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.
So here are the 10 Best Selfie Mobiles You can buy Currently:
1. Oppo F5 (Portrait Mode Selfie Camera)
Oppo F5 is the latest Selfie camera phone from the brand available since November 2017. It comes with a 20 Megapixel selfie camera that also uses AI (artificial intelligence) to improve the quality of selfies.
The selfie camera has a f/2.0 aperture lens which can click decent images in 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.
The rear camera on the Oppo F5 has a f/1.8 aperture, 16 MP lens which can also take decent photos. Another highlight of the Oppo F5 is its bezel-less display with FHD+ resolution and 5.99-inch screen size.
Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P23 Octa-Core processor with max clock speed of 2.5 GHz and even has the Mali-G71 MP2 GPU.
The phone comes with 64 GB of internal storage space which is expandable up to 256 GB. Oppo F5 runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 OS along with the Color OS 3.2.
Additionally, the phone also has a fingerprint scanner and a face-unlock feature like the iPhone 8. Furthermore, the Oppo F5 has a 3200 mAH capacity battery which also supports fast charging.
The phone is sleek and measures 7.5 mm in thickness and weighs 152 grams.
The Oppo F5 is available in 4 GB RAM version for Rs. 19,990, and there is also a 6 GB RAM version available for Rs. 24,990.
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2. Vivo V7 / V7+ (24 MP Selfie Camera)
The key highlight for V7/7+ is the 24 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 “Moonlight flash” feature helps the users to click better images in the low light environment. Vivo has also added a group selfie mode via software update for better group selfies.
Additionally, both the phones have a 16 MP rear camera for with f/2.0 aperture. There is Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor (max clock speed 1.8 GHz), Adreno 506 GPU and 4 GB RAM powering the phones.
Other noticeable features are Bezel-free full vision display, Android Nougat 7.1 and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Notably, there are some differences in the Vivo V7 and V7Plus as mentioned below.
Vivo V7 Plus
- 64 GB internal Storage.
- 5.99 Inch HD – Bezel-less Display (1440*720 pixels)
- 3225 mAH
- AK4376A Hi-Fi Audio Chip
- 32 GB internal Storage.
- 5.7 Inch HD – Bezel-less Display (1440*720 pixels)
- 3000 mAH
In conclusion, the Vivo phones offer a decent selfie experience but come with an underpowered processor.
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 5T (A Performance Phone With Good Selfie Camera)
Chinese hot shot manufacturer Oneplus’s latest flagship killer Oneplus 5T can easily be considered as the best value for money high-end mobile. The Oneplus 5T is available in 2 variants 64 GB, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB, 8 GB Ram priced at Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 respectively.
Apart from boasting of a dual lens rear camera setup, the all-new Oneplus 5T will also delight you with its 16 Megapixel, F 2.0 aperture, front-facing Selfie Camera. It uses a Sony IMX 371 sensor.
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. The front camera comes with 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 5T comes with a Dual Rear camera. It offers a 16 MP F/1.7 aperture 24 mm wide Sony IMX 398 primary lens. The other shooter is a Sony IMX 376K sensor with a 20 MP, F/1.7 Aperture, a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The camera can take great bokeh shots and also can do 4K video recording.
Apart from the great camera, Oneplus 5T houses 8 /6 GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 monster processor clocked at 2.45 GHz. It comes with a Dash Charge technology that charges the device from 0 to 100 in under 90 minutes.
OnePlus 5T also boasts of an Optic AMOLED 5.99 inch FHD+ infinity display. The display is covered with a 2.5 D curved glass & also has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. OnePlus 5T has a 3300 mah massive battery to keep you going all day long.
OnePlus 5T 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. Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra (16 MP Selfie Camera Phone)
The XA1 Ultra has one of the best camera lens (Exmor RS) made by SONY. The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is available since September 2017 in India and is the latest addition to Sony’s portfolio. It is not a cheap selfie mobile but available for Rs. 24,999.
The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra comes with 16 MP front selfie camera and is one of the first phones to come with Optical image stabilization for the front camera. OIS helps to reduce blur due to movement and can make the images much sharper. If you want to record sharp videos using the front camera, this phone is an excellent choice. What’s more, it even has support for gestures and a dedicated front flash.
Also, the rear camera is impressive with a 24 MP Sony Exmor RS lens, which even has Hybrid Auto-focus, OIS and Dual LED flash to click great images. However, it uses a mediocre Mediatek Helio P20 processor with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz along with the Mali-T880MP2 GPU.
Additionally, the phone offers 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage (can be expanded up to 256 GB using micro-sd card).
Notably, it has an enormous 6.0-inch display with Full HD resolution, augmented by Bravia Engine and X-REALTY for excellent user experience. It runs on Android Nougat and has 4G VOLTE support. Lastly, the battery capacity is 2700 mAH, but Sony has optimized it well.
6. Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro (Lets Talk More MegaPixels)
Asus’s newest addition ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro was launched on 21 September 2017 in India with a price tag of Rs 23,999 or $350. It boasts of an innovative 24 MP Primary camera Sony IMX362 F/1.8 aperture + 5 MP camera setup which the firm calls it the widest angle second front camera.
The front-facing dual camera with a 24 MP sensor and another 5 MP sensor. What stands out is when you use a ‘DuoPixel’ mode from the camera settings, the front sensor will shoot two different 12 MP images and blend them into a 24 MP one.
It works like a charm, and the results are amazing. The other 5 MP offers a 120-degree wide lens making it best suited for group selfies.
Apart from these features, there are also Portrait mode that enables depth of field effect, Photo beautification, Video beautification, Beauty Live feature for live videos to be shared on Youtube and Facebook.
An HDR mode ensures dynamic and detailed snaps. Also, it has a front flash and 4K video recording support along with front camera EIS (No OIS). So, for all the Vloggers, this should be an enticing feature.
Additionally, it offers a 16 MP F/2.0 aperture rear camera with PDAF autofocus.
In spite of metallic built, it weighs low (146 grams).
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 / Adreno 506 chipset along with 4 GB RAM makes the phone blazing fast for all daily tasks. Also, you will love the beautiful 5.5 inch AMOLED FHD display for watching movies. Moreover, it comes with the fresh Android Nougat and vastly improved Zen UI 4.0.
Lastly, fueling the phone is a 3000 mah battery that supports fast charging technology.
7. Samsung J7 PRO (Mid-Ranger F/1.9 Front Camera)
If you are looking for an excellent selfie camera phone from Samsung, the recently launched Samsung J7 Pro is an excellent choice, for $300 or Rs. 20,900.
For starters, the J7 PRO comes with a wide-angle 13 Megapixel front camera with f/1.9 aperture size, ideal for taking selfies and even group selfies at parties. Also, the front camera comes with a dedicated flash to click better selfies in low light and indoors.
Additionally, the J7 PRO boasts of a 13 Megapixel rear camera which comes with a f/1.7 aperture that is excellent for clicking images with Auto-focus and led flash.
Powering the mobile is an Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor(clock speed – 1.6 GHz), and also has 3 GB RAM, essential for multitasking. Apart from the incredible front camera, it boasts of a 5.5 inch, Super AMOLED, Full HD resolution display with 401 PPI, and 2.5D Curve Glass.
Furthermore, it runs on Android Nougat 7.0, with 64 GB of internal storage, expandable to 256 GB using Micro-SD card.
The J7 PRO offers dual Sim 4G LTE support along with the native 3G and 2G. Lastly, the battery capacity is 3600 mAH that will easily last all day with mixed usage.
To sum up, the J7 Pro comes at a reasonable price with great features and is an excellent mid-range selfie mobile.
8. Oppo F7
Oppo F7 is yet another selfie-focused phone which was launched in April 2018.
It is available for purchase on Flipkart for a price of Rs. 26,990 for 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage, and Rs. 21,990 for 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage variant.
The most significant feature of Oppo F7 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.
Apart from selfie camera, the Oppo F7 offers excellent specs. It comes with a 6.23-inch LTPS IPS LCD display and has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 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 a 16 MP (f/1.8) rear camera with PDAF 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 5.0 on top of it.
Oppo F7 packs a 3400 mAh non-removable battery which lasts over a day easily with moderate usage.
Overall, Oppo F7 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. Oppo F3 Plus (Dual Selfie Camera)
Oppo’s all-new offering, Oppo F3 Plus is a premium selfie smartphone with powerful specs and great Dual front cameras.
The main highlight being the dual front-facing cameras. There is (16MP + 8MP Dual sensors) up front which has a slightly different take on it. The dual lens set-up in F3 Plus focuses on providing a wide-angle view for the group selfies with the smaller 8 MP lens which comes with f/2.4 aperture.
The second selfie lens is 16 MP front sensor has larger f/2.0 aperture. This allows more intake of light and provides close to noise-free images in low light.
There’s also a software feature enhancing the selfies are the beauty mode (Beautify 4.0) and a screen flash.
The Oppo F3 Plus offers 16 MP rear camera but with a much wider f/1.7 aperture. This wide aperture justifies the clear, noise-free, bright images in low light. The rear camera also supports 4K videos.
The daylight images are crisp and have good dynamic range. Unfortunately, on the video front, there’s no OIS built in to give a stabilized video.
The app is pretty straightforward and offers a plethora of filters, Expert mode, and other basics such as Panorama, time lapse and much more.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor powers the device and comes with a clock speed of 1.95 GHz. Additionally, we have the Adreno 510 GPU that offers excellent performance.
The phone features a great sleek design, 6-inch FHD AMOLED display, massive 4000mAh battery VOOC charging facility. It’s available for Rs 27,990 or $400, which compels it to compete with powerful high-end OnePlus 5 and the Huawei View 10.
10. Vivo V9
Vivo V9 was launched in April 2018. It is available for purchase of 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 the 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 last 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 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
- Asus Zenfone Selfie
- 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.
Also, If you are looking for a Flagship smartphone and budget is not a constraint you can explore Pixel 2, iPhone X or the Samsung S9 and S9 plus. 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.
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.
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