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Asus Zenfone 7 Pro flip camera extended for selfie mode

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Pop up camera phones and slider phones are awesome for a number of reasons. They allow for higher screen-to-body ratios, as there’s no need for a notch or a thick bezel to house the selfie camera. They also have a futuristic vibe and give users concerned with privacy peace of mind, as the front-facing camera isn’t staring at them the whole time.

The first smartphone with a pop up camera was the Vivo Nex, which launched in 2018. Since then, many other pop up phones have hit the market. We’ll show you the best ones in this post, but before we jump in, please note that this article is divided into two sections. The first lists the best phones with motorized pop up cameras, while the second shows you the best slider phones — phones with hidden selfie cameras that are revealed when you slide the display down manually.

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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 a 6.67 inches and offers QHD+ resolution. It also has a 90Hz refresh rate.

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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. Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

Poco F2 Pro Hero shot of the rear - pop up camera phones

Xiaomi’s Poco devices are known for offering awesome specs and features at a very low price point. The Poco F2 Pro takes things to another level with powerful components like a Snapdragon 865 processor, a gorgeous 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display, a versatile quad-camera system, plenty of RAM, and a large battery.

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There is no doubt this is one of the best pop up camera phones in existence. It’s also amazingly affordable when compared to its direct competitors, which are all high-end, expensive smartphones.


Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. 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 as well as 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

4. Asus Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro

Asus Zenfone 7 Pro taking a selfie pop up camera phones

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The Asus Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro are specially great pop up camera phones because they offer more than an inferior selfie shooter. Instead, Asus decided to use the same cameras in the rear with a mechanism that flips them around to point your way. This is great because you can take advantage of the better sensors and different lenses.

You’re still getting an impressive spec sheet for the price, with the two devices featuring flagship silicon, 90Hz OLED screens, triple cameras, 5G, and 5,000mAh batteries. The Zenfone 7 packs the Snapdragon 865 processor while the Pro variant ups the ante a little with the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset.


Asus Zenfone 7 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 8MP
  • Front cameras: Same as rear
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Asus Zenfone 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 8MP
  • Front cameras: Same as rear
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Lenovo Legion Pro

Lenovo Legion Pro - pop up camera phones

The Lenovo Legion Pro is a gaming phone inside and out. 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.

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Lenovo Legion Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Motorola One Fusion Plus

Motorola One Fusion Plus

The Motorola One Fusion Plus is not a powerhouse like some of the phones in 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.

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It’s surprising how good “budget” specs have gotten 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

7. 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. 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 a number of 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

8. Vivo Nex 3

Vivo nex 3 5g selfie camera pop up 1

The last model on our list of the best phones with a pop up camera is the Vivo Nex 3, which has a lot going for it. It sports a large 6.89-inch display, a curved display, and high-end specs. It’s powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset that’s backed by 8GB of RAM.

In his review, our very own Bogdan Petrovan called it “a solid alternative to the Mate 30 Pro” due to the many similarities between the two. The Nex 3 comes with a similar design, packs a triple camera setup at the back, and is also available in a 5G variant.

It has its drawbacks, like any other phone. The software experience leaves a lot to be desired and the image quality can be inconsistent at times, among other things. But it’s still a great device overall. The Nex 3 was not released in Western markets, but you can still get it on Amazon.


Vivo Nex 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.89-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Wait, there’s more

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

In case having a motorized pop up camera phone isn’t your thing for whatever reason, there are also a few great slider phones to choose from. 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 of a chance of the mechanism breaking since it’s not motorized, which is a good thing for many, but on the other hand, 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

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 slider phone

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.

There’s also a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 available, which was announced at MWC in February. It sports the newer Snapdragon 855 chipset and a slightly larger battery (3,800mAh vs, 3,200mAh). Most of the other specs and features are identical to those of the regular Mi Mix 3.


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

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 24 and 2MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Honor Magic 2

Slider phone -- 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.

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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

Lenovo's slider phones

The last two slider phones on our list are the 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