Gone are the days when you would prefer the rear camera details and miss the front-facing camera, while buying a smartphone. Love for photography is one thing, but it is love for selfies that attracts most of the smartphone buyers to go for a good-camera equipped smartphone. Today, it is the selfie camera up front that does most of the action for camera enthusiast smartphone buyers. Unlike, earlier, when even a 2-megapixel camera seemed pretty decent, now you may not even find a 5MP front-facing camera good enough!
The front facing camera's megapixel counts can sometimes make a difference in the consumer's buying decision, though to a certain extend. Knowing this, even the smartphone companies have started focusing a lot on secondary cameras to cater to selfie enthusiasts.
If you too are a selfie lover who is looking forward to buy a good budget to mid-range smartphone that brings a higher megapixel front-facing camera, check out our list of 12 Smartphones for their camera goodness. These are Android-based smartphones with 8MP or higher secondary camera with good resolution and lens, and are priced under Rs 25,000.
Asus Zenfone Selfie:
Asus recently added the selfie-centric Zenfone selfie smartphone to its Zenfone series of phone to cater to the needs of selfie lovers. It essentially is a sefie version of the Zenfone 2 which did pretty well in the market. The Asus Zenfone Selfie smartphone features dual 13-megapixel cameras, with dual-flash tone and ultra fast auto-focus on both the cameras, and additional camera-centric features. The smartphone is available for Rs. 17,999 (32GB variant) on Flipkart.
Xiaomi created disruption in the smartphone market in India with the launch of its smartphones at ridiculously low prices. The company's powerpacked Mi 4 smartphone, which was released last year, was a big hit for the company and is still doing business for the company. With an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper that supports 1080p at 30fps video recording, the phone makes for a good consideration for selfie enthusiasts, especially considering that the price of the phone has gone down significantly. The phone features a 5-inch full HD display, runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU with 3GB of RAM and has Android Kitkat onboard.
Micromax Canvas Selfie A255
With Xiaomi creating ripples in the market, how could Micromax let go of its market to a Chinese player so easily! To take on the Mi4 and other rival camera-centric smartphones, Micromax announced the Canvas Selfie to pit it against competitors. The company now has the Canvas Selfie A255 as the successor of the Selfie phone. As its name suggests, the phone's USP is its selfie camera. It features dual 13-megapixel front and rear cameras. As for its specs, the phone has a 4.7-inch HD display and is powered by Mediatek MT6592 octa-core chipset with 2GB of RAM. It runs the dated Kitkat version of Android OS. The phone is available for approximately Rs 13,400 online.
Gionee Elife E7
Gionee Elife E7 is another camera centric phone targeted at selfie lovers. The phone comes with 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM, and Android OS. It features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, with 16-megapixel auto focus rear-camera paired with features like face detection, Geo tagging and more. The phone can be bought for Rs. 24,590.
Huawei Honor 6 Plus:
Huawei's Honor 6 Plus is another excellent smartphone with great camera. A bigger variant of the Huawei Honor 6, the smartphone boasts dual 8-megapixel front and rear cameras. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Huawei Kirin 920 Octacore processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The phone supports 4G LTE connectivity.
HTC Desire 826
HTC took the front-facing camera war further with the Desire 826 smartphone, which is an updated model of the company's popular Desire 820 smartphone. It touts 13-megapixel front as well as rear facing cameras, features a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processorwith 2GB of RAM and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-based HTC's Sense UI out of the box. The phone is promising and makes for a good deal.
HTC Desire 820S
The HTC Desire 820s is another variant of the Desire 820. It is a dual SIM smartphones that brings an 8-megapixel front and 13-megapixel primary cameras, and a 5.5-inch HD screen. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz Octa-Core Mediatek processor and comes with HTC's signature BoomSound front facing speakers. Happy shooting with the phone!
Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro
Earlier this year, Lenovo took the wraps off its Vibe X2 Pro Smartphone at CES 2015 event. Successor of the Vibe X2, this smartphone comes with dual-13-megapixel auto-focus cameras, one on front and another on rear panel. The camera are paired with LED flash, gesture controls and editing tools. In terms of specifications, the phone flaunts a 5.3-inch full HD 1080p display, is equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-Core processor, and runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Lava Pixel V2
Lava launched the Pixel V1 with Google as the second generation Android One smartphone in India, however could impress much. About a month later, the company announced Lava Pixel V2 and placed it at a lower price point. The handset can be considered because it flaunts an 8 megapixel front-facing selfie camera with LED flash and a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash. This has a 5-inch HD IPS display with a scratch resistant Dragon tail Glass, is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek Quad Core processor with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 topped with Star 2.0 UI. The phone is available for Rs. 10,750.
ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
If you want to buy a rather budget selfie smartphone, then you can go for ZTE's Nubia Z9 Mini. The phone brings an 8-megpixel secondary camera along with a 13-megapixel rear camera on board. It has a 5-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core chipset with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It can be bought for Rs 13,999.
Oppo R7 Lite
The Oppo R7 Lite, as its name suggests, is a toned down version of the Oppo R7 Plus, which was launched recently in India. The phone adorns an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture, and a 13-megapixel rear shooter with f/2.2 aperture. The has a 5-inch (720x1280 pixel) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and is powered by a Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset with 2GB of RAM. The phone runs ColorOS 2.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It is launched for Rs 17,990.
Oppo's N1 was the phone that brought the swivel camera into limelight. The phone features a 13-megapixel swivel camera that can be rotated to face the front and double up as a front-facing camera. While we have seen better camera phones in the market, this phone makes for a cool phone due to its design. The 13-megapixel sensor comes with a dual-LED flash, apart from a variety of editing tools and modes for enhancing photos. It has a huge 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, and is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. The phone was launched for Rs 39,999. Try your uck, you might find it for close to Rs 25,000.