Aside from value-for-money handsets, local smartphone companies are also banking on the selfie-taking activities of their purported users. The Philippines, being a “Selfie Country,” contributes thousands of self-portrait pictures a day to social media and the rest of the world wide web. 

Top 5 Selfie Smartphones in the Philippines

We have gathered five phones from different local vendors specifically marketed for the selfie-centric market; and ranked them according to different factors we deem important for being the ultimate selfie king. This includes (but not limited to) hardware, price, selfie-software and popularity. Our list starts right after the fold.

5. Starmobile Diamond D3

Starmobile Diamond D3 may be old but the local company is still having it as their most considerable selfie smartphone to date. The handset is over a year old but it's still a front-runner in the selfie category with its 8-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor and autofocus function.

Starmobile Diamond D3 Specs

5-inch qHD IPS display (960x540p, 220ppi),
Scratch Resistant Asahi Glass
1.3GHz Qual-core MediaTek MT6582 processor
ARM Mali-400MP GPU
1GB of RAM
4GB Internal Storage
MicroSD support, up to 32GB
12MP Autofocus rear camera with BSI and LED flash
8MP Autofocus front camera with BSI and LED flash
Dual-SIM, Dual 3G Standby (regular SIM)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n & WiFi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with A-GPS support
MicroUSB 2.0
FM radio
3.5mm audio jack
146.40x73.40x10.00mm, 176g
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
2,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Php7,990 Official Price

4. Torque Droidz Swivel

The Torque Droidz Swivel is a good attempt from the local outfit to out-smart the selfie smartphone market with its rotating camera module. This feature is an old trick knowing that several international brands pulled off a great show out of it. But the Torque Droidz Swivel's 180-degree rotating 8MP camera module works for most of the local consumers with its autofocus sensor and LED flash.

 Torque Droidz Swivel Specs

4.7-inch qHD IPS Display (540x960p, 234ppi)
1.2GHz Quad-core processor
1GB of RAM
8MP Autofocus 180° rotating camera with LED Flash
8GB Internal Storage
MicroSD support, up to 32GB
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Wi-Fi and Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0
GPS with A-GPS
FM Radio
3.5mm Audio Jack
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
1,700mAh Li-Ion removable battery
Php4,599 Official Price
Php3,999 via Lazada with Free Smart Tunes Bluetooth Speaker

Related: Torque Droidz Swive now official

3. O+ 360 Alpha Plus

The O+ 360 Alpha Plus is the most affordable and absolutely the freshest selfie smartphone in the pack. It comes with Instant Beauty Fix function that includes a prolific set of editing tools and features embedded in the camera app itself. This quad-core smartphone still have a promo price of Php 3,995.

O+ 360 Alpha Plus Specs

4.5-inch IPS display
MediaTek MT6582
1.3GHz Quad-core Cortex A7 CPU
Mali-400 MP GPU
1GB of RAM
8GB internal memory
MicroSD support, up to 32GB
5MP Autofocus rear camera, LED Flash
5MP Autofocus front camera with Selfie Fix, LED Flash
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
FM Radio
MicroUSB 2.0
3.5mm Audio Jack
136 x 66 x 8.0 mm
Android 4.4 Kitkat
1,500mAh Li-Ion Battery
Php 4,995

2. Cherry Mobile Selfie

The Cherry Mobile Selfie is a powerful selfie beast. Its computing power is given by the MediaTek MT6592 chipset that churns with eight cores of Cortex-A7 CPU. On paper, the handset is definitely a runaway winner in this market segment; however, its price (which is only a peso shy of Php 10,000) makes it settle in our number 2 slot.

Cherry Mobile Selfie Specs

4.7-inch HD IPS Display (720x1280p, 312ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3
MediaTek MT6592 Chipset
1.7GHz Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
Mali-450 MP4 GPU
2GB of RAM
13MP Autofocus rear camera with Sony Sensor, Dual LED Flash
13MP Autofocus front camera with LED Flash
16GB Internal Storage
MicroSD support, up to 32GB
Dual-SIM (Micro + Nano)
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with A-GPS
FM Radio
USB OTG Support
3.5mm Audio Jack
146 x 67.3 x 9.6mm, 135g
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
2,300 mAh Li-Ion battery
1. MyPhone Rio Pixie

The MyPhone Rio Pixie is one of the better-looking selfie handsets we've seen in the local market. It comes with 8-megapixel front-facing camera with dedicated LED flash. It's deal-maker is the selfie app dubbed as Fotoku which offers several tweaks (stickers, filters, editing tools, etc) on your snaps for the ultimate selfie experience.

MyPhone Rio Pixie Specs

4.8-inch HD AMOLED display (720x1280p, 306ppi), Gorilla Glass 3
1.3GHz Quad-core processor
1GB of RAM
8MP Autofocus rear camera (Samsung Sensor) with LED Flash
8MP front camera (Sony Sensor) with LED Flash
8GB Internal Storage
MicroSD support, up to 64GB
Dual SIM/Dual Standby
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
FM Radio
Micro USB 2.0
Android 5.0 Lollipop
2300mAh battery
Fotoku Selfie App & Face beauty
Free Selfie Stick
Php7,599 Official Price

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