Even though smartphone photography has grown rapidly over the past few years, it can still be difficult to find a mobile device with a decent front-facing camera. If you’re looking for that perfect Android phone to take care of all your selfie needs, look no further. Here are the best Android phones for taking selfies!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea as to what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus also feature a 12 MP rear-facing Dual Pixel camera sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, and phase detection autofocus. The company also made improvements to the front-facing camera this time around, which now features an 8 MP sensor with a Smart Autofocus system. Autofocus is not something found too often on front-facing cameras and selfies benefit from the higher megapixel count, resulting in good photos in most lighting conditions. In low light, the pictures lose some sharpness as the shutter requires more time, but this is expected, especially from a camera that lacks image stabilization.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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LG G6

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Throughout 2016, the LG G5 struggled to take on the Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and all the other flagships released that year. It’s not a bad phone, per se, it just lacks the level of polish we normally expect from top-tier smartphones nowadays. The phone would have been more widely accepted if it nailed the modular implementation, but unfortunately the whole module-swapping process was wonky and the three “Friends” that launched with the G5 weren’t all that appealing. With the G6, LG has gone back to the basics.

Certainly the most standout feature on the G6 is its 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, with its interesting aspect ratio of 18:9 and rounded corners. It also comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, and an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. It’s worth noting that not all LG G6s are created equal. For example, the G6 that’s coming to the U.S. is the only variant that supports wireless charging, while the Hi-Fi Quad DAC is exclusive to South Korea and certain markets in Asia. What’s more, the G6 with 64 GB of storage is only available in a handful of markets.

The LG G6 also comes with a really impressive 13 MP dual camera setup on the back, as well as a 5 MP front-facing shooter with a 100-degree field of view. When taking selfies, you can swap between narrow and wide angles, which makes it perfect for group shots.

This isn’t a phone that introduces a bunch of gimmicky features that you’ll never use. It’s simply a solid, well-built smartphone that nails the main areas users care most about.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 g

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LG V20

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If you’re a selfie lover, you’ll be happy to hear that the V20’s 5MP front camera is perfect for taking photos in most lighting conditions. Plus, it has a wide-angle lens, which works great if you like taking group selfies.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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OnePlus 3T

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We weren’t expecting OnePlus to release another new flagship in 2016, but it happened. If you were a fan of the OnePlus 3, you’ll certainly love the OnePlus 3T.

With its powerful Snapdragon 821 processor backed by 6GB of RAM, the 3T absolutely flies through web browsing, gaming and most other everyday tasks. It also has a bigger battery this time around (3,400mAh to be exact), which is more than enough to get you through a full day of use on a single charge. In addition, the 3T sports a 16MP rear camera sensor, a dual-SIM card slot, plenty of on-board storage, and a fast front-facing fingerprint sensor on the front.

In addition, the 3T comes with a 16MP front-facing camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, which helps a lot when taking selfies in low-light conditions. With the bump in megapixel count, you will also have a lot more room to zoom and crop without any deterioration in the quality of the picture, and also enjoy sharper looking video. Overall, you get a far better experience with the front-facing shooter now than you did with the OnePlus 3.

Basically the OnePlus 3T is a better OnePlus 3, and we’re certainly not complaining. You can buy it from OnePlus’ website in Gunmetal and Soft Gold color options.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence. Specifically, the Pixel and Pixel XL have 12.3MP rear cameras and 8MP front camera sensors that should be perfect for all your selfie-taking needs. 

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, if you buy the Verizon model, you’ll have to deal with a small amount of bloatware (though you will be able to uninstall it), you won’t be able to unlock the bootloader, and Verizon will be handling all Pixel and Pixel XL software updates (though the company swears it won’t delay them).

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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HTC 10

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HTC needed a saving grace this year, and the 10 just may be it. The Taiwanese company finally designed a phone that’s different enough from its predecessor yet still sports a familiar design language. With an all-metal chassis, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new-and-improved speaker setup, the HTC 10 easily made its way to our best Android phones list.

Under the hood, the 10 comes with some killer specs. A 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200GB and a 3,000mAh battery that will have no problems lasting an entire day on a single charge. HTC also improved the camera this time around, which was a big flaw in last year’s One M9 flagship.

All in all, the HTC 10 is an awesome device. Great specs and a solid build quality are what you’ll get here… what more could you ask for?

Specs

  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565ppi
  • 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm, 161g

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There you have it – our look at the best phones for taking selfies! How do you like our list? Would you add or remove anything? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • Ahmed

    Nice still waiting for the alcatel Idol 4s

  • Elena

    The HTC Desire Eye has a 13mp front camera too

  • Niebieskie Moro Show

    My nearly 2 years old oneplus one takes sharper selfies than the ones produced by galaxy s7, I know that because I went to shop and compared those two cameras, oneplus one was sharper, but galaxy s7 had better colours

    • DBS93

      hahahaha you funny ?

    • Emil Vasilescu

      Lmao ??. No.

  • Krackle, Puff’s Cousin

    What about the 8MP front-facing shooter on the Nexus 6P? That one is pretty great.

    • Paul Beau

      Nexus 5x too

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    • FrostyPL

      That is true. I was surprised, when I saw my first low-light selfie from 6P.

      • Zach

        6p ia the best camera for low light period, maybe not in daylight, but the processing on it with hdr+ is the best on any phone period, especially in low light

      • Zach

        this includes front and back camera

  • Manuel

    I don’t see the Htc 10 here. Also you didn’t provide any sample pics for us to determine how good they really are. Or this is a “List Of Best Selfie Phones So Say We.”

  • MUHAMMAD ALI

    Seriously, no HTC…i think its baised selection…

  • Tetalon

    how come, no HTC 10?

  • Sovat Oung

    Why, why Sony? I wonder why you still make a 16GB smartphone in 2016.

  • Mattias Magnusson

    What about the LeTV le Max? That’s a awesome competitor to all these devices listed…

    • Hey, you own one?

      • Mattias Magnusson

        Yes i do, have been using It now for a couple of days, have to say that it’s really awesome and alot of a phone. Its really a piece of art.

        • I forgot to ask – you have the Le Max or Le Max 2? Anyway, how is the battery life and the sound of speakers?

          • Mattias Magnusson

            I have the Le Max (x900) battery life is great, have about 2 days battery in normal use about 2-3 hours spotify with bluetooth headset, about 1 hour of talk about 1 hour Web browsing and maybe 1 hour of gaming and the sound is awesome, I bought the usb-c headphones too, but can’t seam to hear any difference from my other 3.5 headphones, but yes, the sound is great and i would recommend anyone who likes good sound/performance/battery life to get one. With 4 GB ram i get 2.2 GB left (during multiple apps in use i have like 700 MB left) I hope this answered your questions.

          • Any plans for Le Max 2?

          • Mattias Magnusson

            No, not worth the upgrade in my opinion, and I love the screen size 6.33″

  • Judhajit Misra

    What about the Oppo F1 Plus(the so called Selfie Expert)

  • Jack Hermansson

    OMG… Asus made a phone Just for selfies… People loves their faces more and more…

  • marex77

    what about OPX it has a decent 8mp selfie camera?

  • Tom_Slaapstad

    Selfie shoot out. Do it! Would be awesome AA! The narcissistic camera review. Will be a hoot.

    The sony should surely take it.

  • Aleck Maccarone

    Why is HTC not included they are the first to bring ois to front cameras?

  • GQDRU

    LG G4 should be listed alongside the LG G5 and LG V10. It’s one of the best selfie shooters I’ve ever used.

  • Zach

    the 6p should be on this list…

  • Bobbsa

    I have the Nexus 6P and the galaxy S7, the galaxy s7 has by far the worst selfie camera I’ve ever used, close to the Galaxy S1, yes the S1. It cannot focus properly at all and I’ve tried not only mine. I’ve tried it on 6 different Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edges. The Nexus 6P takes incredible selfies with so much detail. Anyone with and S7 try take a selfie and zoom in just a bit on the picture. It’s really a joke how terribly the quality is. The Nexus 6P when taking a selfie is razor sharp, even when you zoom in. It seems as if android authority are clueless on this. What a terrible article picking the S7 as one of the better selfie cams. Rear camera, different story. It’s great

  • ChadwicK

    note 5 takes pretty damn good selfies imo

  • I prefer Samsung ‘coz of their f/1.7 Aperture. Couple that with a flash and you have no competition.

  • Asus is here but not Oppo?

  • Rmac8

    Oppo F1 plus ..’plus’ specifically enhanced for selfies ….

  • Chuck Jones

    Wow! another list that does not include Oneplus. Amazing.

  • There isn’t Note 5?! Seriously?

  • Mikael Martensson

    you missed the best selfiphone huawei p7

  • More like “Best HIGH END Android devices that can take awesome selfies.”

  • Timothy Risse

    idk if Android authority was just listing best selfies devices but HTC 10 takes the cake here no doubt.

  • Sanju

    I like LG G5

  • Sanju

    HTC 10

  • Techn9cian46

    You missed the Oppo F1

  • Don Gerrard

    Oppo R9 Plus 16MP rear / 16MP front

  • aarush

    That’s great to see this article and very happy that u made it especially for selfie lovers.. pls give more importance to selfie segment..

    Thank you android authority

  • Anthonydotcom

    Let me shorten up this article.

    “Every phone released in 2016”.

    #justjokes