The OnePlus Concept One impressed crowd with its ‘Invisible Camera’ technology at CES 2020. And the same tech is coming to a future OnePlus smartphone. Pete Lau, OnePlus’ CEO, confirmed this during a recent podcast with The Verge. Mr. Lau made his first-ever appearance on a podcast as a guest at The Verge. During the half-hour podcast, he confirmed that the OnePlus Concept One’s ‘Invisible Camera’ technology would come to a production smartphone in the future.
He did not say exactly when, though, and no further details have been revealed. Mr. Lau did say that it will happen soon. In the same podcast, the CEO also confirmed that OnePlus doesn’t plan on releasing a foldable smartphone anytime soon.
OnePlus Concept One: Invisible Camera
Now, if you’ve been out of the loop, the ‘Invisible Camera’ technology is quite impressive. OnePlus implemented an electrochromic glass in the back panel of the OnePlus Concept One. This electrochromic glass turns opaque when a current passes through it. The glass turns opaque, causing the camera lenses behind the glass to disappear – giving the phone a modern and sleek look.
Once you turn off the current by opening the Camera app, the glass becomes transparent, and the cameras work normally. The glass is not just a cosmetic feature since the lenses also use the glass as an ND filter. The ND filter can be activated via the Concept One’s ‘Pro mode’ option in the Camera app. The ND filter offers a ton of benefits. The filter enables you to have longer shutter speeds, which blocks excessive light from reaching the lens.
ND filters are a technology that digital cameras on the market have been using for quite some time now. It is possible that OnePlus will release the Concept One smartphone at some point, and not create another phone as a whole. Mr. Lau did not clarify whether this will happen, or the tech will come packed in an entirely new phone. We can assume that the OnePlus 8 series phones will not come with the electrochromic glass. Nothing suggested that it will, at least till now. Plus, the Concept One wouldn’t have featured it if the were to come with the OnePlus 8 series.
The OnePlus 8 series is expected to arrive in April or May of 2020. The company is expected to announce the series in May, although the phones may even come sooner than expected. If OnePlus sticks to the release cycle, the OnePlus 8 series will launch in May. However, since rumours and leaks have begun to circulate a lot earlier than before, the handsets could arrive in March or April. The OnePlus 8 series will have three phones – the OnePlus 8, the OnePlus 8 Pro, and the OnePlus 8 Lite.