Asus Zenfone 8 Flip 10
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

The idea of pop up camera phones and slider phones is awesome for several reasons. They should allow for higher screen-to-body ratios, as there’s no need for a notch or a thick bezel to house the selfie camera. Pop up phones also have a futuristic vibe and give privacy-focused users peace of mind as the front-facing camera isn’t always staring at them.

The first smartphone with a pop up camera was the Vivo Nex, which launched in 2018. Many other pop-up phones followed the Next to market in 2019 and even one or two in 2020.

We’ll show you the best ones in this post, but pop-up cameras and sliders aren’t nearly as popular as they were a few years ago. In fact, it’s become rare to see one launch in 2021 outside of Lenovo’s latest gaming phone.

Also: The best Android phones you can buy right now

The best pop up camera phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best pop up camera phones and slider phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T Pro color haze blue

The OnePlus 7T Pro packs a powerful Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset along with as much as 12GB of RAM under the hood if you go with the McLaren Edition. It also features an in-display fingerprint sensor, three cameras at the back, and a 16MP pop-up camera. The display comes in at 6.67 inches and offers QHD+ resolution. It also has a 90Hz refresh rate.

Here: The best OnePlus phones in different categories

The OnePlus 7 Pro is also a great option for those looking for a phone with a pop-up camera. It has the Snapdragon 855 chipset instead of the 855 Plus and comes with a slightly smaller battery. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same as the 7T Pro, which is good news for US buyers as the OnePlus 7T Pro wasn’t released in North America.


OnePlus 7T Pro specs:

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

2. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and Reno 2

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom sharkfin popup

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom stands out because of its unique 16MP shark fin style pop up selfie camera. Its shape causes the pop up module to be larger, so it also houses the earpiece and a front and rear flash.

The phone sports a rear triple-camera setup with 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, a large 6.6-inch display, and a 4,065 battery. There’s plenty of power under the hood thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset and as much as 8GB of RAM.

If you want to save some money, the more recent Oppo Reno 2 is a better option. It also sports a fin-style pop up selfie camera but offers less when it comes to specs and features. You can check out how the two phones compare below. But keep in mind that the Reno 2 isn’t available in Europe like the 10X Zoom, but it was released in India and a few other markets.


Oppo Reno 10x Zoom specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,065mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Oppo Reno 2:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Asus Zenfone 8 Flip

Asus went all-in on the pop up camera design with its Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro, but the OEM has changed its tune for 2021. The standard Zenfone 8 sports a traditional punch hole selfie camera and rear bump design, but the new Zenfone 8 Flip is your secret to pop up power. However, it’s not the same design as the Zenfone 7 offered — Asus claims that the new module is tough enough for 300,000 flips.

The Zenfone 8 Flip’s camera setup is the more flexible of the pair, though it skips OIS. Outside of the pop up camera, you’ll also get a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The Zenfone 8 Flip packs 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage to work with.

See also: Asus Zenfone 8 series buyer’s guide: Everything you need to know

Asus even tapped a hefty 5,000mAh battery to keep the lights on, and 30W wired charging should keep your time at an outlet under control. Your final choice is whether you prefer Galactic Black or Glacier Silver as your finish.

 

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: Same as rear
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Lenovo Legion Duel 2

The Lenovo Legion Duel 2 is a gaming phone inside and out and one of the newest devices on our list. Its specs are powerful enough to handle any game or app you throw its way, and the design is made to keep you playing. This is what makes it one of the best pop camera phones. It has a very unique selfie camera in that it’s placed on the side, which would be the top of the phone when gaming on landscape mode.

Next: Check out the best gaming phones available in the market


Lenovo Legion Duel 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.92-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 44MP
  • Battery: 5,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Motorola One Fusion Plus

Motorola One Fusion Plus

The Motorola One Fusion Plus is not a powerhouse like some of the phones on this list, but it comes with a very pleasant price point and is still one of the best pop up camera phones. The Snapdragon 730 is great for most casual tasks, and 4GB of RAM is still a good amount for modest multi-tasking.

Read: The best Motorola phones

It’s surprising how good “budget” specs got in 2020. This phone comes with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display, a quad-camera setup, a large 5,000mAh battery, and Android 10.


Motorola One Fusion Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Samsung Galaxy A80

This phone has a pop-up flip camera, as the main camera module at the back slides up and then rotates to the front. It’s basically a different — more complicated — version of the camera found on the Asus Zenfone 7.

Related: The best cheap Samsung phones around

The Galaxy A80 is not a flagship, but it still has more than enough power for the average user. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 730 chipset, has 8GB of RAM, and sports a large 6.7-inch display. The handset is available in many markets, including Europe. It was not released in the US.


Samsung Galaxy A80 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 8MP + ToF
  • Front cameras: 48 and 8MP + ToF
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

7. LG Wing

The last model on our list of the best phones with a pop-up camera is the LG Wing. The pop-up camera isn’t the only unique thing about this phone. It actually comes with two displays, and the top one swivels sideways to create a “T” shape. It opens up brand new use cases, gives videographers a powerful new tool for their gear bag, and could be the form factor mobile gamers never knew they wanted.

This phone has a lot of downsides. The specs aren’t great, the camera system is mediocre, and it’s thick/heavy. We don’t fully recommend it but believe some users will really enjoy its unique design and use cases. It’s definitely a conversation starter.


LG Wing specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Wait, there’s more

These are the seven best phones with motorized pop up cameras, in our opinion, although there are a few other great options out there as well.

In case a motorized pop up camera phone isn’t your thing for whatever reason, there are a few great slider phones to choose from instead. The selfie cameras on these phones are hidden from sight when not in use, and they pop up on top when you slide down the screen. There’s less chance of the mechanism breaking since it’s not motorized, which is a good thing for many, but the phones don’t feel as cool or futuristic. If a slider phone is what you’re after, you can check out your best options below.

However, these are all older devices, as we haven’t seen a phone like this released recently. With that in mind, you’re likely better off sticking with one of the pop up phones above.

The best slider phones:

  1. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Mi Mix 3 5G
  2. Honor Magic 2
  3. Lenovo Z5 Pro and Z5 Pro GT

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best slider phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Mi Mix 3 5G

The Mi Mix 3 sports two front-facing cameras, which are revealed when you slide down the phone’s display. Xiaomi also included sound effects to make sliding the phone up and down a little bit more fun.

In terms of specs, the handset is aimed at demanding users. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and comes with as much as 10GB of RAM. Other highlight features include 960fps slow-mo video capture, dual-frequency GPS, and an affordable price tag. All these things combined make the Mi Mix 3 one of the best slider phones you can get.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6/8/10GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 24 and 2MP
  • Battery: 3,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Honor Magic 2

The Honor Magic 2’s slider mechanism works the same as the one of the Mi Mix 3. When you slide down the screen, the three front-facing cameras are revealed up top.

Next: The best Honor phones money can buy

The device comes with the same Kirin 980 chipset that also powers the Huawei P30 Pro, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and three rear cameras. Unfortunately, the phone wasn’t officially released in Western markets. Importing is always an option, though.


Honor Magic 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 24, 16, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 16, 2, and 2MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Lenovo Z5 Pro and Z5 Pro GT

The last two slider phones on our list are Lenovo’s Z5 Pro and Z5 Pro GT, which were announced in 2018. They look more or less identical — with a few design details changed here and there — and feature two front-facing cameras.

The biggest difference between the two is the chipset. The Z5 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 710 under the hood, while the GT model is powered by the Snapdragon 855. The phones share most of the other specs and features, as they both sport two rear cameras, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a 6.39-inch display.

The biggest problem with these two phones is their availability. They aren’t on sale in Europe or the US, so you’ll have to import the model you want from China. You can order the Z5 Pro from AliExpress by clicking here or get the GT model via the button below.


Lenovo Z5 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 710
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 24 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 16 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,350mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 24 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 16 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,350mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo