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Need a wide angle camera? Here are 8 smartphones that fit the bill


LG G7

Dual-camera setups are pretty mainstream in the smartphone world these days. Everything from high-end $1,000 handsets to $150 budget devices offer them.

The second camera is often a depth sensor or telephoto shooter, but what if you’re looking for a super wide-angle camera? These cameras are great for cram way more into an image, but they’re not very common (though the Huawei Mate 20 series now has them).

We gathered every phone featuring a wide-angle camera worth getting in one place for your convenience. It’s not just LG phones — there are plenty of options if you want go wide.

Asus ROG Phone

The back of the Asus ROG Phone.

It’s been over four months since this gaming-focused phone was first revealed, and Asus is finally delivering release details. The Asus ROG Phone will be rather powerful when it actually launches, offering an overclocked Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 512GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.

The phone also packs several ultrasonic triggers to act as shoulder buttons, along with a variety of gaming-related accessories. In other words, it’s clearly meant for the gaming market first rather than your typical Android enthusiast.

It’s also one of the few phones with a wide-angle camera on the rear, coming in at 8MP and offering a 120-degree field-of-view. The resolution doesn’t sound great on paper, but it should do the job for Instagram snaps in broad daylight. Otherwise, you’re looking at a 12MP primary camera and an 8MP selfie camera.

The ROG Phone is expected to arrive in the U.S. at a starting price of $899, all the way up to $1,099 for the 512GB model. That’s a pretty penny indeed.

Asus Zenfone 5Z

Asus Zenfone 5Z

The ROG Phone is clearly an ultra-premium product, but if you’re looking for something a little cheaper, Asus has a cheaper option, too.

The company’s Zenfone 5Z offers a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 64GB to 256GB of expandable storage, and a 3,300mAh battery — all for around $500. It looks like an iPhone X clone, with a notched 6.2-inch full HD+ LCD screen, but Apple’s phone doesn’t have a super-wide camera on the rear.

Read: Here are the best high-end smartphones that won’t break the bank

Yep, in addition to the 12MP f/1.8 main camera, the Zenfone 5Z also sports an 8MP 120 degree FOV secondary snapper. Again, this resolution is on the low side compared to LG’s devices, but it should work just fine during the day.

Otherwise, the company went a little overboard with what it calls “AI” features, like AI Boost for better performance, and AI Photo Learning (basically suggesting edits), but our own Abhishek Baxi thought features like AI Charging and AI Ringtone were pretty cool in his review.

Huawei Mate 20 series

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

The Chinese brand is the latest company to add a super wide-angle camera to its devices, starting with the recently released Mate 20 series. You get a different camera on each core device, oddly enough.

The standard Mate 20 offers a 16MP f/2.2 camera for your wide-eyed snaps, while the Mate 20 Pro delivers a 20MP f/2.2 sensor. The differences also extend to the primary camera, with a 12MP f/1.8 main snapper on the standard Mate 20, and a 40MP f/1.8 shooter on the Mate 20 Pro. Otherwise, expect the same 8MP 3x telephoto snapper on each device. Additionally, the Mate 20 RS and Mate 20 X sport the same rear camera arrangements as the Pro model.

The Mate 20 series also delivers a Kirin 980 chipset, either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 24MP selfie camera.

LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ camera closeup

LG’s $900 flagship packs all the essentials you’d expect from a high-end 2018 device. Which means a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage, and a 6.4-inch POLED screen. So far, so 2018.

The new phone also has a triple-camera setup on the back, featuring a standard 16MP f/1.5 shooter, a 12MP 2x telephoto snapper, and a 16MP f/1.9 super wide-angle camera.

The latter camera’s field-of-view has been dialled back to 107 degrees, but it’s still wide enough to make for a different perspective, and LG also lets you create cinemagraphs via all three cameras. Other noteworthy specifications include an 8MP and 5MP wide-angle front-facing selfie camera, wireless charging, IP68 rating, a 3,300mAh battery, and quad-DAC audio hardware.

If the LG V40 ThinQ is a little too pricey for you, the LG G7 is still worth a look. It offers a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a 6-inch LCD screen, 3,000mAh battery, and a standard 16MP paired with a 16MP super wide-angle shooter. The super wide-angle camera offers the same 107 degree field-of-view as the V40, but our own Lanh Nguyen didn’t have an issue with it.

LG V30

LG’s late 2017 flagship is no slouch in 2018, packing an older but still nippy Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage, and a 3,300mAh battery.

The LG V30 offers a 16MP f/1.6 main camera, paired with a 13MP super wide-angle f/1.9 camera. The wide-angle camera has a 120 degree field-of-view — larger than LG’s 2018 releases — so you can cram more into a shot than the V40 and G7. Granted, it’s not a 16MP snapper like the 2018 models, but results can still be pleasant.

Other noteworthy specs include an 8MP selfie shooter, a quad-DAC for audio, wireless charging, and IP68 water/dust resistance (much like the V40 and G7).

The LG G6 is another option released in 2017, but it uses an old Snapdragon 821 chipset. Wireless charging and quad-DAC support also varies by region, unfortunately. You at least get a dual 13MP pairing on the back (one standard, one super wide-angle), featuring the same 120 degree field-of-view as the V30.

Moto X4

If you don’t have much money to spare, the ~$400 Moto X4 might be for you. It’s one of the more affordable phones with a super wide-angle secondary camera. This phone’s shooter is an 8MP f/2.2 camera with a wide 120 degree FOV.

In his Moto X4 review, Lanh Nguyen felt there was a significant quality gap between the standard 12MP f/2.0 camera and the 8MP wide-angle camera, though it still offers perspectives impossible on other devices.

Read: Here are the best Motorola phones

Other features include a 16MP selfie camera, a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage, a 3,000mAh battery and an IP68-rated design.

Best of all, the phone is also part of the Android One initiative, so you should expect regular updates. In fact, Motorola confirmed Android Pie would come to the device from fall onwards. The phone is also slightly old by now, so chances are good you can find it below the initial $400 price tag.

Vivo X23

An image of the front and back of a Vivo X23 smartphone. Vivo

Vivo has been on a roll in 2018, introducing the landmark Vivo X20 Plus UD with an in-display fingerprint sensor back at CES. We then got the Vivo Nex series of phones with pop-up cameras, which made for an interesting way to ditch the notch.

The firm has also dabbled in wide-angle photography with the Vivo X23, delivering a 13MP 125 degree FOV secondary camera. This is significantly wider than LG’s 2018 devices, and lets you pack more friends or scenery into your snaps. Otherwise, primary shots are handled by a 12MP f/1.8 camera, while a 12MP selfie camera has you covered for pub snaps.

In terms of other features, you’re getting an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 6.41-inch full HD+ AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch, a beefy Snapdragon 670 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,400mAh battery. It also has a headphone jack, but disappointingly retains MicroUSB connectivity rather than USB Type-C.

ZTE Axon 9 Pro

The back of the ZTE Axon 9 Pro.

ZTE’s first flagship after its sanctions debacle looks pretty stacked on paper, with a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of (fixed) storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.

The Axon 9 Pro also has a 6.2-inch notched AMOLED screen (full HD+), IP68 water/dust resistance, wireless charging, and motion smoothing tech to upscale content to 60fps.

ZTE’s phone also has some solid camera specs on paper, offering a 20MP primary camera with an f/1.75 aperture and OIS, and a 2oMP wide-angle secondary camera with a 130 degree field-of-view. That’s definitely wider than all the other phones on the list. Selfie duties are handled by a solitary 20MP sensor.


Did we miss any recent phones equipped with a wide-angle camera on the rear? Let us know in the comments section!





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