Realme shamelessly clones Apple’s Dynamic Island with the newly launched C55

Less than six months after the debut of the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple’s Dynamic Island has made it to an Android phone as a native feature. The Realme C55, which was recently launched in Indonesia (via GSMArena)includes a feature the company calls the “Mini Capsule,” a pill-shaped black bar that extends from the phone’s selfie camera.

An animation on Realme’s website shows the Mini Capsule popping out to the left and right of the phone’s selfie camera hole-punch notch. Its capabilities include showing phone charging status, data usage, and your step count.

An animation of the C55’s Mini Capsule.
Image: Realme

Despite how shameless this all sounds, I’m mostly in favor GOOD new phone features are widely adopted as possible. I love Dynamic Island on my iPhone 14 Pro, whether it’s keeping my cooking timer visible while I’m checking back on an online recipe, or giving me a simpler way to control music without leaving the any app I’m browsing. And when the user interface is (finally) available on both iPhones and many Android devices, I cautiously hope that more app developers will try to support it.

Apart from the Mini Capsule, the Realme C55 is a typical Android phone that is also affordable. It is powered by a Helio G88 processor, has up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and a 6.72-inch 1080p 90Hz display. It has a 5,000mAh battery, and can be fast charged up to 33W. It uses the SuperVOOC charging standard, which you may be familiar with as an Oppo technology (Realme is under the same umbrella as BBK Electronics).

The Realme C55 in gold and black.
Image: Realme

The Realme C55 is on sale in Indonesia today starting at Rp2,999,000 (about $195). Although an official launch date has not been confirmed in the West, the CEO of Realme Europe Francis Wong said that it will be launched in Europe “soon.” In the meantime, if you want to try a Dynamic Island-style interface on your current Android phone, check out the DynamicSpot app.

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