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Two cameras are better than one

Phones with two cameras on the back have been around for years (think 2011's HTC Evo 3D). Though the trend isn't completely ubiquitous yet, it is well on its way. Thanks to a few flagships last year that are continuing throughout 2017, the dual-camera setup may soon be here to stay. Read on to see what phones are sporting this trendy setup.

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Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X is shaking up Apple's iPhone lineup as we know it. In addition to its vertically stacked rear cameras, the 5.8-inch device has ultra-slim bezels, an OLED display and Face ID. It also gets rid of the homescreen button and fingerprint scanner.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung is hopping onto the dual-camera bandwagon in a big way -- and it's with its biggest Note 8 phone, no less. With a 6.3-inch display and S Pen stylus, the phone can take fancy "blurry" pictures with a short depth of field, as well as wide-angle images. Both cameras on the back have optical image stabilization too, meaning steadier shots and video.

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus

As the successor to Apple's flagships last year, the iPhone 8 Plus offers much of the same from the iPhone. This time around, however, the phone has new camera tools to tweak with the lighting in Portrait Mode, a sleek glass back and wireless charging.

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Motorola Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is working over time. Not only does it have two cameras (for depth-of-field effects), but you can attach a 360-degree camera mod to it. On top of that, it has an impact-resistant display covering that makes it extra-durable.

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LG V30

The V30 is one of the most exciting LG phones to date. Not only does it have a brighter OLED screen, but it's water resistant and it's decked out with tons of video tools that put its two rear cameras to work (including a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera).

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OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is affordable and superfast, with an 18-hour battery. Its dual cameras include a "telephoto" lens that lets you zoom without degrading quality. It also has a depth-of-field feature that blurs the background of your photos while keeping the foreground in focus. The result is a dramatic effect.

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The Essential Phone

Created by the founder of Android, the Essential phone is made of titanium and has a magnetic connector in the back that works with a collection of add-on accessories. Best yet, there's no bloatware or unsightly logos, and its premium materials can survive a six-foot drop.

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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

The Phab 2 Pro doesn't have two cameras in the traditional sense (you can only take pictures with its single 16-megapixel shooter). But as part of Google's Tango initiative, it does have a whole additional camera setup to measure distances in 3D. From there, it can render virtual and augmented reality environments through your phone -- which is still neat.

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Oppo R11

Featuring a 5.5-inch display, a generous 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front and Android Nougat, the R11 packs a lot of hardware. Its two cameras on the back are a 20-megapixel and a 16-megapixel lens, with 2X optical zoom.

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Huawei Honor 8 and 8 Pro

The 5.2 inch Honor 8 (pictured here) and 5.7-inch Honor 8 Pro both have two 12-megapixel cameras, slick looks and an affordable price.

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Xiaomi Mi 6

The Mi 6 is stunning to behold and "Wow" is usually the first thing you'll hear from others when showing off the phone. Its premium materials and top-of-the-line hardware mean it's a flagship phone that competes with the best of the best.

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Cat S60

The most unique phone on this list is the S60. Not only is it durable and can be submerged in up to 16 feet (nearly 5 meters) of water, but it also has a built-in thermal imaging camera. Just launch the Flir camera app and you can visualize temperatures with some trippy pictures and videos.

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro

The Blade V8 Pro's cameras take photos with a bokeh effect, but extra software also allows you to use one of the (monochrome) cameras to turn photos into a black-and-white sketch reminiscent of the classic A-Ha "Take on Me" video.

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Asus Zenfone AR

Similarly to the Phab 2 Pro, the Zenfone AR has two cameras that can achieve depth-sensing 3D scanning and augmented reality through Google Tango.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The water-resistant iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras that can capture a bokeh-like effect that looks great for portrait shots. Though the effect is hard to execute on many phones, we found the 7 Plus did it best.

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LG G6

In addition to a standard 13-megapixel camera, the G6 has a secondary 13-megapixel wide-angle lens. This means you can capture more context within each frame.

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Huawei P10

The compact P10 is comfortable to hold and looks great. Its camera is awesome, and it has oodles of power. Just be warned that it's expensive and its touch-sensitive navigation key is awkward to use.

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ZTE Axon Pro

The Axon Pro was ZTE's first flagship phone. The 2-megapixel camera that came on top of the standard camera on the back helps create a "bokeh" blur effect similar to the 7 Plus and OnePlus 5 effects.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus

With its good screen, strong processor and solid 8-megapixel cameras, the Honor 6 Plus was well-equipped for most of your mobile needs. But its outdated software at the time (it ran Android 4.4.2 KitKat when Lollipop was already out) took the shine off.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

With its two 12-megapixel cameras (one 25mm, one 56mm with 2.3x optical zoom), the ZenFone 3 Zoom emphasizes its camera experience and photo processing, but its whopping 5,000mAh battery also ensures you won't run out of charge when taking all the photos through the day.

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LG V20

Like the G6, the V20 has a second wide-angle lens. The front-facing camera also has a wide-angle feature, so you won't have to stretch out your arm too far to snap that next "groupie."

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Huawei Honor 6X

Though it runs an older version of Android, the Honor 6X has a dual rear camera and a ton of advanced camera tools, and it's way cheap.

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Huawei Mate 9

The Mate 9 has more power than you'll need, a camera that's great for arty shots and a battery that won't quit on you by dinner. But its screen is only full HD and its design is forgettable.

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HTC One M8

As HTC's marquee handset of 2014, the One M8 had two cameras for dramatic depth-of-field effects. HTC included this feature on the Asian-only Butterfly 2 too, though it bumped up the camera specs even more. Even more confusingly, HTC went on to drop the dual cameras altogether in the next M9, but added them back in with the M9+. Talk about a head-scratcher.

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LG G5

In addition to the G5's wide-angle camera, you could pull out its bottom chin and attach different accessories, like a camera grip (shown here).

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Huawei P9

Sporting the esteemed Leica brand as part of its camera hardware, the P9's dual-camera setup works really well. It's just too bad that the phone itself is expensive and its display resolution could be sharper.

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