CES 2020: OnePlus Concept One Smartphone Announced With McLaren-Inspired Design, Electrochromic Glass


CES 2020 is at its peak stage where tech giants have been unveiling their flagship products. In the same event, OnePlus unveiled OnePlus Concept One phone which has been developed in collaboration with McLaren. The OnePlus Concept One is claimed to be the first smartphone to feature an electrochromic glass panel, which can turn transparent or opaque to reveal or hide the rear cameras. The company claims that it takes just 0.7 seconds to transition from solid black to fully clear, which is quicker than the camera itself takes to fully activate.

OnePlus Concept One Design

If we talk about the design of the phone, the design of the new OnePlus Concept One was inspired by McLaren’s 720S Spider sports car, which features a retractable hard-top with the same kind of electrochromic material that can be switched between tinted and transparent states. To give it a more premium look, the phone features a leather panel on the back. 

As of now, the company didn’t reveal any details and specifications of this device. Also, they didn’t disclose when they will be launching this phone. This isn’t the first time that OnePlus has experimented with different textures and materials on its phones. We’ve seen finishes such as bamboo, wood, Kevlar, Alcantara, frosted glass, and ceramic on OnePlus phones in the past.

OnePlus Concept One Camera

The electrochromic glass on the OnePlus Concept One contains organic particles that react to current, to shift to the desired state. The glass is also said to be active as a polarising filter for the cameras when shooting under a very harsh light. This polarising filter is activated in the camera app in the pro mode that allows for a lower ISO and longer shutter.

The frame of the phone is made of an aluminum alloy treated with a new vapor deposition process so that the thin gold finish layer can be deposited precisely, resulting in what the company calls a subtle shine. 

“This concept phone is a significant experiment in 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,” said Pete Lau, CEO and Founder of OnePlus, speaking about the OnePlus Concept One phone.

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