Feb 6, 2017 (updated : Jan 10, 2019)

Best Selfie Camera Phones in the Philippines

Which selfie smartphones are reigning supreme in the "Selfie Capital of the World"? It's time to find out.

Filipinos are social human beings. And for that alone, it's not that difficult to comprehend as to why we're currently holding the title "Selfie Capital of the World."

Even before the fad on selfies landed on the scene, the market in the Philippines had already been proving to the world its eagerness to adopt any new technology that made trendy types of communication even trendier. From "texting" down to using the best mobile camera technology, the Filipino consumers have always been the "early adopters."

Flash forwarding to today when social media is now a big part of our lives, it's no longer a mystery as to why it's a must to have the best selfie camera phones. But as the country is now inundated with just about all the best camera-centric smartphones out there, the journey to filtering the right one in the bunch is no longer just a regular search. Truthfully, one must have the right eye and skill to get the ultimate "selfie" phone.

Today, we're rounding up the best selfie camera phones that are making waves in the mobile market. If you're a selfie enthusiast, consider this list as our post-holiday gift to you.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

For a smartphone variant that was released back in 2017 and is still generating that right amount of buzz in 2019, that says something.

But the ascendance of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017) in our list is no accident. The device packs an efficient 13MP front-facing camera that's equipped with an equally able f/1.9 aperture and still a surprise to many, an LED flash. On its rear sits a 13MP camera sensor that comes with f/1.7 and an LED flash as well. Whichever side you're using, Samsung has ensured that your photos come popping out as soon as they're produced, wherever you are.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 2017 features a very 2017 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. It's also one of the very first from its series to feature the now famous Always On Display.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P8,900

Display Size5.5 inches
ResolutionFHD 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED 16M colors
OS verAndroid 7.0 (Nougat)
CPUOcta Exynos 7870 Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.6 GHz
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 128GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13 MP f/1.7 + LED Flash
Front Camera13 MP f/1.9 + LED Flash
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh
Dimensions152.4 x 74.7 x 7.9 mm
ColorBlack, Pink, Gold, Silver Blue

ASUS ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)

Is the ASUS ZenFone Selfie already a thing of the past? Now, while this smartphone was launched in 2015, that certainly doesn't entail that its selfie offerings are already under the "dated" ones.

On the contrary, the ASUS ZenFone Selfie is still a defiant alternative for those who wish to fill their selfie needs. Foremost to this is the device's dedication to tell the world that selfies have always been a priority after all these years. These can be gleaned from its 13MP front-facing shooter that has infamously pushed its earpiece out of its usual central position. The selfie camera is also equipped with a convenient dual-tone flash, further emphasizing the exclusivity of its selfie features.

Other notable features from its camera offerings are the laser autofocus, 1080p@30fps video recording for both the front and rear cameras, contrast detection autofocus, and a front camera with an 88-degree wide-angle f/2.2 lens.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL 16GB

ASUS ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL 16GB

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,999

Display Size5.5 inches
Resolutionfull HD 1920x1080 Standby Time: 255 hours Talk Time: 23.1 hours
OS verAndroid™ 5.0
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939
Storage16GB
External StoragemicroSD card (up to 128 GB)
RAM2GB
Main Camera13 MP
Front Camera13 MP
Battery3000 mAh Li-Polymer
Dimensions156.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 ~ 3.9 mm (LxWxH)
Weight170 g (with battery)
ColorLeather Black, Glacier Gray, Pure White, Glamour Red, Chic Pink, Sheer Gold, Aqua Blue, Purple

CUBOT P20

The CUBOT P20 is without a doubt one of those smartphones in the market that rightly tells a consumer that you don't need a flagship iteration just to get top-of-the-line camera features.

For a fraction of the cost of most flagships nowadays, the CUBOT P20 already offers not only the trendiest of camera perks but also some of the most efficient ones at that. It features a 13MP front-facing camera and dual rear cameras, courtesy of 20MP + 2MP camera sensors. Some of the device's impressive camera features are Facebeauty, Bokeh, Mono, Panorama, Pro Photo, and HDR.

The CUBOT P20 is encased in a massive 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 2,246 x 1,080 pixels. It works on a 4,000mAh battery with 5V/2A fast charging technology.

CUBOT P20

CUBOT P20

Lowest Price in the Philippines P7,141.70

Display Size6.18 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2246x1080 pixels
OS verAndroid 8.0
CPUMT6750T Oct -core, 64-bit
CPU Speed1.5 GHz
Storage64GB
External StorageMicroSD card up to 128GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera20 MP + 2 MP
Front Camera13 MP
BatteryNon-removable 4000mAh 5V/2A fast charge
Dimensions156.25 x 75.25 x 8.5 mm (hwt)
ColorBlack, Blue, Gradient

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Right before the coming of Samsung's flamboyant innovation in 2018 with the newest Samsung Galaxy A7 variant came the proper marathoner that's found in the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017). And for a 2017 edition, this one packs quite a punch in its class.

Armed with ambitious 16MP camera sensors on both its front and rear, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is also a powerhouse in its aperture offerings. Also exceptional under its belt is its "Pro" mode output, right alongside its HDR and Panorama performance. Overall, the quality that comes from the images is sharp at best.

More impressive of course are the images that are produced from its crisp 16MP selfie shooter which is capable of recording videos at 1080p@30fps.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,900

Display Size5.7 inches
ResolutionFHD (1080 x 1920)
OS verAndroid 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
CPUOcta-core
CPU Speed1.9 GHz
Storage32GB
External StorageUp to 256GB via microSD slot
RAM3GB
Main Camera16 MP
Front Camera16 MP
Battery3600 mAh with fast charging
Dimensions156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm, (6.17 x 3.06 x 0.31 inches)
Weight186 g
ColorBlack Sky, Peach Cloud, Gold Sand, Blue Mist

Lenovo K8 Note

The Lenovo K8 Note is not just your regular powered-up deca-core-equipped smartphone. For the selfie-obsessed users, this device has also consistently appeared on their list since its release. And with good reason.

The Lenovo K8 Note features dual rear cameras with 13MP and 5MP sensors – both of which benefit from a CCT LED flash which enables consumers to capture great images with the efficiency of a pro, and that also includes conditions that are in low-light. Also among its inclusions is the choice to add real-time effects and filters, like the dreamy bokeh effect. On its front, a 13MP camera sits comfortably right with its own flash, no less, for better selfie shots, night or day.

Beyond its powerful processor and camera offerings, the Lenovo K8 Note also shines in the audio department. All thanks to its enhanced Dolby Atmos audio and the intuitive and user-friendly Music Key – all your music, videos, and gaming titles are all rendered with crisp and clear sounds that flow beautifully.

The Lenovo K8 Note was released back in August 2017.

Lenovo K8 Note

Lenovo K8 Note

Lowest Price in the Philippines P5,775.75

Display Size5.5 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels with 401ppi, 2.5D glass
OS verAndroid OS, v7.1.1 (Nougat)
CPUHelio X23 Deca-core 64-Bit
CPU Speed2.3 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13 MP + 5 MP depth sensor with Dual LED Flash
Front Camera13 MP with Party Flash
BatteryLi-Ion 4000mAh Non-Removable Active Standby: Up to 15 days Talk Time: Up to 24.7 hours (4G)
Dimensions154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm
Weight180 g
ColorVenom Black, Fine Gold

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi's 2018 Android One-powered variant, the Xiaomi Mi A2, has ticked all the boxes under the best camera features.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 now comes with a powerful rear duo – courtesy of 12MP and 20MP camera sensors. And if you're an ardent user of its predecessor, you'd know that this is quite a huge improvement. And if that isn't enough to let you jump on the bandwagon, the device is also equipped with a huge 20MP front-facing camera sensor. Its selfie camera also comes with a convenient LED flash and a highly-capable auto-HDR. Its main camera, on the other hand, benefits on the handset's dual-LED flash, HDR, and panorama.

Powering all these impressive camera hallmarks is a premium mid-range SoC, the Snapdragon 660A AIE, coupled with 4GB/6GB RAM tiers and 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage options. The handset now runs the latest Android 9.0 Pie.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A2

Lowest Price in the Philippines P7,990

Display Size5.99 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2160 pixels, aspect ratio 18:9
OS verAndroid 8.1 (Oreo); Android One
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
CPU Speed2.2 GHz & 1.8 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StorageNo
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP + 20MP
Front Camera20MP
Battery3010mAh
Dimensions158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
Weight168g
ColorBlack, Flame Red, Pink, Gold, Lake Blue

Gionee A1 lite

Another 2017 smartphone that is still making waves well into this year could be one that isn't exactly on everyone's radar, the Gionee A1 lite. Nevertheless, that didn't stop this device to still make its own noise right into the competition.

The Gionee A1 lite banks on its impressive 20MP front-facing camera sensor that's all equipped with an LED flash and an impressive f/2.0 aperture. At the time of its release, the device's selfie features were without a doubt an easy standout among the otherwise crowded group. To make this all the more pronounced, the device only came with the main camera which offers a 13MP camera sensor which also boasts of f/2.0 aperture.

The Gionee A1 lite's main camera offering comes with a dual-LED flash and an HDR feature.

Gionee A1 lite

Gionee A1 lite

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,623

Display Size5.3 inches
Resolution1280 x 720
OS verAmigo 4.0 based on Android 7.0 (Nougat)
CPUMT6753 Octa core
CPU Speed1.3 GHz
Storage32GB
External Storage256GB SD card
RAM3GB
Main Camera13 MP,f2.0
Front Camera20 MP,f2.0
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh
Dimensions150.5 x 74.4 x 8.0 mm
Weight161.3 g
ColorBlack, Red, Gold

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi definitely made a splash with the release of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Apart from its impeccable hardware perks that are very reminiscent of its predecessor sans its modern twists, the device is also a juggernaut in terms of its camera features.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro also sports a large 20MP selfie snapper, equipped with an LED flash and f/2.2 aperture. The front-facing camera is likewise capable of recording videos at 1080p@30fps. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of the AI-assisted rear dual 12MP + 5MP cameras, both featuring varying apertures with the latter being equipped with a dedicated depth sensor for bokeh effects.

A definite step-up from the preceding variant in the lineup, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro now comes with a large 5.99-inch screen with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,444.99

Display Size5.99 inches
Resolution1080 x 2160 pixel
OS verMIUI 9, Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-core Kryo 260
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256 GB
RAM6GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12 MP + 5 MP
Front Camera20 MP
Battery4000 mAh
Dimensions158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight181.00 g
ColorBlack, Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, Lake Blue

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

When your smartphone happens to sport dual front-facing cameras, it's just so easy to stand out from the crowd. But with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, consider that an understatement.

That said, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro's selfie game is in a different league. Its main 20MP snapper comes with f/2.0 aperture and is accompanied by a 2MP camera for depth sensing. The revelation of these snappers can all be appreciated with the images' efficient rendition of color and contrast. Of course, none of these are made possible with the cameras' reliance on artificial intelligence.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 636 and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Lowest Price in the Philippines P7,990

Display Size6.26 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2280 x 1080 pixels
OS verMIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 (Oreo)
CPUQualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Octa-core Kryo 260
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB
RAM6GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12 MP + 5 MP
Front Camera20 MP + 2 MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4000mAh
Dimensions157.9 x 76.4 x 8.26 mm
Weight182 g
ColorBlack, Red, Rose Gold, Blue

Vivo V7

The Vivo V7 is not just a selfie smartphone that banks on the first impression. For this variant, its dedication to selfie photography works to its advantage – and that's not only because it's equipped with a staggering 24MP camera sensor.

No, the Vivo V7's ambitious selfie camera offerings just don't simply rely on its very sensor. The device's 24MP sensor boasts of an f/2.0 aperture. And although it doesn't come with an LED flash, the handset's selfie camera is still more than capable of producing a simulated bokeh effect.

Adding to its selfie prowess is the inclusion of a simple camera app interface and a more improved Professional Mode, in which the latter provides access to manual controls which include exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and manual focus.

Vivo V7

Vivo V7

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,499

Display Size5.7 inches
Resolution720 x 1440 pixels
OS verFuntouch OS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat
CPUQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB
External StorageSupports microSD Card up to 256GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16 MP
Front Camera24 MP
Battery3000 mAh
Dimensions149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9 mm
Weight139 g
ColorMatte Black, Gold, Blue

Conclusion

Whichever factors have come to play into the Filipinos' love for selfies, such appeal can now be seen with the abundance of these selfie-centric smartphones that we have on this list. And if there's anything to go by, this trend, alongside the oftentimes weirdly humbling moniker that we have in the world, should not only go on for years to come. In truth, this has already been weaved into the very part of our lives.

Either way, the smartphone manufacturers around the world should be ecstatic in this market.

Best Selfie Camera Phones in the Philippines

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  • ASUS ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)
  • CUBOT P20
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Lenovo K8 Note
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
  • Gionee A1 lite
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
  • Vivo V7
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