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Top affordable selfie smartphones in India

Here are the top budget smartphones in India that come with impressive front camera capabilities without compromising on features and specifications.

tech Updated: May 23, 2018 16:59 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
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Looking for a phone with great selfie camera? Here are the top value-for-money selfie phones in India.(Shutterstock image)

Taking selfies with your phone is no longer considered odd. A lot of credit for the growing selfie craze should go to the rapid evolution of the front camera in the last decade. From the front LED flash to dual-front cameras and portrait modes, modern phones have a lot to offer in this regard. And the improvement in front cameras has only helped people make more video calls over WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook Messenger.

Nowadays, every other smartphone company claims to offer the best selfie phone, making it hard for you to arrive at a decision. Note that just bumping up camera megapixels don’t necessarily result into great photos. Camera quality depends on various factors, including sensors, processing and software algorithms under the hood. Also, when you’re looking for a new phone with a better front camera, don’t overlook the importance of a good chipset, RAM and other things that ensure an end-to-end user experience.

If you’re looking for a smartphone with a good selfie camera but don’t want to spend a bomb on it, here’s a list for you.

Vivo V9

Price: Rs 22,990

Vivo V9 is quite a good looking smartphone with an ultra-slim profile. Also, it has an iPhone X-like notch with a higher screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ FullView Display with 19:9 aspect ratio, and a whopping 90% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. The phone comes with 64GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage of up to 256GB. Vivo V9 comes with a 3,260 mAh battery.

Talking about its highlight, the phone has a 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with an AI-based “Face Beauty” mode to enhance your selfies. It can also deliver portrait mode and comes with AR stickers. On the back, the smartphone sports a combination of 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors with f/2.0 aperture.

Oppo F7

Price: Rs 21,990

Just like Vivo V9, Oppo F7 also comes with an iPhone X-like notch screen while delivering a higher screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone is available in Solar Red, Moonlight Silver and Diamond Black.

The Oppio F7 stands out for its AI-based 25-megapixel front camera that has f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone comes with the company’s AI Beauty 2.0 for improved selfies. You can take photos in Portrait mode with the selfie camera. There are also a few AR stickers. A Vivid Mode allows the phone to automatically optimise the selfies depending upon your outfit and backdrop. The preloaded AI also learns and edits photos in accordance with your preferences.

Apart from the solid front camera, Oppo F7 comes with 6.23-inch full HD+ display. It is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P60 octa-core processor. The smartphone is available in two storage variants of 4GB RAM plus 64GB storage and 6GB RAM plus 128GB storage. On the back, it has a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and LED flash.

Other key features of the phone include a 3,400mAh battery, Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi Redmi Y1/ Redmi Y2

Price: Rs 8,999

Last year, Xiaomi introduced a new series for selfie enthusiasts. Redmi Y1 has a 16-megapixel selfie camera with an LED flash. It is also pre-loaded with Xiaomi’s Beautify 3.0, a mode that automatically improves your photos while preserving facial features.

Redmi Y1 features a 5.5-inch display with HD resolution. Running on custom MIUI, the smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Redmi Y1 is also available in a 4GB+64GB variant, which is priced at Rs 10,999. Other key features of the phone include a 13-megapixel rear camera, dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a 3,080mAh battery.

The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is an excellent choice for someone looking for a selfie phone but doesn’t want to spend more than Rs 11,000. If you can wait for a couple of months, you may consider the Redmi Y2 that was launched in China recently.

The phone comes with a 16-megapixel front camera and AI-based features like ‘Portrait Mode’ and ‘Smart Beauty’. The phone has HDR support, phase detection auto focus (PDAF), electronic image stabilisation (EIS) and full HD video recording support.

Oppo Realme1

Price: Rs 8,990

Realme is Oppo’s online-only brand. The first phone under the new brand, Realme1 is aimed at young customers who are looking for a premium design under Rs 10,000 but don’t want to compromise on key components like performance and camera. As far as the camera is concerned, Realme1 has an 8-megapixel sensor on the front. The device features Oppo’s Vivid bokeh mode to deliver DSLR-like shallow depth-of-field effect. The smartphone also features AI Beauty, real-time object recognition and AR stickers. Other key features of the phone include 6-inch full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, MediaTek Helio P20 processor, 3GB/6GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, and 3,410mAh battery. The phone comes with an AI battery management mode that monitors usage pattern and kills background apps accordingly. Oppo Realme1 runs Color OS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

First Published: May 23, 2018 16:58 IST