Selfie smartphones are getting smarter. Here are the best that you should get your trigger-happy hands on this year
Selfie smartphones are in. It’s no surprise that according to a recent poll, India is the most selfie-friendly nation with the highest number of selfies ever taken and shared on social media. We love our ‘likes’, we love to share, and we definitely love to comment. And why not? To help you keep the selfie trend going strong, we bring you an updated list of the best selfie smartphones to buy across budgets with newer cameras that will enable you to take better, clearer and more focused photos.
Asus Zenfone Zoom
Featuring a 10-element lens from HOYA, the Japanese optics experts, this smartphone’s camera allows more light inside the lens for outstanding picture quality. The 13MP rear camera also features a 3x Optical Zoom for details to be easily captured. With a DSLR-like 4 stops OIS, every shot captured is precise and perfectly clear. The phone comes with 128 GB of internal memory to ensure all your pictures are safely stored. Other features include a 5.5-inch touch screen with a 2.5 GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor.
Samsung Galaxy On7
This dual 4G support pone from Samsung comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. While this combination is the new standard for the mid-priced 4G phones, this gem among selfie smartphones allows for easy access to the camera function by double tapping the home button from any screen, never allowing you to miss a picture opportunity. The 3000mAh battery along with the 128 GB external storage capacity also make this phone a fun companion to have along with you on your everyday adventures.
Moto X Play
For the serious photographer with its 21MP rear camera with features like quick capture, rapid focus and auto HRD color balancing, you can be sure to catch the right picture and view true-to-life images with this phone. Sporting a large 14cm Full-HD display on 1080p, the phone also showcases the photos beautifully on its screen, which is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone also comes with a 32 GB internal storage, which is expandable to 128GB. The 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core processor ensures the phone runs without any lag and its turbo charging ability ensures that the phone is up and running in a fraction of time so you can keep clicking!
Lenovo VIBE P1
With a 13MP Phase Detect Auto Focus rear snapper and a 5MP front camera supporting selfie duties this phone is more than ready for all your photography duties. With enhanced security courtesy its fingerprint scanner and a 4900mAh battery, which supports on-the-go charging to other devices as well as quick charge ability, this smartphone ticks all the boxes. The display features Qualcomm’s Assertive Display for better sunlight legibility in a 5.5 inch Full HD screen protected by Coning Gorilla Glass 3 so you can view your selfies without strain or pause!
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
This phone’s 13MP Pixelmaster rear camera has an f/2.0 aperture lens, zero shutter lag, a Toshiba sensor and a Dual LED Real Tone flash to ensure that pictures are of a high quality. The auto-focus tech ensure that the camera is in focus within 0.3 seconds to capture those elusive shots, while the Super HDR mode ensures natural light pictures even against strong backlight. The Low Light Mode enables light sensitivity and noise reduction up to 4 times! Finally, with the added convenience of a physical rear key for taking selfies, this phone is bound to stand out, especially at its price!
Alcatel Flash 2
Its 13MP rear camera comes with Phase Detection Auto Focus tech that senses the light that passes through the lens and focuses on an object quickly—as in about 0.3 seconds! As selfie smartphones go, that’s not even time to blink!
The front 5MP selfie camera comes with the OV5648 Sensor for improved image quality as well as a front LED flash to capture faces with superior clarity. The dedicated camera button ensures that no time is wasted in unlocking the phone before shooting. Built for multitasking, the Flash 2 also features a 1.3 GHz octa-core Cortex A53 MT6753 processor along with 2GB RAM and with the inclusion of the Mali-T720 GPU, offers seamless graphics too.
Apart from the 12.3MP rear camera, the Nexus 6P features an 8MP front camera, which is a boon for selfies. The rear camera features IR Laser assisted auto focus, dual flash as well as HD video recording at 30 frames per second. The phone itself comes with Android 6 with the promise of regular software upgrades as they are released. The large Quad HD 5.7 inch screen with 2560 X 1440 pixels ensures that the display is clear with an incredible 518ppi. The Corning Glass 4 makes the screen tough while the fingerprint and smudge resistant Oleophobic coating takes care of the pesky smudges.
The brilliant 5.2 inch full HD display with a high contrast ratio of 1500:1 and a high saturation rate of 85% ensures life-like display on this smartphone’s screen. The 20MP rear camera offers a Sapphire lens, a Sony IMX230 sensor and the fast-focusing camera technology to liven-up pictures. The 8MP front camera comes with a 26mm wide-angle lens ensuring great selfies. The phone also features an ergonomically designed full metal body with a fingerprint sensor for added security, which can also be used to take pictures as well as to answer calls. What more could you want?
Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G
Another budget warrior with 4G compatibility, the Pulse 4G features a 13MP rear snapper with auto focus and a 5MP front camera. Both cameras come with independent flash, making grainy, low light images a forgotten phenomenon. The 5-inch HD IPS screen makes viewing pictures a pleasure. The phone is powered by a 1.3 GHz Tru Octa-core processor and boats of 3GB RAM making multitasking easy and lag-free.
Acer Liquid Z530
Built for the camera junkie at an exciting price point, the Liquid Z530 is one among the true selfie smartphones. It comes with an 8MP front and rear camera—both of which are voice activated for ease of use. Simply say ‘Selfie’ to open the front camera and say ‘Cheese’ to snap a picture in 3 seconds! You can also switch modes by saying the mode out loud (such as HDR, Panorama, etc.). You can also choose the Bright Magic setting to click a selfie in low light. The phone’s 5-inch HD IPS display comes with Zero Air Gap that reduces reflections and provides better contrast while it is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and an advanced graphics processor for a great all-around experience.
So which of these selfie smartphones reflects your true personality?