TOP 10 Best Selfie Phones With Great Front Camera in India 2018

Updated on 2018-09-18 by Geetansh Arora

Best selfie smartphones available in India with great front camera

Are you one of those who likes to take a selfie everywhere? Well, then this article is for you. We have compiled a list of best selfie smartphones with a great front camera. We are seeing a lot of smartphones with a focus on front camera and you will find a lot of these on this list. Some of these phones have excellent back cameras as well as manual mode.

We have listed smartphones from various brands like OnePlus, Moto, Lenovo, Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, Asus, and Honor. As you can see we have covered all the major brands here. We don't really like Oppo and Vivo phone because they have average processors but when it comes to front cameras, they are one of the best. This is why you will see few Vivo and Oppo phones. These smartphones are just excellent for taking selfies. The list is updated as of September 2018 and we have included all latest phones which were recently launched in India.

The price of selfie phones on this list varies from Rs. 10000 to Rs. 35000. So doesn't matter whether you are looking for a selfie smartphone under 10000, 15000, 20000, 25000 or 30000, you will be able to find a suitable mobile phone here. Some of the smartphones on this list also have a dual front camera setup which can take selfies with bokeh/depth effect also known as portrait mode. 18:9 and 19:9 aspect ratio displays have also been a trend lately and you will a lot of latest phones with bezel-less full view/infinity notch displays. Also, take a look at the best dual front camera phones.

You will find a brief review of every phone with their ratings and buy links. Links to user reviews have also been provided for every phone.

Let's take a look at the best selfie phones available in India with a great front camera.

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1. Vivo V11 Pro

V11 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Starry Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹25999



Brief Review:

Vivo V11 Pro is the successor of Vivo V9 which was launched earlier this year and was one of the first mid-range phones with a notch display. Vivo V11 Pro is a big upgrade over V9 as Vivo has updated the internal hardware and has added some latest features as well. Let's take a look at the brief review of Vivo V11 Pro.

The first thing everyone is going to notice in a smartphone is its design and Vivo V11 Pro excels at that. V11 Pro has a beautiful design. The display on the front is a large 6.4 inch panel with minimal bezels. The notch is tiny and houses the front camera. The chin at the bottom is small as well. The screen to body ratio of over 90% which is something you don't see in midrange phones. Moreover, the display panel is Super AMOLED which looks beautiful which high contrast and rich colors. The back of the phone has a dual color design with a nice glossy finish. Overall, this is one of the most beautiful phones you will see in this range.

The rear camera on the Vivo V11 Pro is a dual setup with a 12MP color sensor + 5MP depth sensor for taking portrait mode pictures. On the front there is a 25MP sensor. Both front and rear cameras take excellent pictures in outdoor good lighting conditions. The pictures are sharp with plenty of details, good contrast and saturation. The dynamic range is pretty good as well. The front camera on the phone is one of the best selfie camera we have seen. It takes excellent selfie shots. You can also choose various filters, stickers and beautification levels. The camera performance of the phone is excellent. The only thing you won't like about the camera is the video recording which is average because of no OIS or EIS support.

Now coming to the internals. The Vivo V11 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which is a powerful midrange chipset. There is 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on this device. Powerful processor and plenty of RAM means the device is able to handle multitasking and gaming with ease. You won't notice any lag during day to day usage. Heavy games like PUBG also run fine on this smartphone. 

If you need more storage then you can do that with the MicroSD slot which can increase the storage by up to 256GB. The MicroSD slot is dedicated so you won't be compromising with the dual sim functionality of the device. It is a dual VOLTE device so you can use two 4G sims simultaneously. 

The Vivo V11 Pro runs on Funtouch OS which is a skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. Funtouch OS is heavily customised skin with a lot of extra apps and features. If you like to use features like dual apps then you would like it. Things are a bit complicated though and the settings menu is not really ease to use and you might need sometime before getting used to it. 

Vivo V11 Pro comes with 2 new exiting features. First is the in-display fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is below the display and is not visible. Vivo says this is 4th generation in-display sensor and is faster and more accurate then the previous ones. The second exiting feature is the IR face unlock. Vivo is using the front camera for the face unlock and they have added IR as well which helps to unlock the phone in dark conditions. Both in-display fingerprint sensor and IR face unlock are nice to see in a mid-range smartphone. The performance is not the best but you can improve that by enabling a setting where the phone uses both fingeprint and face unlock together to unlock the device faster. 

The battery inside the V11 Pro is a 3400 mAh battery. It is not a big battery but V11 Pro does have power efficient AMOLED display and Snapdragon 660 chipset. Thanks to these, the battery backup of the phone is good and it will easily last for a day on a single charge. The phone supports fast charging and also comes with a fast charger inside the box and charges the phone completely in around 1 hours and 40 minutes. 

Overall, Vivo V11 Pro is an great mid-range phone. It offers a great design, gorgeous display, powerful processor, good cameras and latest features like in-display fingeprint and IR face unlock. If you have a budget of around Rs. 25000 then this is the phone you should buy.

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2. OPPO F9 Pro

F9 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Red, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹23990



Brief Review:

Oppo has launched the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro which are the successors of the last year's Oppo F7. The latest phones have some improvements, we won't call it a big upgrade. The F9 and F9 Pro are exact same phones with only one difference which is the RAM. F9 comes with 4GB RAM and F9 Pro comes with 6GB RAM.

The Oppo F9/F9 Pro comes with a very modern design. Oppo has ditched the rectangular notch which we have been seeing on almost every other smartphone. Oppo has come up with a new notch called as waterdrop notch. The notch is really small and houses the front camera. The bezels are minimal and screen to body ratio is over 90% which is excellent for a phone priced under 20000. 

The display size is 6.3 inches with Full HD Plus resolution and an aspect ratio of around 19.5:9. The display is beautiful with rich colors, good saturation, and contrast. Because of the small notch and thin bezels, watching movies or playing games on this device is a great experience. 

On the back, you will see some 3D effects. Oppo has used 2 colors on the back with diamond cuts which can be seen from an angle. It is a fresh design and you will love it if you are bored of seeing boring plain black or white backs. If you don't like flashy stuff then you might hate the back of Oppo F9. The phone comes in 2 colors: Red and Blue. Blue one is our favorite. 

The thickness is under 8mm and it weighs around 170 grams. You will find it comfortable in hand. One hand usage might not be possible though.

On the back, we have a fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup. The Oppo F7 came with a single 16MP camera but this time Oppo has added a secondary 2MP depth sensor to help with portrait mode pictures with depth/bokeh effect. The front camera is the same 25MP shooter as we saw on the F7. The camera performance is similar to F7. The outdoor pictures look vibrant with good amount of details. The indoor pictures under low light conditions are not that great and not bad either. Oppo is using AI to enhance the pictures depending on the scene. The selfies look great as well. The phone will beautify your face using AI. If you don't like that, you can turn it off. Overall, it is a good camera phone with shots that are rich, vibrant and well balanced.

Under the hood, Oppo F9 and F9 Pro have a MediaTek Helio P60. Helio P60 is a very capable SoC with 8 cores out of which 4 are high-performance Cortex A73s while the other 4 are high-efficiency Cortex A53s, all clocked at 2.0GHz. For all your gaming needs there’s a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU which also works well. The hardware is powerful and power efficient and you won't face any day while day to day usage or gaming. On Antutu, you can expect a score of around 135000 which is similar to the score of Snapdragon 660. 

The Oppo F9 and F9 Pro pack a 3500mAh battery, which is decent capacity. Thanks to the power efficient SoC, you can expect a day of backup with heavy usage and 1.5 days of backup with low to medium usage. The phone comes with VOOC fast charging which is really fast. You can get 2 hours of talking with 5 minutes of charge. This is crazy quick. Oppo has bundled a 20W Fast charger in the box which is great. 

The Oppo F9 runs on Color OS which is a skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Color OS is a heavily customized skin and has a lot of bloatware. If you are someone who likes the look and feel of stock Android then Oppo F9 is not for you. If you absolutely hate the skin and like the phone then installing Nova launcher is a good option.

And to your caution, there’s no IP rating on this one so keep it as far from liquids and dust as possible.

The Oppo F9 is priced at 19990 and the F9 Pro is priced at 23990. We think F9 provides more value for money. The F9 Pro has just 2GB of extra RAM so spending extra 4000 for it doesn't make a lot of sense. 

Oppo F9 is a gorgeous smartphone with latest features at the decent price. Go for it if you need a fresh looking smartphone with good cameras, a powerful processor at around 20k.

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3. Huawei Nova 3i

Nova 3i

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • 3340mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹20999



Brief Review:

Huawei and Honor have been looking to acquire a good share of the market with the introduction of their smartphone in all the price range. Huawei Nova 3i seems to be a good bet which offers a notch display beautiful design, good camera with a plethora of AI features and dual camera as both rear and front. Nova 3i has a good value for money score with a premium feel for a budget of under 20000. Let us look at the reviews, features, specifications and every minute details of the Huawei Nova 3i.

Huawei Nova 3i comes with a big 6.3-inch notch type full view display with a glass design at back and a metal frame in between front and back. the display has perfect viewing angles, colour reproduction and we have no complaints of this great Full HD plus resolution display on the Nova 3i. With the notch design, the aspect ratio in 19.5:9 and we just cannot think of anything beautiful than this in an under 20k budget. The glass back design looks amazing which produces different blue and purple colour shades at different angles.

The design looks pretty amazing and eye-catchy and is a total premium option to consider. But the back glass, as in all the phones is a fingerprint magnet, so keep a cover handy (maybe transparent one). The smartphone weighs around 169 gm and a 7.6 mm in width which enables easy hold and usage.

With Nova 3i, Huawei seems to have finally moved over the Kirin 659 as seen in almost all the budget range phones. Nova 3i comes powered with a Kirin 710 processor clubbed with 4 GB of RAM. Kirin 710 is much powerful than the Kirin 659 and Nova 3i scores around 1,38,000 on the Antutu giving a good challenge to the likes of Mi A2 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the performance. The gaming and multitasking experience is super smooth and no lags or hiccups could be observed.

Let us talk about the camera where the nova 3i comes with the dual camera on both front and back as was seen in the Honor 9i and the Honor 9 lite. The rear camera is vertically placed with dual sensors of 16MP and 2MP where the 2 MP is a depth sensor to take the portrait shots for bokeh effects. Here the shots are good in the daylight which crisp shots. The camera has AI features, where if you are clicking in the AI mode, it detects the objects and beautifies the image based on the algorithms. You also have the option to select the non-AI image if you like that for certain scenarios. you also get Qmoji support to animate your expression and voice. For the rear camera,  it struggles a bit on the low light shots and there is no 4K video support which is a bit of disappointment. If you are into shooting a lot of videos from the rear camera, we will not suggest you go for this as there a lot of better options available.

The front camera has a 24MP and 2MP dual sensors are located inside the notch and does not fail to impress us anytime. The front camera of Nova 3i clicks some exceptional photos and with a dedicated depth sensor for the bokeh effect, and the portrait clicks are also just amazing and spot on. We also get the AI support for the front camera as well on the 3i and helps to beautify the scenes with its AI recognition. 

This smartphone supports some other features like AI shopping and AI to directly buy by clicking any object in the image. It also supports AI gallery that allows you to search for similar images based on the sample images.

Nova 3i comes with a 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded using the hybrid micro SD card slot up to 256 GB. The smartphone runs on EMUI 8.2 built on Android 8.1 Oreo and has a smooth usage. It supports both face (throught the front camera) and fingerprint unlock and both are quick and accurate. 

The battery on Huawei Nova 3i is rated at 3340 mAh and runs through the day with a normal day to day usage like messaging, listening to songs and browsing over the internet. Nova 3i has a micro USB slot and not a Type C  and neither does the screen has scratch protection which are some of the disappointments. Also, there is no IP rating on this phone so keep it safe from the water and dust.

So what you get in this 20k budget smartphone are beautiful looks, decent camera and good performance. But before you make a decision and have a knack of powerful performance over the looks, then look at the Honor play review which was launched a few days after the Huawei Nova 3i and comes with Kirin 970 and offers much better performance, better battery but harder to grab as it comes in flash sale.

 

 

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4. Samsung Galaxy J8

Galaxy J8

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Colors

Best Price ₹18999



Brief Review:

Samsung Galaxy J8 is the next smartphone under 20000 to hold an infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. As seen in almost all the Samsung smartphones of above 15000 range, they come with an AMOLED display. This Galaxy J8 has a screen size of 6 inches with HD Plus resolution. The screen is bright and has a good colour reproduction but it is only the Samsung phones that provide HD Plus display in this price range while other smartphones offer Full HD Display. But on the other hand, Samsung uses Super AMOLED display in all its smartphones, which is one of the best in the smartphone. So you will have no issues watching movies or videos on the phone as the colours on the screen are sharp and bright.

Talking about the build quality, this phone is build of polycarbonate(plastic body) and the frame in between is of metal. The quality is decent and feels good to hold in hand. Samsung Galaxy A6 priced at 22000 offers metal build quality but the camera performance is much better in Galaxy J8 as discussed below, J8 also has a bigger display and is priced around 3000 less than the A6.

Galaxy J8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with 4 GB of RAM and scores around 57000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark. The processor is same as seen in the Redmi 5 and the Antutu score is much lower when compared to the powerful Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.  But with Samsung optimizations, the phone works fine for day to day usage with no lags observed, though playing very high-end games will not be feasible and is not suggested. Using multiple applications at a time are smooth but not top notch. 4GB of RAM has a good role to play here for the multitasking so normal day to day browsing, using the camera, YouTube and low to mid-end games will go on smoothly.

Samsung has put a special focus on camera in all the latest phone launch, and this Galaxy J8 follows the same trend. It gets a dual rear camera of 16 MP(f/1.9) and 5MP(f/1.7) with a single LED flash placed vertically in the middle on the back. The front camera has a 16MP sensor with a LED flash. Both the front and rear camera click brilliant images with perfect colour contrast and saturation. The bokeh effect from the rear camera just looks amazing and overall the camera is one of the best in this price range and surely going to give a tough competition. The low light shots are also perfect with very little or no noise.

With the rear camera, Samsung J8 has introduced three new features to allow click and create the different type of images and they are Portrait Dolly, Background Blur Shape and Portrait Backdrop. In the Background Blur Shape,  it allows the user to add a soft touch to the blur and applies different shapes like heart, butterflies, stars etc. In the Portrait Dolly feature, which creates a GIF of the image where the main person or object zooms out of the background adding a cinematic feel. In the last Portrait Backdrop feature, which allows you to change the focus of the image after clicking it (LIVE FOCUS), and blurs the rest of the image and also adds some cool funky effects in the background.

This smartphone also a new feature of "Chat Over Video" which allows you to chat while watching the video on the phone. The chatting background box is transparent and a pop up comes on one corner that allows you to chat simultaneously while watching the video in the background.

It comes with an internal storage of 64 GB and can be expanded up to 256 GB using a dedicated MicroSD card slot and can be used as a proper dual sim smartphone. Galaxy J8 supports a fingerprint unlocking and the sensor is placed just below the rear camera setup. It also supports face unlocking and both methods are accurate and work smoothly. Samsung Galaxy J8 runs on Android Oreo 8.0 and has very little bloatware. The skin is smooth and easy to use.

Galaxy J8 is powered by a battery rated at 3500 mAh and easily works throughout the day, there is no fast charging available with this smartphone, which only a few smartphones support in this price range. The handset comes with a Samsung branded earphone is the box which no company offers these days and there is also a one-time screen replacement free of cost if you buy this phone before 31st July 2018.  There is no IP rating on this phone so keep it protected from dust and water. 

The Samsung J series like the Samsung Galaxy J6 and this Galaxy J8 have better value for money compared to the other smartphones and one of our top picks if you are looking for a Samsung phone under 20k.

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5. Redmi Y2 64GB

Y2 64GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3080mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold Colors

Best Price ₹12999



Brief Review:

Xiaomi has come up with another phone in the under 10000-15000 segment. The Redmi Y1 which was launched last year as a selfie smartphone has received some significant upgrades in terms of internal hardware, cameras, and display. Let's take a look at the brief review of Redmi Y2.

Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch display of 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. The display is bright and vivid with good color reproduction and viewing angles. The resolution is not Full HD so that's a bit disappointing but it is not a deal breaker. The bezel-less on the top and bottom have reduced so the overall size of the phone is similar to other 5.5 inches phones. The build quality of Redmi Y1 wasn't that great but Xiaomi has done a good job with Redmi Y2. The device feels good in the hand. The back is metal so it is a bit slippery but you do get a free transparent case in the box. It comes in 3 colors: Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. Our favorite color is Rose gold. 

Inside the Redmi Y2, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we have seen on Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5. Snapdragon 625 is a decent performer and very power efficient chipset so we don't have any complaints. The phone is available in 2 variants: 3GB RAM-32GB Storage and 4GB RAM-64GB Storage. If you are a heavy user and use a lot of apps and games then go for the 4GB-64GB variant. If your use only camera, social media apps etc then 3GB variant should be fine. The overall performance of the device is good and you won't face any lag during the day to day usage. Redmi Y2 scores around 70000 on Antutu benchmarks which is similar to Antutu score of other Snapdragon 625 devices like Redmi Note 5 and Mi A1.

Let's talk about camera now. Redmi Y2 is a camera-centric smartphone and have received a good upgrade in the camera department. There is a 12MP+5MP dual camera on the back. The camera is placed vertically just like it was on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The 12MP camera is a color sensor and 5MP camera is a depth sensor which helps to take portrait mode shots with depth effect. The rear camera performance is good in both daylight and low light conditions. The pixel size is 1.25um which helps to improve the low light performance. Edge detection in portrait mode is good as well.

The selfie camera on the Redmi Y2 is a 16MP sensor with a front flash. The front flash is very useful in low light conditions. The front camera also has portrait mode and can take pictures with depth effect. In our initial tests, the front camera performance was good. Edge detection wasn't that great and you might see your hair getting blurred in some of the shots. The front camera has features like AI beauty which removes blemishes and makes you look beautiful. The front camera is also used for face unlock which is not that quick but still, performance is decent. If you don't like face unlock then there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. It is safe to say that Redmi Y2 is the best budget camera smartphone available in India under Rs. 10000.

Redmi Y2 comes with MIUI 9.5 out of the box which is a custom skin based on Android 8.1. We don't really like MIUI because it comes with a lot of bloatware and the UI isn't great either but you can change that with a launcher. If you like to use dual apps, second space etc then MIUI is great for you.

The battery inside the Redmi Y2 is 3080 mAh and would last for a day on single charge. It would have been great if Xiaomi has gone with a 4000 mAh battery like on Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The charger inside the box is 5V, 2 Amps charger which will charge the device in around 2 hours. 

It is a dual sim device and Xiaomi has added a dedicated MicroSD slot this time which is great. If 32GB or 64GB is not enough for you, you can slide in a MicroSD card to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Redmi Y2 is not waterproof or dustproof and doesn't have any IP rating so keep it away from water and mud. 

The Redmi Y2 has been priced at 9999 for the 3GB-32GB variant and 12999 for 4GB-64GB variant. It is an Amazon India exclusive device. We think pricing is decent and you are getting good value for money. The price of the lower variant is same as Redmi Note 5. Redmi Y2 has better cameras and Redmi Note 5 has better battery and display. So go for Y2 is you are going to use the camera a lot. If you don't use the camera much then Note 5 or Realme 1 is a better option.

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6. OnePlus 6 64GB

6 64GB

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+12MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, White Colors

Best Price ₹34999



Brief Review:

From OnePlus One in 2014 to OnePlus 6 in 2018, OnePlus has come a long way. OnePlus One was a stunning device with flagship specs at less than half the price. Things have changed a lot from then. OnePlus used to have no advertising budget and the OnePlus One offered very high value for money. Now, OnePlus spends a good amount on advertising and the price is going up every year. The price has increased by around 70% in last 4 years but OnePlus has managed to build a following so people don't really seem to mind the price increase. Let's talk about the latest OnePlus 6 now.

OnePlus 6 is probably the most beautiful phone made by OnePlus. The mirror black variant has a glass back and looks gorgeous. It is a bit slippery though which is obvious because of the glass back. There's also a Midnight black color and White color as well. The display on the front is 6.28 inches AMOLED panel with 19:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus has jumped on to the notch trend. If you hate the notch then there's an option in settings to remove it. The resolution of the display is still Full HD 2280x1080p. The display is sharp, bright and vibrant and we have no complaints. The display is covered by Gorilla Glass 5 which will protect it from scratches.

The cameras on the OnePlus 6 are same as the ones on OnePlus 5T. The pixel size has improved though which means low light pictures would be better. There is a f/2.0 16MP selfie camera on the front with 1um pixel size. There is EIS on the front camera as well which means videos will be stable. The front camera performance is good with good amount of details and accurate color reproduction. You can also take bokeh/portrait mode selfies from the front camera. The front camera is also being used for face unlocking which seems to work well.

The camera setup on the back is 16MP+20MP dual setup with same f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus is not using any telephoto lens or wide angle lens as the second sensor. The secondary sensor is just there to increase the level of details and improve low light performance. The primary 16MP sensor has both OIS and EIS which means the stabilization will be excellent. You can also record 4K videos at 60FPS and slow-motion videos are also supported at 240FPS 1080p and 480FPS at 720p. The camera performance of the OnePlus 6 is excellent. The portrait mode shots have a decent amount of blur with good edge detection.

The hardware inside the OnePlus 6 is very powerful. You get the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 64, 128 or 256 GB of storage depending on which variant you choose. The device is blazing fast. The apps open and close really quick. No matter what kind or how many apps or games you open and use, you won't notice any kind of lag on this device. The performance is visible in benchmark scores as well. The OnePlus 6 scores around 270000 on Antutu Benchmark which is one of the highest scores as of May 2018. On Geekbench, OnePlus 6 scores around 2500 on a single core and around 9000 on multi-core. 

The battery inside the OnePlus 6 is 3300 mAh battery which is same as the one we saw on OnePlus 5T. The Snapdragon 845 is more efficient than the SD835 but the screen area on the 6 has increased so you will get almost same backup as 5T. On a single charge, it will last for a day with ease. If you are a heavy user then the Dash charging will come to your rescue. It can charge the device to 50% in just 30 minutes which is crazy quick. 

The OnePlus 6 is running on Oxygen OS which is almost stock Android 8.1 with some useful features and no bloatware as all. Powerful hardware and stock android helps OnePlus 6 to deliver great experience.

For audio, there are speakers at the bottom and the 3.5mm audio jack is still there. It is great to see that OnePlus is not throwing the jack away for no reasons as all like some of the other brands did.

The OnePlus 6 comes in 3 variants. The 6GB RAM 64GB storage will cost you 34999, the 8GB 128GB will cost you 39999 and the 8GB 256GB variant will cost you 44999 in India.

Overall, OnePlus 6 is an impressive device. It is not a big upgrade over 5T. The display is larger, the camera is a bit better and the internal hardware is even more powerful. It is a great device but we won't call it a flagship killer because the display is still 1080p, still no wireless charging and still no IP rating. OnePlus needs to work on those areas to make it a true flagship killer. 

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7. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB

Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Grey Colors

Best Price ₹14999



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Asus has partnered with Flipkart to launch exclusive smartphones for next 3 years. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the first smartphone to be launched under the partnership. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has specs similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been doing very well in the Indian market. Let's take a look at the brief review of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

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The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch display with Full HD+ resolution. The display has 450 nits brightness and is very colourful and vivid. The viewing angles are good as well. The display is covered with a 2.5D glass which gives it a premium look. Asus has reduced the bezels on the top and bottom so the overall size of the phone is still same as a 5.5-inch device. The design is bit boring though. You get metal unibody design so nothing special or new here. The phone weighs 180 grams which is surprising considering the massive 5000 mah battery it carries. Overall, the phone feels good in the hand. 

Let's talk about the battery which is the USP of this device. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a large 5000 mah battery which will provide a battery backup of 2 to 3 days on a single charge. If you hate charging your phone every day then you are going to love Max Pro M1. Asus claims that it can run Youtube for 20 hours. The phone comes with a 10-watt charger and it charging time is expected to be little less than 3 hours. The charging time is decent considering the large battery size.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a dual 16MP + 5MP rear camera with a 1.12-micron pixel size for better low light performance. The camera performance is good under daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures look colorful with a good amount of details. The camera can take portrait mode pictures as well. In our initial tests, the bokeh effect looked good with proper edge detection. The rear camera can also record 4K videos. Asus claims that this is the best camera in class. 

The selfie camera on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a 16MP shooter with a LED flash. The front camera is a great performer in both indoor and outdoor lighting. 

The chipset inside the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is Snapdragon 636 which was launched globally with Redmi Note 5 Pro. The SD636 chipset is very powerful and can handle any task you throw at it. Using multiple apps and games is going to be a breeze. Thanks to the powerful chipset, Zenfone Max Pro M1 scores around 116000 on the Antutu Benchmarks which is a bit higher than the score of Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Asus is taking audio quality very seriously as well. There is a Maxxbox which amplifies the sound by 2X. For audio via 3.5 mm jack, Asus has added an NXP audio chipset which improves the sound quality. Sound quality is usually not given importance in the mid-range devices so it is good to see Asus doing something different here to improve the user experience.

On Software side, you get pure Android Oreo on Zenfone Max Pro M1. This is a great step from Asus. There is almost no bloatware on the device. Asus promises to provide next 2 big Android updates as well. So you will get Android P and Android Q

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in 2 variants: 32GB storage and 3GB RAM variant would cost your Rs. 10999 and 64GB - 4GB variant will cost you 12999 only. This is excellent pricing from Asus. Asus has used LPDDR4X RAM which should improve the overall experience. If you are a heavy user then go for the 4GB RAM variant as the extra 1 gig of RAM should help a lot in multi-tasking. The MicroSD slot is dedicated so you can use 2 sim cards with a MicroSD card. The 6GB RAM variant comes with better front and back camera setup and is priced at 14999.

Overall, we think Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an impressive device. It comes with the latest display, powerful chipset, decent cameras, pure Android. Multitasking is great and the battery lasts for 2 days. It is clearly one of the best phones in this price range.

 

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8. Vivo V9

V9

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3260mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Gold, Black Colors

Best Price ₹18990



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Vivo V9 is the latest smartphone launched by Vivo on 23rd March 2018. Vivo has always been focused towards the selfie camera, but this time, in addition to the Selfie Camera, Vivo has come up with many new features and yeah the notch as well. In terms of design, V9 looks mesmerizingly beautiful with a bezel-less display of 6.3 Inches Full HD+ display having 1080 x 2280 resolution. It is a FullView Display panel with19:9 aspect ratio (90% Body to Screen Ratio) and a notch at the top similar to iPhone X, but is smaller and narrower.

Talking about the specifications, Vivo V9 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 which scores approximately 67000 on the Antutu Benchmark Score. It has 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256 GB with a dedicated SD card slot and Dual sim usage.

In the camera department, Vivo V9 has a rear dual sensor of 16MP and 5MP which is placed vertically on the back. The Rear Camera produces perfect bokeh shots and uses AI techniques to improvise on the images. The dual camera has a wide angle lens so you can capture more in a single shot.  You can even shoot first and focus later, transforming every photo into an artistic masterpiece.

The front camera is a 24 MP sensor and reflects the inclination of Vivo towards Selfie, the selfie also supports depth/bokeh effect using Artifical Intelligence(AI) .V9 comes with AI Face Beauty that uses Machine Learning to find users' age, skin tone, sex and other features to "truly represent the person beauty". It also features a Selfie Lighting feature as was seen in iPhone X. So you will never be short of a great camera and selfie images anytime. It also has AR stickers for selfies which is just like Snapchat filters.

Vivo V9 also puts emphasis AI Smart Engine that is responsible to handle storage and app launching based on user behavior and AI Attention Scanning that lowers the volume of notification when the user is looking on the display. In terms of unlocking, it comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back and also supports face unlocking that again uses AI and Machine Learning (AI Face Access) that improves the accuracy of the Face Unlock Feature. Both the methods work smoothly and have very good accuracy.

On the Software front, Vivo V9 runs on Funtouch OS 4.0 which is a custom skin built over Android Oreo 8.1. The UI is clean and comes with many software features to ease your day to day activities. The battery of Vivo V9 is rated at 3290mAH and given the big screen size it lasts only for a day. Fast Charging is supported in Vivo V9 with the mobile getting fully charged in less than 1.5 hours  The battery is not a huge one to keep the check on the thickness and weight which just measure 7.9 mm and 150gm respectively. Vivo V9 is not water resistant or dust proof as it does not have any IP rating.

So if you are looking for a great camera setup and Fun of AI in your life, you can go for it, there is only one small disappointment that it runs 2 years old Snapdragon 626 which has been preceded by Snapdragon 630 and 636. Still, the overall performance is good and you won't face any lags while multi-tasking or gaming.

It is available both on Flipkart and Amazon at 22990 with different offers which can be checked on the links above. Overall, it is a great looking smartphone with excellent cameras. Go for it if your budget is around 25000.

Launch Offer on Flipkart: Flipkart is offering extra 2000 off on exchange. Plus, 5% instant discount (Rs. 1150) if you pay with HDFC cards. 0% Interest EMI also available.

Launch Offer on Amazon: Amazon is also offering extra 2000 off on exchange. Plus, 5% cashback in Amazon Pay if you with any credit or debit card. 0% Interest EMI also available.

 

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9. Samsung S9 Plus

S9 Plus

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 400 GB
  • 6.2 inch QHD+1440x2960p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+12MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Purple Colors

Best Price ₹64900



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As it has been for the past couple of years, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is not the lone warrior Samsung unleashed before the world. The plus model, aimed at people who love big smartphones is named Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Same as Galaxy S9, the S9+ is not monumentally different from last years S8+. The device looks identical to S8+ with a few minor changes.

S9+ just like the S9 refines the best phone Samsung has ever made and takes it all the way further. It follows the same glass sandwich design with metal unibody and glass encasing. The brilliant infinity display is the one and the only thing on the front, which is 6.2-inch diagonally, Super AMOLED display with a breathtaking resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels at 18.5:9 aspect ratio (~529 PPI).

We don’t need to tell you what infinity display looks like, Its one of the best displays out there, probably the best on a smartphone if you can take a little over saturation of colors. The display topples iPhone X display to rank the best display. It is HDR10 compliant and with everything rest aside, in a nutshell, the display is the best in the market.

The Galaxy S9 Plus is not much different when it comes to performance from its smaller brother. The device is also based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 and is what you expect from every flagship in 2018. Where it is different from S9 is that S9+ plus gets high on RAM this time around, with 6GB RAM compared to 4GB on the S9. The tear through all your graphics workloads, Adreno 630 is onboard.

The device comes in two versions with 64/256GB of onboard storage which is also expandable up to 400GB using MicroSD. The slot is hybrid though so you cannot use 2 sim cards and a MicroSD at the same time.

Samsung is very proud of the cameras on the Galaxy S9 and S9+. This time around, Samsung has decided to create more distinction between S9+ and S9 by including a dual camera setup on the S9+ while S9 has to go with a single camera setup. Both the primary cameras on the devices are identical with variable aperture - the first in a smartphone. The primary sensor is a 12MP, f/1.5 + f/2.4 variable aperture sensor while the other one is also a 12MP, f/2.4 wide-angle sensor for depth information.

The smartphone retains the same 8MP f/1.7 sensor on the front as in case of last year’s Galaxy S8+. Galaxy S9+ also catches up to iPhone X with super slow-mo video capabilities which enable the smartphone to record at 960fps.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ similar to Galaxy S9 runs on Android Oreo, tweaked a lot by Samsung. The software is fast and responsive but carries a boatload of bloatware and redundant apps by Samsung. The UI is minimal and pleasing to the eyes.

The Galaxy S9+ is IP68 certified same as Galaxy S9 - so you can take it out in rain or close to a pool.

Finally, Samsung has put a stereo speakers in a Galaxy smartphone, up front. It keeps the headphone jack, which is certainly rare in 2018. The battery is a 3500mAh one which is not enough for a 6.2-inch smartphone in 2018. It will pull off the day if you are an average user, otherwise do keep a charger around. Talking about charging, Fast charging is available along with wireless charging on the Galaxy S9+.

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10. Redmi Note 5 Pro

Note 5 Pro

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹14999



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Xiaomi has grown tremendously over last 2 years and disrupted the Smartphone Market to become the leader. This is credited to the success of Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 which were bestsellers last year.  On 14th Feb, Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in India and is set to break and shake the industry again. Check out Redmi Note 5 here.

Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99-inch Bezelless(18:9) display which looks beautiful and marks the entry of Xiaomi in bezel-less phones in the budget segment. The infinity display has a resolution of 1080p Full HD Plus which good viewing angles and vibrant and punchier colors. Note 5 Pro has a metal unibody design and a very strong build quality, something inspired by the Redmi Note 4.

The display size, though, has increased to 5.99 inches, the size of the device is almost same as other 5.5 inch devices as Xiaomi has reduced the bezels. So if you are using a 5.5-inch device, you won't find any difficulty operating with Redmi 5 Pro. With no bezels, the navigation buttons move to On-Screen buttons.

On the Camera side, the smartphone does a wonderful job, it comes with a Dual Rear Camera with a Sony12MP sensor with f2.2 aperture and a Samsung 5MP sensor with f2.0 aperture. These 2 lenses on the back are stacked vertically, similar to something seen in iPhone X. The dual camera can take excellent portrait mode pictures with bokeh effect. Performance is similar to what we saw on Mi A1.

On the Front Camera, we have a special selfie-focused Sony IMX376 sensor, with a resolution of 20MP and f2.0 aperture. It is a great camera for selfies lovers. There is flash on the front side so low light selfies also look decent. Do note that the front camera is capable of taking portrait mode selfies as well with bokeh effect. During our initial test, the selfies came out sharp. The portrait mode worked well with good edge detection and blur effect. We think Redmi 5 Pro is probably the best selfie phone from Xiaomi.

Let's talk about video recording now. Redmi Note series has been weak with video recording as there was no stabilization available. But things have changed now and Redmi Note 5 Pro has EIS(Electronic Stabilization) so the videos won't be shaky and will look much better than other Redmi Series smartphones. In our initial tests, the videos looked good and stabilization also worked well. There's no option to record 4K videos so that a negative.

The camera on both front and rear does a brilliant job overall and you won't have any complaints given the price point at which Xiaomi offers all these features. This Camera performance of Redmi Note 5 Pro has a lot of improvements compared to Redmi Note 4(2017 Best Selling Smartphone) or the Redmi Note 5. Camera lovers won't be disappointed with Redmi Note 5's performance.

This budget beast gets a big boost in the processor department and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 which has an Antutu Score of around 1,10,000. Redmi Note 4 comes with Snapdragon 625 which scores around 65000 on Antutu benchmark. So by this comparison, the Note 5 Pro has 70-80% more processing power. 

It comes in two variants, one with 4GB RAM and other with 6GB of RAM clubbed with 64 GB of internal memory in both the variants, assuring of a power-packed performance with Smooth Multitasking and no lag or delay even with the higher end games. Xiaomi has used DDR4 RAM here which is a great thing because we don't really see DDR4 in budget phones. Only the flagship phones are using DDR4 as of now.

The back of Redmi Note 5 Pro has a curved back making it easier to hold and grip. There is a 2.5D gorilla glass on the display. With a strong build quality, great looks, this Note 5 Pro certainly feels nice in hand. Xiaomi has added a translucent silicon case in the box which fits the phone very nicely. Thumbs up to Xiaomi for adding a free case.

Redmi Note 5 Pro, comes with a fingerprint sensor that is quick in unlocking your phone. Xiaomi has added the face unlock feature in the first update. In our initial tests, the face unlock has been working great. It is quick and unlocks the phone in less than a second. Plus, it works even when your phone is about at waist height and you are looking at it. So, you can just take your phone out of pocket and look at it, it will unlock. You don't need to lift the phone to face height to unlock it. We liked the speed and accuracy of the Xiaomi's face lock. Also, it didn't work when eyes were closed so you don't have to worry about someone unlocking your phone when you are sleeping.

The Redmi Note 5 is not water resistant or dust proof as it does not have any IP rating.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is running on latest MIUI 9 which is based on Android Nougat 7.1.2,  which will surely be upgraded to Android Oreo in the near future. Those who love stock android won't like the MIUI interface so just go for Nova Launcher.

Still not able to hold what all this smartphone offer. Hold Tight. Apart from raking in the best features in all the departments, This Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a big 4000mAH which can easily last of 1.5 - 2 days in case of normal usage, given it comes with a power efficient processor. In first few days of use, we got 7 to 8 hours of screen on time which is excellent for a large 6 inch display phone with a powerful processor.

Our charging tests are still in progress and we will add results here soon. 

With ranking high in this department as well, Redmi Note 5 Pro, does not leave any point that can be strictly negative towards it.

Overall, Redmi Note 5 Pro is a great value for money smartphone which looks decent and performs well. If your budget is around 15k then go for it.

Note: This was a brief review. If you want to take a look at benchmarks, battery test, camera samples then take a look at >> In-depth Review of Redmi Note 5 Pro

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So this was our list of best selfies smartphone with a great camera. We hope it was helpful and you were able to find a suitable smartphone. If you are still confused then this is our final suggestion:

Under 10000: Go for Redmi Y2

Under 15000: Go for Vivo Y83

Under 20000: Go for Vivo V9

Under 25000: Go for Oppo F9 Pro

and above that go for OnePlus 6.