At the Consumer Electronics Show, OnePlus finally unveiled its first-ever concept phone called ‘OnePlus Concept One.’ Apart from the seamless design and beautiful body, one of the main highlights about this device was its disappearing cameras.
OnePlus Concept One is the solid evidence of the company’s collaboration with McLaren. Those who don’t know about McLaren, it is the manufacturer of supercars like McLaren 720S. Talking about the build of the Concept One, it has McLaren’s signature Papaya-Orange leather on the back and a glass window going down the middle. If you take a closer look at the back, it will reminisce of a racing track.
Looking towards the sides of this phone, the rim is coated with pure gold! Yes, you heard it OnePlus has used Solid gold in the frames of this device. As we know, Gold is not that solid and reliable as other metals and very much difficult to put on various things or in this case rim of a smartphone.
For applying gold on the frame of the Concept One, OnePlus used a process called Physical Vapour Deposition. In this process, the gold is converted into vapor and placed on the sides of the phone until it becomes solid. Well, it is cool but not reliable, and OnePlus knows this too. The reason they came up with this tech is probably that they knew this phone will not go into mass-production.
Now addressing the star in the Room! The invisible camera setup of OnePlus Concept One. The tech behind this trick or illusion is that there is an Electrochromic Glass on the cameras, and if you pass a current through it, you can change the glass from opaque to transparent or vice versa!
In simple words, whenever you fire up the camera on the Concept One, it sends an electric current to the glass that converts the glass on camera transparent from opaque. The inspiration for this tech was also taken from McLaren, this electrochromic glass was used by the company in the construction of the rooftop on their vehicle.
In the initial stage, this tech took 5 seconds in opening the camera, but with OnePlus’s year of hard work and dedication, this 5 seconds reduced to almost 0.5 seconds, which is just a fraction longer than any other camera on an average smartphone. Talking about its advantages, it does give the OnePlus Concept One more seamless design and reduces the problem of table-wobble. Talking about the front camera, the device has a pop-up selfie camera.
On paper, the OnePlus Concept One does not seem truly revolutionary or extraordinary like the Mi Mix Alpha or the Vivo Apex, but it’s good to see OnePlus changing its direction and steering towards other possibilities, and it enables them to innovate and build technologies of their own rather than releasing devices with existing specs and technology.