Rumor | Realme patents what looks like an under-display camera phone
ZTE pioneered market-ready smartphones with under-display selfie cameras in 2020; however, despite its breakthrough, the new tech might have gained the most momentum from its inclusion in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 in 2021. Now, it seems Realme has intentions to join them soon.
The brand has reportedly submitted a patent for a new phone. It has been designed with a thin frame sandwiched between its almost inevitably curved rear panel and display - which, despite this common spec, has a much more interesting and rare feature: a total lack of either punch-holes, notches or sensor-bars.
This implies the device has an under-display camera instead. Therefore, these schematics might give an insight as to Realme's first-gen smartphone with the same. For example, it may hint that it is intended to fall into the premium or premium mid-range categories: its possession of a USB type-C port, but not a 3.5mm jack, is often a considerable clue as to this eventuality.
It might uphold earlier hints from an executive for the OEM, Xu Qi Chase, that the brand would prefer to go with this kind of selfie camera for a truly edge-to-edge screen rather than any alternatives such as a pop-up selfie camera.