“Indulge the shutterbug in you with these dual-camera toting mid-range smartphones”
Back in 2014, when Taiwanese handset maker – HTC launched the One (M8), what caught everyone’s attention was the dual camera setup on the rear panel with the secondary sensor enabling depth sensing. After that, several brands launched their own dual camera toting smartphones, but they were all in the higher end of the price spectrum as the technology was a novelty back then. The dual camera fad didn’t really catch-up until recently and now we have an array of smartphones with impressive camera setups starting from VFM segment to high-end premium devices. While it’s true that sensors on flagship devices are revered for their tremendous imaging prowess, today you don’t really have to break the bank to get your hands on an impressive dual camera smartphone.
If you are looking for a powerful camera smartphone and don’t really have the budget for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (review), Apple iPhone 8 Plus (review) or the revolutionary iPhone X (review), you are at the right place. We have listed the top smartphones priced under Rs 25,000, which come with impressive dual camera modules.
Unveiled at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin back in September, the Moto X4 (review) arrived in India last month. Flaunting a glass-sandwich design with Corning Gorilla Glass protection on both the front and rear, the Moto X4 is a premium mid-ranger from the Lenovo-owned brand. It has been equipped with a 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel camera module on the rear panel with features like faster phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual tone LED flash. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel sensor with LED flash. Moving on to the performance, it boots stock Android Nougat and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, mated to Adreno 508 graphics. The handset maker is offering the smartphone in two configurations – 3GB RAM / 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. There is a 3,000mAh battery under the rear panel, which supports TurboCharge technology. The Moto X4 makes for an ideal buy for those looking for a dual camera smartphone with good performance across the board.
The Chinese handset maker, nubia hitched a ride on the dual camera bandwagon with the launch of its Z17 mini (review). A first from the brand, the Z17 mini gets two 13MP sensors – one monochrome and one RGB with features like Sony IMX258 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, optical image stabilisation, electric image stabilisation and 4K video recording support. The front 16MP snapper gets f/2.0 aperture and an 80-degree wide-angle lens. Needless to say, the phone sounds pretty impressive when it comes to cameras, and also managed to impress our reviewer with its imaging prowess. Moving on to the performance side of things, there is a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with nubia UI 4.0 on top, and is fuelled by a 2,950mAh battery. The display on this handset is a 5.2-inch full HD 2.5D curved glass unit. If you are on a hunt for an interesting looking smartphone with a pair of impressive cameras, nubia Z17 Mini fits the bill to the T.
A grand event held in Dubai saw the launch of the Infinix Zero 5 (review). At first glance, the smartphone manages to impress with its aesthetics as it looks like a cross between the Nexus 6P and Huawei P9 (review). Besides that, Infinix is offering it in a bright red hue, which is an attention grabber through and through. Moving on to the cameras, the 12-megapixel + 13-megapixel sensors on the back are implemented in a telephoto and wide-angle setup. The camera module offers impressive features like 2x optical zoom, portrait mode with Bokeh effect, and refocus after the image has been shot. In the front, there is a 16-megapixel snapper with flash for selfies and video calling. It ships with a 6-inch LTPS Incell display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass. There is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 processor mated to 6GB RAM and backed by 64GB / 128GB of storage. XOS 3 platform based on Android Nougat and a beefy 4,350mAh battery completes the spec sheet of the handset.
The A1 Plus (first impressions) from Gionee comes as a souped-up variant of the A1 (review) and flaunts a massive battery, a powerful front camera and dual cameras at the rear. The rear camera module on the handset is a combination of 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel sensors with dual-tone LED flash. The front camera is even more impressive as it flaunts a 20-megapixel sensor with a dedicated selfie flash for low-light imaging. Coming to the specs of the device, the A1 Plus ships with a 6-inch full HD IPS display and a MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor driving the performance. There is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage onboard, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The device runs Android Nougat based Amigo 4.0 UI and is powered by a 4,550mAh battery. This handset can also be picked form offline stores, which is a plus for many.
As always, we have left the best for the last – Honor 9i (review), which flaunts dual camera modules on both the front and rear panels as its USP. The phone also sports an almost bezel-less display with a screen-to-body ratio of 83 percent. Speaking of the cameras, the primary dual camera module of the Honor 9i is a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup, aided by a dual-tone LED flash and the front setup comprises of 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensors with soft LED flash. Needless to say, as far as the imaging prowess is concerned, the Honor 9i is the best of the lot here. Moving on the core specs, Honor 9i features a 5.9-inch full HD+ 2.5D curved glass screen. An octa-core Kirin 659 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM is driving the performance. For battery, there is a 3,340mAh unit, while Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1 takes care of software side of the things. As noted in our in-depth review of the phone, the full display fascia and four cameras make it a compelling proposition for Rs 17,999.
While this handset is far more affordable with a price tag under Rs 15,000, the Xiaomi Mi A1 (review) deserves a mention on this list. In a first from the brand, this handset is an Android One device and is the only one to offer optical zoom at this price. It has been equipped with two 12-megapixel shooters at the rear – one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens, and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. The core features of the smartphone include a 5.5-inch full HD display, 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, stock Android Nougat and 3,080mAh battery. This is an ideal choice for those who do not wish to overspend on a smartphone yet have a capable daily driver.
These are the best dual camera smartphones under Rs 25,000 that money can buy at the moment. In your opinion, does a dual camera setup affect the imaging outcome or is it just a gimmick, especially considering there are smartphones that offer a bokeh mode even with a single camera? Discuss with us using the comment box below.