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5 best dual-camera selfie smartphones below $500

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These days, smartphones can do almost anything. From booking rides, to finding drinks and finding love   these high-tech gadgets are super capable. Having a phone camera has also become a standard, but not all cameras are created equal.

For the photo lovers, I’ve compiled a list of smartphones that have been tailored specifically to us selfie enthusiasts. The best part? A great selfie doesn’t have to cost you substantial money! All phones are below US$ 500.

The 6-inch selfie expert

OPPO F3 Plus

OPPO is called the “selfie expert” for good reason. Their slew of smartphone releases have very capable cameras. The F3 Plus has two front-facing cameras: 16- and 8-megapixel shooters, the latter being a wide-angled camera. This means wider selfies with more scenery! The phone also has a software-generated bokeh mode and its 6-inch screen allows for a bigger screen to check your photos on.

OPPO F3 Plus photo sample

OPPO F3 Plus selfie sample

The F3 Plus has a built-in beauty mode which allows you to toggle between fair and rosy complexions and a beauty filter with seven possible levels of intensity.

READ MORE: OPPO F3 Plus review and selfie comparisons

The perfect selfie smartphone

Vivo V5 Plus

To this day, Vivo’s beauty mode remain to be my favorite. This stands true to their promise of creating “perfect selfie” smartphones. The Vivo V5 Plus, although an older release, is still my photo go-to from the Vivo line. The front-facing dual-camera setup features 20- and 8-megapixel shooters and it’s equipped with a bokeh mode feature.

Vivo V5 Plus selfie sample

Vivo V5 Plus selfie sample

Vivo’s beauty mode features a bar you can toggle from end to end for three different things: buffing, skin tone, and whitening.

READ MORE: Vivo V5 Plus camera hands-on: Another perfect selfie?

A smaller version of the F3 Plus

OPPO F3

The OPPO F3 is everything the F3 Plus is, at a fraction of the size. With a screen at 5.5 inches, my teeny hands are capable of taking one-handed selfies, well, almost. This smaller OPPO phone literally carries the same specs, the same beauty modes as the F3 Plus but at a more affordable price tag.

OPPO F3 selfie sample

OPPO F3 selfie sample

READ MORE: OPPO F3 review and selfie comparisons

The literal pro at selfies

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro blows me away with the amount of attention put on its beauty mode. Everything from skin tone to skin softening, brightening, eye widening, and cheek thinning may be achieved from levels one to ten — talk about choices!

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro photo sample

Beauty + bokeh mode on the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

As if that wasn’t enough, ZenFone 4 selfie phones come with ASUS Selfie Master which is a camera app with a different beauty mode interface. The same app allows you to shoot video and go live on social media with a full-time beauty filter.

A dual-camera setup up front is capable of 24-megapixel DuoPixel photos, wide-angle shots, and bokeh mode.

READ MORE: ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro review: The ultimate selfie phone

The Selfie Pro’s budget counterpart

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie is the budget counterpart of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Fitted with 20- and 8-megapixel cameras for ultimate selfies, this smartphone camera has all the beauty mode features the Selfie Pro has at a cheaper price.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie selfie sample

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie photo sample

READ MORE: ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie hands-on and camera review

Bonus:

The cutie screen phone

Meizu Pro 7

The Meizu Pro 7 is not specifically marketed as a selfie smartphone, but I feel compelled to include this on the list because of the many wonders its secondary AMOLED screen — or as I call it, the cutie screen — holds.

The teeny panel on the back of the phone serves a great selfie purpose, as it allows you to shoot with the phone’s rear dual-cams on three modes: beauty, camera blur, and original. The Pro 7’s single front shooter is also equipped with a basic beauty mode function.

Meizu Pro 7 photo samples

Meizu Pro 7 selfie samples

READ MORE: Meizu Pro 7 Review: Twice the fun

SEE ALSO: Cute and fun tech for girls!

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Arion’s color-changing dress is turning heads

My mind is blown and I want it

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Once upon a time, the internet was divided over a dress all because people couldn’t agree on what color it was. If you’re one of those people who argued for a certain side, I have something that will truly blow your mind.

If your brain can’t process what you just saw, let me spell it out for you: This dress changes color when a light, like your smartphone torch, is shone on it. From a sophisticated muted tone, the reflective material turns into a bright and awesome party dress. Let’s see that again:

People are definitely loving this fashion statement. The first tweet from the designer quoted above has garnered 12,000-plus retweets and almost 69,500 retweets in the first 12 hours of posting — multitudes of shiny-unicorn-loving women who want the awesome look, probably.

Admittedly, I’ve stared at the video far longer than I should have and am now completely convinced that I want this material in every single outfit I’m to don from here on end. Fortunately, the dress is now for sale on the Arion website but it isn’t exactly cheap. The two-piece set retails for US$ 155. As of posting, this is the only design the dress is available in but hey, I’m not complaining!

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What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

Xiaomi asked and people have answered

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Xiaomi’s new flagship is coming and, of course, the Chinese brand wastes no time in telling us that we’re going to want this new phone. Over the weekend, Xiaomi showed off the Mi 9’s color options and I am swooning.


The three colors posted all include a beautiful gradient in black, one in blue, and another in a purple-pink hue. Let’s look at that last one again:

The color, which people have been quick to call unicorn, has no official name. Global spokesperson Donovan Sung asked Twitter world what they could possibly name it.

There were a number of interesting and funny answers:

Of course, we had our own guesses:

If there’s any clue, though, it would be this reply:

The official Xiaomi Twitter account did conduct a poll calling it Lavender Violet the day before Donavan Sung sent out the tweet…

Until we have this confirmed, we’re calling it unicorn Mi 9. 🦄 Besides, whatever they call it, it’s looking like a very pretty color and I want it!

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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