Competition intensifies for smartphones with bigger and better front-facing cameras

Competition intensifies for smartphones with bigger and better front-facing cameras
Flagships these days iterate on their prequels, so there's little room for innovation. Each year you get a better camera, more storage, additional RAM, larger display and battery, but nothing really new is added in terms of functionality.

Apparently we've reached a point where the only piece of hardware in a smartphone that can be upgraded is the … front camera. It looks like competition is intensifying on various markets for smartphones with high-quality selfie cameras.

For example, in South Korea, many handset makers launched at least one smartphone with an unusually large front camera in the last couple of months. The newest to come to market is SK Telecom's Luna S, a device that features a 13-megapixel camera in the front with fast autofocus and OIS (optical image stabilization).

Also, let's not forget that Sony has its own selfie-camera monster, the Xperia XZ, which packs a similar 13-megapixel photo snapper in the front. Other handset makers like Samsung and LG launched their selfie phones, the Galaxy A8 and the U, which both pack 8-megapixel cameras in the front.

But the trend is not stopping here, as Chinese handset makers like Oppo and Vivo will continue to release smartphones with high-end front cameras. The latter has already confirmed it will unveil the X9 and X9 Plus handsets that will pack dual-camera setups in the front (20MP + 8MP).

Big selfie cameras will probably become standard in the next couple of years, and when that happens, handset makers will need to find another smartphone components to boost since they seem to be afraid to innovate. We wonder what's it going to be next.

source: Korea Herald



1. B3st2

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

In my opinion, having huge megapixels for selfie pictures is a disaster. It will detect every little flaw in someone's face from a hair like problem to any pimple... lol that would be a disaster :P

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There is a mode called beauty shot that automatic photoshop away all the imperfection.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

will be better if they focus on even wider angle for front camera, and give it distortion reduction post-processing (reducing fish-eye effect).. of maybe 2 front camera? one (with OIS) for selfie, and one (with bigger pixel size and ultra-wide angle) for group-selfie, or panoramic selfie... I don't care such things, since I (almost) never use front camera... but I believe some phone manufacturer will bring something like this next year

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You already get that with 1080p shots.

2. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

There are also the 16MP front snappers of the Oppo F1s/F1 Plus and the Xperia XA Ultra. I guess this megapixels race would prevent us from reaching a future of phones with thin bezels.

5. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

That fast focus will come in handy next time i selfie in front of polar bear cage unlike the lady who obviously had a slow focuser!

6. rsiders

Posts: 2018; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

For the people that need to see that much of themselves I guess.

8. sticker

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

when HTC innovates the Ultrapixel almost everyone disagree for a low pixel cam. now every flagship follows then others still complain for some devices with higher pixels.

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