Whether you’re out on the town with friends, showing off your new haircut on Facebook, or attempting a sneaky celebrity snap over your shoulder, it’s frustrating when your selfies turn out grainy and unflattering. We look at some of the best smartphones out there – ones that not only do the standard smartphone stuff, including good-quality photos with the main camera, but also take great shots with the front-facing camera.
Here’s our pick (or rather ‘pic’ 🙂 ) of the best selfie phones around right now, in 2015.
The new ZenFone Selfie comes with 13 MP cameras on the front and back, both with dual LED flashes and laser auto focus (thus, this is the world’s first smartphone to have laser auto focus for selfies). Unlike the ZenFone 2 series, which features Intel Atom processors, the ZenFone Selfie is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor.
The HTC One E9+ comes with a 20-megapixel rear camera with a LED flash and a 13MP/4 UltraPixel duo camera setup at the front, depending on the market. The phone features a large, 5.5-incher with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) pixels, good for the whopping 534 ppi. Underneath, we’re looking at a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 with eight 2.0GHz cores that can work simultaneously, and 3 GB of RAM. MediaTek touted the chip’s ability to shoot 4k video. The rest of the specs include 32GB of internal storage, BoomSound stereo speakers, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 on top.
Lenovo now makes not only the longest-lasting Android handsets with its 4000 mAh battery P-series, but is also the home of funky designs, just like this VIBE X2 Pro proves. Just like a cake, its chassis is made out of tri-color aluminum “layers”, and is just 4.94 oz (140 g) light, which makes it the lightest metal phone in our rank here, despite the well-sized 5.3″ 1080p display. The VIBE X2 Pro is also a member of the sub-7mm thickness club, which sadly means that the battery is 2410 mAh only, so don’t expect it to last more than a day of heavy work. The slim Jim is equipped with a Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2 GB of RAM/32 GB storage, and a 13 MP rear/front cameras – not shabby at all.
The HTC Desire 826 sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and is powered by a 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. It’s got LTE connectivity, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 13MP/4 MP UltraPixel camera at the front, depending on the region.
LG is the first from the name brands to put an 8 MP frontal camera in its annual flagship, but that’s not all, as we get a 16 MP rear camera full of innovative technology like a three-axis OIS, a Color Spectrum Sensor, and more.
At 5.19 oz (147 g), the Oppo R7 might be a bit heavy for a 5-incher in our particular ranking of the lightest, but it is the thinnest of them all metal warriors, along with the largish Galaxy A7. The display is with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, the phone runs on the Snapdragon 615 system chip, and we get the generous 3 GB of RAM here, which you don’t see every day in midrangers. On the camera side, the handset sports a 13 megapixels main camera, and an 8 megapixels front one. The 2320 mAh battery might not seem much, but let’s not forget the 5.63 x 2.80 x 0.25 (143 x 71 x 6.3 mm) dimensions of the chassis it is stuffed in, making Oppo R7 the most compact metal phone of the year.
The most impressive parts about the affordable Honor 7 are in the camera department – it ships with a 20 MP rear camera, which will sport Phase Detection Auto Focus to boot, and has an 8 MP selfie cam. The 5.54 oz (157 g) heavy Honor 7 has a stylish aluminum alloy exterior, and a 5.2″ 1080p displays with 423ppi. It is run by the company’s own 64-bit Kirin 935 chipset, clocked at 2.2 GHz maximums, with 3 GB RAM and 16-64 GB internal memory, plus a microSD slot for expansion.
Deserving of its place amongst the lightest metal phones this year, the Huawei P8 flaunts a sealed all-metal chassis that is only 6.4mm thin, and comes at just 5.08 oz (144 g) of weight. That didn’t prevent Huawei from including a powerful hardware inside, like an octa-core Kirin 930 chip and 3GB of RAM inside. The 16 GB native storage may seem small, but a microSD slot for expansion gets thrown in. There is 13 megapixels camera with OIS on the back, as well as 8-megapixels front shooter. The phone is powered by a very decent for its thickness 2680 mAh battery capacity, and runs Android Lollipop out of the box.