"Looking for an affordable smartphone with a good front camera? Here's our list"
High-resolution sensors, image stabilisation, autofocus, countdown timers, beauty modes, voice capture, LED flash... these are features we'd normally associate with a smartphone’s primary camera, but this year, they've moved over to the front. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t get away from selfies, and smartphone makers know this only too well. This year, we've seen a spate of devices with superior front cameras being launched, and companies haven't been shy about using the ‘selfie phone’ branding. If you’re in a market for an affordable selfie smartphone, here’s a roundup of the top five devices priced below Rs 15,000.
In September, Lava introduced the Iris X5, its first selfie smartphone. The device features a 5MP front camera with autofocus, an Omni BSI+ sensor and 84-degree wide-angle lens. As a special addition, it is also accompanied by an LED flash for illumination. The remaining specifications include a 5-inch HD display, 1.2GHz quad-core chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal expandable storage, 8MP primary camera and a 2,100mAh battery. The device supports dual-SIMs and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is an affordable smartphone with a front camera that’s well suited to taking self portraits. The snapper features 5MP resolution with an ultra-wide 85-degree viewing angle to get more people into the frame. The smartphone also features an 8MP primary camera with an LED flash. Other features include a 5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, and a 2,600mAh battery. The device is dual-SIM and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Lumia 730 (first impressions) is slightly out of our price limit, but still deserves to be on the list. It is the first selfie-centric smartphone running Windows Phone and was launched in India alongside the Lumia 830. The device features a 5-megapixel primary camera with a 24mm wide-angle lens that’s great for capturing group shots too. Plus, the device comes loaded with the Lumia Selfie app which packs in features like a countdown timer, live filters and more. Other than its selfie camera, the Lumia 730 offers a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.2 quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal expandable storage, a 6.7MP primary camera with LED flash, and a 2,000mAh battery. The dual-SIM smartphone runs Windows Phone 8.1.
The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus (review) features a high-resolution 8-megapixel front camera that’s ideal for both selfies and video calls. The device also sports a 16MP primary camera with LED flash. The remaining specificiations are pretty high-end too, and include a 5-inch full HD display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable flash storage, dual-SIM, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 2,000mAh battery.
The recently-launched Alcatel OneTouch Flash has a 5-megapixel autofocus front camera, equipped with a beauty mode for better selfies. It also features a 13MP primary camera, and a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek processor. Other specifications include a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal expandable storage, a 3,200mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Other worthy options to consider are the Panasonic Eluga S, Micromax Canvas Knight and iBall Andi 4.5M Enigma. Plus, we suggest you keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Microsoft Lumia 535 and Xiaomi Redmi Note (review), both of which feature capable front snappers.
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