Retractable smartphones: top 2020 ranking

Phones with a retractable camera have not been new for a long time, but they are still able to surprise users. At the same time, it is not worth asserting that this approach has become widespread – apparently, not all manufacturers are ready to use a lifting mechanical mechanism. Consider the most interesting items available for purchase..

Xiaomi Mi 9T 6 / 64GB

You can not take and go past the Xiaomi Mi 9T, which uses a retractable front camera. Thanks to this implementation, a 6.39-inch screen occupies almost the entire front panel area. By the way, the smartphone looks very unusual – thanks to the bright back cover.

This is not a flagship, but, as they say, almost, and it costs relatively cheap. Xiaomi Mi 9T impresses with a powerful processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 + 6 GB of RAM), a powerful 4000 mAh battery, an excellent main triple camera, a chic AMOLED display, a fingerprint scanner built into the display.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 191g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/13 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

OnePlus 7 Pro 8 / 256GB

OnePlus 7 was released in two versions – regular and Pro. The latter is interesting to us because it received a retractable front camera.

OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the most powerful smartphones in the world, which has been repeatedly proved by all kinds of tests. By the way, there is a version with 12 GB of RAM on sale!

The diagonal of the display reaches 6.67 inches and this, of course, AMOLED. The most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is used as a chip. Users note excellent cameras, very fast charging, a separate vibration mode switch, decent autonomy, an unrealistic performance margin.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.67 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3120 × 1440
  • Weight: 206g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/16 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

OnePlus 7T Pro 8 / 256GB

And this is an updated version of the OnePlus 7 Pro, which received a barely noticeable prefix T. And this is logical, because the changes between smartphones are small.

Everything is almost identical in design, the difference is only in the new shades. The main changes are hidden inside: an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chip, even faster charging, support for new modes in the main triple camera, including macro shooting with a distance of only 2.5 cm, as well as support for night mode on an ultra-wide module.

But the cost of version 7T Pro is higher, which is logical.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.67 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3120 × 1440
  • Weight: 206g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4085 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/16 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Honor 9X 4 / 128GB

A fresh smartphone from Honor, which also received a retractable front camera. We recommend watching the version in blue – it is in it that the device looks the most interesting.

Honor 9X received a 6.59-inch matrix, the well-known HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of main memory, a 4000 mAh battery with support for fast charging, NFC, a fingerprint sensor on the back.

The rear camera is dual, the resolution of the main module reaches 48 MP.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 197g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro 6 / 128GB

In fact, the same Mi 9T, but much cooler (and more expensive, of course).

Do not look for external differences, they simply are not here. The exception is the new cool white shade. But the processor is the real flagship, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which in this version works together with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM.

There are changes in the rear camera, but it’s hard to notice them – instead of the main Sony IMX582 module, Sony IMX586 is used. Of the extra features, the Pro version can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second versus 30 frames per second.

In general, an interesting analogue of the flagship Mi 9, but with a retractable camera.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 191g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/13 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 6 / 128GB

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 received a body-slider: push the halves of the body so that the front camera appears. Yes, this is not an automatic retractable mechanism, but the process itself is extremely simple and even familiar.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is offered in several color shades, and these are restrained colors. The device turned out to be quite weighty – 218. It uses a 6.39-inch display with a high resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels, an excellent dual main camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 flagship chip, 6 GB of RAM. There is not only fast charging, but also wireless.

The fingerprint sensor, as it is fashionable, is located in the display.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 218g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3200 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: dual 24/2 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Huawei P smart Z 4 / 64GB

In the class of low-cost smartphones, retractable cameras are still rare, but still they are – Huawei P smart Z is a confirmation of this.

The smartphone has a fairly large display – with a diagonal of 6.59 inches with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. It uses a 4000 mAh battery, a proprietary HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a dual main camera. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back of the case.

The smartphone is inexpensive, so do not expect miracles: the camera shoots well during the day, but not at dusk, and the back cover is made of plastic. Given the price, this is more than normal.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 197g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A80

Samsung decided to apply an unusual solution: it made a retractable camera, and only one module is used – in the process of lifting the mechanism, the main camera module unfolds. At the same time, it was decided to refuse to unlock by face – at the time of the release of the smartphone, this function is not supported.

In addition to the large 6.7-inch screen, the Galaxy A80 received a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, a 3700 mAh battery with support for fast charging, NFC.

Users note the excellent appearance of the device, a cool display, high speed of the system, a wonderful camera, especially when it comes to selfie shots.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 220g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3700 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/8 MP + ToF
  • Front camera: dual 48/8 MP + ToF
  • Memory card support: no

OPPO Reno

The OPPO Reno smartphone also uses a retractable front camera, only the “island” has received an unusual shape. It looks very interesting and unusual..

Other unusual solutions include frosted glass on the back of the case. Someone may say that such a solution is already applied on the iPhone 11 Pro, but OPPO Reno appeared much earlier. Moreover, smartphones with a frosted glass back cover have been produced before..

OPPO Reno received a dual main camera, the well-known Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chip, a 6.4-inch display.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 185g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3765 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/5 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

OPPO Reno 2 8 / 256GB

Before we could write about OPPO Reno, the second generation model arrived. And yes, the front camera extends in the same way as before – it’s cool and unusual.

What are the differences? Of course, the design has changed, although the continuity of generations is evident, a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor has appeared, and the memory in this version reaches 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM. The screen diagonal is slightly increased – up to 6.5 inches. The same can be said about battery capacity..

The rear camera now consists of 4 modules: the main, wide-angle, telephoto lens, as well as for portrait mode.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 189g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/8/13/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

ASUS Zenfone 6 ZS630KL

ASUS uses its approach to a retractable camera: when using the front camera, the rotary mechanism is triggered and the main camera module appears in front of you, which you can use for selfies. It looks extremely interesting.

Other features? There are plenty of them: for example, a 6.4-inch display created using IPS technology (most manufacturers use AMOLED in their flagships), a 3.5 mm jack for headphones, a fingerprint scanner on the back cover, and a high power reserve thanks to the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon chip 855, a battery capacity of as much as 5000 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/13 MP
  • Front camera: dual 48/13 MP (rear module)
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Vivo v15

Vivo V15 performs in the middle budget class. He got a retractable front camera, a triple main, a 6.53-inch display (AMOLED), a capacious 4000 mAh battery, and the kit has a branded case.

As for the chip, MediaTek Helio P70 is used here. The amount of RAM is 6 GB. Interestingly, the microUSB port is used.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.53 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P70
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 12/8/5 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Vivo Nex 3 8 / 128GB

A very interesting offer, which, although difficult to find on sale, but you can.

So, the retractable camera module turned out to be quite wide, and all because together with the 16-megapixel camera it has a flash. An Asahi Kasei Microdevices AK4377A audio chip is installed, which, according to reviews, produces an excellent sound. By the way, there is a 3.5 mm jack, but there are no stereo speakers.

There is an excellent triple camera, as well as a very large display with a diagonal of 6.89 inches without cutouts.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.89 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2256 × 1080
  • Weight: 217g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 64/13/13 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no