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More smartphones feature high-quality front cameras for selfies

Competition is intensifying in South Korea's market for smartphones equipped with high-quality front cameras to meet the booming trend of selfies, company officials said Monday.

A smartphone's high-quality front camera, mainly used to take selfies, is increasingly appealing to plenty of young consumers, they said. 

SK Telecom Co.'s Luna S smartphone (Yonhap file photo)
SK Telecom Co.'s Luna S smartphone (Yonhap file photo)

Earlier this month, SK Telecom Co., the nation's top mobile carrier, began selling its Luna S smartphone, fitted with a 13-megapixel front camera.

Also this month, Sony Corp. unveiled its Xperia XZ smartphone with a 13-megapixel front camera for selfies.

Samsung Electronics Co.'s mid-range Galaxy A8 featured an 8-megapixel front shooter, while LG Electronics launched the U smartphone with an 8-megapixel front camera Monday.

"For young people who take a lot of selfies, they put their priority on camera capabilities when choosing a smartphone," said an official at a mobile carrier.

In order to target such customers, manufacturers roll out affordable smartphones that focus on high-quality cameras, the official said.

The Luna S features fast autofocus and image stabilization technology.

Equipped with a 22mm wide-angle lens, the Xperia XZ allows a user to take a selfie that can fit up to three people in the selfie, according to Sony's website. (Yonhap)