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 selfie phones 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 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.

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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 7 and 7 Pro

Asus Zenfone 7 Pro taking a selfie pop up camera phones

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 gets it into this list of the best selfie phones!


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 S21 series

Samsung Galaxy S21 front camera macro 1

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 series includes the regular 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 quite 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, but also 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 5

Google Pixel 5 in hand with display on

Google’s Pixel phones can’t be ignored whenever you are talking about smartphone cameras. Aside from being one of the best camera phones, the Google Pixel 5 is also one of the best selfie phones around, even if it only has an average 8MP front-facing camera. This is because the hardware isn’t the only thing that makes this a great camera phone; a lot of the improvements come from Google’s software optimizations.

The Pixel line-up has been known for sporting the best specs, including the latest processors and all the features you could need. The Google Pixel 5 takes another approach by cutting some corners and making the phone more affordable.

The most notable difference is that this phone doesn’t come with the latest and greatest Snapdragon chipset available. Instead, the search giant has opted to go with the Snapdragon 765G, which still performs very well. In our testing, we found that this chipset is comparable to the Snapdragon 845. Other specs are as good as you would expect. You get 8GB of RAM, an amazing dual-camera setup, a large OLED display, and a nice 4,080mAh battery.


Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Google Pixel 4a series

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.

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 selfie phones and offers a high-end experience, overall.

If you want something more capable, but not quite as expensive as the Pixel 5, Google has also released the Pixel 4a 5G. You would think this is just a Pixel 4a with 5G connectivity, but the Google Pixel 4a 5G is actually a better phone in many ways. For starters, it has the two camera set-up you find on the Pixel 5. The 5G version of the Pixel 4a also comes with a larger 3,885mAh battery, as well as a larger 6.2-inch screen. Not to mention the Snapdragon 765G chipset.


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

Google Pixel 4a 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,885mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra punch hole

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

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 8T and OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 Pro on wireless charger 2

The OnePlus 8T and the older 8 Pro are both great selfie phones. The selfie camera on both 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 a 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.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 8T might be newer and is an upgrade over the vanilla OnePlus 8, but falls behind the OnePlus 8 Pro in certain areas. You get a lower resolution display, but with a 120Hz refresh rate. There’s no wireless charging or water resistance either. However, you get the same performance and solid battery life with the 8T as well, and it’s also a touch cheaper.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the one to get if you’re looking for true flagship features. The OnePlus 8T takes the place of the vanilla OnePlus 8 in the affordable flagship category. Both are excellent options to cover all your selfie needs though.


OnePlus 8T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

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. Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus

Huawei P40 Pro Home screen handheld blurry background

The Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus are some of the best selfie phones, as well as offering some of the best camera experiences in the mobile industry. Huawei makes some amazing devices, but there is one major downside that 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 a bit softer than we would have liked, but they are still decent.


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 S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in hand 1

The Samsung Galaxy S20 family includes the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, and the four devices stand out as being some of the best selfie phones we’ve seen. 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. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE also does slightly better with a 32MP selfie camera.

Aside from the selfie cameras, all four are powered by high-end processors 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 FE specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 990
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • 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

10. Lenovo Legion Pro

Lenovo Legion Pro selfie camera

The Lenovo Legion Pro is not your typical phone. It is made with gamers in mind, specifically those who like to record or stream themselves while playing. It has a pop-up selfie camera that comes out the side, so it can be used in landscape mode. It’s one of the best selfie phones if you are looking to use the camera for gaming, but it works as a great general selfie camera too.

The unit is equipped with a 20MP front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture. It supports HDR and can record 4K video at 30fps. In addition, it’s one of the very few phones that come with a dedicated front-facing flash.

As you can expect, other specs are top-of-the-line. It has a powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a 6.65-inch AMOLED display, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. There are some great cameras in the rear too, including 64MP and 16MP sensors.


Lenovo Legion Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865+
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10