The "selfie phones" are here - top smartphones that take the best selfies

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Love it or hate it, the "selfie phone" trend is absolutely a thing. And while it hasn't blown up with full force on the smartphone landscape, it's not exaggerated to say that manufacturers from all sizes and backgrounds are working on, or already unleashing some fantastic phones with extra-large front camera sensors.

Without further ado, here's the smartphone round-up every selfie-centric individual should consider! There are many options on your table, and luckily, most of them aren't fancy front cameras attached to mediocre phones, but really good handsets from every angle!

Sony Xperia C3


The Sony Xperia C3 has high-end selfie capabilities for a mid-range smartphone. It comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera while phones in its category usually have no more than 2MP up front. That aside, the Xperia C3 has ho-hum specs such as a big, but somewhat low-res 5.5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a decent 8MP camera on its back. The battery capacity is 2500mAh, and the phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Hopefully, Sony will price it right when it launches globally this month.

Huawei Ascend P7


A beautiful phone worthy of capturing your stunning good looks, the Huawei Ascend P7 packs an 8-megapixel front-facing camera that complements the 13MP shooter on the rear. Additionally, the Android 4.4.2-running phone boasts a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and a 2500mAh battery, along with exceptional call and audio quality. The Ascend P7 is on the market for $425 to $450 unlocked.

ZTE Nubia X6


The ZTE Nubia X6 delivers the grand slam of selfie-taking by having not one, but two full-fledged 13-megapixel cameras adorning its front and back panels. Not only that, but the metal-armoured behemoth flaunts a thin-bezelled 6.4-inch 1080p display, a mighty Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM, and a humongous 4250mAh battery. The phone is on sale and can be had at a very reasonable price if you're willing to import it.

HTC One (M8)


We have already reflected on the HTC One (M8) and its 5MP front-facing camera. It takes great selfies - no judgments necesarry. What's even more interesting is that a mysterious phone, code-named 'Eye' is in the works. It is said to be "the ultimate selfie phone"! It's not known what that's supposed to mean in terms of specs or functionality, aside from a large front camera sensor, of course. The Eye is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2014, first appearing in AT&T's catalogue.

Meitu 2


The Meitu 2 is made to appeal to ladies with an unique design and a duo of 13-megapixel LED-flash cameras operated by a dedicated Fujitsu Milbeaut image processor. The built-in Meitu Xiuxiu photo editor takes further care of those 13MP selfies by eliminating skin imperfections, brightening the skin, changing the lighting of the photo. The power of doing such processing comes courtesy of a 4.7-inch 720p display, an octa-core MediaTek processor, and 2GB RAM. To top it all off, the Meitu 2 comes with a free Bluetooth camera remote! The price is around $450 to $485 from China (with love).


iOcean X8


Coming out of China, the X8 brought the first 5MP front camera with auto-focus on an Android smartphone. This solution seems so simple and obvious that we can't help, but scratch our heads at why it's coming out of a small Chinese vendor, while the major players seem to have no clue about it. But that's the way it goes sometimes. In addition to its extraordinary selfie-taking abilities, the iOcean X8 features a 5.7-inch 1080p display, an octa-core MediaTek CPU, a Mali-450 GPU, 2GB RAM, a 14MP rear camera, a 2560mAh battery, and runs Android 4.2.

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22 Comments

1. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Oh god... when did this become a trend anyway? I remember taking a self portrait back in the days of flip phones in which they had a little mirror next to the lens to aid in taking a self portrait and then a Samsung phone that had a rotating camera. I did this again back in 2011 when I bought the HTC Thunderbolt and wanted to try out the front facing camera. Even then I only took about 5 self photos in total, 3 of which were post cards of sort when I moved to a new city for a police academy. Now that it's become a trend I refrain from using the FF camera unless I'm doing a video call. Then again it also doesn't help that I hate taking or being a part of group photos anyway...

2. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i use ff as a mirror and that's that or when a human being of the female genders takes my phone and infests it with selfies ! -_- so i 100% agree with that this shouldn't be a trend !

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

So you're popular within the girls :p

17. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

that's just your opinion but the fact is selfies are a trend now, whether anyone agrees with it or not isn't going to stop that. I agree with phone companies catering to such needs. That's giving consumers what they want instead of telling them what they should or shouldn't do.

3. itsmekalyan

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

OPPO N1?

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Oppo N1 to rule them all!

5. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Fact 1: Monkeys take better selfies than 99% of FB selfie addicts armed with smartphones. Fact 2: A better phone camera will not change that. Proof: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3137756671/monkey-photo-copyright-in-question-as-wikipedia-denies-photographer-takedown-request

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Let them practice. It's not like everybody is gifted like that monkey. Hehe.

6. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Not me. I love the thrill of handing my phone to a complete stranger to take my pic. I love the anxiety of wondering if I can outrun him.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Lol good humor.

7. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Its not the phone that matter , its the software/apps that matter XD

10. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The HTC one m8 takes incredible photos back and front, PA do a comparison by reducing sharpness to -1 vs stock and the difference is judge. Less noise and more natural colors and sharper oh yen the irony.

11. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Wait why -1? I left my settings alone and get good results, the only issues is the occasion to blow out really bright sunlight (not too much but here and there) with indoor lighting being fine. As for the front camera of the M8... yeah it's nice, fast and produces good photos I just don't see myself taking any "selfies" especially now that it's a trend for... okay I'll be nice.

12. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

the only usable phone between these is the M8, others are cr@ppy stuff. a 5mp camera does not mean better pictures. my dad once traveled to china in those 1.3-2 mp days and brought a chinese phone with 8mp and it had the cr@ppiest of images

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

You're right. Pixel count doesn't really mean anything. If the sensor, lens, and the software suck, the image will be like crap even at 8mp. The Xperia C3 seems to be quite good though. Well... I'm just saying that because of the look of the front camera. I assume it has a much better sensor and better lens than most front cameras.

22. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

yes, I too think the C3 comes second to the M8 and can even top it because it has flash .. while it can be annoying to flash it in your eyes, if you have one of those selfie sticks it would be awesome ..

13. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Where the f*ck is the Oppo N1?!

14. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Taking selfies is that important?

18. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

No, it's not important. Same as front camera, NFC, LTE, facebook, twitter, viber, skype, cloud storage, 720p display, 1080p display, blah blah. It's just one of the things people want, and some people will find it more interesting than other people do. So yeah, there are phones like that to please more people. More power to the users! xD

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The soon-to-come Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has 5MP front facing shooter too bad its not out yet

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The more that life lacks meaning for people, the more they turn to their smartphones and take pictures of themselves. As if having the pictures somehow will mean that "I am here. Here is something that shows I existed. I am real." The selfie syndrome is nothing more than a sickness of society, a crisis of the soul.

19. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Does the fact that we come to PA every day or so means our life lack meaning as well? No, it takes less time taking selfies than sitting here reading and commenting. But guess what? We like it. :3 "sickness of society, a crisis of the soul." You're too bitter now. Come on, don't let it become the sickness of your soul. Cheer up. ;)

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