Selfie mobiles are getting better and now use AI, portrait modes, Dual Cameras, 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 32 MP front camera for clicking detailed selfies.
Important – 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.
Also, I have included some of the latest Pop-up Selfie camera smartphones like Vivo V15 Pro, Oppo F11 Pro and Asus 6Z to this list.
Let’s Check Out the Top 10 Best Selfie camera smartphones:
1. Xiaomi Redmi Y3 (Selfie Phone Under 10K)
Xiaomi’s latest selfie camera mobile brings the best selfie experience to buyers at a low price. The phone is available for an affordable price of Rs. 9,999.
It comes with a 32 Megapixel selfie camera with f/2.25 aperture lens and 0.8-micron sensor, that can capture detailed images.
Also, the selfie camera is capable of clicking images in the portrait mode or with beauty effects. The camera is great for daylight shots but may struggle in the low light conditions.
There is Dual rear cameras on the Redmi Y3 with 12+2 Megapixel lenses for clicking images in the portrait mode. Another highlight of the Redmi Y3 is its 6.26 Inches bezel-less display with HD+ resolution and 87% screen to body ratio.
Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Octa-Core processor with a max clock speed of 2.0 GHz and comes with 3 GB/4GB ram and 32/64 GB internal storage.
It runs on the Android Pie 9.0 OS along with the MIUI 10.
Additionally, the phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a face-unlock feature. Furthermore, the Redmi Y3 has a massive 4000 mAH capacity battery which is sufficient to last all day.
The phone is sleek and measures 8.5 mm in thickness and weighs 180 grams.
If you have a budget of Rs. 10,000, Redmi Y3 is an excellent selfie mobile for you.
2. Vivo V17 Pro (Dual 32 + 8 MP Selfie Camera)
The Vivo V17 Pro is the latest Selfie phone available on the market from the Selfie specialist brand. The mobile is available for Rs. 27,990 with 8 GB Ram and 128 GB Storage.
The key highlight for V17 Pro is the motorized Dual Pop-Up front selfie camera with 32+8 MP with beautifying 7.0 and an f/2.0 aperture. The Dual camera can help you click selfies in portrait mode with natural blur. Also, the lens is high-resolution to capture more details.
The phone comes with f/2.0 aperture and offers group selfies, live photos, AR stickers, camera filters, AI Super Wide-Angle mode, and a dedicated front flash.
Additionally, the phones have Quad rear cameras with 48MP +13MP (Zoom) +8MP (Ultra Wide) + 2MP(depth) lens.
There is Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor (max clock speed 2.0 GHz), Adreno 612 GPU and 8 GB RAM powering the phones.
Other noticeable features are 6.4 Inch, 20:9, FHD+ Bezel-free full vision display. Further, it comes with Android Pie 9.1 along with the Funtouch OS 9.2.
There is massive 4500 mAH capacity battery that comes with 18 watts fast charging support.
Overall – If your budget is between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000 the V17 Pro is a good deal. Read More about the Vivo V17 PRO.
3. Samsung Galaxy A70s (32 MP Samsung Selfie Phone)
Samsung has recently launched the new Galaxy A70s in the Indian market with imporved cameras.
The highlight feature is the selfie camera, with 32 MP lense.The lens come with an f/2.0 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 A70s comes with glossy uni-body design and offers a large 6.7-inch Bezel-free display. The Super AMOLED display has an 19:9 aspect ratio with 1080 x 2400 pixels for an incredible multimedia experience.
Notably, the A70s comes with triple rear cameras at the back with 64 MP (F1.8) + 5MP (F2.2) + 8MP (F2.2).
Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdrgon 675 Processor along with Adreno 612 GOu with 6 GB of ram. Moreover, it comes with 128 GB of internal storage that is user expandable.
Additionally, an enormous 4500 mAh battery fuels the A70s which supports fast charging through the USB Type-C port.
Lastly, the phone has Android Pie 9.0 with Samsung One UI.
The mobile is available for Rs. 28,990 in the retail market and online.
4. OnePlus 7T (A Performance Phone With Good Selfie Camera)
Chinese hot shot manufacturer Oneplus’s latest flagship killer Oneplus 7T can easily be considered as the best value for money high-end mobile.
The Oneplus 7T is available in 2 variants 128 GB, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB, 8 GB Ram priced at Rs. 34,999 and Rs. 37,999 respectively.
Apart from boasting of a triple lens rear camera setup, the all-new Oneplus 7T will also delight you with its 16 Megapixel (Sony IMX 471 sensor) with F 2.0 aperture, water-drop notch Selfie Camera.
The Oneplus 6T came with the Sony IMX 371 sensor and the new OP7T offers the latest sensor from Sony.
The front camera also comes with EIS for a better video with less shakiness. Also, it 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 471 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 low light or nighttime photography.
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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 7T comes with a Triple Rear camera. It has a primary 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor with EIS and f/1.6 aperture for better low light imaging.
The secondary rear cameras come with 12 MP (Telephoto) and 16 MP ultra-wide lens.
Apart from the great camera, Oneplus 7T houses 8 /6 GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ monster processor clocked at 2.9 GHz. It comes with a Dash Charge technology for quick charging.
OnePlus 7T also boasts of an Optic AMOLED 6.41 inch FHD+ (2340*1080 pixels ) 90 Hz, infinity display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
OnePlus 7T has a 3800 mah massive battery, with 30 Watts charger, to keep you going all day long.
OnePlus 7T may not be marketed as a Selfie smartphone though it is an overall excellent device that also comes with a decent front selfie camera.
5. Vivo V11 Pro (25 MP Selfie Camera Phone)
The Vivo V11 Pro is one of the best selfie camera phone s that you can buy in the 20k to 30k segment. The Vivo V11 Pro has a recent price cut and is now available for Rs. 23,990.
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 8 PRO ( 20 MP Selfie camera)
Xiaomi’s newest addition is Redmi Note 8 PRO was launched in October 2019 in India with a price tag of Rs 14,999 or $240.
It boasts of an impressive Front selfie camera with 20 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 AI processing.
Further, the Front camera comes with nifty features like – Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Front camera HDR, AI scene detection, and AI studio lighting.
Also, Xiaomi has added several features to the camera that allow you to click photos with stickers, or with the portrait lighting.
The rear Quad cameras on the Note 8 Pro is even better in comparison to the predecessor and comes with primary 64 MP Samsung sensor with f/1.8 aperture and has 0.8-micron pixel size.
There are 3 more cameras with 8 MP + 2MP + 2MP sensors.
The camera supports HDR, AI Portraits, fancy backlighting, and 4K videos support along with EIS. Undoubtedly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great value for money deal for buyers looking for excellent camera quality on a budget.
Powering the device is the MediaTek Helio G90T / Arm Mali-G76 3EEMC4 chipset along with 6/8 GB RAM making the phone blazing fast for all daily tasks.
Also, you will love the beautiful 6.53 inch IPS LCD FHD+(2340*1080 pixels) display for watching movies.
Moreover, it comes with the fresh Android Pie 9.0 and vastly improved MIUI 11.
Lastly, fueling the phone is a 4500 mah battery that supports 18 Watts fast charging technology.
7. Oppo F11 Pro (Pop Up Selfie Camera)
If you are looking for an excellent selfie camera phone from Oppo, the recently launched F11 Pro is an excellent choice, for $400 or Rs. 23,990.
For starters, the Oppo F11 Pro comes with a wide-angle, motorized, pop-up 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 mode, 1.0-micron lens, and AI improvements to make your photos better. The camera has multi-frame exposure technology which prevents over and underexposure in different lighting conditions.
Oppo has intuitive software for clicking selfies and adding effects to improve the overall quality of the image which can be handy for sharing selfies quickly on social media.
Additionally, it boasts of Dual rear camera with a 48MP (Sony IMX 586 Sensor) with f.1.79 aperture and a 5 MP camera depth-sensing camera.
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 MediaTek Helio P70 processor (clock speed – 2.0 GHz), ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU for gaming.
Also, it has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
Apart from the incredible front camera, it boasts of a large 6.5-inch display with 2340 by 1080 pixels resolution with 401 PPI, and 2.5D Curve Glass.
Furthermore, it runs on Android Pie 9.0 and Color OS 6.
The F11 PRO offers dual Sim 4G VOLTE support along with the native 3G and 2G. Lastly, the battery capacity is 4000 mAH that will easily last all day with mixed usage and even comes with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 for quick charging.
To sum up, the Oppo F11 Pro is an excellent upper mid-range selfie mobile that offers a decent experience and performance.
You can check our reviews section to see camera samples for the latest phones.
8.Realme X2 (32 MP Selfie Camera)
Realme X2 is the latest mobile launched by the fastest growning mobile brand in India. The phone comes with mindblowing features and the price starts at Rs. 16,999.
It is available for purchase on Flipkart for a price of Rs. 16,999 for 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage.
The most significant feature of Realme X2 is its 32-megapixel AI-Powered selfie camera. It uses AI Beauty and Sensor HDR technologies for clicking selfies.
The new 32 MP camera on the Realme X2 comes with a nightscape mode to capature better selfies in the low light conditions.
Moreover, it comes with a new mode called AI Mode. This mode enhances the color saturation of the subject as well as the backdrop to make the photos look more beautiful.
Apart from the selfie camera, the Realme X2 offers excellent specs. It comes with a 6.4-inch Super Amoled waterdrop notch display and has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.
For the protection of the display, the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used.
Further, the mobile comes with 64 MP Primary Samsung Sensor + 8 MP Wide-Angle + 2 MP Depth + 2 MP Macro Camera.
Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa-core processor along with Adreno 618 GPU. The mobile runs on Android 9.1 Pie with a custom ColorOS 6.7 on top of it.
Realme X2 packs a 4000 mAh non-removable battery which lasts over a day easily with moderate usage. The phone also comes with 30 Watts Fast Charger.
The new Realme X2 offers incredible performance, battery life and cameras for the price, a decent mid-range phone.
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9. Vivo Z1 Pro (Affordable 32 MP Selfie Camera Phone)
Vivo Z1 Pro is the most affordable 32 MP selfie camera mobile in the market. It is available to purchase from Flipkart for a price tag of Rs. 15,999.
The main highlight of the device is the 32 Megapixel front selfie camera that rests inside a tiny punch hole on the top side of the display. The front camera has an f/2.0 aperture and comes with portait mode and AI enhanced imaging features.
There are several options in the camera App that allows you to click selfies with studio light, monotone light, vivid mode or even the portrait mode using AI.
The mobile comes with triple rear camea setup with 16 MP primary sensor (f/1.78), 8 MP ultra-wide lens, 2 MP depth sensor.
Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdrago 712 Octa-Core processor, Adreno 616 GPU that is excellent for day to day tasks and gaming.
The phone runs on Android pie 9.0 and the Funtouch OS 9.2.
The phone features a great sleek design, 6.53 inch FHD+ LCD display, large 5000 mAh battery with 18 Watts Charger.
10. Vivo V17 (32 MP Punch Hole Selfie Camera)
Vivo V17 was launched in December 2019. It is available for purchase on the official site of the company for a price of Rs. 22,990 for 8 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage option.
If you are not interested to spend 28k on the Vivo V17 Pro then the V17 can be a good choice.
The Vivo V17 comes with Quad Rear cameras with 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP lens for versatile photography.
For Selfies, we have a 32 Megapixel punch hole camera that comes with f/2.0 aperture and can click really detailed selfies.
Some of the top features are Super night selfie, Portrait light effects (Portrait bokeh included), AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, AI HDR, Burst, Gender detection.
Also, it comes with the new AI Face Access technology. It scans the user’s facial features and unlocks the device instantly.
Talking about other specs, the phone has a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display that comes with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and the pixel density of 400 PPI.
The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa-core processor along with Adreno 612 GPU.
Vivo V17 runs on Android Pie with Funtouch OS 9.2 on top of it. Also, it gets fuel from a 4500 mAh non-removable battery. Vivo is bundling an 18 Watts fast charger with the V17.
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 the camera, 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. Vivo V15 PRO (32 MP – Pop-Up Selfie Camera)
The latest Vivo V15 Pro is a premium phone that comes with a crazy good pop-up selfie camera that has a 32 Megapixel resolution. Moreover, the front camera uses AI and software optimization to click selfie shots with background blur and can even apply beauty effects on the images.
Additionally, it comes with triple rear cameras to appeal to enthusiasts.
The primary lens has a 48 Megapixel (12Million Effective Pixels) f/1.8 aperture lens + 8MP + 5MP. It uses an f/1.8 aperture lens and AI for scene detection and to improve image quality.
Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa-Core processor and there is Adreno 612 GPU.
The performance is as swift as it comes with 6 GB ram and 128 GB internal storage. Furthermore, the V15 Pro runs on the latest Android Pie OS from Google along with the Funtouch OS 9.0.
There is a 6.39 Inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display that comes with 2340×1080+ pixels resolution and 2.5D curved glass surface.
Lastly, the V15 PRO comes with 3700 mAH capacity battery that supports dual engine fast charging.
It is available for purchase online as well as offline in India for Rs. 26,999. You can even buy an 8 GB Ram version for Rs. 29,990, but would not recommend it, since the performance upgrade is not going to be noticeable.
13 Infinix S4
The Infinix rivals the Xiaomi Redmi Y3 and comes with a massive 32 Megapixel front selfie camera. The phone is available in a single variant with 32 GB storage / 3 GB Ram for Rs. 8,999 on Flipkart.
The key highlight is the 32 Megapixel front selfie camera which is present in the water-drop notch. Additionally, the phone boasts of a triple rear camera setup which offers 13 MP (primary, f1.8 aperture lens), 2 MP depth sensor, and an 8 MP wide-angle lens.
Infinix S4 is one of the best camera mobiles in the sub 10k price range.
Powering the phone is the Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 processor with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz.
Further, the phone comes with a 6.21 Inch display HD+ (1520*720) with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass. The battery life is fantastic as it comes with a 4000 mAH capacity battery.
Also, it runs on the Android Pie 9.0 (latest OS from Google) and XOS skin, to make sure the user experience is flawless.
For the price tag of Rs. 8,999 it is a steal deal.
14. Asus 6z (Rotating Selfie Cameras)
Last on our list the recently launched Asus 6Z. This is the only phone on this list that let’s you utilize the rear camera to click selfie images, using a rotating mechanism.
The phone comes with a unique design and a functional but odd looking large motorized rotating camera assembly.
The Asus 6Z is available for Rs. 31,999 for the 6 GB Ram /64 GB storage version while the 6 GB/128 GB model costs Rs. 34,999.
For starters, it comes with Dual motorized rotating cameras. The primary camera is a 48 Megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor with f/1.89 aperture and there is a 13 Megapixel wide-angle camera for clicking wider shots.
With the Asus 6Z, you can click detailed selfies using the 48 MP camera and even can click group selfies with wide angle camera.
The 6z comes with a large full view 6.39 Inch FHD+ (2340*1080 pixels) display with bezel-less design (19:9) aspect ratio.
Powering the device is the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-Core processor and the Adreno 640 GPU offering blazing fast performance. T
he mobile runs on the Android Pie 9.0 OS (near stock) and Zen UI.
Lastly, the battery capacity is 5000 mAH (18 Watts Fast Charger) which is excellent for all day work.
Overall it offers a great mix of performance, battery life, and imaging.
All these phones come with the incredible selfie camera, however, the camera resolution is not as high but they click great images.
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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 doesn’t 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?
5 Tips to improve Selfies With Any Smartphone.
- 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.
2. 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.
3. Try using interesting backgrounds for your images or download the background blur App from play store if your phone camera doesn’t support the bokeh effect.
4. Another option is to use a selfie stick or a monopod which can improve the framing to make your images way better.
5. Lastly, once you have taken a selfie try to edit it in Snapseed App, available free on Google play store. 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, or need help with, share with me in comments below. I will definitely try to help :).