The OnePlus Concept One has disappearing cameras and a very useful feature9
All those ugly cameras can now be discreetly hidden
Hinting at what future products from the Chinese brand may look like, the OnePlus Concept One boasts what’s being called an “invisible camera.” It took eight months to develop and uses color-shifting glass technology (electrochromic glass), something never seen on a phone before, which incorporates organic particles to create changes in transparency.
The glass covering the lenses shows an opaque black finish when not in use but can switch to being entirely clear in just 0.7s once the camera app is fired up without using hardly any power. For reference, that’s faster than it takes the camera itself takes to fully activate.
OnePlus won’t have to worry about including too many cameras on future devices because they can now be successfully concealed. However, the new technology also serves a more practical purpose that could drastically improve the camera experience.
McLaren leather paired with flagship components
To further ensure this phone isn’t mistaken for anything other than a premium product, OnePlus has carved the remainder of the rear panel out of the same specially tailored leather used inside the McLaren 720S.
The material is “soft to touch” and “due to the nature of the natural grain,” it creates what McLaren calls a “beautifully silky haptic.” The leather itself is produced in the UK, Ireland, and Scotland.
As for the rest of the smartphone, it seems to be identical to the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren. The brand has fitted the Concept One with the same 6.7-inch 90Hz curved Fluid AMOLED display that’s paired with a pop-up camera module.
The inside, on the other hand, consists of the Snapdragon 855+ coupled with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Also present is Android 10 and OnePlus’ usual software extras.
You won't ever be able to buy the OnePlus Concept One
Unfortunately for those of you that may have just fallen in love with this product, OnePlus has no plans to manufacture and sell it. It only exists to show off new technologies that could be incorporated into next-gen flagships.
On the bright side, OnePlus is hard at work on a total of three phones that are expected to debut within the coming months. The lineup will be led by the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, which both look set to adopt punch-hole displays and improved camera systems.