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Asus Zenfone 6 - phones for selfies

The term “selfie” has only been around for a few years, believe it or not. In that time, it’s become a phenomenon. But what are the best phones for selfies you can get? If you’re looking for the answer to that question, you’re in the right place!

Nearly every smartphone on the market has a selfie camera, so you would need to wade through every device released over the past several years to figure out which one is the best phone for selfies. We’ve done all the work for you and rounded up the nine phones with the best camera hardware and/or software to take your self-portraits to the next level, while considering value for money too.

Best phones for selfies:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best phones for selfies regularly as new devices launch.


1. Asus Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro

Asus Zenfone 7 Pro taking a selfie pop up camera phones

Credit: Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

The Asus Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro are selfie pros because they go for more than a selfie shooter, utilizing the cameras in the rear with a mechanism that flips them around to point towards the front. They feature better sensors than their predecessor, a variety of lenses, and a flipping mechanism that can last 200,000 flips. That’s more than 270 flips a day for two years, or more than 100 flips for four years. It’s going to be enough, basically.

In terms of how good the devices are generally, it’s an impressive spec sheet for the price, with the two devices featuring flagship silicon, 90Hz OLED screens, triple cameras, 5G, and 5,000mAh batteries. The Zenfone 7 packs the Snapdragon 865 processor, while the Pro variant ups the ante a little with the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset. Both reviewed well, especially the camera system, which helps if you’re taking selfies!


Asus Zenfone 7 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 8MP
  • Front cameras: /
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Asus Zenfone 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 8MP
  • Front cameras: /
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Selfie cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S20 family includes the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, and the three devices stand out as having one of the best selfie cameras we’ve seen in a phone, even better than the Google Pixel 4 XL. The 10MP sensor (ƒ/2.2) on the S20 and S20 Plus are better than ever, while the Ultra has a larger 40MP sensor for those selfies.

Aside from the selfie cameras, all three are powered by the same processor and come with Android 10. Starting at the S20 Plus, a quad-lens rear camera setup also features, while the Ultra adds zoom capabilities. The S20 Plus and Ultra max out at 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage, which is incredible. 

The Galaxy S20 Ultra adds a few more bells and whistles, and our reviewers have said the Plus was probably good enough, given the Ultra’s extras cost a lot more. But as always, it depends on what you need, and for selfies, having the extra spec selfie camera might be worth it.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Google Pixel 4a

Pixel 4 XL - phone for selfies

The Google Pixel line has had great cameras on the front and back for generations. Interestingly, the Pixel-line has led to the Google Pixel 4a being the one to beat right now. While the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are superior phones, the Pixel 4a takes great pics and is just $350.

That may change when the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 arrive later this year and get put through their paces, but it’s all Pixel 4a right now.

Because most of the camera prowess in Google phones comes from software, the Pixel 4a is a great selfie shooter. Computational photography and AI are the way of the future, and Google is proving it with the results we see in their mobile photography. It’s among the best camera phones and offers a high-end experience, overall.


Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Screen and selfie camera macro

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have a single selfie camera on the front, which looks just like the Galaxy S20 Plus’ camera. The single selfie lens is a 10MP shooter (ƒ/2.2) with a wide field-of-view that can take some awesome wide selfies. But we generally only recommend the Note 20 Ultra, as the Note 20 is expensive for what it is. The Note 20 Ultra isn’t cheap either, but it does provide top-tier everything, without compromise.

In our review of the Note 20 Ultra and its selfie camera, we noted it does a fine job. Samsung has occasionally drifted towards beautification algorithms that can give selfies an unnatural look, but the Note 20 Ultra has a good balance. And, you can turn it off too.

Don’t forget that on the back of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra there’s a triple-camera system with huge zoom options and a laser autofocus setup: a 12MP wide-angle, a 108MP telephoto, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a laser AF sensor. The vanilla Galaxy Note 20 has the same setup without laser AF sensor.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 16, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

5. Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro selfie notch

This year hasn’t been the best for Huawei, but that doesn’t mean the company can’t make an amazing smartphone. In fact, the Huawei P30 Pro — which launched along with the Huawei P30 in the spring of 2019 — held the record as the best overall smartphone camera for quite some time. The P30 line features a single selfie camera on the front. However, it’s a massive 32MP sensor (ƒ/2.0), so it will get you some amazing shots. We were so blown away by the P30 Pro’s photo capabilities that we said it was one of the best camera systems we’ve ever tested. What more is there to say?

Keep in mind that the P30 and the P30 Pro have the same front-facing camera, but the rear setup is slightly different. The P30 lacks the P30 Pro’s periscope zoom, as well as the ToF sensor.

Of course, you might be wary of buying a Huawei phone right now because of the troubles the company faces. However, since the P30 line came out before the US government ban began, the devices will continue to receive support and Android updates for the foreseeable future, so you don’t have much to worry about there.

Note: We’ve retained the recommendation for the P30 over the newer P40 line, given Google services aren’t completely available on the P40.


Huawei P30 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 40, 8, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 3,650mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Huawei P30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 8, 20MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

6. LG V60

LG V50 ThinQ selfie camera

The LG V60 was rated as one of LG’s best efforts in years, and that includes the selfie camera, which takes 10MP snaps at f/1.9. The field of view is fairly narrow at 72.5 degrees, but that’s our only knock on the device. You get less of a wide-angle than some of the other phones here, but that means more focus on you, for, y’know, selfies. (They’re not called groupies!)

Our verdict: LG V60 review — LG’s best effort in years is worth a look

Our review found selfie shots were clean, sharp, and properly focused, and there’s a bunch of cameras on the back, too. Internal specs are very 2020: the Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G connectivity, a 5,000mAh battery, and 128GB or 256GB of storage, microSD card slot, IP68 water/dust resistance, wireless charging, and yes, a headphone port. Plus, the dual-screen accessory which adds some usefulness for not a lot more money.

If there’s a downside, it’s that it’s not on sale at Amazon.com, but only through AT&T and T-Mobile, for now. T-Mobile’s full retail price without the dual-screen accessory is $700, making it a decent get.

Eventually, you can buy an international unlocked model and that device will work on all major carriers. But not yet!


LG V60 ThinQ 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + ToF sensor
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10.

7. OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 Pro on wireless charger 2

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are both contenders here. The selfie camera on both OnePlus 8 models is 16MP f/2.0. Our reviews judged the photos out of the front-facing camera as very good, with great color and contrast, and dynamic range that doesn’t leave washed-out images. It’ll do well in most situations.

The 8 Pro variant has plenty in common with top 2020 smartphones too, such as flagship Snapdragon silicon, a 120Hz refresh rate (at QHD+ resolution too), IP68 rating, and 30W wireless charging. The vanilla OnePlus 8 drops just a few small features, featuring a 90Hz refresh rate, a smaller body, and dropping the telephoto lens and color filter camera that you don’t need, anyway. 

What we thought: OnePlus 8 Pro review

In case you’re wondering about other cameras, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a true flagship with a quad rear camera setup, featuring a 48MP IMX689 main camera, 48MP ultra-wide camera, 8MP 3x telephoto shooter, and a 5MP color filter camera that’s, well, a gimmick. Those looking for a great selfie taker and powerhouse phone will need to look here.


OnePlus 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 46, and 6MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Selfie cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus stands out here with its two selfie cameras on the front. Those two selfie cameras are a 10MP primary sensor (ƒ/1.9) paired with an 8MP secondary (ƒ/2.2).

The dual lenses working together can get you some terrific shots and make the Galaxy S10 Plus one of the best phones for selfies, without having to pay the premium of a brand new high-end flagship.

Aside from those selfie cameras, the Galaxy S10 Plus also has a triple-lens rear camera setup. It maxes out at 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage, which is incredible. Pair all that with the Snapdragon 855 processor, Android 9 Pie, and a 4,100mAh battery, and you have quite the contender even for a 2019 flagship.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB or 1TB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

9. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Pro punch hole selfie cam 3

The Oppo Find X2 Pro continues to be one of the top phones across selfies and general camera performance in our internal tests. Selfies from the front-facing shooter are sharp, crisp, and skin tones are handled well with a natural appearance. 

Aside from the great selfie camera, this is a great phone to have. It’s not the most powerful smartphone in terms of raw specifications, but it offers some head-turning hardware with its edge-to-edge display and brilliant orange color.

The catch? You’ll have to pay for it.


Oppo Find X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,260mAh
  • Software: Android 10

These are our picks for the best phones for taking selfies you can get, although there are a lot of other options out there as well. We’ll be sure to update this post once new models hit the market.