For many smartphone buyers today, the quality of cameras, more so the selfie camera, is one of the leading determining factors of which handset to get.
This is something that many smartphone manufacturers have taken into account and today, we have quite a good number of smartphones that ship with top-notch selfie cameras you couldn’t have imagined a few years ago. To make the deals sweeter, tech companies equip these phones with powerful hardware specs, impressive designs and great battery capacities that are aimed at adding more weight to the fact that they are the best when it comes to selfies.
But as you know, you can’t have all of these phones for you – or do you? Usually, price is the eventual deciding factor as to which phone one buys. In this article, we’ll give you a list of the best selfie smartphones you can find in the market right now – phones that won’t make you break the bank in order to have one.
Perhaps the best of the best, the Oppo F3 is one phone every selfie lover would relish owning. The Chinese tech company has in the recent past emerged as the go-to brand when it comes to top-of-the-class selfie cameras and the F3 doesn’t disappoint at all costs.
The phone has a 16MP+8MP camera on the front. With this package, you are promised the performance of two lenses in one – and the result is some really impressive selfies. The 16MP lens with f/2.0 aperture captures normal shots while the 8MP lens with f/2.4 aperture takes into account wide-angle views of up to 120 degrees. In this way, you can capture a group selfie without leaving out any of your buddies.
Even though there’s no LED flash on the front, the apertures of the two lenses should enable them to allow in more light for enhanced performance in low-light conditions. The back has a 13MP lens with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, HDR and LED flash. To make the experience even much better, the Oppo F3 also comes in with some software enhancements thanks to Beautify 4.0, the Bokeh Effect as well as a number of filters. Once you capture the photos, you’ll enjoy viewing or showing them to your buddies thanks to the impressive 5.5-inch display screen that boasts a Full HD (1080p) resolution.
The phone also comes with a MediaTek MT6750T processor that is paired with a 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, which can also be expanded via a microSD card. To keep it going is a decent 3200mAh battery unit that supports fast charging technology. You also get a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Infinix S2 Pro
The dual-camera craze in Kenya was started by Infinix S2 Pro. The phone took the local market by storm with its 13MP+8MP front camera, where the 13MP shooter captures normal shots while the 8MP lens has a wide-angle view of up to 135 degrees, 15 degrees wider than the Oppo F3.
What this means is that the Infinix S2 Pro captures selfies with much bigger groups as compared to the F3, something that makes it a better choice. In addition, the 13MP lens on the front camera has a smaller f/2.2 aperture compared to the Oppo F3, but the wide-angle lens has the same f/2.4 aperture as the second lens of the F3. In short, the Oppo phone is a better performer in low-light conditions. The back camera, on the other hand, has a 13MP lens with a much better f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, LED flash and more.
In terms of other specs, the Infinix S2 Pro ships with a MediaTek MT6753 SoC paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, half what you find on the F3. The screen size is also smaller at 5.2 inches with a lower HD resolution, which also translates to less sharp views. Keeping the phone alive is a 3000mAh battery unit that supports fast charging technology. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back.
Tecno Camon CX
Tecno Camon CX is the closest rival Infinix S2 Pro has in its market segment. The phone was released a few weeks before the S2 Pro and even though the latter has been making headlines, the former doesn’t disappoint when it comes to selfies.
The Camon CX ships with a 16MP lens on the front. This shooter packs some impressive specs, including an aperture of f/2.0, autofocus and LED flash that gives the handset much more superior performance in low-light conditions compared to its counterparts. You also get an impressive 120-degree wide-angle view, matching what’s found on the wide-angle lens used on the Oppo F3.
The back camera doesn’t disappoint either, coming with a similar 16MP lens with a smaller f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, panorama, night mode and dual-LED flash. You can expect quality photos from this pair of cameras. In terms of other specs, the Tecno Camon CX has a 5.5-inch Full HD display that smashes the S2 Pro as well as a slightly powerful MediaTek MT6750T processor – same as the F3. This is paired with 2GB RAM and the storage is also the same at 16GB, which can be expanded.
The battery capacity is 3200mAh and unlike the other phones on this list, the Camon CX has a USB-C port for connectivity that also includes support for fast charging technology. Similar to the Infinix S2 Pro, the fingerprint scanner is mounted on the back.
Perhaps the oldest here, the Oppo F1s is still a cool phone when it comes to selfies. It packs a 16MP shooter on the front. This sensor has an f/2.0 aperture to enhance performance in low light and Beautify 4.0 for adding more life to the shots with features such as two skin tone modes, multiple filters and up to seven beautify levels. The back camera has a 13MP lens with a smaller f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, HDR, LED flash and support for 1080p videos.
In terms of other specs, the Oppo F1s has a 5.5-inch HD display screen, a MediaTek MT7650 paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The battery inside is a 3075mAh unit and you also get a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Another Oppo device with an impressive selfie camera is the A57. The phone has a high-resolution 16MP shooter on the front with f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording. Like the Oppo F3, you also get Beautify 4.0 and Bokeh Effect that add more life to the already impressive shots it captures. The back has a 13MP lens with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, HDR, LED flash and 1080p video recording.
In terms of other specs, the Oppo A57 gives you the same display quality as the Infinix S2 Pro, but under the hood, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The battery on board is a 2900mAh unit and there’s no mention of fast charging. Similar to the F3, you also get a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Software and price
In terms of software, it’s only the Tecno Camon CX that ships with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. As for the rest, the older Android 6.0 Marshmallow is at the heart of the show, although the Oppo F1s got this Marshmallow OS via an OTA update. Oppo isn’t the best when it comes to software updates, but Infinix S2 Pro buyers can expect to receive an OTA update to Nougat.
As noted earlier, the ultimate decider here is the price. Despite all the goodies you may see on the Oppo F3, the phone’s asking price of Ksh 33,000 might be a little scary. But if you still want to experience the power of a dual-lens selfie camera, the Infinix S2 Pro is a safer bet at just Ksh 16,000. As for the Tecno Camon CX, you can have yours at about Ksh 17,500 whereas the Oppo A57 will set you back about Ksh 25,000. The older Oppo F1s has a price tag of about Ksh 28,000.
The choice is yours!