High resolution camera phones start to arrive to Chinese market. GizChina.com reports about MeituKiss phone aimed to ladies and having both front and back cameras of 8MP resolution, both made by Sony. Ladies are said to be using the front camera as a pocket mirror.
Engadget reports about another local brand phone - Oppo Ulike 2 featuring 5MP front camera. Intomobile says that Oppo plans to release 8MP front camera phone this September. A Thailand-based mobile phone manufacturer i-mobile published specs of its new IQ X and IQ XA smartphones featuring 8MP front cameras (Engadget).
Another Chinese manufacturer, Zopo, announces C2 phone with 5MP front camera (Engadget). Other phones with 5MP front cameras include Spice Stellar Mi-535, ThL W8+, and more.
This may be a new trend or just a number of isolated events, time will tell. At least, 2012 Camera Phone Trends presentation by 6Sight does not predict any resolution race with front cameras.