We’re not quite at the point where front-facing cameras sit under our smartphone displays, but we’re close. Until then, we’re in this awkward middle stage where manufacturers are experimenting with pop-up selfie cameras, motorized cameras that flip from back to front, or even manual slider phones.
I must say, I’m still a fan of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3’s “sandwich slider” mechanism. It’s not motorized, but the gesture to slide the display downwards to reveal the front-facing camera seems pretty natural. But if I were to pick a motorized option, I’d have to go with the Asus Zenfone 6 — that flip camera looks cool, but I could see why people wouldn’t want a big camera moving around every time they want to take a selfie.
Then we have the two that started it all: the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X. While the Vivo Nex’s tiny pop-up camera has made its way to other devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Oppo Find X is still the only smartphone to sport a big slide-out mechanism that extends the whole top edge of the phone.
What’s your favorite? Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments if you have anything to add.