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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 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 8 Flip

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 it’s literally using 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 amazing specs, a huge 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

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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 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 5

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 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

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

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 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 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

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra actually has a pretty average front-facing camera, but it has a nifty trick around the back that makes 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

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 slightly 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

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 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

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