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Asus Zenfone 6 - phones for selfies

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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 phones for selfies 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.


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 6

Asus Zenfone 6 flipped Camera on table

Without a doubt, the Asus Zenfone 6 is the best phone on the market for taking selfies. This is especially remarkable considering the Zenfone 6 doesn’t have a selfie camera! If you’re confused, allow us to explain.

The Zenfone 6 has a unique flipping camera, which brings the rear camera system to the front of the device whenever you need it. That means you get the same high-quality shots from the phone’s rear camera even when you’re taking selfies!

That rear camera is a dual-lens system with a 48MP primary sensor (ƒ/1.8) paired with a 13MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4). Those are some of the best modern sensors you can get, so your selfies are going to be of the highest quality. The ultrawide lens will also help you get a wider shot, which is perfect for group selfies or selfies where you want a lot of background imagery.

Outside of the camera, the Zenfone 6 is an awesome and affordable phone, with tons of RAM, plenty of internal storage, the Snapdragon 855 processor, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie.


Asus Zenfone 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/512GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front cameras: Same as rear
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

2. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Selfie cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus stands out from the rest of the Galaxy S10 family by having two selfie cameras on the front. Those two selfie cameras are a 10MP primary sensor (ƒ/1.9) paired with an 8MP secondary (ƒ/2.2). The two lenses working together can get you some terrific shots and make the Galaxy S10 Plus one of the best phones for selfies.

Aside from those selfie cameras, the Galaxy S10 Plus also has a triple-lens rear camera setup. It maxes out at 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage, which is incredible. Pair all that with the Snapdragon 855 processor, Android 9 Pie, and a 4,100mAh battery, and you have quite the contender.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB or 1TB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Pixel 4 XL - phone for selfies

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL managed to stay among the best camera phones for long, and even recently they were still on this list. Their successors — the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL — are now available and take the throne as the best camera phones around. You can see the photos these handsets can output in our Pixel 4 camera shootout, in which we put them against their main competition.

Because most of the camera prowess in Google phones comes from software, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are great selfie shooters. Computational photography and AI are the way of the future, and Google is proving it with the results we see in their mobile photography. They are also among the best camera phones and offer a high-end experience, overall.


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

selfie phone Pixel 3a

If you can live without high-end specs as well as features like an IP rating and want to save some money, you should go for the Google Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL. The Pixel 3a is cheaper than last year’s Pixel 3 and comes with essentially the same amazing camera hardware and software.

The most notable trade-offs are that the 3a versions come with plastic constructions instead of glass, a Snapdragon 670 SoC as opposed to a Snapdragon 845, and a single 8MP front-facing camera (not two). Regardless, the phones still look and feel good, operate marvelously, and take great selfies.


Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Screen and selfie camera macro

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus only have one selfie camera on the front. The single selfie lens is a 10MP shooter (ƒ/2.2) with a wide field-of-view that can take some awesome wide selfies.

In our review of the Note 10 Plus camera, we noted the software tends to use beautification algorithms a bit too heavily. This gives selfies an unnatural look. Luckily, it’s easy to turn this off before you take the picture, which we would advise doing.

Don’t forget that on the back of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus there are four camera sensors: a 12MP wide-angle, a 12MP telephoto, a 16MP ultra-wide, and a time-of-flight sensor. The vanilla Galaxy Note 10 has the same setup without the ToF sensor.

Of course, the Galaxy Note 10 line is very expensive, so get your wallet ready. The phones are easy to find though, with wide availability throughout the world and support for all major US carriers.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 16, 16, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 16, 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

6. Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro selfie notch

This year hasn’t been the best for Huawei, but that doesn’t mean the company can’t make an amazing smartphone. In fact, the Huawei P30 Pro — which launched along with the Huawei P30 in the spring of 2019 — held the record as the best overall smartphone camera for quite some time. The P30 line features a single selfie camera on the front. However, it’s a massive 32MP sensor (ƒ/2.0), so it will get you some amazing shots. We were so blown away by the P30 Pro’s photo capabilities that we said it was one of the best camera systems we’ve ever tested. What more is there to say?

Keep in mind that the P30 and the P30 Pro have the same front-facing camera, but the rear setup is slightly different. The P30 lacks the P30 Pro’s periscope zoom, as well as the ToF sensor.

Of course, you might be wary of buying a Huawei phone right now because of the troubles the company faces. However, since the P30 line came out before the US government ban began, the devices will continue to receive support and Android updates for the foreseeable future, so you don’t have much to worry about there.


Huawei P30 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 40, 8, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 3,650mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Huawei P30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 8, 20MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

7. LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG V50 ThinQ selfie camera

The dual-sensor selfie setup on the front of the LG V50 ThinQ is great. The first lens is a standard 8MP sensor (ƒ/1.9) and the second sensor is a 5MP wide-angle (ƒ/2.2). These cameras deliver some top-notch photos, making the V50 ThinQ one of the best phones for selfies on the market.

In our review we found the five cameras (there are three on the back of the phone) delivered some incredible shots, almost on par with other devices like the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Huawei P30 Pro.

Unfortunately, the LG V50 ThinQ is only available through Verizon and Sprint. However, you can buy an international unlocked model by clicking the button below, and that device will work on all major carriers.


LG V50 ThinQ 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 5MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

8. OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T - best phone for selfies

The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro both sport a 16MP camera up front that can take great selfies. The 7T houses the sensor in a small waterdrop notch, while the Pro model features a pop-up module that rises from the top edge of the phone when needed. It looks cool and allows for a higher screen-to-body ratio.

Both phones come with high-end specs including the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and 90Hz displays. They also sport three rear cameras. But the Pro model offers more, featuring a larger display with a higher resolution and a slightly bigger battery, among other things.

The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro are both available in Europe and many other regions. However, only the 7T model is available in the US, but the slightly older OnePlus 7 Pro is still on sale and has the same selfie camera as the 7T Pro.


OnePlus 7T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 7T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,085mAh
  • Software: Android 10

9. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

phones for selfies

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the oldest phone on this list. It launched in August of 2018 and has been superseded by the Galaxy Note 10 series. However, the Note 9 can deliver a powerful selfie even if a bit older.

The selfie shooter on the front of the Note 9 has an 8MP camera with a wide-angle lens (ƒ/1.7). The dual-lens setup on the rear will also deliver some great shots. We found the Note 9 to be the best phone of 2018 overall, so this is a solid investment no matter how you slice it.


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 845 or Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

10. Oppo F11 Pro

The Oppo F11 Pro pop-up selfie camera.

The Oppo F11 Pro continues to be one of the top three phones for selfies in our internal tests. Selfies from the front-facing shooter are sharp, crisp, and skin tones are handled well with a natural appearance. The phone also comes with a wow factor due to the fact the selfie camera isn’t visible at all times; it pops up only when it is being used.

Aside from the great selfie camera, this is a great phone to have. It’s not the most powerful smartphone in terms of raw specifications, but it offers some head-turning hardware with its edge-to-edge display and beautiful gradient colors.


Oppo F11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Helio P70
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

These are our picks for the best phones for taking selfies you can get, although there are a lot of other options out there as well. We’ll be sure to update this post once new models hit the market.