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

The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the few phones with a pop-up camera in the U.S., but an affordable alternative is coming.

Published onJuly 17, 2019

The BLU Bold N1 via the FCC website.

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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