Unravelling the mystery of OnePlus Concept One invisible camera
How about a phone where the rear camera simply vanishes, reappearing again only when needed? This is exactly what the new offering by OnePlus in collaboration with Maclaren promises. Termed the OnePlus Concept One, the company showcased this ground-breaking technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020.
The most striking aspect of the OnePlus Concept One phone is that there are no raised sections or bezels to accommodate an array of sensors, something that is increasingly becoming more elaborate with each successive phone. The lack of the camera hump is refreshing, and the phone offers a sleek rear panel with the OnePlus camera tucked well inside the phone.
Additionally, there is a reason OnePlus has named it the McLaren edition, apart from its long-time association with premium British car marque. The premium leather on the phone’s rear is, in fact, the same that livens up the interiors of the McLaren 720s. The eye-catching orange of the exteriors is another plus of this show stopping Concept One phone.
The same applies to the electrochromic glass too, which makes up the sunroof on the sports car, and is now part of the new camera feature of One Plus. This electrochromic glass reduces or increases visibility thanks to the film it contains. It conducts a low voltage current, which causes the particles to align or disperse. This is what creates the acclaimed tint, which McLaren claims blocks 99.9 percent of ultraviolet light when the level of tint is at 95 per cent.
While the technology was accessible, the challenge before OnePlus was to reduce the thickness of the glass to make it suitable for the Concept One phone. The company is known to have worked with McLaren on research and development for about 18 months, which yielded a 0.35mm thick glass while retaining all the properties of the electrochromic glass. This is what gives the phone the ability to cloak and reveal the camera lens all at the tap of a button. Due to this feature there is a lot of curiosity about the functionality of the camera and whether it will let in enough light to shoot sharp and well-lit images.
The development comes at a time when the rear camera bump on most flagship phones is taking up more space with each successive generation of phones. With manufacturers engaged in a wild race to offer the best possible camera experience, it likely isn’t going to get smaller anytime soon. It is here that the OnePlus Concept One has an edge and can set a benchmark for others to follow.
With technology continually evolving, there is a need to break away from conventional designs and OnePlus is doing just that with its innovative use of electrochromic glass as a camera lens cover. As for the rest of the specs, the company revealed that the OnePlus X McLaren that was showcased at the CES was in reality the 7T but with modified exteriors. All other internal specifications of the phone are the same save for the rear camera and its cover. Given how popular the existing OnePlus smartphones are, this new technology is yet another feather in the cap of the smartphone manufacturer.
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