“Realme XT, Realme XT 730G, and Redmi Note 8 Pro are amont the best 64MP phones, while rumoured models include Samsung Galaxy A81 and Nokia 8.2”
Samsung widened the horizon of smartphone photography with the launch of its 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. Life-like clarity and details are no longer a wild chase but a reality. And everyone from Realme and Xiaomi wants a share of this. The successor to 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor uses the same Tetracell technology – binning four 16MP pixels into one, but offers 34 percent more optical information and better results in the low light environment. The 64MP sensor has a large f/1.7 aperture lens and uses remosaic algorithm to further enhance the results. The other features of the 64MP sensor include real-time HDR of up to 100-decibels for noise reduction as well as colour accuracy, high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology, and full-HD recording at 480 frames-per-second (FPS) for smooth cinematic slow-motion videos.
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List of best 64MP camera phones
1. Realme X2 Pro
Realme has added another 64MP camera phone called the Realme X2 Pro to its portfolio in India. The handset has an array of cameras at the back, which includes Samsung GW1 64MP primary sensor, 13MP telephoto lens with 20x hybrid zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 115-degree field-of-view and 2.5mm macro lens, and a 2MP depth unit for portrait shots. The Realme X2 Pro is also the cheapest smartphone with 90Hz display in India yet. The handset price in India starts at Rs 29,999 for the base 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, while 12GB RAM and 256GB storage option costs Rs 33,999.
The Realme X2 Pro is the first-ever flagship offering from the brand. The handset sports a 6.5-inch Full-HD+ Fluid AMOLED screen with HDR10+ support and in-display fingerprint scanner. At its core lies gaming-centric Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, aided by up to 12 gigs of RAM and 256GB storage onboard. A 4,000mAh battery with impressive 50W fast-charging support rounds off the specs sheet of the Realme X2 Pro.
2. Redmi Note 8 Pro
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is Xiaomi’s first smartphone that rocks 64MP shooter and has been launched in India already. Like its arch-rival Realme XT, the Redmi Note 8 Pro features a quad-rear camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor, 8MP secondary lens, and a couple of 2MP sensors for macro shots and depth-effect. The front camera of the phone gets a 20MP shooter atop the 6.53-inch LCD screen for selfies and video calling.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has MediaTek’s gaming-focused Helio G90T chipset ticking at its core. The phone comes in as many as three RAM and storage configurations: 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB. Software-wise, it comes running MIUI 10 with Android 9 Pie out of the box. As for the Redmi Note 8 Pro price in India, it costs Rs 14,999, Rs 15,999, and Rs 17,999 for the 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB variants, respectively.
3. Realme XT
The Realme XT was launched as the first smartphone in the Indian market with a 64MP camera. The company introduced the phone back in August, and it comes with as many as quad cameras at the back. The primary camera of the Realme XT sports Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor paired with 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro sensor. The phone features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display that bears in-display fingerprint scanner and a waterdrop notch as well.
The Realme XT is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 SoC, aided by up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. A 4,000mAh battery with 30W VOOC fast charging tech fuels the handset, while Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS takes care of software side of things. The Realme XT prices in India are Rs 15,999, Rs 16,999, and Rs 18,999 for the 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 8GB + 128GB variants, respectively.
4. Samsung Galaxy A70s
The Samsung Galaxy A70s is India’s second and Samsung’s first smartphone with the 64MP camera. The handset has obviously used the in-house ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP primary sensor paired with a 5MP depth sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide lens at the triple camera sensors at the back. The Galaxy A70s features the same 6.7-inch Infinity-U Super AMOLED display and Snapdragon 675 SoC as the regular Galaxy A70 smartphone, which was launched earlier this year.
The front camera of the phone features a 32MP selfie shooter. A 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support fuels the handset, while Android 9 Pie-based One UI takes care of the software side of things. The Samsung Galaxy A70s price in India is set at Rs 28,999 for the base variant.
5. OPPO K5
The next in the list is OPPO’s latest K-series smartphone, the OPPO K5. The phone sports a quad-camera setup at the back where the primary sensor is Samsung’s ISOCELL Bringh GW1 snapper with 64MP resolution. This is paired with an 8MP wide-angle lens with 119-degree field-of-view, 2MP depth-sensing unit, and 2MP macro lens.
The OPPO K5 is the third-instalment of the brand’s K-series smartphone, succeeding the OPPO K3 from earlier this year. Apart from the rear cameras, the handset also packs 32MP front-facing camera, gaming-centric Snapdragon 730G mobile platform, 6.4-inch Full HD+ OLED display, waterdrop notch, optical fingerprint scanner, and a beefy battery cell with 30W Super VOOC fast charging support. Currently, the OPPO K3 is only available for sale in China.
6. Vivo NEX 3
Vivo has joined the bandwagon of 64MP camera phones with the launch of its flagship NEX 3. The Vivo NEX 3 smartphone features triple rear cameras, which comprises of Samsung GW1 64MP primary sensor, 13MP f/2.48 telephoto lens with up to 20x digital zooming, and a 13MP f/2.2 with 120-degree super wide-angle lens. The front camera sports a 16MP snapper with f/2.09 aperture for capturing selfies, video calling, and facial recognition.
The cameras aren’t the only highlight of the Vivo NEX 3. The handset features a 6.89-inch Super AMOLED screen that bears a staggering 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio. At the phone’s core lies Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, aided by up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage onboard. The NEX 3 also comes with 5G connectivity and houses a 4,500mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging support.
7. Realme XT 730G
The Realme XT 730G has been confirmed to be in the works, featuring similar features as the XT but with the more powerful Snapdragon 730G processor. The handset is also tipped to feature 64MP quad-camera setup, a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an optical fingerprint scanner, 4,000mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6 out of the box. The only notable difference is going to be chipset and selfie camera. The Realme XT Pro will reportedly sport a much better 32MP selfie snapper and Snapdragon 730G SoC instead of the 16MP sensor and Snapdragon 712 mobile platform. The new handset will be launching in December.
8. Samsung Galaxy A81
The Samsung Galaxy A81 is a rumoured handset and may debut with a 64MP camera next year, as per the alleged Galaxy A-series 2020 roadmap. The smartphone will likely be an upper mid-range offering and feature as many as four cameras at the back. Other than the Samsung GW1 sensor, the setup may include a 16MP wide-angle lens, 12MP telephoto lens with 2x or 5x optical zoom, and ToF or Time-of-Flight sensor. There are no other details available as of now.
9. Nokia 8.2
The Nokia 8.2 is expected to be the first 64MP camera phone from HMD Global’s stables. The handset is rumoured to launch as early as next year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The Nokia 8.2 will reportedly pack quad-rear camera setup with 64MP primary sensor and Night Mode to take images in the low light environment. The phone may also support 5G connectivity, run stock-Android 10, and employ Snapdragon 700-series chipset at its core. Lastly, the Nokia 8.2 could come with a sticker price of around $500 that roughly translates to Rs 35,000 in the Indian currency.
|Octa core (2.05 GHz, Dual Core + 2 GHz, Hexa Core)|
|MediaTek Helio G90T|
|6 GB RAM|
|6.53 inches (16.59 cm)|
|1080x2340 px, 395 PPI|
|64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP Quad Primary Cameras|
|Dual LED Flash|
|20 MP Front Camera|
|USB Type-C port|