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Of course there's a triple selfie camera smartphone on the horizon

Meitu is developing a smartphone with three front-facing cameras, but how will the selfies look?

Published onNovember 20, 2018

A Meitu smartphone with three selfie cameras.
  • Chinese brand Meitu is working on a smartphone with three selfie cameras.
  • It’s unclear how these selfie cameras will be used, although we’ve seen wide-angle secondary cameras before.
  • Meitu’s upcoming device will also feature a dual-camera setup on the rear.

LG, Huawei, and Samsung have all delivered rear triple camera setups on smartphones this year, but what if you wanted three selfie cameras instead? Well, a new regulatory filing might be music to your ears.

According to a filing on China’s TENAA website, selfie-focused mobile brand Meitu is readying a smartphone (codenamed MP1801) with five cameras. Unlike the penta-camera LG V40 ThinQ, however, the new phone has three cameras on the front and two cameras on the rear.

Read: Do we really need more than three rear cameras on a smartphone?

The triple selfie camera setup features 12MP, 20MP and 8MP snappers. We don’t have more selfie camera details, but we can reasonably expect a standard front-facing camera and a wide-angle shooter for group shots. In fact, both Google’s Pixel 3 and LG V40 offer wide-angle secondary selfie cameras, allowing you to cram more people or more of a landscape into the scene. The third camera could potentially be used for depth effects or improved low-light snaps.

On the back and we’ve got a 12MP and 8MP pairing. We don’t have more details but, if it’s anything like the Meitu V6, we can expect the secondary shooter to handle depth-sensing.

What else can we expect?

The back of the Meitu V6.
The Meitu V6, released late last year.

In terms of sheer horsepower, the phone is coming with an unnamed octa-core chipset (2.6Ghz and 1.7Ghz), 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage. Other noteworthy specs include a 6.21-inch OLED screen (2,248 x 1,080), a 3,400mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and no headphone jack.

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The Oukitel U18 smartphone.

We were pretty impressed with the company’s previous offering, praising the selfie experience in our Meitu V6 review. Specifically, former Android Authority reviewer Joshua Vergara noted the “staggering” accuracy of the camera app and its filters.

“Putting aside the ridiculousness of having this amount of makeup on my own face, the camera and the app actually did a hell of a job,” he said.

Would you buy a smartphone with three selfie cameras? Sound off in the comments section!

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