Smartphone design has gotten so interesting lately with OEMs looking to push the barrier of innovation farther back with a standout device. There have been a bunch of ideas ranging from foldables to punch hole cameras, and possibly an under-display camera. In a bid to maximize screen space, smartphone makers have devised a way to take the front camera away from its traditional position without sacrificing picture quality. As long as users continue to crave for more screen space and the unveiling of concepts like Oppo’s waterfall screen continue. you will always have unconventional front camera repositioning getting more popular. We have quite a number of these smartphones already from different brands cutting across mid-range to flagship segments.
Majority of these smartphones on this list are a bit pricey considering they’re a relatively new set of smartphones and most come with decent specs to support it.
Smartphones with pop-up cameras
Huawei Y9 Prime (2019)
This a mid-range smartphone which for the sake of this list have average specs with a single pop-up 16MP selfie cam. The main cameras at the back include a 16MP primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. It is powered by a 4, 000mAh battery and a Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor with 4GB RAM and 64/128GB internal storage. Also, there is a 6.59-inch, 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution display with a decent 84.3 percent screen to body ratio.
This smartphone cost about NGN80, 000 / UGX815, 000 / KSh23, 000
Oppo F11 Pro
Here is another smartphone with a pop-up camera carrying a 16MP front sensor. At the back, you will find a dual camera with 48MP main cam and 5MP depth sensor handling business. Under the hood, you have a MediaTek P70 processor with either 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB configuration depending on your pocket. The LCD screen span 6.53-inch and comes with a 1080 2340 pixel resolution. Moreso, it has a 4, 000mAh battery with a 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charge technology.
Regarding the cost. you should have about KSh39, 000 / NGN140, 000 / UGX1.4m.
OnePlus 7 Pro
A flagship contender in its own right, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with an impressive 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution and 90GHz refresh rate. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which also covers the back of the smartphone. In addition, the fingerprint scanner is under the display and it works fast enough like the rear ones. Also, you have a 16MP pop-up selfie camera with a triple 48MP primary camera, 16MP ultra-wide camera, and 8MP telephoto camera at the rear.
At the core, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 4, 000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge for faster charging. There is an option for 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM and you also have 128GB or 256GB internal storage to choose from. The smartphone costs about NGN285, 000 / UGX3m / KSh18, 000 or more depending on the variant.
Oppo Reno 10X Zoom
Oppos flagship smartphone comes with a different type of pop-up camera unlike the ones above. The smartphone has a fin-like 16MP pop-up selfie camera and a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. You’ve got a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 covering the screen with under display fingerprint scanner present and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the back. Over at the back, there is a camera trio with a 48MP primary cam, 13MP periscope cam with 5x optical zoom and an 8MP ultrawide cam. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor runs the show with 6GB or 8GB RAM for multitasking.
There is a 128GB variant for the 6GB RAM model while the rest comes with 256GB internal storage and up to 256GB additional space with a memory card. It relies on a 4, 065mAh battery for power and 20W fast charging for refill. The smartphone costs just about NGN200, 000 / KSh58, 000 / UGX2m.
Vivo V15 Pro
Like a few smartphones on this list, the Vivo V15 Pro belongs to the mid-range category and it has a 32MP pop-up camera. The rear is adorned by a triple camera with a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 5MP depth sensor. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and a 128GB storage space. There is a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen with a 1080 x 2316 pixels resolution with slim bezels at the border. More so, you’ve got a 3, 700mAh battery with 18W fast charging and under display fingerprint scanner for security.
The smartphone goes for around UGX1.2m / NGN112, 000 / KSh32, 000.
Xiaomi Mi 9T/Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro
Redmi K20 is the same as the Xiaomi Mi 9T and it is the more affordable version of the Redmi K20 Pro which is also known as the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro. The major difference between the two is that the Redmi K20 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC while the Pro version has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. Other specs like the 20MP pop-up camera, under display fingerprint scanner, 6.39-inch Full HD+ display, and 4, 000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ remains the same on both smartphones.
The two smartphones also have an option for either 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB internal storage. The rear camera on the both smartphones consists of a 48MP primary sensor, 13MP ultrawide camera, and an 8MP telephoto lens. For the Redmi K20, you might have to part with NGN113, 000 / UGX1.2m / KSh33, 000 and for Redmi K20 Pro you will have to pay NGN145, 000 / UGX1.5m / KSh40, 000.
The Spinoff brand from Oppo also has a pop-up camera smartphone in the Realme X. It has a 6.53-inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ resolution and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 provides added protection. There is an under-display fingerprint scanner as well as a 16MP camera and a 48MP main camera accompanied by a 5MP depth sensor at the back. Also, the smartphone is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 3, 765mAh battery for power and 20W fast charge.
The smartphone comes with 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB RAM variants and storage size varying from 64GB to 128GB. You can cop a variant of the smartphone for UGX1m / KSh30, 000 / NGN100, 000 or higher.
Smartphones with flip cameras
Samsung Galaxy A80
What you have here is a sliding camera system which have a flip mechanism to it. The Samsung Galaxy A80 is built in a way that the rear camera is also used for selfies. To take selfies, the rear camera module comes up and the triple camera flips to the front. The trio includes a 48MP camera, 8MP sensor, and a ToF camera. In addition to that, the spec sheet entails a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with a 3, 700mAh battery keeping the lights on. In the performance department, the smartphones employs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage space.
The smartphone sells for about NGN210, 000 / KSh60, 000 / UGX2.2m.
ASUS Zenfone 6
This is a smartphone with flagship features like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, flip-up 48MP camera with a 13MP ultrawide sensor for shooting from both front and back. It sports a 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 pixels display, 6GB/8GB RAM, 5000mAh battery and a rear fingerprint scanner. There is an option for 64GB or 128GB internal storage for the 6GB variant and 256GB for the 8GB RAM model.
Getting this smartphone will cost you about KSh57, 000 / UGX2m / NGN200, 000 and more if storage or RAM is higher than the basic model.
Honor Magic 2 and Magic 2 3D
To begin with, these two smartphones are pretty much the same on the outside only with some few differences made on the inside. The 3D version has a 3D facial recognition, more storage, and a graphene heat pipe to disburse heat during heavy computing. Besides this, the remaining specs are the same for the two variants including the Kirin 980 chipset, 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen, 3, 500mAh battery, 40W fast charge, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB & 512GB (3D) ROM. Furthermore, there is a triple back camera with two 16MP cameras and 24MP monochrome camera. The back of the smartphone slides up a little revealing a 16MP camera, 2MP depth sensor, and a 3D ToF camera all meant for taking selfies.
The Honor Magic 2 3D starting price is about KSh58, 000 / NGN200, 000 / UGX2.0m and a bit lesser for the Honor Magic 2 or more if you are looking for more RAM and storage space.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Mi Mix 3 5G
Starting with the specs they both have in common, there is a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen, sliding dual 24MP + 2MP front camera, dual 12MP telephoto lens + 12MP rear camera with OIS, rear fingerprint scanner, 18W Quick Charge 4+, and 10W wireless charging. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 3, 200mAh battery, 6GB/8GB/10GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB internal storage.
On the other hand, the 5G variant has a 3, 800mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage space and of course 5G connectivity. The starting price is at about NGN170, 000 / UGX1.8m / KSh49, 000 for the normal variant, However, the 5G version goes for at least KSh69, 000 / UGX2.5m / NGN240, 000 or more for higher variants.
Lenovo Z5 Pro and Z5 Pro GT
These are two seemingly identical smartphones that belong to two entirely different categories. The Lenovo Z5 Pro is a mid-range smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset and Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is a high-end device with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. The remainder of the features is the same on both smartphones except more storage and RAM you’ve got on the Z5 Pro GT model.
There is a 6.39-inch screen with an under-display fingerprint scanner, 3, 350mAh battery, dual 24MP + 16MP rear camera and the smartphone slides up revealing a dual 16MP + 8MP front camera. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT comes with either 8GB or 12GB RAM with storage options of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB available. On the other hand, the Lenovo Z5 Pro has a 6GB RAM with 64GB or 128GB storage space.
The Z5 Pro goes for UGX866k / NGN85, 000 / KSh25, 000 while the GT version costs KSh42, 000 / NGN145, 000 / UGX1.5m.