Realme VP Madhav Sheth has taken to Twitter to reveal that the upcoming Realme 9 Pro+ handset will feature a built-in heart rate sensor. In doing so, Sheth also confirmed that the phone will have an in-display fingerprint sensor, since users will need to place their fingers on that scanner in order to read their heart rate.
While the feature is an interesting novelty, Realme warned that the phone’s heart rate readings should not be used for official diagnostic and medical purposes. In that regard, a dedicated heart rate monitor is almost certainly going to be more accurate than a touch-based sensor that is designed primarily for authentication. Even so, the Realme Pro+ could be a useful tool for people on the go, and provide them with a better sense of their heart health at any given point in time.
The 9 Pro+ will be the first Realme phone with the heart rate detection feature, though Samsung previously deployed similar technology in its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note product lines. The tech debuted with the Galaxy S5 before getting phased out with the Note 9. Samsung has since teased that heart tech could return in future Galaxy Fold devices.
Sheth’s video also revealed that the AMOLED screen of the 9 Pro+ will have a hole punched in the top left corner to accommodate the selfie camera. The 9 Pro+ will debut alongside the Realme 9 Pro, though it’s not yet clear whether or not heart rate detection will be offered in the lower tier model. The Realme 9 debuted in January, while the other two phones are expected to debut later this month.
Realme previously placed a Goodix heart rate and blood oxygen sensor in its Realme Watch in 2020. The company would later feature a Goodix in-display fingerprint sensor alongside a range of Goodix audio solutions in its GT 5G device in early 2021.