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 current phones for selfies.

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


Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro front-facing camera

Dual rear camera setups have almost become standard in the smartphone space. So of course, Huawei had to push the boundary and tack on a third camera with their latest flagship, the P20 Pro. Luckily, this is more than just a gimmick, with the P20 Pro offering a DSLR-like experience and quality.

Each camera serves a different purpose. The main 40MP sensor captures rich color, the 20MP secondary monochrome sensor captures additional details, and the third 8MP telephoto lens is used for zoom and additional focal length. The camera also has Huawei’s new AI-assisted stabilization (AIS), which lets the P20 Pro take long-exposure shots without a tripod.

You also get a great 24MP shooter with a f/2.0 aperture up front. The camera does a great job with exposure, getting the right white balance, and capturing color. There may be excessive softening seen in some selfies, giving the shot an artificial look. However, this has more to do with Huawei’s camera software as opposed to the camera itself. Overall, you can take some great-looking selfies with the front-facing camera of the Huawei P20 Pro.

It’s not all about the camera, even if that is more than enough reason to buy this phone. You get a high-end processing package, a really good Full HD+ display, and a beautiful design. The Huawei P20 Pro features everything that you’d expect from a 2018 flagship and features like the triple camera make it stand out from the crowd.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch AMOLED display with 2240 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP triple rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm, 180grams

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OnePlus 6

The top half of a OnePlus 6 smartphone with an orange wallpaper and dazzling lights in the background.

OnePlus continues to push the boundaries of price vs specifications and has another flagship killer on their hands with the OnePlus 6. You get a new all-glass build and a notched display design this time around, and this is only the start of how OnePlus has properly made the jump into flagship territory.

Unsurprisingly, this phone also has the latest and greatest specs available – a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The cameras have been improved this time around too. It comes with dual 16 and 20MP rear camera setup. There are also slow-motion video modes that allow for 720p footage at 480fps and 1080p at 240fps. You can also shoot 4K video at 60fps.

The phone comes with a 16MP front-facing camera with a f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera is really good and takes some excellent shots. While the sensor is the same as what was available with the OnePlus 5T, the post-processing and other software improvements allow for improved pictures. Image details are great, with good color reproduction, and natural skin tones.

While everything about the OnePlus 6 screams “premium,” the company’s aggressive pricing strategy remains in place. The price of OnePlus’ flagships have admittedly increased over the years, but the OnePlus 6 remains significantly cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy S9, the Huawei P20 Pro, and even older flagships like the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Specs

  • 6.28-inch AMOLED display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 16MP and 20MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm, 177grams

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was one of the most anticipated releases of the year. As is the case every time, the latest Galaxy Note certainly delivers once again, with the latest and greatest from Samsung remaining the epitome of powerhouse.

It shares a lot of its design language with its predecessor, but flatter sides and more refined design elements like the better placement of the fingerprint scanner and a smaller camera visor give the Galaxy Note 9 the edge over the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung certainly knows how to make a premium looking smartphone, and the Galaxy Note 9 is no exception.

There’s no risk of compromise in terms of hardware as far as the Galaxy Note 9 is concerned. You get everything and the kitchen sink built into this phone. You get the Snapdragon 845 processor onboard, backed by 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Up to 512GB of built-in storage is a power users dream, and keeping everything running is a 4,000mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note 9 keeps the same camera package that was available with the Galaxy S9 Plus, including the 8MP front-facing shooter. Its f/1.7 aperture makes it one of the best selfie cameras for taking shots in low-light situations, doing a much better job than most of the other phones on this list.

Some may consider that Galaxy Note 9 to be a slightly bigger Galaxy S9 Plus. And that isn’t too far from the truth. However, what makes the Galaxy Note 9 that much more appealing is its defining characteristic – the S-Pen. Samsung has continued to bring more value and convenience with the stylus, and the S-Pen with the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a lot of new features and capabilities.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 / 2.7GHz octa-core Exynos 9810
  • Adreno 630 GPU (Snapdragon) / Mali-G72 MP 18 (Exynos)
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128/256/512GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD card up to 512GB
  • 12MP and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201grams

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Honor 10

Honor 10 front

Honor has made a name for itself in the entry-level and mid-range market. Now, the company is hoping to continue achieving the same success in the affordable flagship category with the Honor 10.

You can expect flagship performance with the Honor 10 given the fact that you get the same processing package, RAM, and built-in storage as the Huawei P20 Pro. There are obvious differences between the two of course, but if performance is what you’re looking for, the Honor 10 delivers at a flagship level but at half the price.

The Honor 10 features a beautiful, notched-display design, and comes with the now expected dual rear camera setup of 16MP and 24MP shooters. Up front is an impressive 24MP unit as well. Once again, Huawei’s camera software can result in some aggressive softening, but just like the P20 Pro, you can take some great-looking selfies with this phone.

Flagship specs and features aside, the Honor 10 is also one of the more affordable options on this list, cheaper than even the OnePlus 6. If you are looking for a slightly more pocket-friendly smartphone to meet your selfie needs, the Honor 10 is definitely worth considering.

Specs

  • 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 16MP and 24MP rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm, 155grams

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HTC U12 Plus

HTC U12 Plus selfie camera

HTC’s latest flagship, the U12 Plus, includes a lot of what was great about the HTC U11 Plus, but with a few obvious upgrades. Anyone who has used its predecessor will find the U12 Plus to be very familiar. HTC continues its minimalist Liquid Surface design language, with its beautiful glass design.

The biggest design change can be found in the buttons. Instead of physical keys, they are now pressure-sensitive. While these buttons may not provide a physical click, they do provide haptic feedback to let you know they’ve been triggered.

The rear camera configuration has 12 and 16MP cameras with the main camera supporting optical image stabilization (OIS). Meanwhile, the secondary shooter is a telephoto lens, capable of 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom.

The U12 Plus has two 8MP front-facing camera sensors, each with an aperture of f/2.0 and an 84-degree field of view. There’s no OIS with the front cameras though, so you’ll experience some shaky video if you tend to vlog with your phone. Selfies taken with the U12 Plus are generally good. There’s also a beauty mode built into the camera app. As is often the case, this mode is way too intense though.

The HTC U12 Plus offers the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 845. The handset offers 6GB RAM and either 64 or 128GB of internal storage, with microSD expansion. There’s also a big 6-inch Super LCD 6 panel with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,140 and BoomSound is back for great audio support.

Specs

  • 6-inch Super LCD 5 display with 2880 x 1440 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 16MP and 12MP dual rear cameras, dual 8MP front-facing cameras
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7mm, 188grams

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Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 2 XL front

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL remain Google’s flagship smartphones until the Pixel 3 series shows up in a few days. However, the Pixel 2 devices will still be great options for those not looking to spend the big bucks on the latest Google smartphones.

They don’t have as many bells or whistles as some of the other entries on this list, but if you’re in the market for a simple Android phone, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are great options. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL have 5- and 6-inch OLED displays, front-facing speakers, and great specs under the hood — a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, as well as 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage.

They also have two of the best Android smartphone cameras available. Not only have these phones been named two of the best smartphone cameras on the market according to DxOMark, but we also found the Pixel 2’s main camera to be incredibly impressive in most situations. There’s even a portrait mode on the front and back cameras, even though the phone doesn’t have a dual-camera setup.

While many smartphones now offer a portrait mode with the front-facing camera, none have been able to match the sharpness and detail that you get with the Pixel 2 phones, and Google’s software really does an excellent job. That said, even without the Portrait Mode on, the front-facing camera of the Pixel 2 is one of the best performers we’ve seen thus far.

Despite the handful of issues with the Pixel 2 XL’s display, we’d still happily recommend either phone to anyone looking for the best Android phones of 2018 out there.

Specs

Google Pixel 2

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12.2MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • 2,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm, 143grams

Google Pixel 2 XL

  • 6.0-inch P-OLED display with 2880 x 1440 resolution
  • 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12.2MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • 3,520mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm, 175grams

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That’s it for our selection of the best phones for selfies. Know of any other great choices worth adding to our list? Let us know down in the comments!

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