We live in a world where selfie is in the dictionary and as such no self-respecting smartphone manufacturer can afford to ignore people’s desire to take pictures of themselves. It’s with that in mind that we’ve curated this list of the best smartphone for selfie and the best camera phone models below.
Best Smartphone For Selfie
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.
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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.
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.
Phone Brands Compared
No phone brand is perfect, and each comes with a set of pros and cons. Samsung phones have great hardware, but sometimes have issues when it comes to Android and its own UI. Apple, by contrast, has fantastic integration between hardware and its own operating system, but its phones are notoriously expensive.
Let’s take an in-depth look at each phone brand:
The Korean brand manages to produce brilliant phones across a range of prices – something few other companies can achieve. Whether you want to splurge on a wallet-busting Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S20, or scrimp on a Galaxy A10, there’s something for everyone.
Samsung Galaxy S20
While there are three S20 models on sale, we think the S20 is probably the best choice. It has the same 120Hz refresh rate screen tech as the other phones in the series, as well as a lot of the same camera tech. However, at $999, it is significantly cheaper than the other S20 models — the S20 Ultra, for example, costs a whopping $1,399.
Plus, it has 5G as standard. The S20 is undoubtedly one of the best phones on sale at the moment (just don’t tell Samsung it’s better than the more expensive versions).
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The S10 Plus is arguably the best phone on sale at the moment, and certainly our favorite. Its screen is brilliant, the cameras are top-drawer, and its performance is staggering. It is expensive at $999, but it’s way better value for money that some similarly-priced phones (we’re looking at you, Apple). Read our full S10 Plus review for more.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
The Note 10 Plus is huge but brilliant phone. It has a dazzling 6.8-inch display with a small hole punch front camera. As ever with Note-series phones, it comes with a built-in stylus, but also packs four rear cameras and serious performance with a Snapdragon 855 processor and 12GB of RAM on tap. If you need a phone that could feasibly replace your laptop, this is the one to go for. Read our full Note 10 Plus review for more.
Verdict – Quality across the board means that Samsung has something for everyone
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- Fantastic screen
- Great-looking design
- Strong cameras
- Speedy processor
- OneUI is a huge improvement over previous Samsung skins
- Samsung can be slow to issue OS updates
- Bixby isn’t very helpful
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The one you love to hate, or indeed, love to love. Apple stands out from the crowd, being the only manufacturer on this list not to use Android. Its phones are unashamedly expensive, although that doesn’t seem to put anyone off buying one.
Not sure which iPhone to get? See our simple guide, Which iPhone Should I Buy?
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
The follow-up to the XS, the 11 Pro is (in our mind, at least) the best iPhone to buy. You get a pin-sharp 5.8-inch screen, high quality materials, and typically blistering performance. It might cost $1,000, but the 11 Pro is closer than ever to being able to justify that price. We’re big fans of its new triple rear cameras and improved front snapper, while the screen is better than ever. However, Apple is being a bit stingy offering just 64GB of storage as standard.
Apple iPhone 11
The new cheap iPhone is actually $50 cheaper than the phone it replaced. At $699, you get a 6.1-inch LCD (boo) display and the same rapid performance as the 11 Pro and Pro Max. You also get some upgraded cameras over last year’s XR and a brilliant choice of color options. Most pleasingly, though, you also get a larger, longer lasting battery compared to the XR. All told, it’s a good phone that almost everyone will be smitten with.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
The largest of the new iPhones, the Pro Max is a bit of a beast. It has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display and a very large 3,969 mAh battery. Compared to the 11 Pro, however, there aren’t too many differences beyond the larger screen and battery. As a result, we’d probably opt for the cheaper phone. That’s not to say the 11 Pro Max is bad, just that we’d rather save $100 and have a just-as-capable phone.
Verdict – Apple iPhones may be expensive, but they’re excellent across the board
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- Great cameras
- Incredibly powerful
- Fantastic screen
- Still expensive
- Might be a touch too big for some
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It sounds surprising, but the current crop of Google phones is only the company’s third attempt at making a phone itself. However, the search engine giant excels in software, and it shows in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with the powerful Google Assistant and excellent cameras making for awesome Android phones.
Google Pixel 4 XL
The Pixel 4 XL is, in our mind, a great phone. However, it’s proven to be one of the most controversial phones of 2019 with large bezels and decent, but not impressive battery life, and stingy storage space. Despite these concerns, it packs the best cameras of any current phone (despite the lack of ultra wide-angle lens) and remains as easy to use as all the previous Google phones.
Google Pixel 3a XL
The Pixel 3a XL is a new cheap version of a Google phone. You still get the same excellent camera quality, but it costs $420 less. The Pixel 3a XL isn’t the fastest phone on sale, and it loses the glass rear case found on the more expensive Pixel phones. But the Pixel 3a XL is still a remarkably good phone for just $479. Read our full Pixel 3a XL review to find out more.
Google Pixel 3a
Like the above, but smaller and even cheaper. Starting at just $399, the Pixel 3a is one of the best value phones on sale. The screen is smaller at 5.6-inches but it’s still a 1080p, OLED unit. Plus, you get the best phone camera on the market for a remarkably low price. Read our full Pixel 3a review here.
Verdict – Camera lovers and Android purists can rejoice, as Google Pixel delivers
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- Stunning camera
- Impressive screen quality with new 90Hz refresh rate
- Snappy Face Unlock tech
- Significantly better battery life than Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 4
- Stock Android interface is easy to use
- Design might not be to everyone’s taste
- Gesture controls feel a bit gimmicky at the moment
- No ultra wide-angle camera lens
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Probably the first surprise entrant on the list, OnePlus has been quietly cranking out good phones for a while. It’s most recent 7 and 7 Pro models are its most expensive ever, but they’re still pretty good value compared to a lot of flagship phones.
OnePlus 7T Pro
OnePlus is famed for cramming all manner of headline-grabbing features into its phones and it’s managed to outdo itself with the 7T Pro. It has a 6.7-inch super-sharp AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and video playback. It also packs in a Snapdragon 855+ processor and 8GB of RAM. It doesn’t end there though, with triple rear cameras, and a motorized pop-up 16Mp selfie snapper. It was also one of the first phones to use Android 10. Our only sticking point is the lack of waterproofing and the $865 price tag.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the 7T is an updated version of the 7 which launched back in June. However, OnePlus effectively ripped up the script and started again. You get a larger screen with that all-important 90Hz refresh rate. It gets a new ultra wide-angle lens to give three rear facing in total, plus it gets a larger battery (3,700 mAh vs 3,800 mAh) and even faster fast-charging.
The 7 might feel like an ugly duckling in the company of the 7T and 7T Pro. However, it’s still a top quality phone with an AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855, and dual rear cameras including a 48Mp lens. In light of the newer models, the 7 has also had a price cut. It now costs around $410, making it a seriously impressive piece of kit for the price. Read our full OnePlus 7 review for more.
Verdict – Compelling flagship-killer phones at lower prices
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- Blisteringly fast
- Good screen
- Great cameras
- Faster updates than bigger manufacturers
- Cheaper than most similarly-specced rivals
- OnePlus phones are becoming more expensive
- Construction feels a little bit plasticky
- No waterproof rating
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Huawei’s had some difficult times recently. In fact, its most recent flagship phones — the Mate 30 and P40 series — were banned from being able to use Google-made apps. This means no Play Store for your favorite apps and no integration with wider Google services. As a result, we can’t really recommend these phones. Fortunately, 2018’s Mate 20 series models are still available and still have access to Google services, and they’re cheaper than ever.
Huawei Mate 20
Another fabulous cut-price Android phone. The Mate 20 comes with an unusual square arrangement for its three rear cameras, a tiny notch and a pin-sharp OLED screen. It also comes in a range of delightful colors and packs the super-speedy Kirin 980 processor.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Mate 20 Pro is a real flagship rival with a Google and Samsung-rivalling price tag. It has a big 6.4-inch OLED display, runs the latest version of Android, and is available with either 6GB or 8GB Ram. You get the same triple-camera set-up at the rear, with one 40Mp, 20Mp and 8Mp lenses. It’s well worth considering if you’re in the market for an Android flagship.
Huawei P30 Pro
The P30 Pro is a true powerhouse. It has a 6.47-inch OLED display, four rear cameras, the speedy Kirin 980 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a huge 4,200 mAh battery. If you need a phone to power through games and multitasking, while also lasting all day — the P30 Pro might be for you (if you can get one).
Verdict – Excellent phones, subjected to unusual geopolitical pressures
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- Powerful processor
- Excellent battery life
- Huge screen
- LCD display isn’t as sharp as the Pro
- Might be too large for some
- Not as water or dust-proof as many phones
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You might think of Motorola as a brand relegated to the smartphone cemetry, but you’d be wrong. The brand that gave us the iconic RAZR is still knocking out some incredible mid-range phones, which are well worth taking a look at.
Moto G8 Plus
Motorola’s G-series phones have long been regarded as the best cheap phones on sale and, with the G7 Plus, the company has created another cut-price classic. It runs Android, a 6.3-inch 1080p display, triple rear cameras, and a tiny notch. It costs just $310 — yes, you read that correctly. Read our full review for more.
Motorola One Zoom
The One Zoom was launched at IFA in Berlin packing four (yes, four) rear cameras while costing just $449. That array of rear-facing lenses include a depth-sensor, a 117-degree ultra-wide angle lens, and a telephoto lens — meaning you should get great photos whatever the conditions. Find out more about the One Zoom here.
Motorola One Vision
The One Vision costs the same as the g7 Plus but is a very different phone. Firstly, it’s tall — the screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio, making it three times taller than it is wide. Secondly, it takes incredible photos with dual rear cameras (including a 48Mp lens). Thirdly, it uses Android One, a version of Android that gives you speedy updates and minimal bloatware. It’s an unusual but impressive phone.
Verdict – The cheap G-series are a solid option for those one a budget, while its Android One series keeps getting better
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Every year, it feels like we say the same thing. The latest phones from Motorola’s G-series are great, and arguably the best value for money phones on the market. And believe it or not, 2019 is no different. The Motorola G8 Plus is a great phone, and it costs just north of $300. When a phone this good is this cheap, why would you buy anything else?GalleryClick to expand
Recently resurrected, Nokia has come back to life with a flurry of activity, launching some seriously impressive mid-range Android phones. They’re certainly not flagship killers – leave that to OnePlus – but they provide a compelling alternative to Samsung’s cheaper options.
Nokia 8.3 5G
The 8.3 is Nokia’s first 5G-enabled phone and starts from around $640 in the US — that’s cheap for a 5G device.
However, the 8.3 is more than just a 5G phone. It has a 6.8-inch display that upscales content into HDR-compatible formats for better clarity and contrast. It has four rear cameras: a 64Mp wide angle lens, a 12Mp ultrawide lens, a 2Mp macro lens for close-up shots, and a 2Mp depth sensor. Plus, it has a large 4,500 mAh battery for extra long battery life.
The 7.2 is a very impressive budget option if you’re looking for strong camera quality. Costing $349, the 7.2 comes with a 48Mp main camera, an 8Mp ultrawide lens, and a 5Mp depth sensor. Plus, these cameras use Zeiss optics for the best clarity and image quality.
The 7.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor and 4GB of RAM, meaning it should be more than fast enough for most people. The 6.3-inch Full-HD+ display means it should be perfect for streaming TV shows and movies.
The 3.2 is a remarkably cheap phone, costing just $150. It’s not perfect, with slightly sluggish performance and a finnicky face unlock system.
However, it has remarkable battery life — thanks to its efficient processor and large 4,000 mAh battery. It’s also extremely well-built, unseemingly so for a phone at this price.
If you’re looking for the perfect backup phone, the 3.2 might be the perfect fit. Find out more in our full Nokia 3.2 review.
Verdict – Buyers on a budget should definitely take a look at Nokia
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- Great cameras
- Impressive pOLED screen
- Stock Android
- Powerful processor and healthy Ram figure
- Battery isn’t the biggest at 3,320 mAh
- Only IP67 is waterproof-rated, despite not having a headphone jack
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LG’s mobile division has fallen on hard times, and has failed to grab the imagination at the top end of the market. That’s not to say it doesn’t have some phones worthy of consideration, though.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen
LG has taken a different approach to folding phones compared to Samsung and Motorola. Instead of one screen which folds up, LG has decided to give its flagship phones two screens — no creases of reliability problems here — via a unique case attachment.
It costs $899 and, although you get the option of two screens, the rest of the spces aren’t that impressive. The primary screen has a 1080×2460 resolution — which is sharp, but not as sharp as other flagship phones. It has a large 5,000 mAh battery and uses a Snapdragon 865 processor. It gets three rear cameras including a 64Mp main lens, a 13Mp wide angle lens and a time-of-flight sensor for depth perception.
LG G8 ThinQ
The G8 ThinQ is LG’s answer to the leading flagship phones on the market. It packs a sharp 1440×3120 6.1-inch P-OLED display, a Snapdragon 855 processor for top-notch performance, and dual rear cameras. Price? At $849, it isn’t the cheapest, but it is certainly capable.
Verdict – LG is a bit of a leftfield choice, but not necessarily a bad one
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- Interesting features such as HandID and in-display speakers
- Decent battery life and cameras
- Decent OLED display
- MicroSD carad and headphone jack support
- Fluctuating price makes it a difficult value proposition
- Not as powerful as other rivals
- Sluggish OS updates
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Sony has been stuck in a rut for a while now. However, with its new lineup of Xperia 10 phones, and the flagship Xperia 1, it’s look to change that. The phones are certainly head-turning, with overly tall displays. But are they actually any good?
Sony Xperia 10
The Xperia 10 seems like a pretty standard low- to mid-range phone. It has a Snapdragon 630 processor, dual rear cameras, and a 6-inch 1080p display. But that screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio and is, basically, just a bit too tall for one-handed use. Still, it’s good for watching films and it’ll set you back $299. Intrigued? Read our full review.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus
Like the above, but even bigger. It has a whopping 6.5-inch and it’s frankly too tall and heavy to be used with a single hand. Still, like its smaller brother, performance isn’t bad and that screen is great for watching TV shows and films, or playing games. There’s a significant price bump for that extra screen, though, as the Xperia 10 Plus costs $429.
Sony Xperia 1 II
The confusingly named Xperia 1 II is Sony’s latest flagship phone. Its main selling point is the 6.5-inch 4K 21:9 OLED display. This makes it perfect for watching movies or TV shows, as you’ll have plenty of screen real estate, as well as pin-sharp pixels.
However, you’ll pay a small fortune for that screen quality — the Xperia 1 II is expected to cost $1,300 when it goes on sale in the US.
Verdict – Sony produces decent phones at a range of prices
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- Tall screen makes watching some stuff better
- Not too expensive
- Plasticky design doesn’t feel brilliant
- Underwhelming battery life
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Phone Brands by Budget
These are the best phones you can buy, whether you have $300, $500 or over $1,000 to spend!
Best Phones Under $300 (Or $20 per month)
It’s safe to say that if you only have $300 to spend on a phone, you’re not going to be getting an iPhone. However, some brands offer great phones for budget-conscious buyers.
You should consider a phone from Motorola — anything from the G8 series would be perfect — or Nokia. Rather than looking to cut costs on the features and components, these companies produce phones that you could happily use every day. Some of the materials might not match those at the top of the market, but they have to save money somewhere.
Best Phones under $500 (Or $30 per month)
While flagship phones now cost twice as much, there are some great phones to be had for under $500.
For this budget, we’d struggle to look past the Google Pixel 3a XL. It has strong performance, guaranteed software updates, and the best camera of any phone, at any price. If you’re not keen on a Google phone, you could look at a Samsung Galaxy A50.
Best Phones under $750 (Or $40 per month)
The $500-750 phone market doesn’t have the choice that you’d perhaps expect nowadays, with the market becoming polarized towards increasingly expensive or cheap phones – but that’s not to say you won’t find some good phones.
Again, in this price range, you’ll struggle to find a better phone than the OnePlus 7. However, if you’ve currently got an iPhone, we’d probably opt for the new 11.
Best Phones around $1,000 (or $50+ per month)
If you’re lucky enough to be able to drop a grand on a phone, you’ve got plenty of options. Not all of them are as good as others, though.
Of course, we’re now really entering iPhone territory. The 11 Pro is a great phone, though we’re not sold on the 11 Pro Max. If you don’t fancy something from Apple, we’d go Google or Samsung. If you need the best cameras, get the Google Pixel 4 XL. If you need incredible all-round capabilities, get the Samsung S20.