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The idea of pop up camera 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 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 phones.

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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

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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 pop up camera phones

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

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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

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

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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 unique selfie camera in that it’s placed on the side, which would be the top of the phone when gaming on landscape mode.

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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 phones on this list, but it comes with a delightful 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.

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The Galaxy A80 is not a flagship, but it still has more than enough power for the average user. The Snapdragon 730 chipset powers it, 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

LG Wing using selfie camera
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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 and 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

What about slider phones?

If you’re really set on a unique selfie experience, you might be considering a sliding phone as well. The idea is similar to a pop-up selfie camera, but the display actually slides down to reveal the camera. Unfortunately, it’s tough to recommend any slider phones in 2021 as their moment in the sun seems to have passed.

There haven’t been any recent releases, and the most powerful slider phone is probably Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 with its Snapdragon 845 processor. Beyond that, it packs just a 3,200mAh battery and ships with Android 9.0 onboard — not exactly setting the world on fire.

The mediocre specs are one thing, but you’ll probably have a tough time trying to track down a sliding phone these days, too. Most OEMs that you’ll find in the US skipped the trend altogether, so you have to know where to look.