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The best selfie camera phones you can buy

Take your selfies seriously! Here are the best tools for them.
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October 28, 2021
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip 10
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

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 selfie phones you can get?

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 hard work for you and rounded up the ten phones with the best camera hardware and/or software to take your self-portraits to the next level, while considering value for money too.

Related: The best Android phones currently available

The 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 8 Flip

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip 11
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip is one of the best selfie camera phones because it goes for more than a simple front-facing shooter. Instead, it utilizes the cameras in the rear with a mechanism that flips them around to point towards the front. This means the selfie photos will be as good as the standard ones because they literally use the same cameras.

The camera system is very similar to what we had in the Asus Zenfone 7 Pro. This includes a 64MP Sony IMX686 f/1.8 main camera, a Sony IMX363 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, and an 8MP 3x telephoto. The motor and flipping mechanism has also been improved for smoother motion and more endurance.

This is also a worthy 2021 contender of a phone. It comes with impressive specs, a massive battery, and a gorgeous 6.67 AMOLED screen.


Asus Zenfone 8 Flip specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 8MP
  • Front cameras: N/A
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

Samsung Galaxy S21 front camera macro 2
David Imel / Android Authority

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 series includes the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung continues its streak of putting great cameras on its flagships with the S21 series. It’s not a huge upgrade in terms of hardware, though, with the smaller options coming with a 10MP selfie shooter, while the Ultra bumps that to 40MP, just as it was with the S20 range.

However, software tricks galore include a software-based “wide” selfie mode, and the ability to choose between natural and beauty modes make these phones stand out. We were pretty impressed with these front-facing cameras in our Galaxy S21 reviews. Of course, there’s also better performance, refined designs, and a slew of other improvements to look forward to.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus will more than get the job done if you’re looking to up your selfie game. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the most expensive of the lot and has more to offer across the board.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro rear panels
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Google’s Pixel phones can’t be ignored whenever you are talking about smartphone cameras. These devices have surpassed all expectations for years, and their cameras are widely known as some of the best the industry has to offer.

What makes Pixel phones unique is mostly their computational photography, so these phones will do great regardless of the hardware. This is why the Google Pixel 6 series offers some of the best selfie camera phones, despite sporting average selfie cameras in terms of resolution.

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are also excellent phones, and the base version comes at a very reasonable price point. The design has been improved, specs compete with the best in the market, and Pixel devices are among the first to get upgrades. It sounds like other Android phones will have a hard time competing!


Google Pixel 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Google Tensor
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,614mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Google Pixel 6 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.71-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Google Tensor
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 11.1MP
  • Battery: 5,003mAh
  • Software: Android 12

4. Google Pixel 5a

a close up of the google pixel 5a home screen at a glance widget on the display
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

The Google Pixel line has had great cameras on the front and back for generations, but this isn’t necessarily because of hardware. Even the more affordable A-series Pixels, like the Pixel 5a, offer a fantastic camera experience for a fraction of the price. It’s one of the best selfie camera phones around thanks to Google’s implementation of computational photography.

The phone doesn’t have much to write home about, but the $449 MSRP will definitely keep your wallet thicker, and it’s also no lackluster. The device features 5G connectivity, Google’s clean design, timely updates straight from Google, and outstanding performance.

You will be hard-pressed to find a better deal, but there are some options if you want to save more. We would recommend the Pixel 4a, which is even cheaper and offers a similar selfie camera experience.


Google Pixel 5a specs:

  • Display: 6.34-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,680mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra punch hole
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

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 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.

Our review of the Note 20 Ultra and its selfie camera 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 there’s a triple-camera system on the back of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 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 a 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

6. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Mi 11 Ultra rear of the phone with notifications display - The best selfie camera phones
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has a pretty average front-facing camera, but it has a nifty trick around the back, making it one of the best selfie camera phones. The rear camera bump houses a tiny screen that can be used as a viewfinder. This means that much like the Asus Zenfone 8 Flip, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra can use the rear cameras as selfie shooters!

The only downside is that video isn’t supported with the small rear screen. This might be in the works, though, and could easily be fixed with an OTA update. Regardless, photos will work perfectly, and this happens to be a hell of a phone in every other regard.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 review display - selfie camera phones
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have the same 16MP Sony IMX471. This sensor has a 1.0μm pixel size. The camera also supports EIS and has an f/2.4 aperture. All these numbers equate to great selfie pictures. We love that it brings great image quality without ruining images with heavy post-processing.

Furthermore, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are great phones that come at reasonable price points. This means they won’t only be among the best selfie camera phones! They’re also high-end performers that will go head-to-head with some of the best phones in the industry.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

8. Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus

Huawei P40 Pro Home screen handheld blurry background - selfie camera phones

The Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus are some of the best selfie camera phones and offer some of the best camera experiences in the mobile industry. Huawei makes some fantastic devices, but one major downside stops us from completely recommending these handsets. Due to the disputes with the US government, Huawei devices have no official Google support. If that is a deal-breaker, you should probably look elsewhere.

If you can live with no Google support, these cameras take great images with very good color and sharpness. They also have autofocus, something not common in selfie cameras. And with an IR camera next to the selfie camera, you’re able to take portrait selfies as well. In lower-light scenarios, images were slightly softer than we would have liked, but they are still decent.

Those who like Huawei phones should also keep an eye out for the Huawei P50 and P50 Pro. As expected, the latter is all but guaranteed to have among the best camera systems out there, and we’re sure it will also be one of the best selfie camera phones.


Huawei P40 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990 5G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 40, and 12MP +ToF
  • Front cameras: 32MP + ToF
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei P40 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990 5G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 40, 8, and 8MP +ToF
  • Front cameras: 32MP + ToF
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

9. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 with widget on cover display - The best selfie camera phones
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

By now, the industry has established that rear-facing cameras are better. This is why the best selfie camera phones can actually use the rear shooters as the front ones. Such is the case for both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.

You can expand the Fold and use the outer screen as a viewfinder. In the case of the Z Flip 3, there’s a tiny screen next to the cameras when the device is flipped close. The only caveat is that these are foldable (and expensive) phones, which we know not everyone is a fan of.

If you can get past the foldable mechanisms and price points, this will take some mean selfie photos. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 features three 12MP cameras, while the Flip has two 12 MP shooters. They both have dedicated selfie cameras too, but why use them?


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 specs:

  • Display: 7.6-inch 1,768 x 2,208 and 6.2-inch HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10 and 4MP
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 11

10. Apple iPhone 13 series

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Series 2 - The best selfie camera phones
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

We can’t ignore Apple’s cameras. The latest and greatest from the fruity company is the iPhone 13 series. This includes the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max. While they all vary in size and specs, they have in common the selfie camera shooter.

All iPhone 13 devices come with a 12MP front-facing camera. It has an f/2.2 aperture, a 1/3.6-inch sensor, a 3D depth sensor, and 4K recording capabilities.

iPhone 13 devices are some of the best selfie camera phones. Not to mention the phones are well made, simple to use, and surprisingly, the starting price isn’t very high this time around. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at just $699.99 (MSRP).


Apple iPhone 13 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,438mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

Apple iPhone 13 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,240mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

Apple iPhone 13 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512/1,024GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,095mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512/1,024GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 4,352mAh
  • Software: iOS 15