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 phones for selfies.

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


Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to get what users wanted in a smartphone. The company offered solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance, and more with the 2016 flagships. While the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand experience. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature a 12 MP rear-facing Dual Pixel camera sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, and phase detection autofocus. The company also made improvements to the front-facing camera. The device now features an 8 MP sensor with a Smart Autofocus system. Autofocus is not something found too often on front-facing cameras, and selfies benefit from the higher megapixel count. This means good photos in most lighting conditions. In low light, the pictures lose some sharpness as the shutter requires more time, but this is expected, especially from a camera that lacks image stabilization.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017 and two of the best phones for selfies.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Note 8 is just as good as the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, earning it its own spot on our list of best phones for selfies. All three have the same front-facing camera sporting an 8 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, auto HDR, and the Smart Autofocus system for sharper and clearer selfies.

The Note 8 comes with top-of-the-line specs and is currently one of the best smartphones you can get your hands on. It’s the first Samsung smartphone with a dual-camera setup, which offers 2x optical zoom and can capture those popular bokeh images.

The handset is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chipset — depending on the market — and is larger than the Galaxy S8 Plus due to its 6.3-inch display. What makes it different from the S8 series is the popular S Pen that pops out from the bottom and gives you another way of interacting with the phablet.

The Note 8 is a fantastic option, but it’s unfortunately also one of the most expensive smartphones on the market at $950 unlocked.

Specs

  • 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 521 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195 g

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Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are equipped with the same front-facing snapper. Both devices are easily some of the best phones for selfies. The camera features an 8 MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and 1.4 µm pixel size.

What’s impressive is that it allows you to capture bokeh images despite only having one lens. These might not be quite as nice as the ones you’ll get with the primary camera, but they are more than good enough for sharing on social media.

The two smartphones also come with a 12.2 MP primary camera that takes fantastic images. DxOMark gave the devices a score of 98 — the highest ever — putting them ahead of all of their rivals.

The Pixel 2 smartphones also feature high-end specs and can handle just about anything you throw at them. Both are powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, have 4 GB of RAM, and also run the latest version of Android. However, they do differ from one another in terms of size and looks. The XL model has a bezel-less design and a 6-inch display, while its smaller brother has a 5-inch screen that’s surrounded by larger bezels.

Google’s latest smartphones are expensive. Pricing starts at $649 for the Pixel 2 and $849 for the Pixel 2 XL. That may still be a solid price to pay for two of the best phones for selfies.

Specs

Google Pixel 2

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12.2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,700 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm, 143 g

Google Pixel 2 XL

  • 6.0-inch P-OLED display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12.2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,520 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, 175 g

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OnePlus 5T

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The OnePlus 5 was a solid smartphone, but it wasn’t really up to 2017’s standards on the design front. That’s why OnePlus changed things up quite a bit with the OnePlus 5T.

The first thing you’ll notice with the 5T is its bit 6.01-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This makes the device look more in line with other 2017 devices, especially because its predecessor came with a more traditional 16:9 screen. The under-the-hood specs are mostly the same as the OnePlus 5’s, but OnePlus decided to switch up the camera setup this time around. Now, in place of the OnePlus 5’s telephoto lens, the 5T sports a secondary 20 MP sensor that uses fancy new Intelligent Pixel Technology. Basically, it takes better low-light photos than before.

The front-facing selfie camera is the same on the OnePlus 5T as it was on the older OnePlus 5, and that makes it one of the best phones for selfies. It has a 16 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.0 µm pixel size, Auto HDR, and electronic image stabilization (EIS). The selfie camera has a higher megapixel count than the Note 8 and Pixel 2 series. While that doesn’t mean it produces better results, it does give you more room to zoom and crop without any deterioration in the quality of the picture.

The other big change with the 5T is biometric security. Not only has the fingerprint sensor moved around to the back, you can also unlock the 5T using face recognition. It’s super fast, but we’ve found it to miss a handful of times for some unknown reason.

Perhaps the biggest missing feature on the 5T is an IP rating for dust and water resistance, which is a feature pretty much every other flagship device has. If you can get past that, the OnePlus 5T will be a great option for most people — especially because it costs a fraction of the price of most competing smartphones.

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HTC U11

The HTC U11 is a high-end device, and just like the OnePlus 5 it sports a 16 MP secondary camera. This is what makes it one of our best phones for selfies. It has an f/2.0 aperture and comes with a feature dubbed HDR Boost that takes multiple shots at different exposure levels and combines them into one enhanced photo.

The HTC U11 has a Live Makeup mode that smoothens your skin in real time. The flagship also offers a few different options for taking a selfie: in addition to setting a timer, you can also just smile or stay still until the white box on the screen turns green.

It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. Other things worth mentioning are a 12 MP primary camera, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery — see more specs below.

The handset is quite easy on the eyes thanks to its highly reflective liquid glass back that makes it instantly recognizable. However, it’s also a fingerprint magnet. To get it, you’ll have to dish out $649 for the cheapest model.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm, 169 g

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LG V30

The V30 is LG’s latest and greatest smartphone. It goes head to head with devices including the Galaxy Note 8 and is equipped with a great secondary camera. Sure, it has a low resolution of 5 MP but can still capture some gorgeous selfies. The sensor sports an f/2.2 aperture and offers a wide-angle and a standard mode, just like the G6.

Like the majority of smartphones on this list, the V30 is equipped with dual cameras on the back — one standard and one wide-angle. The 16 MP main sensor has an f/1.6 aperture, laser and phase detection autofocus, and OIS, while the secondary wide sensor comes in at 13 MP with a slightly narrower aperture of f/1.9.

The V30 also comes with high-end specs. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, has 4 GB of RAM, and packs a 3,300 mAh battery. The P-OLED screen measures 6-inches and has a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels. The device also has a gorgeous design and has made our list of the sexiest smartphones of 2017.

The LG V30 is an expensive handset, although it is more affordable than the Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL — the unlocked version retails for $830.

Specs

  • 6-inch P-OLED display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 537 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 16 and 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm, 158 g

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Sony Xperia XZ1

Sony’s smartphones haven’t achieved the same mass appeal as those of Samsung and a few other manufacturers. However, that doesn’t mean the company makes bad devices. The Xperia XZ1, which was announced at IFA 2017, will impress those shopping for the best phones for selfies. It features a 13 MP secondary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and electronic image stabilization (EIS). The camera has a 90-degree field of view and should be great for capturing group selfies.

The primary camera, on the other hand, has a 19 MP Exmor RS sensor with 5-axis image stabilization, 4K video recording, and slow-motion video at 960 frames per second. What makes it special is the new 3D Creator app that lets you make 3D scans of your face, food, and other objects of your choice.

The Xperia XZ1 can handle just about anything you throw at it. The smartphone comes with the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood along with 4 GB of RAM. It sports a 5.2-inch display, packs a 2,700 mAh battery, and runs Android 8.0 Oreo.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the most exciting overall looks. It has a typical Xperia design that looks dated, especially when compared to bezel-less smartphones like the LG V30. The smartphone launched in the US back in September for $700, but can now be yours for as low as $587. It’s a decent price for one of the best phones for selfies.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 19 MP rear camera, 13 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,700 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 148 x 73.4 x 7.4 mm, 155 g

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Honor 9

The Honor 9 is the cheapest smartphone on this list. Despite its affordable price tag, it’s still one of the best phones for selfies. It features an 8 MP front sensor with f/2.0 aperture and has a beautification mode that should make your selfies even more gorgeous. There’s also a bokeh mode available that automatically blurs the background.

You’ll find a dual-camera setup with a 20 MP monochrome lens and 12 MP RGB sensor on the back. In addition to standard modes like HDR and Panorama, a full manual mode is also available, which offers greater control over ISO, exposure, and shutter speed.

The Honor 9’s specs are similar to the Huawei P10. It sports a 5.15-inch Full HD display, is powered by the Kirin 960 chipset, and comes with 4 or 6 GB of RAM. Not only is the handset great for selfies, it also offers high-end specs. Its gorgeous glass body comes in four colors: blue, amber gold, gray, and black.

The device hasn’t officially been released in the US, but you can still get it on Amazon for $470. In Europe, the Honor 9 will set you back €400. It’s worth it for one of the best phones for selfies.

Specs

  • 5.15-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 428 ppi
  • Octa-core Kirin 960
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.5 mm, 155 g

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And 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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