Sheldon PintoOct 17, 2017 15:38:50 IST
Diwali is right around the corner. While everyone’s gearing up with gifts and clothing, most of us will not be prepared when it comes to clicking photos. So what better reason to splurge on a smartphone that clicks great selfies than the coming of the festive season?
While most selfies smartphones are purpose built to deliver better image quality using the front-facing cameras, there are others that are also good at clicking photos using the regular ones as well.
This year in particular, it’s not just the selfie that’s going to be popular, but also portrait selfies, which blur out the commotion in the background, keeping you, your family, friends and their bright smiles in focus.
While selfie smartphones have been quite the rage in the mid-range segment, this year, manufacturers like Huawei have been determined to bring it down to lower end of the mid-range segment, allowing more buyers to click selfies with a bokeh effect.
Huawei Honor 9i: Rs 17,999
Starting off with the most affordable offering that comes really close to the budget category, it’s the recently launched Huawei Honor 9i. The Honor 9i delivers a lot more than what one usually gets from a smartphone in this price range.
There’s a 5.5-inch Full View FHD+ (1,080 x 2,160 pixels) LCD display in the 18:9 ratio, which places it in direct competition with the Vivo V7 Plus. The V7+ is priced a lot higher at Rs 21,990 and is not as great as the other option I have from Vivo in this list.
Moving on, the Honor 9i packs in a total of 4 cameras. Yes, that’s a dual, 16 MP + 2 MP camera at the back and a 12 MP + 2 MP camera setup at the front. Inside, you get a Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset clocked at 1.7 GHz, paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Pair that with an all-metal uni-body and you get a great value for money product from Huawei.
Oppo F3 Plus: Rs 21,990
Priced a little bit higher is the mighty Oppo F3 Plus. I reviewed the F3 Plus earlier this year and I found it to be a capable smartphone given its massive overall size and specifications.
The Oppo F3 Plus packs in a 6-inch Full HD display and a powerful Snapdragon 653 chipset inside paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage (expandable).
The F3 Plus featured a single 16 MP camera at the rear, while a dual 16 MP + 8 MP camera setup at front ensures some crisp selfies. Oppo’s implementation of a dual front-camera system is a lot different from the rest. The Chinese smartphone maker lets you get rid of the selfies stick, by letting you shoot selfies using a second wide-angle lens. In short, it lets you squeeze in more family or friends into your frame, which is ideal considering it’s the festive season.
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro: Rs 23,999
At a slightly higher price, you can also go in for Asus’ ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. The Selfie Pro is not as powerful as the Oppo F3 Plus, but comes with a trimmed down version of the Zen UI (Android 7.1.1), which is a big move for Asus.
Aside from the software, that now feels light and nimble, this Zenfone gets a 16 MP camera on the back and a 12 MP + 5 MP front-facing camera setup.
Asus seems to have combined the capabilities of the former two smartphones on this list to deliver both a bokeh mode and a wide-angle selfie mode with the ZenFone Selfie Pro.
Apart from the selfies, there’s the usual Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. There’s a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display and a 3,000 mAh powering it.
Vivo V5 Plus: Rs 23,000
Earlier in February this year, I reviewed the Vivo V5 Plus, the pricier variant of the standard V5. I also called it the “the best selfie smartphone”, which surprisingly holds true till today.
Vivo recently launched a newer V7+ plus but it does not perform as well, both in terms of hardware and the camera, when compared to the V5. You won’t get a Full View display here, but the V5 Plus packs in a Full HD LCD with a Gorilla Glass 5. There’s a dual camera setup on the front with a 20 MP + 8 MP setup with a bright f.2/0 aperture. At the back you get a 16 MP camera. Featuring a Snapdragon 625 inside along with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, it’s not as powerful as the Oppo F3 Plus. Selling about Rs 1,000 higher than its newer sibling, the Vivo V5 Plus is still a better buy.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Rs 53,900
For those looking for a more premium take to the selfie, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is just about the best smartphone I came across this year, in the premium range. Looks aside, the smartphone packs in an 8 MP sensor on the front with an f/1.7 aperture. It also adds autofocus.
While the front camera may not produce the best quality images compared to the lot above with their high-resolution sensors, you do get better images compared to the other premium flagships in the lot. Apart from the selfies, the S8 has one of the best rear facing cameras around, with some excellent low-light imaging capabilities.
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