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Best Selfie Phones to Buy in 2017

Who doesn’t like taking selfies? Especially in this age of social networking where apps like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram has become mainstream. People these days tend to spend more time on these apps where they can easily reach out to their friends and followers to show off their selfies. This is exactly where the need for good selfie camera comes in the picture. Smartphone manufacturers are well aware of this trend which is what leading to the rising competition in the industry. It is worth noting that you don’t really need to spend a hefty amount of money to buy a phone with decent selfie camera. The reason being, selfie smartphones these days come in all sort of price segments, right from budget smartphones to high-end flagship devices. Since the competition is so vast, we decided to list some of the best selfie phones that you can purchase at this moment. These phones are not arranged in any particular order, so pick the one that fits your requirements.

1) Oppo F1 Plus

To begin with, let’s take a look at the Oppo F1 Plus which is made for selfies. Its biggest attraction is the impressive 16-megapixel selfie camera. It comes equipped with ISOCELL technology which aims to deliver the best possible selfie experience in low light conditions. It manages to produce quality selfies. Oppo has integrated software customization in the form beautify mode. It helps to brighten skin tone in selfies with the additional glow. In low light conditions, the display generates maximum brightness so that it can also work as an alternative (to some extent) to a front flash, which it lacks.

 

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Selfies aside, the Oppo F1 Plus sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED Full HD screen featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 processor paired with Mali-T860 for graphics. Under the hood, there is 4GB RAM which handles multitasking. It 64GB internal memory on the storage front (approximately 48GB available for users) which is expandable further up to 128GB by means of a microSD card support.

 

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The Oppo F1 Plus also houses a 13-megapixel rear snapper with LED flash and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). The camera which is capable of recording 1080p Full HD videos also supports Camera Details, Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, and Panorama. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back which sits right below the camera module. This is a Dual-SIM device, running on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with ColorOS 3.0 on top.

 

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The Oppo F1 Plus comes in full metal unibody design, packing in a 2850mAh built-in battery with VOOC flash charging. Available in Gold and Rose Gold colour options, this phone comes with the standard set of connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, and microUSB 2.0. The Oppo F1 Plus currently costs Rs 24,500 in India. Oppo also offers the F1s as a cheaper alternative to the F1 Plus which comes at a price of Rs 15,999.

Key specifications of the Oppo F1 Plus

Display 5.5-inch (1080p Full HD)
Processor 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10
RAM 4GB
Memory 64GB (Expandable Up To 128GB Via microSD)
Camera 13MP Rear / 16MP Front
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop
Battery 2850mAh

2) Vivo V5

The Vivo V5 is the latest addition to the list and has a whopping 20-megapixel selfie camera that captures outstanding selfies. What makes it possible is Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and a fixed-focus lens which results in sharp and accurate selfies. There is a moonlight flash feature which aims at producing clear and crisp selfies captured in low light conditions. It also has its own beautification software called Face Beauty Mode 6.0 which improves your selfies.

 

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In terms of the design, the Vivo V5 features a metal unibody which comes in two colour options — Crown Gold and Space Grey. This phone sports a 5.5-inch LCD screen featuring 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor paired with 4GB of RAM for multitasking. It has a 32GB of built-in memory which is further expandable up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card.

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There is a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). This camera, however, is capable of recording 4K (2160p) videos. It also supports various modes and features i.e. Face Beauty, Panorama, HDR, Night, Ultra HD, PPT, Motion Track, Professional, Slow, Fast, Voice Shutter, Touch Capture, Palm, Timer, Gender Detection, Filter, and Watermark.

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The Vivo V5 is a Dual SIM device with one Micro SIM and one Nano SIM slot. It packs in a 3000mAh non-removable Lithium-ion battery with no fast-charging support. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. In addition to these offerings, the Vivo V5 offers a fingerprint scanner which is embedded on the home button. In terms of the supported connectivity options, it includes 4G VoLTE, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, and microUSB 2.0. Available in Crown Gold and Rose Gold, the Vivo V5 currently comes at the price of Rs 17,900.

Key specifications of the Vivo V5

Display 5.5-inch HD
Processor 1.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750
RAM 4GB
Memory 32GB (Expandable Up To 128GB Via microSD)
Camera 13MP Rear / 20MP Front
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery 3000mAh

3) OnePlus 3T

OnePlus has finally launched the OnePlus 3T which costs Rs 29,999 and Rs 34,999 for 64GB and 128GB variant respectively. It is an upgraded version of the OnePlus 3. However, one of the areas where the OnePlus 3T outshines the OnePlus 3 is selfies. As we mentioned during our comparison between these two phones, the 3T gets better 16-megapixel selfie camera as opposed to an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the OnePlus 3.

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Selfies taken on the OnePlus 3T look sharp and stunning with exceptional details. Just like the OnePlus 3, it houses a 13-megapixel autofocus rear snapper with LED flash Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The camera interface is compatible with different modes and features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. For videography, one can record 4K (2160p) videos.

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The design and build quality is pretty similar to the company’s current flagship, OnePlus 3. Both the devices feature a metallic back. The front side is covered by a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED screen with Full HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Powering the OnePlus 3T is Qualcomm’s latest high-end flagship processor — the Snapdragon 821, which is clocked at 2.3GHz. Assisting the processor is a massive 6GB of RAM for multitasking along with Adreno 530 GPU for graphics.

Also See: OnePlus 3 Vs OnePlus 3T: Five Areas Where They Differ!

There is also a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button, which according to the company unlocks the device in less than 0.2 seconds. Unlike the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T comes in two variants — 64GB and 128GB internal storage options. However, the catch is that there is no microSD card slot. Hence, there is now you can expand the storage beyond its internal memory options.

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The OnePlus 3T packs in a bigger 3,400 mAh built-in battery which supports OnePlus’ quick charging technology dubbed ‘Dash Charging’. You have LTE support on both the SIM cards as well as the usual array of connectivity options including VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. You will also get a USB Type-C port for charging.

Key specifications of the OnePlus 3T

Display 5.5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.3GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM 6GB
Memory 64GB / 128GB (No further storage expansion)
Camera 13MP Rear / 16MP Front
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery 3400mAh

4) Lenovo Z2 Plus

The Lenovo Z2 Plus is a lot of phone for a lot less money. It is currently the cheapest phone powered by a Snapdragon 820 Processor. While the phone costs just 17,999 it doesn’t skimp out on good hardware. The Z2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone had tons of modes to choose from while clicking a phone and is capable of shooting video in 4K resolution.

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The Z2 Plus can also do SloMo video recording at 120FPS, 240FPS, and an experimental 960FPS. The front 8-megapixel sensor has a 1.4-micron pixel size which helps it capture good well-lit selfies. It is also capable of video recording at a 1080p resolution which is currently the highest resolution possible for selfie phones. The camera output from both the cameras on the Lenovo Z2 Plus is very good.

Also See: Don’t Want Lenovo K6 Power? Here Are Some Alternatives!

The Z2 Plus is one of the most powerful phones under Rs 20000 and sports a Snapdragon 820 processor. It has a 5-inch display with Full HD resolution making it a very compact phone to hold and carry. It comes in two variants, one with 3GB RAM & 32GB of storage and the other with 4GB RAM & 64GB of storage.

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The Z2 Plus runs Lenovo’s Vibe UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. On the front is a fingerprint scanner that Lenovo calls U Touch 2.0. It is a dual SIM phone and has a hybrid SIM slot. The storage of the phone is expandable but at the cost of the second SIM slot. The Z2 Plus is a 4G handset and supports VoLTE in India.

Key specifications of the Lenovo Z2 Plus

Display 5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.3GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM 3GB / 4GB
Memory 32GB / 64GB (Expandable)
Camera 13MP Rear / 8MP Front
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery 3500mAh

5) Gionee S6s

The Gionee S6s houses an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. It clicks good selfies but you can further enhance them with the Live Filter feature. It brings eight different filters that you can choose from and apply to your selfies. Gionee has explained that its Beauty 2.0 beautification filter is based on an intelligent analysis which aims to beautify selfies naturally. Moving to the rear snapper, the Gionee S6s comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera on the back which is mated with a Sony sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash.

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Upfront, it sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on top. It is also supported by a series of modes and features such as Face Beauty, HDR, Night Mode, Panorama, Professional, Time-Lapse, Slow Motion, Smart Scene, Text Recognition, Macro, GIF, PicNote, Ultrapixel, Smart Scan, and Mood Photo. In terms of the design, the Gionee S6s features soft curves which don’t seem much sharp and offers a comfortable grip.

Also See: Gionee S6s Review: Shining Selfie Machine

The device also flaunts a fingerprint scanner on the back which has become a pretty common factor these days. It adds an extra layer of protection since you can safeguard your data and overall operations using the fingerprint scanner. That aside, you can also utilize it to capture pictures. Under the hood, the Gionee S6s packs in a powerful 3150mAh battery. As far as the connectivity options are concerned, the device is compatible with 4G VoLTE. Meaning, you can seamlessly enjoy Reliance Jio 4G experience with free data and voice calling. Additionally, it also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and microUSB 2.0.

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Powering the Gionee S6s is an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3GHz which is also paired with 3GB RAM for multitasking. The smartphone is embraced with 32GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB using microSD card. Check out our full review of the Gionee S6s selfie smartphone here.

Key specifications of the Gionee S6s

Display 5.5-inch Full HD
Processor 1.3GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6753
RAM 3GB
Memory 32GB (Further storage expansion up to 128GB)
Camera 13MP Rear / 8MP Front
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery 3150mAh

These were our top picks for the best selfie phones across different price brackets. Do you think we have left out any other best selfie phone? Let us know in comments below!

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Tanmay Patange

Associate Editor at Pricebaba, Tanmay is working in the tech writing and content industry since 2011. His experience ranges from writing all thing tech, and sometimes with a pinch of salt. He once innocently blogged his gyaan on how to impress girls online and it made guys join Bajrang Dal in huge numbers. He admires Silicon Valley and HBO Newsroom the most and has a dream of becoming the next Will McAvoy some day. Contact him at [email protected]

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