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New Realme smartphone could come with under-display camera?

New Realme smartphone could come with under-display camera?
(Image credit: Xu Qi Chase / Realme)

The trend of smartphone manufacturers experimenting with under-display cameras has been growing steadily stronger over the past couple of years. Ever since Huawei and Oppo debuted a prototype phone with an under-display camera in 2019, more and more manufacturers have tried their hand at this interesting technology – and the latest company to throw its hat in the ring is Realme.

Xu Qi Chase, the Realme VP, recently posted an image of a smartphone with no apparent selfie camera on Weibo (a popular Chinese social media site). Many would be forgiven for thinking that this unnamed Realme smartphone could be housing a pop-up camera, as the Realme X that was released in July, 2019 had a pop-up selfie camera and a notchless screen.

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However, in the comments on the post, Xu Qi Chase explained that this phone doesn't come with a pop-up mechanism. Unless Realme have decided to forgo a selfie camera (which is so unlikely that it borders on impossible), this means that this mysterious handset is housing an under-display camera.

It was already fairly unlikely that Realme was going to revisit pop-up camera technology, as indicated by a recent interview (opens in new tab) conducted by GSMArena with Madhav Sheth, the Vice President of Realme and CEO of Realme India. Sheth said, "technologies keep changing in the year 2020, 5G is the number one trend that the whole industry has been dedicated to catch up with. Due to the thickness of the 5G module, it is very difficult to incorporate a pop-up camera module together with it unless the battery of thinness is sacrificed."

As reported by (opens in new tab) GSMArena, no further details on this Realme phone were revealed. However, if a Realme executive is teasing images of this phone, then we bet that an official release isn't too far off in the future… 

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