A truly Bezel-less phone calls for an innovative approach towards the front camera. It’s not a thing OEMs can ignore or mount underneath the display (yet), and the only remaining options are to either accommodate the sensor in a notch cut out or to opt for a slide-out camera mechanism.
The notch-trend is here to stay for a while longer (at least till Apple sticks to the concept), but quite a few Android OEMs now are experimenting with Slide-out cameras. These notch and bezel killers entail a few compromises, but they look veritably cool and perhaps touch a nostalgic chord in us. After all, Slider phones used to be a huge rage back in the day and we have now come full circle.
In 2019, we already have the second generation of slidder camera and pop-up camera phones, even from tier-1 brands like Samsung. In case you are interested, here are a few you can consider.
Advantages and Disadvantages of a slider camera phones
- Offer continuous notch-less screen
- Have that elusive cool factor
- Movable parts are susceptible to damage
- Finding a suitable case can be a difficult
- No water resistance
- Accumulate dust and dirt particles easily
List of phones with slider cameras
1. Samsung Galaxy A80
The Galaxy A80 is the first Samsung phone this year that includes an immersive full-screen display. The phone introduces a rotatory camera housed in a motorized slider. Yup, you read that right.
A motorized slider pops up the camera assembly and the camera module can flip over to double as both – the selfie and the rear camera. Camera sensors include 48MP primary camera, 8MP wide-angle camera, and a TOF 3D camera for depth sensing.
Other features include a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, Andriod 9.0 Pie based One UI software, in-display fingerprint sensor, and a 3700mAh battery.
2. Vivo V15 Pro and Vivo V15
The Vivo V15 Pro (Review) is the only mid-range phone that includes a Pop-up selfie camera. The elevating camera module houses a 32MP Samsung sensor and the selfie quality is actually very good.
On the rear, you will find triple cameras with the primary sensor flaunting a 48MP resolution. The handset is powered by the latest Snapdragon 675 chipset, runs Android 9.0 Pie based Funtouch OS software, and employs a good quality AMOLED display.
Vivo later also introduced a relatively cheaper V15 that employs a MediaTek chipset (Helio P70), replaced AMOLED screen with an IPS LCD panel, has a regular rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint reader, but retains a pop-up selfie camera.
3. Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition
Oppo Reno follows another different (rather weird) approach towards pop-up sliders. The motorized part that houses the front camera pops up like a ‘Shark Fin’.
Other than that, the Oppo Reno lists some truly top-shelf hardware. There is periscope style 10x lossless zoom, Snapdragon 855, and an AMOLED screen with under display fingerprint sensor.
Oppo also launched a regular Oppo Reno model that’s missing 10X Zoom and is powered by Snapdragon 710, but still retains the pop-up module, VOOC 3.0 fast charging, and NFC.
4. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has a manual slider like Huawei’s Honor Magic 2, the difference being that Mi Mix 3 bears both the front and rear cameras on the slider. Xiaomi earlier used to mount selfie camera on the bottom bezel for its Mix-series phones and users had to turn their phone over each time they needed a selfie. The latest Mi Mix 3 dons a nearly bezel-free 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display.
Other Mi Mix 3 features include Snapdragon 845 SoC, 5G support, dual (24MP + 2MP) selfie camera, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Read More: Vivo Nex Review – Innovation Priced Right
5. Oppo F11 Pro and Oppo F11
Oppo F11 Pro recently joined the list of pop camera phones featuring a 32MP motorized selfie camera. The other highlights of Oppo F11 Pro include a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, up to 6GB of RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery.
The phone includes a conventional rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, and a micro USB port. Oppo’s proprietary VOOC fast charging is also present in the phone.
6. Lenovo Z5 Pro
Lenovo has joined the slide-out camera club with Z5 Pro. The handset was launched in an event conducted in China and resorted to the use of a slider mechanism to get rid of the notch. The phone is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor chipset and runs on Oreo 8.1 based ZUI 10.
Lenovo Z5 Pro houses a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 16-MP sensor and a 24MP sensor – both with f/1.8 aperture. They are supported by a dual-tone LED flash. On the front, there is a 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP IR sensor to help with Face Unlock.
7. Honor Magic 2
Honor Magic 2 marks Huawei’s entry into the sliding camera segment. The phone is nearly bezel-free and its slider bears only the front camera module. The slider here is manual in nature, which is to say it won’t slide out automatically. Huawei has powered this device with its flagship chipset Kirin 980 SoC which Huawei claims, will deliver 20 percent improved performance and is touted be 40 percent more power efficient over the previous generation.
A 40W ‘Magic Charge’ super fast charge technology which claims fast charging and safety has also been employed by Honor.This phone packs a triple camera on the back consisting of a 16 MP f/1.8 aperture PDAF primary sensor, a 16 MP, f/2.2 aperture wide-angle lens and a 24 MP f/1.8 aperture Monochrome lens. On the front, Honor has included a 16MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera bolstered with two depth sensors of 2MP each.
8. Vivo Nex
Vivo Nex selfie camera pops up from the top edge. Since a portion of the phone doesn’t slide out, it won’t be that difficult to find fitting cases for the phone. The front facing camera does really well in terms of quality. As for its rear camera, the quality has significantly improved when compared to Vivo X21.
This is one of the first generation pop-up camera phones and is now available for a competitive price. Specs include 6.59 inch FHD+ AMOLED Display, 8GB RAM, a glass back with holographic etching, Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Even when a problematic software and rapidly draining battery can be disappointing, overall the device is a credible performer.
9. Oppo Find X
The Oppo Find X is a beautiful device with a glass finish back. While a staggering 93.8% screen-to-body ratio graces the front, all its cameras have been placed on a mechanical slider. The slider is pretty quick and rises in less than half a second. As for the camera quality, both the front and rear cameras have a lot of dynamic range, resulting in very good quality images. Performance wise, the phone does a good job with Snapdragon 845 SoC and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage team. The battery can last for around 1.5 days. Find X does not sport a fingerprint sensor but has employed face unlock for this purpose. Poor RAM management, flimsy build, and opening a slider to face-unlock every time are a few notable shortcomings. And yes, it’s also one of the most expensive phones around.
10 Best phones with pop up and slider cameras
These are some of the phones with pop-up cameras that have gone official till date. More will allegedly pop-up soon, and we will add them to the list promptly. Meanwhile, waterdrop notch is fast gaining ground as a workable compromise across all price points. That’s because it isn’t feasible to accommodate sliders without inflating the budget and thickness of a phone.
List of top 10 pop-up camera and slider phones in 2019
|Samsung Galaxy A80||73/100|
|Vivo V15 Pro||76/100|
|Oppo Reno 10x Zoom||78/100|
|Oppo F11 Pro||69/100|
|Xiaomi Mi Mix 3||85/100|
|Honor Magic 2||85/100|
|Oppo Find X||82/100|
|Lenovo Z6 Pro||74/100|