Which smartphone delivers the perfect selfie?

We have listed down our picks for the top three smartphones that deliver the best selfies


April 22, 2017

The smartphone industry has developed ten-folds over the last five years, and each manufacturer has worked towards giving their smartphone a separate identity.

We have seen companies make huge batteries to cater to those looking for endurance; we have also seen certain manufacturers introduce hardware add-ons in a bid to give an identity to their device that’s separate from the rest. As the smartphone industry has evolved, it has given increasingly less room for further innovation and development; however, for the last two years manufacturers have seen a rise in the use of photo editing and camera dependent applications, prompting mobile companies to up their camera game.

We will be listing down our picks for the top three smartphones that deliver the best selfies. Our scoring rubric will take into account the specifications and quality of the front camera, whether or not the manufacturer supports the camera with dedicated applications and how reasonable or unreasonable the price of the device is.

Infocus M680

PHOTO: Infocus PHOTO: Infocus

This device makes it to the list mainly because of the astonishing price-tag given its selfie capabilities. The M680 boasts a wide angle 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture size. It is powered by the Octa-core mediate 6753 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and also has 2GB of RAM. The device comes with Android Lollipop 5.0, which is not upgradeable. Compared to other devices that embody an excellent front-facing camera, the M680 feels cheap to the touch, but is an excellent phone for those on a budget, coming in at Rs14, 500 or $140.

Vivo V5

PHOTO: Vivo PHOTO: Vivo

Vivo’s latest smartphone beats all other phones on the market with its 20MP front-facing camera. The camera employs the use of the Sony IMX376 image sensor, and boasts an f/2.0 aperture and 5P Lens. The phone includes features such as gender recognition and moon light flash, which improves the images taken in low or artificial light, the front-facing camera can also record 2592 x 1944 pixel resolution videos at 30 frames per second FPS. The V5 runs Android Marshmallow 6.0, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, and also has 4GB of RAM. Vivo’s V5 has incredible capabilities bound together in a plastic body but seems fairly reasonable, priced at Rs29, 000 or $275.

OPPO F3 Plus

PHOTO: OPPO PHOTO: GSMArena

OPPO’s domination of the selfie market is very aptly defined by this one device. The main feature is the dual front-facing selfie camera with 16 MP standard sensor which comes with f/2.0 aperture, and an 8 MP wide angle sensor, which has the capability to capture 120° wide angle shots; one caters to perfecting the individual selfie, while the other is made for group shots. The rear camera is equally as impressive, coming in at 16 MP, with f/1.7 aperture, and uses a Sony IMX398 sensor. This device includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Octa-core processor clocked at 1.95GHz and 4GB worth of RAM. Perhaps the standout feature second to the brilliantly innovative front-facing dual selfie cameras, is the fact that it is backed with a 4000 mAH battery, which also has support for OPPO’s proprietary VOOC Fast Charging technology. Adding to the hardware capabilities, OPPO’s pioneering beautification editing software, Beautify 4.0, allows users to further perfect their selfie by opening up a myriad of editing functions to add to the 'Bokeh effect' and the built-in smart facial recognition features.  The F3 Plus has an excellent build quality, one that rivals the big players in the smartphone industry in terms of feeling premium, and is priced at Rs50, 000, which is fairly modest considering how the specifications of this phone matches most flagship devices.

These were our picks; which of the three devices do you favour most? Let us know in the comments below.

COMMENTS (1)

Haji Atiya | 4 years ago | Reply There isn't a smartphone out there yet that delivers a '"perfect"' selfie. By perfect one is using a professional camera as the point of reference. Photos from smartphone cameras make one look either fatter or thinner than what one really is.
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