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Selfie smartphones with a good front camera

In 2018-2019, smartphones not only became much more productive and “smarter”, but also began to compete clearly with powerful digital cameras. Along with this, front-facing cameras are being developed, which will be discussed.

The fashion for taking selfie pictures is still in trend, but the hype, as it was at the beginning of popularity, has long passed. The mobile device industry is evolving to the extent that improved cameras and new technologies appear. To date, the front camera has gained more opportunities, both in terms of image quality and functions.

The main innovations were intelligent options and an improved mode "beautiful face." In the first case, the AI ​​camera allows you to recognize the owner of the smartphone and thus unlock the screen. Beauty mode improves complexion, removes freckles and moles, which helps create the perfect portrait.

In addition, a modern front camera gives high-quality video while communicating via video calls via Skype or another social application.

Advanced cameras are no longer the privilege of expensive smartphones and are often found in the mid-level price segment, which we will discuss later.

Honor 10 Lite

  • Processor: 8-core Kirin 710, 2.2 GHz
  • Screen: 6.21 inches, resolution 2340 x 1080
  • Cameras (main / front): 13 + 2 megapixels / 24 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 3 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh

Price: from 14 000 rub.

With the announcement, the device was positioned as a selfie smartphone equipped with a powerful front-end with all the relevant functions. In the Russian market, the model managed to get a lot of positive feedback, not only for high-quality shooting with AI, but also a design that is pleasant in all respects in different colors and good performance for moderate money.

Everything is balanced enough and does not cause any questions. Users will appreciate the high level of performance and capabilities of the current operating system.

Advantages:

  • Acceptable price.
  • High-quality IPS screen.
  • Good performance for any task.
  • Face ID function.
  • OS Android 9.0 .

Disadvantages:

  • No NFC function.

Lenovo S5 Pro

  • Processor: 8-core Snapdragon 636, 1.8 GHz
  • Screen: 6.2 inches, resolution 2246 x 1080
  • Camera (main / front): 20 + 12 Mpix / 20 + 8 Mpix
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 6 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh

Price: from 12 000 rub.

The model is a bit reminiscent of the hardware stuffing of the famous bestseller of the beginning of 2018 Redmi Note 5, only with a “ monobrow ” on the screen. Interesting enough smartphone with good performance and powerful cameras for the money. The front sensor uses a Sony IMX486 sensor in its dual system. The main one consists of Sony IMX486 + Sony IMX350.

The device received a durable and relatively thin case with a thickness of 7.7 millimeters and a detailed screen with high brightness.

Advantages:

  • Low price.
  • High - quality IPS display .
  • Powerful Sony cameras.
  • The Face Unlock feature is supported.
  • Slim metal body.

Disadvantages:

  • Outdated Android 8.1 OS.
  • No NFC function.

Buy

Meizu X8

  • Processor: 8-core Snapdragon 710, 2.2 GHz
  • Screen: 6.15 inches, resolution 2200 x 1080
  • Cameras (main / front): 12 + 5 megapixels / 20 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3210 mAh

Price: from 14 300 rub.

Considering this model as a selfie smartphone, I want to note its low price with fairly advanced features. The first thing that catches your eye is a powerful pre-flagship chip that will cope with any loads, including pulling all modern Android games.

And of course the cameras look good: the main one with a Sony IMX362 sensor and the front Sony IMX376. Basic intelligent functions and all necessary interfaces are supported.

An alternative could be another model of the manufacturer - Meizu 16, but at a price of 22,000 rubles. The same cameras and hardware filling only the design looks more premium and the Amoled display with a built-in scanner.

Photo Meizu 16

Advantages:

  • Low price.
  • High-quality IPS display.
  • Game performance.
  • Powerful Sony cameras.
  • Face unlock is supported.
  • Fast charge battery.
  • Metal case .

Disadvantages:

  • Weak battery.
  • Outdated Android 8.1 OS.
  • No NFC function.

Nokia x7

  • Processor: 8-core Snapdragon 710, 2.2 GHz
  • Screen: 6.18 inches, resolution 2246 x 1080
  • Cameras (main / front): 13 + 12 megapixels / 20 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh

Price: from 17 600 rubles.

Nokia has firmly established itself in the smartphone market after its revival. The quality of the devices remains at a high level, and all models are included in the Android One loyalty program. This allows you to receive the latest Google updates, including the most current version of the OS for a couple of years.

Particularly noteworthy are the cameras: the main Sony IMX363 with Carl Zeiss optics and OIS optical stabilization and the front with beautiful face mode and Face ID function.

Advantages:

  • Acceptable price.
  • Quality IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Game performance.
  • Powerful Sony cameras.
  • Fast charge battery.
  • Premium design.
  • Android One system.
  • Update to Android 9 and Android 10.
  • There is an NFC function.

Disadvantages:

  • No.

Buy

Samsung Galaxy A9

  • Processor: 8-core Snapdragon 660 , 2.2 GHz
  • Screen: 6.3 inches, resolution 2160 x 1080
  • Cameras (main / front): 24 + 10 + 8 + 5 Mpix / 24 Mpix
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 6 GB / 128 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3800 mAh

Price: from 23 400 rub.

The smartphone can proudly carry the title of camera phone, as it is equipped with a total of five cameras with good sensors, which are no worse than advanced digital cameras. The most interesting is the main camera with four sensors: an ultra-wide lens, a telephoto module, a main one and Live autofocus. The Sony IMX576 front camera supports AI functions and will definitely please selfie lovers.

Otherwise, the device is fully balanced with good memory capacity and a large display without a "monobrow". Samsung also offers a very good battery in this model.

The manufacturer offers other interesting smartphones with a good front camera. One of them is the Samsung Galaxy A8s with a fashionable Infinity-O screen, where the front camera is embedded in the visible part of the display. It costs from 31,900 rubles, but also offers better performance.

Photo Samsung Galaxy A8s

Advantages:

  • High-quality Super AMOLED display.
  • Balanced Performance.
  • Powerful Sony and Samsung cameras.
  • Battery with fast and wireless charging .
  • Premium design.
  • There is an NFC function.
  • Metal case.

Disadvantages:

  • Price, but this is usually for Samsung.
  • Outdated OC Android 8.1.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

  • Processor: 8-core Snapdragon 712, 2.3 GHz
  • Screen: 5.97 inches, resolution 2340 x 1080
  • Cameras (main / front): 48 + 13 + 8 megapixels / 20 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 6 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3070 mAh

Price: from 26 200 rub.

A simplified version of the new flagship Xiaomi , which looks no worse than the older brother, but in terms of price it’s much better. The smartphone received powerful performance, a good screen and a stylish slim design with a case thickness of 7.5 millimeters. Intelligent Face Unlock features and image recognition when shooting are supported.

Cameras themselves can compete with advanced digital cameras, a new generation of sensors proves this. And all skeptics will have to agree that this device can completely replace a DLSR camera.

As an alternative to this model, you can advise the predecessor of this series - Xiaomi Mi8 Lite at a price of only 13,000 rubles. The device also offers a powerful front-end 24 megapixels Sony 5th generation.

Photo Xiaomi Mi8 Lite

Advantages:

  • Acceptable price.
  • High-quality AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5.
  • The fingerprint scanner on the screen.
  • Game performance.
  • Powerful Sony cameras with AI features.
  • Premium design.
  • Fast charge 27W.
  • There is an NFC function.
  • OS Android 9.0.

Disadvantages:

  • Weak battery.

Buy

findings

Literally in a year, smartphones have changed dramatically: productivity has increased significantly, new screens, intelligent functions have appeared and the quality of photos and videos has seriously increased. The front camera is used not only to create a selfie, but also recognizes the owner of the smartphone. At the same time, the pictures are obtained very high quality.

It is interesting to follow the development of this area, but what do you think about the above models?

Excluded from collection

Sony Xperia XZ Dual

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: no
  • Availability of flash: no

Price: from 41 900 rub.

The flagship from the Japanese company Sony is based on the Snapdragon 820 processor . He got at his disposal almost the best components. The 5.2-inch screen is able to please with Full HD resolution, which led to a very high pixel density. Data transmission can be carried out through the ninth category LTE-A. The main camera is endowed with a 23-megapixel sensor, flash, laser autofocus and optical stabilization. As for the front camera, it stands out for its 13-megapixel resolution.

Advantages

  • Very powerful components;
  • Large stock of memory;
  • The presence of a microSD card slot ;
  • Ability to install two SIM-cards;
  • Waterproof metal case;
  • Not very large sizes and mass;
  • Great main camera;
  • Very nice front camera.

disadvantages

  • Not the best software;
  • Quiet sound;
  • Short battery life;
  • Very high cost.

BQ BQS-5050 Strike Selfie

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: yes
  • The presence of a flash: yes

Price: from 6 490 rub.

One of the cheapest smartphones with flash on the front camera. Moreover, this is also one of the cheapest devices among those whose front-end camera is endowed with 13-megapixel resolution! But you need to understand that the creators had to seriously save on other components. Between a good HD-screen and a protective glass there is an air gap, which spoils the impression of the picture. There is also a minimum amount of permanent memory - 8 GB . There is also a bit of RAM - only 1 GB. As for the processor, MediaTek MT6580 is used in its quality - the device functions smoothly, but with a large number of applications, tiny slowdowns may occur.

Advantages

  • The presence of a good headset in the kit;
  • The rear touch button makes it easy to take a selfie;
  • The 13-megapixel front camera is complemented by a flash;
  • The presence of FM-radio;
  • There is a slot for a memory card ;
  • Ability to install two SIM-cards;
  • Very low cost;
  • Good main camera (also 13 megapixels).

disadvantages

  • Screen with an air gap;
  • Weak components;
  • No support for LTE;
  • Decent thickness (10 mm).

HTC Desire Eye

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: yes
  • The presence of a flash: yes, dual

Price: from 23 490 rub.

This device stands out from its competitors with its huge lens placed on the front panel. It immediately becomes clear that the front camera is very good. Next to it is a two-ton flash, which provides an almost perfect shot even in low light conditions. But not only because of the camera HTC Desire Eye like their customers. The device works without any brakes, and it uses LTE networks to transmit data. Interestingly, voice can also be transmitted by this standard, for which support for VoLTE technology should be thanked. It is impossible not to note the presence of water protection, which smartphones of this price segment usually cannot boast of.

Advantages

  • Powerful components;
  • Good front camera;
  • The presence of a flash on the front and rear panels;
  • Support LTE;
  • The presence of a slot for a memory card;
  • Stereo speakers;
  • Good main camera (13 megapixels);
  • There is a separate camera button;
  • IPX7 security.

disadvantages

  • Some 16 GB of memory will seem small;
  • Short battery life;
  • Some copies received a defective screen.

Sony Xperia X

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: no
  • Availability of flash: no

Price: from 30 990 rub.

Everyone knows that Sony produces the best camera modules, which are then installed in their creations by many smartphone manufacturers. It is not surprising that Sony’s own smartphones also receive a very good main camera. And the front camera can be quite good, which proves the example of the Xperia X. It uses a 13-megapixel sensor, which almost does not make noise in good light. With the rest of the characteristics here, too, everything is in order. Of course, this is not a flagship, but the processor capacities are enough to ensure that the Android 6.0 operating system functions without brakes.

Advantages

  • Support for LTE-A seventh category;
  • Powerful components;
  • Very good front camera;
  • 23 megapixel rear camera
  • Resolution 5-inch screen - Full HD;
  • The presence of a fingerprint scanner ;
  • The presence of a slot for a memory card.

disadvantages

  • High price;
  • Not very loud speakers.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: yes
  • The presence of a flash: yes, dual

Price: from 14 990 rub.

A smartphone with a selfie camera does not have to be very expensive. As an example, ASUS ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL proves this. This unit has a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. He also boasts support for LTE-A of the fourth category, which allows you to go online at huge speeds. The processor is also very good at the device - the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 acts in its quality. But the main advantage of the smartphone is the camera. And not only frontal, as the main one in addition to everything received laser autofocus - it lacks only optical stabilization.

Advantages

  • Very good main camera (13 megapixels);
  • Nice "front camera", complemented by a flash;
  • Support for LTE-A and Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
  • Powerful components;
  • There is a slot for a memory card;
  • It is possible to install two SIM-cards;
  • Capacious battery.

disadvantages

  • Not very loud sound;
  • Defective heated specimens exist;
  • A fairly old version of the OS (Android 5.0);
  • Gradually, the slowdowns still appear.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra

  • Front camera resolution: 16 megapixels
  • The presence of optical stabilization: yes
  • Autofocus availability: yes
  • The presence of a flash: yes

Price: from 27 990 rub.

One of the most advanced smartphones with a front camera and a flash located nearby. This module includes a 1 / 2.6-inch matrix with a resolution of 16 megapixels. The lens has a viewing angle of 88 °, and the aperture is opened to f / 2.0. Plus, there is an optical image stabilizer! As for the other characteristics, they are also very good, because the smartphone was not the cheapest.

Advantages

  • There is a version with two slots for SIM cards;
  • The best front camera;
  • Very good rear camera (21.5 megapixels);
  • 6-inch screen with Full HD resolution;
  • Support for LTE-A fourth category;
  • Powerful components;
  • The presence of a slot for a memory card.

disadvantages

  • It weighs a lot (202 g);
  • 16 GB of permanent memory will seem a little to many;
  • No accelerated power adapter included;
  • The case is slippery.

Leagoo Elite 1

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: yes
  • The presence of a flash: yes

Price: from 11 800 rub.

This device allows you to install two SIM-cards, combining the best deals from a pair of mobile operators. The device also includes a 5-inch screen with Full HD resolution, the pixel density is sure to please the buyer. As for the front camera, its resolution is 13 megapixels. But in reality, the pictures are rarely obtained ideal - it is clear that the far from the most expensive sensor is used. But then everything is in order with the rest of the technical specifications. The device uses LTE networks, and has three gigabytes of RAM, and it can’t be unlocked without a fingerprint.

Advantages

  • Powerful components;
  • Good front camera with flash;
  • Support LTE;
  • The presence of a slot for a memory card;
  • Ability to use two SIM-cards;
  • High-quality display;
  • The presence of a fingerprint sensor;
  • Very good rear camera (16 megapixels);
  • Low cost.

disadvantages

  • Old Android 5.1;
  • The battery does not hold a charge for very long;
  • Advertising applications are sewn into the firmware;
  • Strong heat.

DOOGEE F7 Pro

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: no
  • The presence of a flash: yes

Price: from 16 790 rub.

This Chinese smartphone has both a number of advantages and several serious drawbacks. With the first, everything is clear - here you can’t but rejoice at the support of LTE-A of the sixth category, the ten-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor and 4 GB of RAM. But the disadvantages relate, oddly enough, to the front camera. In its quality, an 8-megapixel sensor from Samsung is used here. Up to 13 megapixels, the resolution increases programmatically, which sometimes only hurts the picture. Also slightly surprising is the lack of autofocus. But you can’t say that the smartphone produces frames of terrible quality - in that case, it would not fall into our rating.

Advantages

  • Good rear camera (21 megapixels);
  • 5.7-inch screen has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels;
  • Ability to install two SIM-cards;
  • Very powerful components;
  • Support LTE-A;
  • The presence of a fingerprint scanner.

disadvantages

  • The front camera is still not perfect;
  • There is no memory card slot;
  • Not a very loud sound.

Runbo x6

  • Front camera resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Autofocus availability: no
  • Availability of flash: no

Price: from 33 990 rub.

Usually, water-and shock-proof smartphones do not get at their disposal some advanced components. But Runbo X6 is an exception to the rule. This device is able to boast a good display and high speed operating system. As for the cameras, they both use a 13-megapixel sensor. The Frontalka is capable of boasting high detail, especially if shooting takes place in sunlight. And the results of shooting with the main camera will depend on the specific instance. The fact is that on some devices the lenses are crooked, which is why sharpness literally floats in different parts of the frame.

Advantages

  • Good front camera;
  • Shockproof and waterproof housing;
  • 5-inch screen has a resolution of Full HD;
  • Ability to install two SIM-cards;
  • 2 GB of RAM;
  • There is a microSD card slot;
  • Built-in walkie-talkie (connects an external RCA antenna);
  • Long battery life.

disadvantages

  • Some copies are frankly bad;
  • There is no support for LTE;
  • Very old version of Bluetooth;
  • Очень большой вес (392 г).

HTC One E9 Plus

  • Разрешение фронтальной камеры: 13 Мп
  • Наличие автофокуса: нет
  • Наличие вспышки: нет

Цена: от 21 990 руб.

Очень красивый смартфон с качественной фронтальной камерой. На лицевой панели нет вспышки, но это объясняется присутствием здесь стереодинамиков. В связи с этим данную модель можно найти в нашем топе лучших музыкальных смартфонов . Покупатели в своих отзывах отмечают прекрасную работу процессора и оперативной памяти — операционная система здесь практически не подтормаживает. Также радует задняя камера, получившая разрешение 20 Мп и диафрагму f/2,2. Всё в порядке у устройства и со скоростью передачи данных — помимо LTE-A здесь имеется и Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

Достоинства

  • Very good rear and front cameras;
  • Возможность установки двух SIM-карт;
  • Присутствует слот для карточки microSD;
  • Очень мощные комплектующие;
  • Качественные стереодинамики;
  • Поддержка LTE-A четвертой категории.

disadvantages

  • Не самое продолжительное время работы;
  • Звук мог бы быть и погромче;
  • Сильный нагрев.

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