Honor 9
Honor 9 Huawei

The dual-camera setup is one of the latest mobile trends in the mobile market, which has now made its rounds on a host of devices. Even the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to feature a dual-lens camera. If true, the updated shooter may be one of the device’s most exciting features.

A dual-lens camera setup is able to composite shots from two lenses and incorporate different views into a single image. Often pairing an RGB color lens with a monochrome lens or a wide-angle lens with a telephoto lens, such a setup can allow for sharper imaging, special focus effects, such as Bokeh or for several zoom options.

While there are constantly new smartphones with dual-lens cameras arriving to the market, here’s a rundown of some of the most popular that are currently available.

Honor 9

Huawei announced its latest affordable premium flagship, the Honor 9 at a launch event in Berlin, Germany Tuesday. The smartphone features a dual camera with a 12-megapixel color sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, both with f/2.2 aperture. Separating it from Huawei’s super premium Mate brand, the Honor 9 does not include camera features, such as optical image stabilization and the Leica camera technology.

The Honor 9 currently won’t be released in the U.S. but will be available in Europe. A 4GB RAM model will sell for £379.99 in the U.K. while a 6GB RAM model will sell for €449.99 in other European markets, such as France and Italy.

OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 was announced June 20 and is now available globally. The smartphone features a dual camera with a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. Other features include fast autofocus and electronic image stabilization.

The OnePlus 5 sells for $479 in the U.S.

Essential Phone

The Essential PH-1 was announced in May and is currently available for preorder. The smartphone features a dual camera with a 13-megapixel RGB lens and a 13-megapixel true monochrome lens, both with f/1.85 aperture. The device also comes with a 360-degree camera accessory, which is available for $50.

While the unlocked model is currently available for preorder for $699, the Essential phone is expected to be a Sprint exclusive in the U.S. and a Telus exclusive in Canada.

iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus introduced a dual-camera setup to the smartphone line in September 2016. The camera includes a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with ƒ/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto with ƒ/2.8 aperture. One of the highlighted image capture features on the iPhone 7 Plus is its Bokeh effect, which allows some aspects of a photo to be sharp while other areas are blurred.

The iPhone 7 Plus sells at a starting price of $769.


The LG G6 released in April. The smartphone features a 12-megapixel standard lens with f/1.8 aperture and a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture.

The LG G6 sells for $699.99 unlocked.

Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 released to the U.S. market in January. The smartphone features a 20-megapixel monochrome lens and a 12-megapixel RGB color lens, both with f/2.2 aperture. The lenses were developed in a partnership between Huawei and camera maker Leica.

The Huawei Mate 9 sells for $599.99.