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Snap High-End Selfies with these 5 Midrange Camera Phones

09 October 2017 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

Smartphone photography may have expanded rapidly over the recent years, however, it can still be tough to get the right mobile device with an impressive front snapper, as there's a wide array of choices. To narrow down your options, here are the 5 best phones for taking selfies!

Many smartphone manufacturers these days are not just hopping on the bezel-less hype, they are also jumping on another on-going trend which would be the selfie smartphones. These handsets wield powerful front-facing cameras and some even housing dual front sensors! Anyway, if you’re in the market for one, here are our top 5 picks.

ASUS Zenfone Selfie

This phone is designed for clicking impressive selfies, made perfectly by understanding the on-going selfie trend. Aside from its affordable price and decent 13 MP front snapper, the Zenfone Selfie comes with other useful features to improve the quality of your selfies such as Real tone LED flash, f/2.0-aperture, and auto-laser focus lens. Also, there’s a beautification mode that allows you to make skin corrections real-time as well as apply a stunning digital makeup.

ASUS Zenfone Smartphones

Huawei Nova 2 Plus

Dubbed as the Selfie Superstar, the Huawei Nova 2 Plus is no pushover in the competitive selfie smartphone market. This is because it sports selfie features that can greatly improve your face. It has a whopping 10-grade beautification mode, a 3D facial recognition, Softlight LCD screen flash, a Portrait mode, and 20MP front sensor. It is also one of the few selfie phones that house dual sensors at the back. With that, the Nova 2 Plus is not just tailor-made for selfie lovers but also smartphone photographers.

Huawei Smartphones

Huawei
Nova 3e
From HK$ 2,135.00 The Best Just Got BetterLose yourself in your screen with new generation Huawei FullView Display. Designed for life on the go with no compromises, the Huawei nova 3e sports a sleek compact frame that’s almost entirely dedicated to its 5.84-inch Full HD screen. Body & SoulThe Huawei nova 3e takes colour to a higher level. Delve deeper into Klein Blue, a radiant shade that incorporates a nanometer-level light dazzle texture. Available too in deepest Midnight Black to contrast against the vibrancy of the Full HD screen, refined classic Platinum Gold and Sakura Pink with its rich pearlescent tone. Seeing is BelievingThe Huawei nova 3e features a 2280 x 1080 Fhd+ screen with 96% Ntsc super high-colour gamut. That means everything you see on this screen is as rich and vibrant and detailed as it can be, from your own photographs to the latest boxset. Front and CentreThe Huawei nova 3e has a new higher definition, wider angle, front camera. 16 megapixels with a pixel size of 1.0 μm and a FOV wide angle of 78°, this camera is made for snapping friends, family and social-media-worthy selfies. With a F2.0 wide aperture and a 3D retouching feature that uses intelligent recognition and facial mapping to adjust lighting and shadow, you can count on terrific portraits and close-ups too. Outstanding Low Light PhotographyShooting in low light has always been the curse of digital smartphone photography. Now the new Huawei nova 3e’s LCD intelligent light technology is banishing grainy, poor quality photographs. With a spectrum of 11 color temperatures for intelligent light rebalancing within different lighting modes and 4 in 1 light fusion, every image in any light comes out clear and bright. Dual-Lens CameraThe Huawei nova 3e’s dual-lens rear camera ticks all the boxes and then some. The state-of-the-art 16 MP lens with a pixel size of 1.12 μm and F2.2 aperture is designed to capture more light and read depth perception, allowing you to take sharp, swift snaps when you need them. Partnered with a 2 MP professional Bokeh lens – as well as 5P + 3P lenses for the subject and background – it takes stunning shots while bringing some real definition to the mix. Emui 8.0HUAWEI’s all-new Emui 8.0 features a finely-tuned interface to optimise speed and performance, keeping the Huawei nova 3e running fast and smooth for longer. Face UnlockThe Huawei nova 3e opens at a glance. By looking at your screen for less than a second – 800 milliseconds to be precise – you can access your phone swiftly and securely. Built on complex algorithms and facial comparison data the facial recognition feature ensures high-level security to guard against photo and video intrusion. That means your phone cannot be unlocked while you sleep, or with an image of you. High-Speed ChargingSafe high-speed charging is a standout feature of the Huawei nova 3e. 9V2A high-voltage fast charging technology allows you to power-up quickly and safely when time is short. With HUAWEI’s renowned resource-allocation technology, power-waste is minimised and battery life is maximised, making sure all that power lasts longer. Dual BluetoothThe Huawei nova 3e supports dual Bluetooth, which is a must for modern multi-taskers. It means you can stay connected during your exercise regime by linking a smartband plus a headset to your phone. Or connect in-car for Bluetooth navigation while using your headset to stay hands-free. Intelligent EngineeringThe Huawei nova 3e is engineered to stay at the top of its game for longer. HUAWEI’s machine learning technology coupled with Emui 8.0 can understand your smartphone behavior. Based on how you interact with your machine the Huawei nova 3e will predict its most efficient mode, saving battery life, optimizing performance and keeping your phone running smoother and faster for longer.

Vivo V5 Plus

The Vivo V5 series is one of Vivo’s best product releases, responsible for the selfie craze in the Asian market. Of all the phones in this line, the V5 Plus is the one with the most selfie-centric features including a dual front snapper with 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor + 8MP camera. Like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the V5 Plus works similarly in a way that its two front sensors work in unison, with the 8 MP sensor providing the bokeh effect which can be tuned to your preference.

Vivo Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

The C9 Pro is one of the first Samsung devices to house a 6 GB RAM. Aside from that, it has a 16 MP selfie camera that offers one of the best front sensor performances in any Samsung phones available on the market today. Its lower-than-average f/1.9 aperture will help you get brighter and more vibrant selfies. Also, the selfie sensor provides you an easy way to get the ideal distance so you can get neat and crisp shots.

Samsung Smartphones

Samsung
Galaxy S6 Edge
From HK$ 3,476.00 Exquisitely Crafted, Captivatingly BrilliantInspired by the works of glassblowers and artisan metalsmiths, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge represents a seamless fusion of glass and metal. Make a breathtaking design statement with the world’s first dual-edge display, beautiful curves and radiant glass surfaces that reflect a wide spectrum of dazzling colours.Richer Interactions With Your edgeAdd some colour to your interactions with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Colour-code the five people you care most about and simply tab a contact’s colour on the edge display to call, text or email them. Thanks to innovative colour-coded notifications, you can easily see who is trying to get in touch, even when your device is upside down.Improved Aperture, Clearer PicturesBoth the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge’s front and rear cameras feature higher resolution and F1.9 aperture, allowing you to take clearer images wherever you are. Press the home button twice to go straight into camera mode ― and never miss an important moment again.Peerless PerformanceWith super-fast boot up and app launching, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge gives you unbeatable results and improved energy efficiency. Its 64-bit architecture, Lpddr4 and advanced GPU delivers truly powerful performance, letting you take multitasking and multimedia functions to the next level.Dazzling DisplayEquipped with a 5.1” Quad HD (2560X1440) Super Amoled display, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge provides an impeccably sharp viewing experience, and its adaptive display provides unbeatable clarity both indoors and outside. Improved brightness levels and pixel density let you take superb images wherever you are.Enhanced SecurityEnjoy unprecedented peace of mind with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge’s powerful security solutions: Knox, a fingerprint sensor.Quick and Easy Mobile PaymentShopping has never been this easy thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge’s compatible with Nfc. Seamless Contents SharingA simple touch is all it takes to pair the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with a Samsung Smart TV via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). Mirror movies from you’re Galaxy to a TV screen or share current TV screen from a TV to your phone. Smart ManagerThe new Smart Manager application lets you check an array of useful information on battery status, storage, Ram, security and more at a glance.Swipe the edge screen to view important notificationsSwitch on the edge screen by swiping it back and forth once while the main screen is turned off. Various important notifications, such as missed calls, time, weather and app notifications including those for WhatsApp and Facebook, will be shown for users to grasp the latest information at a glance.Exclusive apps for edgeUsers can view more information through downloading edge applications, such as content from Yahoo! News/Business/Sports, stock market trends on Aastocks and real-estate data on 28Hse.com. More edge applications can be downloaded from Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Oppo F3 Plus

Apart from its top-of-the-line hardware, the Oppo F3 Plus boasts its dual 16MP+8MP front sensors with a f/2.4 aperture that aids you when taking selfies in low-light settings. The high megapixel count will also allow you to zoom and crop selfies as well as edit videos without affecting the quality. All in all, the Oppo F3 Plus offers the best selfie camera performance among its predecessors.

Oppo Smartphones

OPPO
R11
From HK$ 2,677.00 20Mp Rear Dual Camera Set-up (20Mp+16Mp) The R11 series utilises 20Mp + 16Mp dual cameras and F1.7 apertures. It giving you crisp images – even when zoomed in. Capture your cherished moments with clarity. Exceptional Selfies with 20Mp Front CameraThe Oppo R11 leverages on advanced Beautify technology to produce natural looking selfies with its 20Mp front-facing camera. The device can enhance outlines for selfies that prominently feature subjects against gently blurred backgrounds. Professional Portrait ModePhotography aficionados will appreciate the large depth of field. The R11 allows you to take stunning portrait images with your rear camera. 2X Optical ZoomThe R11 combines its 20Mp dual camera with the revolutionary Spectra ISP technology for greater control. Shoot for the best, without loss of detail with a 2x optical zoom Flagship Camera Processor for Quality ImagesFrom an extensive 18-month collaboration between Oppo and Qualcomm emerged an optimised processor capable of speedy auto-focus and stunning image quality, even under low light. R11 fans can rejoice as they upgrade with superior imaging effects and capabilities. All New Ultra-fine Antenna LinesThe visibly fluid design of the four-string antenna line extends to its functionality with a 4G signal enhancer and 2x2 Mimo WiFi, allowing surfing on the phone to become even faster and smoother. (186X) Arched Metal ExteriorAkin to the full-hemisphere views of Earth at night, the smooth base curves of the R11 resonate with intensity and integrity in form and function. Produced with new forging and pressing technology, this streamlined device is firm to the touch and yet a sight to behold. Superior Viewing with Slim BezelsThe Oppo R11 is a mere 1.66mm in width, with slim bezels melding seamlessly into sleek aluminum sides, giving users a comfortable screen viewing experience. (215X) Qualcomm Snapdragon ProcessorFeaturing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM and ultra large 64Gb Rom, the R11 talks fast, runs smooth and stores big. Charge for 5 Minutes, Talk for 2 hoursThe industry-leading Vooc flash charge gives you two hours of talk time with a mere five minutes of charging.* Worry less about how long your phone is going to last and focus more on enjoying your time out. All New ColorOS 3.1 Faster, Safer, and Easier Than EverThe R11 banks on a new ColorOS 3.1 for even greater speeds. From launching the latest apps to loading the biggest games, it does so at a phenomenal pace. Top it off with split screens for multi-tasking, phone data transfers, O-share and nightly shield mode.
OPPO
R11 64GB Black
From HK$ 2,677.00 20Mp Rear Dual Camera Set-up (20Mp+16Mp) The R11 series utilises 20Mp + 16Mp dual cameras and F1.7 apertures. It giving you crisp images – even when zoomed in. Capture your cherished moments with clarity. Exceptional Selfies with 20Mp Front CameraThe Oppo R11 leverages on advanced Beautify technology to produce natural looking selfies with its 20Mp front-facing camera. The device can enhance outlines for selfies that prominently feature subjects against gently blurred backgrounds. Professional Portrait ModePhotography aficionados will appreciate the large depth of field. The R11 allows you to take stunning portrait images with your rear camera. 2X Optical ZoomThe R11 combines its 20Mp dual camera with the revolutionary Spectra ISP technology for greater control. Shoot for the best, without loss of detail with a 2x optical zoom Flagship Camera Processor for Quality ImagesFrom an extensive 18-month collaboration between Oppo and Qualcomm emerged an optimised processor capable of speedy auto-focus and stunning image quality, even under low light. R11 fans can rejoice as they upgrade with superior imaging effects and capabilities. All New Ultra-fine Antenna LinesThe visibly fluid design of the four-string antenna line extends to its functionality with a 4G signal enhancer and 2x2 Mimo WiFi, allowing surfing on the phone to become even faster and smoother. (186X) Arched Metal ExteriorAkin to the full-hemisphere views of Earth at night, the smooth base curves of the R11 resonate with intensity and integrity in form and function. Produced with new forging and pressing technology, this streamlined device is firm to the touch and yet a sight to behold. Superior Viewing with Slim BezelsThe Oppo R11 is a mere 1.66mm in width, with slim bezels melding seamlessly into sleek aluminum sides, giving users a comfortable screen viewing experience. (215X) Qualcomm Snapdragon ProcessorFeaturing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM and ultra large 64Gb Rom, the R11 talks fast, runs smooth and stores big. Charge for 5 Minutes, Talk for 2 hoursThe industry-leading Vooc flash charge gives you two hours of talk time with a mere five minutes of charging.* Worry less about how long your phone is going to last and focus more on enjoying your time out. All New ColorOS 3.1 Faster, Safer, and Easier Than EverThe R11 banks on a new ColorOS 3.1 for even greater speeds. From launching the latest apps to loading the biggest games, it does so at a phenomenal pace. Top it off with split screens for multi-tasking, phone data transfers, O-share and nightly shield mode.
OPPO
R11 64GB Rose Gold
From HK$ 3,453.00 General Band OPPO Model R11 Style Bar Color Gold,Rose Gold,Black Display Size 5.5 inches Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Touchscreen Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Gorilla Glass 4 Support for Gloved and Wet Touch Input Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density) Network Frequency Technology: GSM  / HSPA / LTE 2G:  GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G:  WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100MHz 4G:  FDD-LTE: Bands Band 1/2/3/4/5/8, TD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41 Speed:  HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps Sim Type Two Nano-SIM Cards or Nano-SIM Card and microSD Card GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Wi-Fi Yes,   2.4/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n System OS Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) Chipset Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 660 CPU  Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 GPU Adreno 506 Language English, Similified/Traditional Chinese Storage RAM 4GB  Storage 64GB   (Expandable up to 256GB microSD card) Camera Primary Camera Dual 16 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash Flash LED Flash and Soft Light Video 720p/ 1080p videos Aperture Rear: f/2.2,  Sec: f/2.0 Secondary Camera Lens 20 MP, 1080p Power Battery Capacity 3010mAh  battery Battery Type Non-removable  Li-ion battery Fast battery charging 83% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0) Features Bluetooth Yes,Ver  4.0, A2DP, LE OTG Supported Message SMS/MMS Input Handwrite/Keypad Sensor Fingerprint, Distance sensor, Light sensor, G-sensor, E-compass Format Supported MP3/WAV/AMR/AAC; Video:3GP,MPEG4,AVI,RMVB; Picture: JPEG/BMP/GIF; eBook: TXT, PDF, MS Office Word, PPT, Excel. ( Some formats may require additional apps support.) Other Features 4G,   3G,   GPS,   FM,   Bluetooth,   Ebook,   Email,   Messaging,   wallpapers, calendar,   calculator,   clock,   camera,   tethering   &   portable   hotspot,   Play   Store,   etc Body Dimensions   Weight   In the box: 1×Phone 1×Battery Charger 1× Micro USB cable 1×User Manual

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