8 best smartphones for selfies
*A review of the best according to the editors of expertology.ru. About selection criteria. This material is subjective, is not an advertisement and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Recently, an increasing number of people regularly take their smartphone out of their pocket in order to take a selfie. But a couple of decades ago, we didn’t even think about taking a picture of ourselves if we didn’t have a tripod at hand. Now we don’t even need a selfie stick! Many smartphones have a wide-angle front camera, so that not only your face, but also other people (or some landmark, if you stand in front of it) get into the frame. Many, but not all. If you want to buy a smartphone that is ideal for shooting «selfies», then be sure to check out our rating. But don’t expect mentions of budget devices in it — such devices cannot boast of an excellent front camera, no matter what their advertising says.
Rating of the best smartphones for selfies
The rating is based on RankQuality data.
Apple iPhone X 128GB
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.9
In 2017, the well-known company from Cupertino decided to release an anniversary iPhone. «Ten» for the first time received at its disposal a real AMOLED screen. This means that each pixel here glows independently. If an image with a lot of black color is displayed on the screen, the power consumption is reduced. And those blacks are going to be perfect — backlighting used to be on the iPhone, which ruined everything.
The main difference between the iPhone X and its predecessors is the cutout at the top of the display. In the people, this design element immediately received the name «monobrow». Inside the elegant cutout is a complex system of front camera and sensors. Its main task is to 3D-scan the user’s face. This unlocking method turned out to be very reliable, the manufacturer even decided to abandon the fingerprint scanner! Although it must be admitted that the fingerprint sensor in past Apple smartphones worked a little faster.
With the help of the front camera built into this device, you can create so-called animoji. This is when a video is created in which the smiley exactly repeats all your facial movements. And, of course, the front camera is capable of taking great photos. For this, a 7-megapixel matrix is \u200b\u200bused. But don’t be put off by this supposedly low resolution! The «apple» giant did a great job on optics, thanks to which he squeezed everything possible out of the matrix.
What else can this smartphone boast of? Of course, a chic rear camera — it is double, and both of its modules are supplemented with optical stabilization. The matrices used here have a 12-megapixel resolution. The aperture here is open to f / 1.8. With this camera, you can shoot 4K video, and even at 60 fps!
Of course, such a smartphone cannot but offer a high-speed wireless connection. For this, support for LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 is implemented here. Well, through Apple Pay, contactless payment will be carried out.
Alas, the smartphone has a number of shortcomings. For example, hardly anyone would call this selfie smartphone affordable. Even now, when a year and a half has passed since the announcement, about 60 thousand rubles are asked for this representative of our rating. Looking at this price tag, one immediately wonders about the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack. Also, not everyone will be satisfied with the SIM card slot, which is present here in a single copy. If you think about it, the screen here is by no means perfect. Its resolution is 2436×1125 pixels. For such money, I would like to get a parameter close to 4K.
Otherwise, it is quite difficult to find fault with a smartphone. It has a wireless charging function. Fast charging is also possible. The only pity is that the appropriate adapter will have to be purchased separately. Well, built-in memory is a moot point. Apple has traditionally released several variants of the iPhone X, differing in the amount of built-in storage. We recommend looking towards the 128 GB version of the smartphone. In this case, you will take selfies without worrying about the fact that one day there will not be enough space for new pictures.
- There are Bluetooth 5.0, LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac modules;
- Implemented water protection according to the IP67 standard;
- Long battery life;
- Built-in powerful processor;
- A decent amount of RAM and permanent memory;
- Supports Apple Pay;
- Stereo speakers are used;
- A good front camera that can create animoji;
- Wonderful rear camera;
- Can shoot 4K video at high frame rate;
- Good AMOLED display.
- Facial identification cannot be called very fast;
- A network adapter with support for fast charging needs to be purchased additionally;
- No 3.5mm audio jack;
- Only one SIM card slot;
- Unable to use memory card;
- Very high cost.
Honor View 20 6/128GB
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.8
The Chinese company Huawei has recently begun to please smartphones that do an excellent job with photo and video shooting. In particular, the Honor View 20 is such a device. This is one of the first devices, the display of which received a round cutout for the front camera lens. Also, the smartphone is able to boast of the almost complete absence of side frames. A small area remained only at the bottom of the front panel. In a word, such a gadget will definitely please fans of frameless smartphones.
The diagonal of the screen installed here is 6.4 inches. Permission cannot be called prohibitive. But even 2310×1080 pixels is quite normal for a device that does not have an astronomical price tag. In Russia, you can buy this model for 38 thousand rubles.
The main feature of the device is not the display. The standout feature of this selfie smartphone is the rear camera. You will not believe it, but the resolution of the main module has been increased to 48 megapixels! The pictures are very detailed! This may not be the level of a professional SLR camera, but it is already close to it. We recommend that you view your photos on a 4K TV or monitor so that you can see the pictures in all their glory. By the way, the images are bright enough even when shooting in bad weather or in the evening. Thanks for this, you need not only the auxiliary module, but also the f / 1.8 aperture. And this camera is capable of shooting 4K video. However, any smartphone that sells for that kind of money can boast of this.
But in this ranking, the emphasis is on selfie opportunities. In this regard, Honor View 20 also has no problems. On its front panel is a 25-megapixel front camera. The photos obtained with its help will suit even the fussy, who does not like this or that.
Despite the flagship status, the device has not lost its 3.5mm audio jack. This allows you to connect a selfie stick equipped with an appropriate wire. However, it is better to purchase a monopod that transmits a signal via Bluetooth instead, because there is support for this standard. And the device is able to exchange data via LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. The Chinese manufacturer has not forgotten the NFC chip, thanks to which a contactless method of paying for purchases is implemented.
Of course, such a smartphone could not help but get a top-end processor. And the buyer is waiting for 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory. Autonomous operation of the device provides a battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh. It is recharged via a USB Type-C connector.
You already understood that you need to look for flaws in such a smartphone under a magnifying glass. It is impossible to find fault even with the operating system, because the latest Android 9.0 is used here. Someone will not be satisfied only with the location of the fingerprint scanner — not everyone wants to reach for the back panel. But this sensor works — lightning fast!
- The back cover shimmers in the light;
- Large amount of memory;
- The latest version of the OS is installed;
- Built-in rear camera with very high resolution;
- An excellent front camera, hardly capable of disappointing;
- LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac networks are supported;
- Built-in NFC chip;
- A very powerful processor is used;
- There is a fingerprint scanner;
- Implemented support for fast charging technology.
- The case turned out to be very slippery;
- High price;
- Display resolution could be higher;
- There is no memory card slot.
Huawei Mate 20X 128GB
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.8
Next, we will talk about another creation of Huawei. This manufacturer distributes it under its own brand. This smartphone is no longer able to boast a round cutout in the screen. However, the design here is still the same frameless. A place for the camera was allocated using a teardrop-shaped cutout. It must be admitted that some users like it much more than the boring “monobrow”. Another important fact is that this device is endowed with an OLED display. This means perfect blacks and low power consumption.
However, the screen will not suit everyone. The thing is, it’s way too big. Its diagonal has been increased to 7.2 inches! Even with almost no bezels, this made the smartphone quite large. But even sadder is that the display resolution is 2244×1080 pixels. How could you be so stingy? Only 346 pixels per inch! This is not the level of such an expensive device!
The weight of the gadget, which reaches 232 g, also causes some criticism. But it is by no means connected with the display. It’s just that a heavy battery is installed here, the capacity of which is 5000 mAh. It is recharged via the USB Type-C port. As you might guess, connecting the charger is required once every two days, not more often.
Now on-screen fingerprint scanners have begun to become widespread. However, in the production of Huawei Mate 20X, it was decided to save money. Here, the fingerprint sensor should be looked for on the rear panel. There is also a triple chamber. It has excellent optics produced by Leica. As for the matrices, they have a resolution of 40, 20 and 8 megapixels. With the help of a triple camera, you can realize a variety of ideas. Want to fit more space into the frame? No problem! Do you want to blur the background? And the device copes with this task without difficulty! Even shooting in low light conditions is possible — the main module, which has an aperture of f / 1.8, helps out. Of course, 4K video recording is also available, albeit only at 30 fps. This smartphone can also be used for 3D scanning of objects.
Well, how does the front camera show itself? Also from the best side. Shooting it is carried out using a 24-megapixel matrix. Special algorithms will allow you to eliminate skin flaws, which without it can be seen without any difficulty. The aperture here is open to f / 2.0, which can be considered a good parameter. It is also impossible not to note the amount of permanent memory, which is 128 GB here. It seems that even the most frequent selfie shooting will not fill the free space to the eyeballs. However, it is always possible to use a memory card! But you will have to look not for microSD, but for NM Card — Huawei’s own development.
The operating system used here is Android 9.0, which is good news. And the smartphone also received a top-end processor — this is the Kirin 980, half of the cores of which operate at a clock frequency of 2.6 GHz. To access the Internet, LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac networks are used. Motorists will love the presence of a dual GPS chip, thanks to which navigation problems are virtually eliminated. To transmit sound to a wireless headset, Bluetooth 5.0 is used, supplemented by support for the aptX digital codec. Finally, there is also an NFC chip that helps in contactless payment. Yes, there is even an IR transmitter here, thanks to which you can replace a lost TV remote control with a smartphone!
In a word, this is another device, the shortcomings of which must be looked for under a microscope, if you forget about the size and resolution of the display. However, one of them comes to mind immediately. It’s the lack of waterproofing. No, it is here, but the IP53 certificate indicates that the device is not afraid only of rain and other splashes. It turns out that it is better not to take the device to the beach, to the pool or to the bathroom.
- The latest version of Android is installed;
- The display was created using AMOLED technology;
- Excellent triple camera;
- Built-in 24-megapixel front camera;
- LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 networks are supported;
- Contactless payment possible;
- The top processor is used;
- Built-in capacious battery;
- Large amount of memory;
- Don’t forget the fingerprint sensor.
- It would be possible to endow the device with better water protection;
- Not very high resolution display;
- The smartphone is heavy.
OPPO RX17 Pro
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.8
Another smartphone for selfies in our ranking, which received a waterdrop notch. This means that it matches the frameless design. Some area is preserved only under the display. And even then the dimensions did not allow either to build in touch keys or to put the manufacturer’s logo.
This device is a flagship running Android 8.1. Not the latest version of the operating system, but it is unlikely to become obsolete in the coming years. On sale you can find at least three color options for the device. All of them are very unusual. Now a similar coloring of the back panel is commonly called a chameleon. Alas, one shortcoming immediately catches the eye. There is no usual 3.5 mm «mini-jack». If your headphones are wired, you will need to use a USB Type-C adapter.
The modern USB interface allows you to insert the cable the first time, which was previously unthinkable. It is also capable of passing a high current through itself. Thanks to this, the manufacturer managed to implement the technology of very fast charging – the charge level reaches 92% in just half an hour. As for the battery capacity, it is 3700 mAh.
Such an expensive smartphone, it would seem, should have a top-end processor. However, the choice of the manufacturer OPPO RX17 Pro fell on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which cost him not too much. It is possible that with such a chipset, the interface would regularly freeze. But that doesn’t happen. However, there is no need to be surprised at this, because the display built into here has a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. For a 6.4-inch diagonal, this is quite good, but not space either. By the way, the screen was created using AMOLED technology, so there are no questions about color reproduction, and in terms of power consumption, the user is unlikely to have at least some complaints. And the display boasts a built-in fingerprint scanner! It cannot be called ultra-fast, but you don’t need to reach for it with your finger, which would also waste time.
The smartphone supports all modern high-speed networks. Connecting to them is useful for posting photos and videos on social networks. And you will definitely want to share such impressive material! Photos are taken using a triple camera. The main module has only a 12-megapixel matrix, but the light hits it after passing through the aperture, opened to f / 1.5. One of the auxiliary modules offers a 20-megapixel sensor, but its aperture is only f / 2.6. As a result, the user gets the opportunity to create photos in a variety of genres. For their storage are 128 GB of permanent memory. If this is not enough, then the microSD card slot will come to the rescue.
If we talk about the front camera, then almost the same module is used here, which is built into the smartphone discussed above. Its resolution is 25 megapixels, which is enough to create the most detailed selfie shots.
- There is an NFC chip;
- The screen has a built-in fingerprint scanner;
- Incredibly fast recharging;
- Large amount of RAM and permanent memory;
- High-speed data transmission via LTE and Wi-Fi is available;
- Excellent 25-megapixel front camera;
- Very good rear camera;
- AMOLED display is used.
- No 3.5mm audio jack;
- High price.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.7
If we talk about smartphones from Samsung, then many of them have wonderful cameras. Including delight can cause and «front-end». And it’s not about the newest flagships, for which they ask for a lot of money. Even the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which has been on the market for several years, has a worthy arsenal of opportunities. This phablet received only an 8-megapixel front camera. However, that doesn’t stop her from taking great shots. Most of all, smartphone owners like wide-angle optics, thanks to which a decent space is placed in the frame. Also, it should be noted the possibility of shooting video in 1440p resolution. You can even take photos and videos somewhere in the pool, as the device received water protection according to the IP68 standard — the South Korean manufacturer assures that his creation will withstand immersion to a depth of one and a half meters. If the case takes place at sea, then do not forget to then wipe the device dry, including both of its connectors — otherwise the salt may cause some damage.
If we talk about the main camera, then it is double. At the same time, its second lens has a smaller viewing angle. Thanks to this, a 2x optical zoom is implemented here. This may well come in handy on country and foreign trips, when not every attraction can get as close as possible. It is also impossible not to notice that the main module is supplemented with optical image stabilization. The camera also shows itself well in terms of video shooting — the picture is written at a frequency of 30 frames / s and a resolution of 2160p. Light enters the main matrix through the f / 1.7 aperture, so you are unlikely to have problems even in the evening.
Samsung provides almost all of its smartphones with an AMOLED display. The Galaxy Note 8 is certainly no exception to the rule. The resolution of the 6.3-inch screen is 2960×1440 pixels. This is an awesome option! You will definitely appreciate it when you look at photos or the aforementioned 4K video.
It must be admitted that the smartphone turned out to be heavy. Its weight is 195 g. Under the body of this device is a top-end processor of its own production. There is also a variant with a chip from Qualcomm, but it is shipped to North America. There are also 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory hidden under the case. However, this applies only to the version we are considering. There are also options that have 128 and even 256 GB of internal storage. But they cost more. It seems that in this case the amount of memory is not too important, because you can easily insert a microSD memory card into this phablet.
Most of all, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 differs from smartphones from other manufacturers with a stylus support. And not just support! This accessory is included in the kit, it even has a separate socket in the case. The system is able to recognize many gradations of pressure with this stylus, which makes the phablet very popular with those who like to draw.
To access the global web, the gadget uses Wi-Fi 802.11ac and LTE-A modules of the 16th category. The product also supports Bluetooth 5.0, which is mainly needed for connecting a wireless headset. There is also an NFC-chip here, the main purpose of which does not need to be told. Well, ANT + can be considered a kind of bonus. This technology allows you to receive measurement results from various medical sensors.
Perhaps, many Expertology readers will definitely not make any claims to this smartphone. Yes, this is far from the most recent representative of our rating — it went on sale back in September 2017. But how good is he even now! Not everyone will like only its very large size. And the curved side edges of the display are now more annoying than pleasing. Well, we must not forget that if this phablet is updated to the ninth version of Android, then not in the near future.
- It is possible to use a smart stylus;
- The screen is made using AMOLED technology;
- High resolution display;
- Implemented full water protection;
- Excellent rear camera with 2x optical zoom;
- Good front camera with a wide angle of view;
- There is support for high-speed networks;
- Contactless payment via MST and NFC is available;
- Long battery life;
- There is a fingerprint sensor;
- A powerful processor is used.
- Not the latest firmware version;
- A smartphone is not light;
- High price.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.7
As you know, Sony is now the leader in the production of mobile camera modules. In particular, it was the Japanese who were the first to create cameras with their own memory layer, thanks to which short-term video recording with a frequency of up to 960 frames / s was realized. And just such a camera was received by the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium smartphone. I must say that this is the most expensive representative of our rating — over 60 thousand rubles are asked for it. Is it worth giving that kind of money? What other features does the built-in camera have? How powerful is the smartphone itself? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions.
This selfie smartphone can be used even on the beach, even in the pool. Do not take it only to the sauna. Of course, moisture protection according to the IP68 standard will save when the smartphone is immersed to a certain depth, but high temperatures with the same high humidity may well do harm. It should also be noted that the device is able to solve a variety of tasks. The Android 8.0 operating system and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor help him in this. The power reserve is more than enough to score over 250 thousand points in AnTuTu Benchmark. It turns out that on such a smartphone you can run any games, lowering the graphics settings is not required.
Under the body of the device are hidden 6 GB of RAM. There is also 64 GB of built-in storage. If you actively use the capabilities of the built-in cameras, then this will not seem enough. Luckily, there is a microSD card slot where you can transfer all your media files.
The high price tag of this device is not only due to the fact that Sony products are always expensive. The fact is that this is one of the few smartphones whose display has a full 4K resolution. But not all people need such a high resolution — this cannot be denied. Someone will definitely say that it would be better if the Japanese made a screen using a different technology. Agree, now when buying such an expensive smartphone, you expect to get a device with an AMOLED display. Here you will also find an IPS panel that is not very energy efficient. By the way, the screen is covered with a protective glass Gorilla Glass of the fifth generation, it is impossible to find fault with this.
The work of this gadget is provided by the top-end Snapdragon 845 processor. It was impossible to do without it, because you need to process a picture with a very high resolution. The device also included a fingerprint scanner that works in a split second — you should look for it on the back panel. As for Internet access, it is provided by LTE-A 18th category wireless modules and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Not forgotten by the Japanese and NFC-chip. And how could it not be built in, if audio and video equipment from Sony has a similar chip? But, of course, most often this technology will be used for contactless payment. The device is also able to boast support for the fifth version of Bluetooth 5.0, which allows us to hope for a stable connection with a wireless headset, not to mention the sound transmission in a quality close to ideal.
But let’s talk about the cameras. The high cost of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is also due to them. Far from every smartphone you can find a dual module, the matrices of which have a resolution of 19 and 12 megapixels. It should be noted that the main sensor has a size of 1 / 2.3 inches — like in compact cameras! In the dark, a 12-megapixel matrix is used, with an aperture of f / 1.6. There is also optical stabilization, which will come in handy during video shooting. By the way, the video is recorded in 4K resolution. The only pity is that the frequency does not exceed 30 frames / s. As for shooting at a frequency of 960 fps, this mode is activated during an action scene. In this case, shooting lasts only a few seconds, and the resolution is reduced to Full HD. Solid limitations, but a few years ago it was generally impossible to imagine that smartphones would learn to shoot video for a few seconds at such a high frequency.
Everything is in order here and with the front camera. It also has optical stabilization, which allows you to comfortably stream directly from the street without using any other devices for this (although a monopod still does not hurt). The resolution of the matrix installed here is 13 megapixels, which is sufficient in most cases. The aperture is open to f / 2.0.
It remains to be added that the smartphone easily gains close to record scores in benchmarks. The other side of the coin is its weight — not everyone needs a 236-gram device. And what’s with that weight? After all, there is no particularly capacious battery here — a 3540 mAh battery is waiting for the buyer. Yes, and full-fledged water protection is unlikely to seriously affect this parameter.
- Very high resolution display;
- There is NFC support;
- Built-in top processor;
- Very good sound;
- Implemented water protection according to the IP68 standard;
- Excellent rear camera with wide aperture;
- The front camera is complemented by optical stabilization;
- Large amount of RAM;
- Understands LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac networks;
- Don’t forget the fingerprint sensor.
- The smartphone turned out to be plump and heavy;
- Too high cost;
- The screen is created using IPS technology.
LG G7 ThinQ 64GB
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.6
In our ratings, mentions of LG smartphones are less and less common. Unfortunately, this South Korean company is going through hard times. More precisely, they are outlived by the mobile unit. His creations are more expensive than competitors, while offering less extensive features. For example, LG G7 ThinQ is priced at 40 thousand rubles. Should you buy this smartphone for selfies, if the models discussed above are sold for about the same money?
Let’s start with the fact that this device has dust and moisture protection according to the military standard MIL-STD 810G. If you want to regularly use your smartphone in the bathroom or pool, then this is a good choice. But practice shows that even with an IP68 certificate, the device performs well in water. Therefore, the military standard cannot be called a special advantage. As the operating system, which Android 8.0 is used here, does not cause particularly joyful feelings. It is possible that in the future there will be an upgrade to the «nine». But when will this «future» come?
However, let’s talk about the positive aspects of the device. First of all, the device surprises with its weight, which does not exceed 163 g. We are already accustomed to the fact that flagships are usually heavier. At the same time, the device can by no means be called small. On its front panel there was a place for a 6.1-inch display. The aspect ratio of 19.5:9 allows you to comfortably work with two applications at the same time. Well, the diagonal suggests that many buyers will use their smartphone to watch videos, less and less turning on the TV for this. There are no complaints about the resolution either, it is 3120×1440 pixels. Every square inch of this screen is made up of 563 pixels! In this regard, the device is second only to the display of the device from Sony discussed above. However, this LCD panel cannot be called ideal. The fact is that it was created using IPS technology. Agree, for that kind of money you want to get a device with an AMOLED screen, which is highly energy efficient.
The smartphone has a monobrow. For some, this will be a drawback, but many are already starting to get used to the curly cutouts at the top of the display. Formally, the device can be called frameless. But in fact, there are frames here — the screen occupies by no means a record percentage of the front panel area. But for a separate DAC and excellent stereo speakers, the gadget can only be praised. Listening to music is allowed with the help of headphones. Most importantly, anyone. Wired ones are easy to connect without any adapter, as there is a 3.5 mm audio jack. Also, no one interferes with listening to music in a wireless headset. Sound is transmitted to it via Bluetooth 5.0, and even when using the aptX HD codec.
As a processor, the eight-core Snapdragon 845 is used here, which has already been mentioned more than once in this rating. Even under the body of the device are 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory. The volume of the latter could be a serious drawback, if not for the microSD card slot. In the camera settings, it is recommended to immediately enable video recording to external media.
You are unlikely to find fault with the rear camera. She has two lenses. Under one of them is a matrix, the size of which is 1/3 inch — this is as close as possible to the sensors that are equipped with compact cameras. Also, the main module has an f / 1.6 aperture. It is only thanks to him that the background is blurred very beautifully, plus electronics help this. Also, such a wide-open aperture contributes to high-quality shooting in low light conditions. Not forgotten by the manufacturer and the optical stabilization system. Well, as for the resolution, it is the same for both matrices — 16 megapixels.
On the front panel of the device is the front camera lens. Its main advantage is a wide field of view. Not only you, but also your soulmate or even all friends and colleagues will get into the frame. The aperture of this camera is also very decent, the aperture is open to f / 1.9. Well, the resolution is 8 megapixels. Do not be afraid of such a low value. But all the pixels have a large physical size! And why do you need high-resolution pictures if they all go exclusively to social networks?
Perhaps the device deserves the money spent on it. Although it is better to look for a modification that has a slightly larger amount of RAM and permanent memory. It will have a slightly higher price tag, and it will be powered by the same 3000 mAh battery. By the way, it uses a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. This speaks not only of the future convenience, but also of the high speed of data exchange when connected to a computer. Not forgotten by the South Korean manufacturer and a fast fingerprint scanner — you should look for it on the rear panel.
- Implemented water protection;
- Light weight;
- High resolution display;
- High-aperture rear camera, which is double;
- Excellent front camera with a wide angle of view;
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac and LTE networks are supported;
- You can pay for purchases with a contactless method;
- Built-in powerful processor;
- There is a fingerprint scanner.
- The screen was created using IPS technology;
- Not very long battery life;
- The price tag seems too high.
Xiaomi Mi Mix3 6/128GB
Selfie Smartphone Rating: 4.5
At one time, Xiaomi spurred many manufacturers to create frameless smartphones. This was done by releasing a model called Mi Mix. In the future, she received several extensions, and each time the screen occupied an increasing area of the front panel. When designing Xiaomi Mi Mix3, which was included in our rating, the Chinese even abandoned the figured cutout for the front camera. The lenses are hidden inside the smartphone! To access the front camera, you need to move the two halves of the device relative to each other. In a word, Xiaomi brings back the fashion for sliders!
Immediately, we note one obvious design flaw. Sliding halves did not allow to endow the device with full water protection. It turns out that this model is not afraid only of rain. If the smartphone is under water, it is unlikely that it will continue to function stably. The rest of the gadget does not cause any particular complaints. The mechanism is working properly. And there is no doubt that it will last for many years.
The ninth version of Android, the most recent at the moment, is used as the operating system. The software is powered by the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, mentioned more than once in the course of this article. It is not difficult for him to run games, no matter how advanced graphics they have. The user will also be able to keep an arbitrarily large number of applications in the background, for which 6 GB of RAM should be thanked. Also under the body of the smartphone are hidden 128 GB of permanent memory. This is quite a normal volume, even taking into account the lack of a slot for a microSD card.
The image here is displayed on an AMOLED display, the diagonal of which reaches 6.39 inches. When viewing a movie or photos, you can literally enjoy rich colors. Perfect blacks, low power consumption — all these definitions correspond to this screen as closely as possible. Its resolution is 2340×1080 pixels. Thumbs up. Especially when you consider that the device is not sold for 45-50 thousand rubles.
Well, what are the characteristics of the same aforementioned front camera? First, its modulus is double. The main matrix has a 24-megapixel resolution. This is more than enough to create detailed images, which can then be printed in any large format. As for the auxiliary matrix, its resolution is only 2 megapixels. However, its task is to help the system blur the background, nothing more. Secondly, the front camera has a very wide aperture. This allows you to shoot even in the evening. However, do not hope for an ideal result — not the best optics and the small physical size of the pixels affect.
Paradox. The rear camera has a lower resolution, but at the same time it shows a more interesting result. The secret of this lies not only in the larger size of the main matrix (here there are also two), which is 1/2.55 inch. The manufacturer gave the lens an aperture of f / 1.8. In short, the camera does not lack light. By the way, the second module here is quite working. Its lens has a smaller angle of view. So, the user is waiting for a double optical zoom. However, it produces pictures of not the best quality. The lack of optical stabilization is to blame for this, which is why the system has to make the shutter speed as fleeting as possible. Also, this module suffers from the size of the matrix — it is 1/3.4 inches.
We can safely say that this smartphone has both advantages and disadvantages. It is felt that the manufacturer had to save. However, the number of positive aspects here is very large. For example, one cannot help but rejoice at the presence of an NFC chip. Usually, Xiaomi forgets about it, since in China, contactless payments work on a different system. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and the aptX digital codec. Well, to access the global web, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and LTE modules are used. USB Type-C is used to connect the charger. Alas, there are no other connectors here. Stock up on a wireless headset or get ready to use an adapter.
- The screen occupies 93.4% of the front panel area;
- The smartphone is a slider;
- The most recent version of the operating system is being used;
- The display was created using AMOLED technology;
- Great rear camera with optical zoom;
- Decent «front camera» that can blur the background;
- Supports high-speed wireless networks;
- There is an NFC chip;
- There is a fingerprint scanner on the back;
- There is a wireless charger included.
- No memory card slot;
- There is no water protection;
- Weight reaches 218 g;
- There is no 3.5mm audio jack.
Now you understand that decent quality photos are expensive. Of course, budget smartphones can also offer a good front camera. Sometimes they even have the function of blurring the background. But if you want to get pictures that just ask to be printed in a large format, then you will have to spend money on a very expensive device. The secret of such selfie smartphones is not only in the chic design of the front camera itself, but also in thoughtful algorithms, thanks to which the quality of photos is noticeably improved.
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