile and pretty much any GSM network you can think of. What’s also pretty cool about this device is the fact that it comes with Alexa built-in, allowing you to seamlessly interact with your connected devices at home. Users can simply choose to say “Alexa” or double-tap the power button twice to enable the voice assistant.

The Moto G7 is well equipped in the hardware department as well. It’s packing a 6.2-inch Full HD+ Max Vision display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup, an 8MP front camera, Android 9.0 Pie, and a 3,000 mAh battery under the hood with support for 15W fast charging along with the supplied power adapter. This model is sold with American warranty.

Buy on Amazon|$299.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:33 ET)

ProductBrandNamePrice
HUAWEIHuawei Y7 2019 (32GB, 3GB) 6.26Buy on Amazon|$165.97(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
GoogleGoogle - Pixel 3aBuy on Amazon|$399.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10e 128GB+6GB RAM SM-G970 Dual Sim 5.8Buy on Amazon|$539(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
NokiaNokia 7.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 64 GB - Dual CameraBuy on Amazon|$279.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
HUAWEIHuawei P30 Lite (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.15Buy on Amazon|$309.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
BlackBerryBlackBerry KEYone (64GB, 4GB RAM) BB100-7 - 4G LTEBuy on Amazon|$278.95(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
ASUSASUS ZenFone 5Q (ZC600KL-S630-4G-64G-BK) - 6” FHD 2160x1080 displayBuy on Amazon|$199(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:33 ET)
MotorolaMotorola Moto OneBuy on Amazon|$177(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
BLUBLU Advance 5.2 HD - GSM Unlocked Dual Sim Smartphone -BlackBuy on Amazon|$77.79(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:34 ET)
MotorolaMoto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB – Ceramic BlackBuy on Amazon|$299.99(Price as of 09/18/2019 04:33 ET)

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