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, various 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 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; many 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

Google Pixel 4a 5G screen size comparison vs Pixel 4a

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 and 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.

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 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 V60 top half of screen 1 - selfie camera phones

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 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 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 review display - selfie camera phones

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 amazing 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 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 Z Fold 2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 open back - selfie camera phones

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 front ones. Such is the case for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. The only caveat is that it’s a foldable (and expensive) phone, which we know not everyone is a fan of.

If you can get past the foldable mechanism and price point, this will take some mean selfie photos. The main camera system comes with a bevy of shooters, including a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto. Then there are the two 10MP dedicated selfie cameras, but we don’t see much of a point in using those unless you’re in a video call.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch and 6.2-inch HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

10. Apple iPhone 12 series

iPhone 12 Mini back in hand 1 1

There’s no denying Apple does a great job with its cameras, and while the iPhone 12 series selfie shooter is not the absolute top dog, it’s among the best. We say nothing but good things about this front camera in our full iPhone 12 review. And since these phones all have the same selfie camera specs, it won’t matter which of the four iterations you get.

It’s worth noting the iPhone 12 phones are great handsets in general. These offer great performance and an overall simple experience the company is known for.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1