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OnePlus presented McLaren-inspired Concept One phone with "disappearing" camera

OnePlus has just unveiled its first concept phone at CES 2020, the OnePlus Concept One. Aside from sporting the Mclaren's design, this is claimed to be the pioneer for an "invisible camera" tech.
OnePlus presented McLaren-inspired Concept One phone with "disappearing" camera
OnePlus Concept phone with McLaren's style

Innovation and style

This is the third time that the smartphone brand partnered with McLaren’s so this device is inspired by identical technology used in McLaren’s 720S Spider luxury sports car. It features a retractable hardtop with an electrochromic glass panel that can quickly change from tinted to transparent form. 
An electrochromic glass that hides the cameras when in a solid black state
An electrochromic glass that hides the cameras when in a solid black state

The said electrochromic glass is typically made of two panels of glass with a color-shifting material in between. It was reported that OnePlus made it thinner than the industry average, just as thin as a glass protector film.

Moreover, it was claimed that the transition from solid black to entirely clear happened in less than a second. Aside from this kind of speed, the transition almost did not consume power.

The glass panel allegedly gives a useful benefit since it can act as a built-in polarizing filter for the camera. This can enable users to take clearer and more detailed photos even under harsh lighting.

As for the design, the OnePlus Concept Phone combines both glass and leather, with the iconic McLaren papaya orange seen on the latest racing car. The leather cover across the back panel is said to give the phone an appeal that it is light to hold.

As mentioned this smartphone is just a proof of concept and OnePlus stated that they would need a lot of testing and verification to make it available for consumption.

The OnePlus Concept One is currently just a proof of concept. The company says that to make it potentially ready, it would need a large amount of testing and verification still and that would be across the area of device durability. OnePlus CEO and Founder Pete Lau explained:

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. The rear camera lenses are hidden by the dynamic electrochromic glass and only become visible when the camera is in use. This optimal solution is what OnePlus calls "Electronic CMF" - a new approach in industrial design. This is just the beginning as we explore additional possibilities in the future.

Are you excited for this kind of technology on OnePlus phones soon?

Sources: FoneArena, CNET
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