For all those selfie junkies, there’s finally a phone and app just for selfies, even if it is made in China. Meitu has just created a new phone and selfie app dedicated for the art of selfie addiction. However, and that’s a big however, the new Meitu T8 Android handset will be, for now, available only in China. However, you can still get hold of the Meitu selfie app for its beautification features such as the MakeupPlus and BeautyPlus. If you can get hold of the Meitu T8 the apps come pre-loaded. The T8 comes in metallic orange, light peach shade, blue, gray, rose gold, and black. Now since this is a so-called selfie phone, let’s look at the front facing camera, which is the heart of all selfies. It’s a 12 dual pixel camera, much like 24MP. Meitu claims this has photo quality and performance similar to DSLR cameras, and that selfies will look good even in low light. These are pretty big claims for a Chinese company.
The Meitu app has filters and effects built in so you don’t need a separate app for editing. The phone’s AI features are powerful since it can detect both genders and ages and applies any effects accordingly. If it detects a small child it won’t apply as much skin smoothing as it would for a 60-year old person. For the men the app will cover under eye circles. The camera app also has some select number of Instagram-like filters just for fun. With the beautification feature it includes auto face-lift, anti-acne, dark circles, highlight face, smart whitening, tooth whitening, and rosy. For instance, auto face-lift will make your face look slimmer; rosy adds color to the lips, while smart whitening makes the skin paler. The T8’s camera does take really good selfies in low light and better looking selfies at night compared to even the iPhones. The only caveat here is that when taking low light or night selfies you need to be really, really still or else the photos will come out blurry. When getting the Meitu apps for your phone, they’re available for both iPhone and Android devices.
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Many experts are commenting, however, that selfie improvement apps already exist in high end models from Samsung, Oppo, Huawei, and even in iPhones. The big concern over the Meitu T8 or downloading its apps is that the company seems to be over aggressive when it comes to data collection, something out of the ordinary for a selfie camera or app. Some developers in fact discovered some very shady code in the app that sends back all data from your phone back to China. This includes your IP address, GPS, network location, and phone carrier info. You can recall last year that most Chinese phone manufacturers, particularly Huawei, ZTE, and Xiaomi, were featured in a U.S. Senate investigation after it was discovered that all Chinese smartphones sent back data information from its phones to servers in China and that almost all Chinese phone manufacturers are partially funded by the Chinese intelligence services.