Would you buy a phone without a front-facing camera?

When you buy a smartphone, there are a certain set of basic features you come to expect — A touchscreen display, rear cameras, a processor that can handle basic tasks, etc. One thing that didn't use to be an expected feature but has since become one is a front-facing camera.

Front-facing cameras are incredibly useful for selfies, video conferencing, and more, but what would happen if a phone shipped without one? Would people still buy it? Would it be a complete failure?

Here's what some of our AC forum members have to say.

What's frustrating me is all this effort to incorporate a front facing camera when I have never once used a front facing camera. Never used the Iris scanning feature, never used it as a mirror, definitely never used it for selfies. Seems to me that this feature is holding back the evolution of the phone. Couldn't they have a model specifically with or without the front camera? Am I alone on this?


A phone without a good front facing camera would sell horribly. Some people like you may not use it, but most people do occasionally and some very frequently.


I've rarely used mine and would be fine without it. But selfies are extremely popular (even starting to replace autographs with celebs), so I can see why manufacturers use them.


And it's not only about selfies, more and more people use the front camera for video calls, being with friends, relatives or even business. As stated above, a phone without a front camera or any workaround trick would sell terribly.

Javier P

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.