Selfie mobiles are getting better and now use AI, portrait modes, and special beautification features. In this post let’s explore the best mid-range phones in the price range of Rs. 10,000 – 30,000. (Up to USD 500).
The selfie phones have come a long way, and now most of these offer an 8/13 MP camera. Some of these even boast of 24 MP front camera for clicking detailed selfies.
Important – But Megapixels are not everything a 13 MP camera can click better images in comparison to 24 MP camera.
I believe you are buying a good selfie camera phone for sharing selfies on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook. Some of my recommendations will ante your selfie game. Let’s begin with some affordable Selfie phones worth buying currently.
So Let’s Look at some of the best front camera smartphones :
1. Huawei Honor 9N (Selfie Phone Under 10K)
Honor 9N is a popular Selfie camera phone from the brand available on Flipkart. The phone is available for an affordable price of Rs. 9,999.
It comes with a 16 Megapixel selfie camera, that can capture detailed images. Also, the selfie camera is capable of clicking images in the portrait mode or with the 3D beauty effects. The camera is great for daylight shots but may struggle in the low light conditions.
It also comes with a portrait mode for clicking selfies with a background blur. Notably, the AI creates the background blur instead of the second camera lens.
There is Dual rear cameras on the Honor 9N with 13+2 Megapixel lenses for clicking images in the portrait mode. Another highlight of the Honor9N is its bezel-less display with FHD+ resolution and 5.84-inch screen size.
Powering the phone is the Kirin 659 Octa-Core processor with a max clock speed of 2.3 GHz and comes with 3 GB ram and 32 GB internal storage.
It runs on the Android Oreo 8.1 OS along with the EMUI 8.0.
Additionally, the phone also has a fingerprint scanner and a face-unlock feature. Furthermore, the Honor 9N has a 3000 mAH capacity battery which is sufficient to last all day.
The phone is sleek and measures 7.7 mm in thickness and weighs 152 grams.
The Honor 9N is also available in the 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage version for Rs. 11,999 on Flipkart.
2. Vivo V9 Pro
The Vivo V9 Pro is the latest Selfie phones available on the market from the Selfie specialist brand. The Vivo V9 Pro is available for Rs. 15,990.
The key highlight for V9 Pro is the 16 MP front-facing selfie camera with beautifying 7.0 and a f/2.0 aperture. Despite having a single camera, the phones can click selfies in bokeh mode.
The phone comes with f/2.0 aperture and offers group selfies, live photos, AR sticker, camera filters. Also, Vivo has added a group selfie mode via software update for better group selfies.
Additionally, the phones have dual rear cameras with 13+2 MP rear with f/2.2 aperture. There is Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor (max clock speed 1.95 GHz), Adreno 512 GPU and 4 GB RAM powering the phones.
Other noticeable features are 6.3 Inch, 19:9, FHD+ Bezel-free full vision display. Further, it comes with Android Oreo 8.1 along with the fun touch OS 4.5.
The phone comes with face unlock feature as well as has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
There is 64 GB internal storage and it comes with a dedicated memory card to expand the storage.
Overall – If your budget is between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 17,000 the V9 Pro is a good deal.
3. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 (Dual Selfie Camera)
Samsung in January 2018 introduced the Samsung A8 Plus in the Indian market available for Rs. 32,999. The highlight feature is a Dual selfie camera, with 16 MP+8 MP lenses. Both the lenses come with a f/1.9 aperture for better low light selfies and even has the Live Focus feature.
Also, the camera allows you to click selfies with profound bokeh effect and even adjust the amount of blur based on your preference. The standard beautify features like face slimming, eye broadening and face smoothing can make your selfies stand-out.
Additionally, The A8 Plus comes with glass uni-body design and offers a large 6.0-inch Bezel-free display. The Super AMOLED display has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio with 1080 x 2220 pixels for an incredible multimedia experience.
Notably, the A8 Plus comes with a 16 MP, f/1.7 aperture rear camera that is similar to the flagship Samsung S8. The easily accessible fingerprint scanner is at the back below the rear camera.
Powering the phone is the Samsung Exynos 7885 chipset along with incredible 6 GB of ram. Moreover, it comes with 64 GB of internal storage that is user expandable.
Additionally, an enormous 3500 mAh battery fuels the A8 plus which supports fast charging through the USB Type-C port. Lastly, the phone has Android Nougat 7.1 (Samsung Experience 8.5) ) OS and even boasts of IP 68 rating (dust and waterproof).
4. OnePlus 6T (A Performance Phone With Good Selfie Camera)
Chinese hot shot manufacturer Oneplus’s latest flagship killer Oneplus 6T can easily be considered as the best value for money high-end mobile.
The Oneplus 6T is available in 3 variants 128 GB, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB, 8 GB Ram, 256 GB storage / 8 GB RAM priced at Rs. 37,999 and Rs. 41,999 and Rs. 45,999 respectively.
Apart from boasting of a dual lens rear camera setup, the all-new Oneplus 6T will also delight you with its 16 Megapixel, F 2.0 aperture, front-facing Selfie Camera. It uses a Sony IMX 371 sensor. In fact, the camera on the 6T is same as Oneplus 5T.
The front camera also comes with EIS for a better video with less shakiness. The front camera is capable of recording 1080P, 30 FPS videos for live streaming on youtube or Facebook, if you wish to do that.
The selfie camera houses a Sony IMX 371 sensor with many useful features like fixed focus coupled with Auto HDR mode that helps you capture beautiful portrait shots. Further, it comes with a 1.0-micron lens to capture more light, and 16-megapixel resolution ensures that your selfies are quite detailed.
It also has a screen flash that helps to improve the low light or nighttime photography.
There is also a ‘beautify’ mode included; it comes with an adjustable slider so that you can control the amount of effect added. This effect smooths and enhances the skin tone resulting in better selfies.
OnePlus 6T comes with a Dual Rear camera. It offers a 16 MP F/1.7 aperture 24 mm wide Sony IMX519 sensor as the primary lens. The other shooter is a Sony IMX 376K sensor with a 20 MP, F/1.7 aperture.
The camera can take great bokeh shots and also can do 4K video recording.
Apart from the great camera, Oneplus 6T houses 8 /6 GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 monster processor clocked at 2.8 GHz. It comes with a Dash Charge technology that charges the device from 0 to 100 in under 90 minutes.
OnePlus 6T also boasts of an Optic AMOLED 6.41 inch FHD+ infinity display that has a waterdrop notch.
The display is covered with a 2.5 D curved glass & also has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. OnePlus 6T has a 3700 mah massive battery to keep you going all day long.
OnePlus 6T may not be marketed as a Selfie smartphone though it is an overall excellent device that also comes with a perfect front selfie camera.
5. Vivo V11 Pro (25 MP Selfie Camera Phone)
The Vivo V11 Pro is one of the best selfie camera phones that you can buy in the 20k to 30k segment. The V11 Pro is available since September 2018 in India and is the latest addition to Vivo’s portfolio. It is not a cheap selfie mobile but available for Rs. 25,990.
The mobile comes with 25 MP front selfie camera and is one of the first phones to come with a super high-resolution sensor and AI support to improve the image quality.
The phone has a new AI face shaping feature that improves the facial features and produces clear selfies.
The front camera comes with f/2.0 aperture and has support for Retina flash, AR stickers, AI selfie lighting, Palm capture, gender detection, AI portrait framing and many more features.
Also, the rear cameras are impressive with Dual 12+5 MP sensors that comes with f/1.8 aperture. The camera can click good images in low light conditions as well as decent portrait mode performance.
Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Processor and the Adreno 512 GPU which is excellent for gaming.
Additionally, the phone offers 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage (can be expanded up to 256 GB using dedicated micro-sd card).
Notably, it has an enormous 6.4-inch waterdrop notch display with Full HD+ resolution (2340*1080). The phone has a super AMOLED panel which offers a great viewing experience.
Another highlight feature for the device is the in-display fingerprint scanner which looks fantastic.
It runs on Android Oreo 8.1 along with the fun touch OS 4.5 and has 4G VOLTE support.
Lastly, the battery capacity is decent – 3300 mAH and comes with fast charging support.
The V11 Pro is an excellent phone with good cameras, fast performance and has the coveted in-display fingerprint reader.
6. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Xiaomi’s newest addition is Redmi Note 6 Pro was launched on 22 October 2018 in India with a price tag of Rs 13,999 or $200.
It boasts of an impressive Dual Front selfie camera with 20+2 MP resolution. It is ideal for clicking selfies in all light conditions and even is capable of clicking great portrait selfies with background blur which looks more natural due to the presence of secondary depth-sensing camera.
Also, Xiaomi has added several features to the camera that allow you to click photos with stickers, or with the portrait lighting. You can even use the face beautify features or click more natural selfies using the Redmi Note 6 Pro.
The rear camera on the Note 6 Pro is even better in comparison to the predecessor and comes with 12+5 megapixel Samsung sensor with f/1.9 aperture and has 1.4-micron pixel size.
The camera supports HDR, AI Portraits, fancy backlighting, and 4K videos support along with EIS. Undoubtedly, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a great value for money deal for buyers looking for excellent camera quality on a budget.
Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 / Adreno 509 chipset along with 4 GB RAM makes the phone blazing fast for all daily tasks.
Also, you will love the beautiful 6.26 inch IPS LCD FHD+(2280*1080 pixels) display for watching movies.
Moreover, it comes with the fresh Android Oreo 8.1 and vastly improved MIUI 10.
Lastly, fueling the phone is a 4000 mah battery that supports fast charging technology.
7. Huawei Honor 8X
If you are looking for an excellent selfie camera phone from Huawei, the recently launched Honor 8X is an excellent choice, for $250 or Rs. 15,000.
For starters, the Honor 8X comes with a wide-angle 16 Megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture size, ideal for taking selfies and even group selfies at parties.
Also, the front camera comes with portrait lighting and AI improvements to make your photos better. The camera has multi-frame exposure technology which prevents over and underexposure in different lighting conditions.
Also, as shown in the image below the phone offers several lighting modes such as – butterfly, soft, split and stage lighting. An impressive and easy way to make your selfies different than the rest of the crowd.
Additionally, the Honor 8X boasts of Dual rear camera with a 20MP+2MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture. The camera is capable of clicking decent daylight images and the secondary camera helps in improving the portrait shots with background blur.
Powering the mobile is an Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 710 processor(clock speed – 2.2 GHz), and also has 4 GB RAM, essential for multitasking.
Apart from the incredible front camera, it boasts of a large 6.5-inch display with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution with 401 PPI, and 2.5D Curve Glass.
Furthermore, it runs on Android Nougat 8.1 and EMUI 8.2. There is 64 GB of internal storage, expandable to 256 GB using Micro-SD card.
The Honor 8X offers dual Sim 4G VOLTE support along with the native 3G and 2G. Lastly, the battery capacity is 3750 mAH that will easily last all day with mixed usage.
To sum up, the Honor 8X comes at a reasonable price with great features and is an excellent mid-range selfie mobile.
You can check our reviews section to see camera samples for the latest phones.
8. Oppo F9 PRO
Oppo F9 Pro is yet another selfie-focused phone which was launched in August 2018. I have done a thorough review of the F9 Pro and you can read it here and check the camera samples as well.
It is available for purchase on Flipkart for a price of Rs. 23,990 for 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage.
The most significant feature of Oppo F9 Pro is its 25-megapixel AI-Powered selfie camera. It uses AI Beauty and Sensor HDR technologies for clicking selfies.
New AI Beauty Technology 2.0 recognizes the features and then beautify them individually. Additionally, Oppo has its own facial optimization technology that taps on 296 positioning spots.
Moreover, it comes with a new mode called Vivid Mode. This mode enhances the color saturation of the subject as well as the backdrop to make the photos look more beautiful.
Also, there are new AR Stickers that personalize selfies, videos, and even the group shots to give them a different look. Also, you can click images in the portrait mode using AI.
Apart from the selfie camera, the Oppo F9 Pro offers excellent specs. It comes with a 6.3-inch LTPS IPS LCD waterdrop notch display and has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.
For the protection of display, the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used.
Its rear camera also uses AI technology and comes with AI Scene Recognition. It features dual rear cameras with 16 MP+2 MP (f/1.8) and has PDAF, HDR and LED flash.
Powering the phone is a Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 Octa-core processor along with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. The mobile runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with a custom ColorOS 5.2 on top of it.
Oppo F9 Pro packs a 3500 mAh non-removable battery which lasts over a day easily with moderate usage. The phone also comes with VOOC charging support which is extremely fast.
Overall, Oppo F9 Pro offers a good package for the price and has great cameras, especially its front camera is outstanding and takes amazing photos.
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9. Realme U1
Realme’s all-new offering, Realme U1 is an affordable selfie smartphone with powerful specs and modern features.
The main highlight of the device is the 25 Megapixel front selfie camera that rests inside the tiny waterdrop notch. The front camera has 1.8 micron large pixel size and comes with pixel binning technology.
Further, the selfie camera comes with the high-end Sony IMX 576 sensor and has f/2.0 aperture. There are several options in the camera App that allows you to click selfies with studio light, mono tone light, vivid mode or even the portrait mode using AI.
There’s also a software feature enhancing the selfies are the beauty mode and a screen flash.
The Realme U1 offers 13+2 MP rear camera that can also take decent day light images and even click shots in the portrait mode.
However, the phone lacks EIS support which makes the videos a bit choppy on this device.
The Realme U1 is quite affordable and is available for Rs. 11,999 for the 3 GB Ram and 32 GB version and 14,499 for the 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage option. It is available for purchase from Amazon India.
Powering the device is the Mediatek Helio P70 ultra fast processor which is excellent for day to day tasks and gaming.
The phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1 and the Color OS Version 5.2.
The phone features a great sleek design, 6.3 inch FHD+ notch display, large 3500 mAh battery.
10. Vivo V9
Vivo V9 was launched in April 2018. It is available for purchase on the official site of the company for a price of Rs. 22,990 for 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage option.
Apart from the iPhone X like a notch on its display, the biggest feature of the Vivo V9 is its 24-megapixel (f/2.0) front selfie camera.
It comes with AI Face Beauty feature, which uses Face Simulation technology for clear and beautiful selfies.
Another feature that enhances the quality of selfies is AI Selfie Lighting. This feature uses an algorithm to transform an original 2D photo into a 3D model so that it can process the light authentically and artistically. Also, it allows users to choose from a number of light effects to create pictures.
Also, it comes with the new AI Face Access technology. It scans the user’s facial features and unlocks the device instantly.
Additionally, the mobile boasts of a 16 MP + 5 MP dual rear camera that comes with AI Bokeh mode with the help of an algorithm. According to Vivo, this algorithm has been optimized using machine learning of big amounts of data in order to achieve DSLR-like camera results.
Talking about other specs, the phone has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen that comes with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and pixel density of 400 PPI. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa-core processor along with Adreno 506 GPU.
Vivo V9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Funtouch OS 4.0 on top of it. Also, it gets fuel from a 3260 mAh non-removable battery, which lasts around a day quite easily with moderate usage.
11. Xiaomi Redmi Y2
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 was launched recently and is the successor to the Redmi Y2.
It will be sold in next sale on 19th of June and will be available in two variants at a price of Rs. 9,999 for the 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and Rs. 12,999 for the 4 GB RAM + 64 storage variant.
The highlighting feature of the phone is its 16-megapixel AI-Selfie camera. Redmi Y2 features a 16 MP front camera and an LED flash having a 4500K temperature to stimulate natural white light.
Also, it has a primary 12 MP + 5 MP AI dual camera setup which comes with AI portrait mode for bokeh effect and features like PDAF and flash.
According to Xiaomi, its AI technology gives much more precise bokeh effect to the photos clicked since its AI is based on deep learning neural networks.
Additionally, Redmi Y2 comes with Beautify 4.0 combined with AI technologies. With new AI, Y2 can recognize a user’s age, gender, facial features and removes blemishes, dark circles etc from the face.
Moreover, the front camera features a 79.8 degrees wide-angle lens for wider selfies.
Apart from camera department, Redmi Y2 comes with excellent specs in general. It boasts of a large 5.99-inch IPS LCD HD+ (720 x 1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Powering the mobile is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core processor along with Adreno 506 GPU.
The device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 skin on top of it. Also, it has a non-removable 3080 mAh battery that comes with 10W charging.
12. Honor View 10 (Portrait Selfies Powered By AI)
The Honor View 10 is a premium phone that comes with a crazy good front selfie camera that has a 13 Megapixel resolution. Moreover, the front camera uses AI and software optimization to click selfie shots with background blur.
Additionally, it comes with a face unlocking feature similar to the OnePlus 5T and even has a 3D facial animation feature similar to the iPhone Animoji.
For photography, there is a Dual Rear camera that comes with 16 MP RGB sensor and 20 Megapixel Monochrome sensor for some incredible rear camera portrait shots. It uses a f/1.8 aperture lens and AI for scene detection and to improve image quality.
Powering the phone is the HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and Mali G72 GPU. The performance is as swift as the Oneplus 5T and it comes with 6 GB ram and 128 GB internal storage. Furthermore, the View 10 runs on the latest Android Oreo from Google along with the EMUI 8.0.
There is a 5.99 Inch FHD+ display that comes with 2160*1440 pixels resolution and 2.5D curved glass surface.
Lastly, the View 10 comes with 3750 mAH capacity battery and is available for purchase on Amazon India for Rs. 29,999. You can opt for the Huawei Honor View 10 if you want a performance phone that will last 2-3 years without a need for an update.
13 Infinix Hot S3
The Infinix Hot S3 rivals the Xiaomi Y1 and comes with a massive 20 Megapixel front selfie camera. The phone is available in 2 variants with 32 GB storage / 3 GB Ram and 64 GB Storage / 4 GB Ram. The former costs Rs. 8,999 while the latter is available for Rs. 10,999.
The key highlight is the 20 Megapixel front selfie camera which comes with a dedicated flash and a portrait mode. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and comes with the Adreno 505 GPU.
Further, the phone comes with a 5.65 Inch display HD+ (1440*720) with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass. The battery life is fantastic as it comes with 4000 mAH capacity battery.
Also, it runs on the Android Oreo 8.0 (latest OS from Google) to make sure the user experience is flawless.
14. Redmi Note 5 Pro
Last on our list the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. It comes with a great display, faster performance, and a superb selfie camera.
The phone comes with a premium metallic design and looks similar to the absurdly expensive iPhone X. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is available for Rs. 13,999 for the 4 GB Ram version while the 6 GB RAM model costs Rs. 16,999. Both variants offer 64 GB internal storage.
For starters, it comes with a 20 Megapixel front selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and a dedicated flash. There is Sony IMX376 sensor and even has AI support to click selfies with bokeh effect. Further, it comes with Beautify 4.0 support and even has face unlocking feature.
Moreover, it comes with a 12 MP+5MP Dual rear camera lens and even has Electronic Image Stabilization. Another notable feature is the 5.99 Inch FHD+ display with bezel-less design (18:9) aspect ratio.
Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core processor and the Adreno 509 GPU offering blazing fast performance. The mobile runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 and MIUI 9.0.
Lastly, the battery capacity is 4000 mAH which is excellent for all day work. Overall it is a great performance phone with a killer selfie camera.
If you have a low budget, can check these phones too –
- Kult Beyond
- Micromax Canvas Infinity
- Huawei Honor 9 Lite (Dual Selfie Camera)
- Also can read about latest Selfie Phones launched in India here.
Above mentioned phones are the latest Selfie mobiles (around 10K) with a good front camera. These are more affordable in comparison to the phones on this list. So worth exploring if budget is a constraint.
All these phones come with incredible selfie camera, however, the camera resolution is not as high but they click great images.
Also, Can explore more high-end phones with great selfie camera here.
Some FAQs Regarding Selfie Camera Smartphones.
Question – Is a 5 Megapixel or 8 Megapixel Selfie Camera good enough for taking images?
5 megapixel cameras are not bad for taking selfies. In fact, I had a Samsung S7 with 5 Megapixel front camera and it used to take good images.
More Megapixels doesnot mean better photo quality. It’s a myth.
However, if you are looking for better selfie camera performance look for 8/12 or higher megapixel camera with a large aperture.
Megapixel count is not everything the Pixel 2 has an 8 MP camera and still takes great images.
Question – How can You Improve the front camera of your selfie phone?
One of the best ways is to download the Google Camera App (one of the Best Selfie Apps) from XDA developers or APK pure for your phone and try it.
Secondly, try to use light effectively to take images. Selfies clicked outdoors in good lighting conditions can make a sea change in the image quality.
Try using interesting backgrounds for your images or download the background blur App from playstore if your phone camera doesn’t support bokeh effect.
Another option is to use a selfie stick or a monopod which can improve the framing to make your images way better.
Lastly, once you have taken a selfie try to edit it in Snapseed App, available free on Google playstore.
You can increase a bit of contrast and color saturation or add a color preset to make the image more lively.
Paris Hilton or Britney Spears have not invented selfies, as much as they may want to claim. But selfies have been there for almost 100 years. There are pictures from 1920 clicked using a large camera and a selfie stick.
The Original Selfie
Well, now we know that Miss Hilton is not the inventor of selfies or even the Selfie Stick.
So which phone are you planning to purchase, share with me in comments below, or if you want any help can also add queries to the comment section. I will definitely try to help :).