Oneplus confirms invisible camera tech will be used on future flagships

Oneplus confirms invisible camera tech will be used on future flagships
OnePlus recently unveiled the Concept One smartphone at CES 2020. Among other things, it featured a new invisible camera technology and it turns out that could soon reach production smartphones.

Speaking to The Verge (via Android Central) on a recent podcast, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the company has plans to bring its newest camera innovation to future flagships. A timeline wasn’t mentioned, although the executive did say that it’s relatively close.

Due to the complex nature of the tech, however, OnePlus still needs to conduct more testing and gather sufficient feedback. For those of you that aren’t aware already, the futuristic disappearing camera feature relies on electrochromic glass.

This turns opaque when a current is introduced, therefore concealing the cameras and creating a sleeker design. But when the current is stopped, it becomes transparent and allows the sensor to be used like any others.

At face value, the feature, which took eight months to develop, is a simple cosmetic feature, but it can also benefit the photographic experience. That’s because it doubles as a built-in polarizing filter, allowing users to achieve sharper, more finely detailed shots in strong lighting conditions, such as direct sunlight. 

The technology is unlikely to make an appearance on the OnePlus 8 series but it could appear later on in the year as part of the OnePlus 8T lineup. If that doesn’t happen, a debut on the OnePlus 9 seems almost guaranteed.

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10 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 692; Member since: May 02, 2016

when you want to increase your prices but you don't know how !

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2524; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just wait until they mass market phones that “hide” the front facing camera under the display. That won’t be cheap either. Way, way more expensive than this.

11. AbhiD

Posts: 888; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Not only it makes the back of the device look super clean in these days of ever increasing gazillion of cameras but also acts as ND Filter. There is usage scenario for it. But some want to simply criticize.

2. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Great - we need this... NOT

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 500; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I welcome any new tech. Bravo oneplus

5. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Spend your time making Tech the masses can use nobody gives a crap about stuff like this except phone nerds. People want screens that don't break if you breath on them too hard. people want bigger batteries. More totally worthless nonsense on a phone and one more piece of gimmickry that can fail. What happens when this thing besides it doesn't want to work and suddenly you can't take good photos because it's always opaque

4. CEDEOTB

Posts: 479; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

No coloured backs though. Just leave the entire back of the phone a glossy black to match.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The filter aspect is cool and the only thing keeping this from being a ridiculous gimmick but the last thing I need is to hide cameras.

9. Flynfree15

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2020

Bring it on... before its too late.! Or stay still as damp concept

10. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

'Wanna see a magic trick guys?.. Now u see the cameras.. Now u don't!.. Cool huh.. Only paid $1500 for this awesome feature!'

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