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Another color-changing phone is coming: Is this the next big trend?

A new design effect called "Light Shift" turns this phone from blue to red under different lighting conditions.
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February 2, 2022
TL;DR
  • The Realme 9 Pro will feature a back panel with “Light Shift Design.”
  • This will cause the phone to look blue under certain lighting and look red under different conditions.
  • Realme’s sister company Vivo already used this effect in a phone. Is this the next big trend?

When you buy a smartphone, you almost always need to choose a colorway. Most phones come in the traditional black, but sometimes there are many fun colors from which to choose.

The upcoming Realme 9 Pro, though, can offer multiple colors at once. Thanks to an effect the company is branding as Light Shift Design, the Realme 9 Pro and Pro Plus will change color depending on lighting conditions.

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Under normal lighting conditions, the phones will look blue. Under the heavy sun (or UV light if you’re indoors), the phones will shift to a reddish color over the span of about five seconds. Realme says the color hues were inspired by the transition from a beautiful blue sky to a reddish sunset.

You can see how the effect will look in the simulated video below.

Realme 9 Pro series: Light Shift Design

Although this video likely makes it look cooler than it would in real life, this is a really neat effect. It certainly will make the Realme 9 Pro series stand out from other devices.

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Speaking of which, the Vivo V23 and V23 Pro also have a similar effect. Vivo is a sister brand of Realme (and Oppo and OnePlus), so that makes a lot of sense. Could these brands unite to make this a new trend in the smartphone world? Are you even interested in color-changing effects such as these? Let us know in the poll above.

As far as what to expect from the Realme 9 Pro series in general, the phones should have mid-range chipsets from Qualcomm and MediaTek. Specs should generally be pretty good, but the devices will almost certainly not be flagships. You should also expect under-display fingerprint scanners.