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 display cut out or to side with an out-of-the-box approach like a slider, pop-up or flip camera mechanism. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
The notch-trend is certainly on its way out and pop-up modules have emerged as the top choice among brands who intend to deliver an uninterrupted screen. These notch and bezel killers entail a few compromises, but they look veritably cool and make true full-view display possible.
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 may consider.
Advantages and Disadvantages of pop-up and slider camera phones
- Make full-view screens possible
- Have that elusive cool factor
- Movable parts are more susceptible to damage
- Finding a suitable case can be problematic
- Making phone water resistance becomes difficult
List of phones with pop-up cameras
1. OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7 Pro (review) resorts to a pop-up front camera module in order to deliver an uninterrupted full-view screen. That’s also important because OnePlus has gone the extra mile to make the 7 Pro screen special. It’s a 2k AMOLED panel with curved edges and 90Hz refresh rate, one that has been A+ certified by Display Mate.
Other than that, the handset comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor backed by UFS 3.0 storage and up to 12GB of RAM. There are three cameras on the rear, led by the very popular 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor.
2. Asus Zenfone 6
Asus Zenfone 6 (review) takes the Galaxy A80 approach with a rotating pop-up mechanism to use a single panel of 48MP (f/1.79)+ 13MP (wide-angle) duo as both front and rear cameras. Thanks to the flip module, you get a 6.4-inch Full HD+ full-view IPS LCD display with 92-percent screen-to-body ratio. This screen is shielded by Gorilla Glass 6.
Its a powerhouse within running on Snapdragon 855 backed by 6GB/8GB RAM
and 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage with a dedicated card slot. The 5000mAh battery with has 18W QuickCharge 4.0 and lasts comfortably long.
3. Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20
Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 both have pop-up cameras and gorgeous full-view AMOLED displays. The highlight, of course, And powerful chipsets.
The K20 Pro is one of the most affordable Snapdragon 855 powered phone, and the K20 is the first mainstream phone to employ Snapdragon 730. Both phones have 4000mAh battery with fast charging support, 48MP primary camera, and Android Pie-based MIUI 10 software.
4. 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. The handset is now available in India, but the price is astonishingly steep.
5. 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 an under-display fingerprint sensor.
Oppo also launched a regular Oppo Reno model that’s missing 10X Zoom and is powered by Snapdragon 710. The base variant retains the pop-up module, VOOC 3.0 fast charging, and NFC.
Other Oppo Phone with Pop-up camera: Oppo K3
6. Realme X
Realme X (Review), powered by Snapdragon 710, is the cheapest phone with a pop-up camera in this list. This module houses a 16MP (f/2.0) Sony IMX-471 pop-up camera which Realme touts to work in just 0.72 seconds.
It comes in 4GB/6GB/8GB LPDDR4X of RAM configuration and 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 onboard storage options, which is further expandable via microSD card. A 3,765mAh battery would fuel the phone and you could refill it quickly with 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charger. On the surface, it sports a 6.53-inch OLED screen with 1,080 x 2,340-pixel resolution
7. Vivo V15 Pro
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.
8. Oppo F11 Pro
Oppo F11 Pro (review) 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.
9. Huawei Y9 Prime
The Y9 Prime 2019 (review) is Huawei’s first pop-up camera phone in India, one that will be available both online and at offline stores. The handset is powered by Kirin 710 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The LTPS LCD display is sharp and uninterrupted. The phone houses a 4000mAh battery, but it’s still quite thick and heavy. Having said that, the heft is still manageable if you have big hands or if you prefer big phones, and there are a few slick gradient options to choose from.
10. 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.
11. Vivo Nex
Vivo Nex (review) 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.
12. Oppo Find X
The Oppo Find X is a bit dated as of today, but it was one of the first full-view display phones and deserves a spot on the list.
Its a beautiful device with a glass finish back and a staggering 93.8% screen-to-body ratio. All of 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 wide 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 the most expensive phones in this list.
10+ Best phones with pop up and slider cameras
These are some of the phones with pop-up cameras that users may consider buying in 2019. More will allegedly pop-up soon, and we will add them to the list promptly. These days, phones that don’t include pop-up, flip or slider cameras mostly resort to the trendy punch-hole cameras.
List of top 10 pop-up camera and slider phones in 2019
|OnePlus 7 Pro||Rs. 48,999|
|Asus 6z||Rs. 31,999|
|Redmi K20 Pro||Rs. 27,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A80||Rs. 47,990|
|OPPO Reno 10X Zoom||Rs. 39,990|
|Realme X||Rs. 16,999|
|Vivo V15 Pro||Rs. 25,350|
|Xiaomi Mi Mix 3||Rs. 33,158*|
|OPPO F11 Pro||Rs. 22,990|
|Lenovo Z5 Pro||Rs. 33,162*|
|Vivo Nex||Rs. 36,999|
|OPPO Find X||Rs. 58,990|
* The phone is yet to launch in India. The price shown is the global price converted to Indian currency.