OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer recently teased its first-ever concept smartphone. The device was set to unveil at CES 2020 with a feature borrowed from McLaren. Now that the OnePlus Concept One has been unveiled, here's a closer look at the invisible cameras of the smartphone.
OnePlus Concept One is the first phone ever to use an electrochromic glass technology to hide its cameras at the back. The technology is usually spotted on luxury cars like the McLaren 720S that use this technology for their sunroofs. While this feature has set OnePlus apart from others, it has also opened numerous possibilities for future OnePlus smartphones.
Commenting on the unveil, Pete Lau, CEO and Founder of OnePlus, said,“This concept phone is a significant experiment into the future form of smartphones. OnePlus started this initiative with the goal of bringing the “burdenless” user experience to the next level. The invisible camera stands as a new form of camera design, one that spares the user from the compromises of current camera layouts. The rear camera lenses are hidden by the dynamic electrochromic glass and only become visible when the camera is in use. This optimal solution is what OnePlus calls “Electronic CMF”—a new approach in industrial design.”
Jo Lewis, Colour and Materials Design Manager at McLaren Automotive, said, “At McLaren we select the best quality leathers produced in the UK; it’s a material that exudes luxury and we are keen to offer our expertise in the design of this OnePlus concept device. The soft grained semi-aniline leather gentle to the touch and its natural grain has a beautiful silky feel. Our design philosophy at McLaren embraces the natural features of the leather through its subtle grain variations, giving each car its own unique character – which is echoed in this OnePlus concept device”.
With its industry-first disappearing rear camera, the #OnePlusConceptOne is a testament to our untiring passion for challenging convention. Witness the beauty of the unseen at #CES2020, January 7-10. pic.twitter.com/b5I4ma25pE
— OnePlus (@oneplus) January 7, 2020
OnePlus claims that the electrochromic glass used on the OnePlus Concept One is one of the most advanced glass panels made as thin as 0.35mm. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer further claims that the colour shifting on the glass will take as less as 0.7 seconds to shift colours.
On the inside, the phone is basically a OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition. It's just the back that has been customised with the electrochromic glass and papaya orange leather.