This budget phone could make pop-up selfie cameras mainstream in U.S.


The Blu Bold N1 via the FCC website. Blu/FCC

It seems like loads of manufacturers are offering smartphones with pop-up selfie cameras these days, with the Xiaomi Mi 9T, Realme X, and OnePlus 7 Pro all delivering the feature.

Only the OnePlus 7 Pro has officially made it to the U.S., but it’s not exactly the most affordable smartphone in the world at $669. Thankfully, it seems like U.S. budget brand Blu is working on a phone with a pop-up selfie camera, and it could make a splash in the mid-range segment.

The Blu Bold N1 has passed by the FCC, and some of the images attached to the filing clearly show a device with a pop-up selfie camera. Check out the pictures below.

Pictures, internal photos, and the user manual also reveal a Helio P60 chipset, dual rear-camera setup, 3,500mAh battery, 128GB of storage, USB-C port, 3.5mm port, a microSD slot, and dual-SIM support. This all suggests that, selfie camera mechanism aside, we’re looking at a pretty capable smartphone in general.

In any event, Blu usually sticks to the sub-$300 category, so we can certainly expect the Blu Bold N1 to be one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) phones with a pop-up selfie camera in the U.S. market. And even if this model doesn’t sell particularly well, the mere presence of an affordable phone with a pop-up camera could encourage other, more prominent manufacturers to deliver similar efforts. U.S. consumers may not be tied to premium smartphones to get a pop-up camera for much longer.

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