Official Release: First Android Phone with Dynamic Island

Realme Unveils the C55 with Mini Capsule Notification System

Last month, Realme teased its own version of Apple’s Dynamic Island shapeshifting multitasking notification system called “Mini Capsule”. A Realme executive shared a tweet of a Realme C series device featuring the Mini Capsule, which was soon taken down. However, Realme has now unveiled the first Android phone with a Dynamic Island-style notification system. The Realme C55 can be found on their online store in Indonesia, and while the device pictures showcase a single punch-hole front-facing camera, scrolling down leads to a picture of the phone in use with the “Mini Capsule” feature.

Unlike the Dynamic Island on iPhones, which consists of a pill-shaped cutout at the top of the screen, the Mini Capsule expands from the single punch-hole seen in the pictures of the device. The feature helps users get important information more seamlessly than ever before, such as phone charge status, low battery warning, data usage, and steps and walking distance of the day.

Pricing and Specifications of the Realme C55

The Realme C55 pricing starts at Rp2499.000 (approximately $161) for the model with 6GB of RAM/128GB of storage, while the variant with 8GB of RAM (that can be hiked to 16GB using Dynamic RAM) and 256GB of storage will run you Rp2999.000 (approximately $194). The phone boasts a 64MP image sensor that drives the primary camera and an 8MP depth sensor. It has a 6.72-inch FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2400) display with a 90Hz refresh rate and runs on a MediaTek Helio G88 SoC.

The phone is equipped with a 5000mAh battery that uses a 33W SuperVOOC charger, which takes the battery from 0% to 100% in 63 minutes. Realme UI 4.0, based on Android 13, comes pre-installed on the C55. The device also features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and is available in gray Rainy Night color or yellowish Sunshower option.

Dynamic Island on Android: dynamicSpot App

For Android users who want a Dynamic Island on their phone, the dynamicSpot app is available on the Play Store. This app can automatically expand notifications from some apps, making it similar to the Dynamic Island feature. The developer is also consistently updating the app with new features.

Apple’s Future Plans for Dynamic Island

While the Dynamic Island feature can be found on the latest iPhone models, rumors suggest that Apple may drop the feature by 2024. The Dynamic Island cut-out design may be replaced with a single punch-hole for the iPhone 16 line, as the components for the TrueDepth Camera used for Face ID could be placed under the display.

Realme is one of the brands under BBK Electronics, which includes Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus. Other companies have also explored the possibility of adding a Dynamic Island feature to their phones, including Xiaomi.