Modern day smartphones come with pretty much the best hardware you can ask for, the cameras are also seeing an upgrade of late. While we’ve seen phones with massive cameras in the past, the trend is particularly interesting not only because of the improvement in overall quality, but also the manufacturers’ fascination with megapixel count.
We have seen innumerable smartphones in the industry which are fully stacked in terms of megapixel count. Luckily, though, these products also perform fairly well, so the gimmicks that they endorse aren’t wasted. We are going to look at some of these handsets that have broken cover this past year across the world.
You will recognize some very popular phones on this list, and some which may not have caught your attention so far. But the beauty of the mobile industry is such that even if the handset is relatively new to you, it’s bound to be popular somewhere. Thanks to online retailers, you can always get your hands on them regardless of where you live. So let’s have a brief look at what the industry has to offer in terms of cameras and megapixels.
The phone broke cover just a month ago and has been talked about extensively since its arrival. Although its initial days were marred by bugs and some minor device related controversies, the company has bounced back accordingly. The key feature of the phone here are the dual-cameras on the back, which uses 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors respectively. The front comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera, so you can be assured of getting the very best shots from the OnePlus 5.
The phone also comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display, the octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, 64/128GB of non-expandable storage, Android 7.1 Nougat, and a 3,300 mAh battery under the hood.
The OnePlus 5 in the U.S. will set you back by $479 and $539 for the 64 and 128GB models respectively, making this one of the best flagships you can get your hands on at the moment.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
The Xperia XZ Premium is not particularly known for its cameras. This is the company’s second smartphone to come with a 4K resolution display on board, although the display mostly appears to be a gimmick given that small screens cannot possibly process content on that scale. Coming back to the cameras, the Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 19-megapixel rear camera, which can record high-def 4K videos and more without skipping a beat. The phone also comes with a 13-megapixel front camera, offering enough for the selfie lovers out there.
The handset features a 5.46-inch 4K display as mentioned above, accompanied by the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, Android 7.1 Nougat, and a 3,230 mAh battery under the hood. As you can see, the Xperia XZ Premium is pretty well covered in almost all areas, and it seems like the company left no stone unturned in making that happen.
Samsung Galaxy A7
It’s easy to dismiss Samsung’s Galaxy A series as a mid-ranged smartphone lineup. However, the Galaxy A7 2017 is a pretty well packed mid-ranger. It’s featuring a 16-megapixel f/1.9 camera on the back, accompanied by a 16-megapixel f/1.9 front facing camera. This basically means that the company is using the same tech for both the cameras, thus assuring users of a uniform performance regardless of which camera you’re using. It’s a bit surprising, however that the company didn’t go with a front LED flash, which appears to be the norm these days with selfie oriented phones.
The Galaxy A7 also comes with a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with the octa-core Exynos 7880 chipset, 32GB of expandable storage, 3GB of RAM, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and a 3,600 mAh battery. The Galaxy A7 is IP68 certified water resistant as well, making it a pretty decent handset overall. Seldom do you find a smartphone with hardware like this and water resistance all together.
ASUS ZenFone AR
The ZenFone AR comes with augmented reality features on board, which requires multiple cameras. For this purpose, the company is offering a 23-megapixel rear camera, along with depth sensing and motion detecting sensors. These sensors will let users record augmented reality content on the go. The phone comes with a standard 8-megapixel front facing camera, which should be capable of taking decent selfies.
The ZenFone AR is not a one trick pony, however. The device also comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 64/128/256GB of storage, 6/8GB of RAM, the quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,300 mAh battery. The phone is compatible with Google’s Project Tango and Daydream VR platforms, making it the only smartphone to have the honor.
Unfortunately, the ZenFone AR isn’t available in the country as of yet, but since it’s already making its way to some regions, we expect to find it Stateside soon.
The Huawei P10 comes with dual cameras on the back, consisting of a standard 12-megapixel sensor and a monochrome 20-megapixel sensor for added contrast and texture to your images. It also comes with 2x lossless zoom, phase detection and much more. Huawei has put in a lot of work in the software department as well. Since most of the processing happens based on software, this is a crucial element. This makes it one of the most unique dual-camera phones to be available in the market today. On the front, the handset features a standard f/1.9 8-megapixel camera.
The Huawei P10 also features a 5.1-inch 1080p LCD panel, the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, 32/64GB of expandable storage, 4GB of RAM, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,200 mAh battery.
The smartphone can be purchased for just about $535 via Amazon right now. Considering the kind of hardware it’s packing, this is a very good bargain in our books.