Introducing the OnePlus Concept One

  1. Pete
    CEO Staff Member Jan 7, 2020

    Pete , Jan 7, 2020 :
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    Hi friends,

    Today, we finally unveiled our first-ever concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One, at CES 2020. The OnePlus Concept One is the first phone ever to use color-shifting glass technology (electrochromic glass technology), giving it an “invisible camera.” The device marks a breakthrough exploration in smartphone CMF (color, material, finish) design and lays the foundation for future smartphones with radically new designs and capabilities.

    The glass of the OnePlus Concept One uses organic particles to create changes in transparency so that the glass covering the camera lenses can shift in an instant from opaque black to entirely clear. Presenting a clean, unbroken surface when not in use, the “invisible” design is a manifest example of OnePlus’ “burdenless” design philosophy. This optimal solution is what we call “Electronic CMF”—a new approach in industrial design.

    But the glass also provides a practical benefit, doubling as a built-in polarizing filter for the camera that allows users to achieve sharper, more finely detailed shots under strong light.

    We collaborated with our partner McLaren on the concept phone's design, drawing inspiration from similar technology used in McLaren's 720S luxury sports car, which features a glass roof panel that can alter its tint and control the amount of light allowed through. Additionally, the OnePlus Concept One design integrates both glass and leather, using the same stylish, premium quality leather specially tailored for McLaren’s own cars.

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    Jo Lewis, Colour and Materials Design Manager at McLaren Automotive, said of the Concept One:

    “At McLaren we select the best quality leathers produced in the UK, Ireland and Scotland. The soft grained semi-aniline leather, is soft to touch, and due to the nature of the natural grain this creates a beautifully silky haptic.Leather exudes luxury therefore was one of aspects of this OnePlus concept device that we were keen to offer our input. Our design at McLaren embraces the natural features of the leather through the subtle grain variation which adds character to each car – making each McLaren completely unique and therefore making this OnePlus concept device follow in a similar unique path.”

    Although electrochromic glass has already been put to use in some limited applications in cars and in planes, miniaturizing the technology for use in phones took some extraordinary work on the part of OnePlus’ R&D team.

    The Most Advanced Electrochromic Glass Ever Made
    One of the outstanding challenges was that the glass needed to be made exceptionally thin and light without leaving it fragile. Electrochromic glass is usually composed of two panels of glass with a color-shifting material in between them. For the OnePlus Concept One, we managed to achieve something far thinner than industry average: the glass panels are just 0.1mm each, for a combined total of only 0.35mm. That's as thin as a display glass protector film.  

    Fast Color Shifting – Only 0.7s 
    For the best, most effortless experience possible, the Concept One’s invisible camera was rigorously tested and calibrated for speed.  The OnePlus Concept One takes a mere 0.7s for the glass to transition from solid black to fully clear, faster even than the camera itself takes to fully activate, and it uses almost no power. We spent nearly eight months and tested more than a hundred different options before settling on the best solution for looks, speed, and power consumption. 

    Great Feel – No Detail Is Too Small 
    Our hands are amazingly sensitive to even the most subtle differences in texture, and so a light, comfortable feel is a requisite for every product we make, including the OnePlus Concept One.  

    The leather covering across the back of the phone creates a sense of lightness, both visually and tactilely.  

    With this unique invisible camera, we aimed at creating an elegant solution to the challenges of camera design in smartphones today. After setting a new benchmark for smartphone displays by creating the industry’s first 90 Hz QHD+ AMOLED display, the OnePlus Concept One now marks one more step into the future of the smartphone industry, and is proof of OnePlus’s commitment and leadership in innovation.

    Never Settle.

  2. Starcommander
    OnePlus Accessory Tester Jan 7, 2020

  3. pablofg1978
    Head Moderator Head Moderator Jan 7, 2020

  4. the_o2
    OnePlus 9 Series Expert Community Expert Jan 7, 2020

    the_o2 , Jan 7, 2020 :
    Looks great though,

    So 2019 is for showing off we have 4,5 ... 10 Camera in smartphone
    And 2020 will be hiding all those.

    Technology is changing so fast :cool::cool:
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  5. muhammedbasith
    Cupcake Jan 7, 2020

    KitKat Jan 7, 2020

    ASCHENTE_V , Jan 7, 2020 :
    The design is really great, looks awesome, however I still see no sense in that function, if you aren't a shadowed conspirologist, who is afraid of his secrets to be disclosured. You could have invested into more useful technologies, like ip sertification, camera quality improvement, qi etc.
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  7. G_plusone
    Nougat Jan 7, 2020

    G_plusone , Jan 7, 2020 :
    The Subtle accents on the previous McLaren editions have taken Centre stage.
    Also good to know that the electro chromatic glass offers functionality in addition to aesthetics ;)
    Nice design :cool:
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  8. BobbyV8_
    The Showcase Reviewer Jan 7, 2020

    BobbyV8_ , Jan 7, 2020 :
    That's next level 7T Pro McLaren Edition! But having a fabric back should be given a second thought. I doubt how it stays clean in long term

  9. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Jan 7, 2020

    YRJ , Jan 7, 2020 :
    Hi @Pete,
    Chances are you are not even reading this but it is okay, I want to let out my thoughts anyway. I hope it reaches you somehow.

    First and foremost, I think the OnePlus concept one looks gorgeous. Thanks to the non existent camera bump and the leather on the back that not only looks good but feels nice too (I know how leather backs feel). However, the more I look at it and the more I wish that this is what the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition should have been.

    With a collaboration between OnePlus × McLaren you cannot blame the community if it expects something awesome. Let's just admit it, the 7T Pro McLaren edition was underwhelming. A simple paint job to a regular 7T Pro.

    However, now that I hear of the concept one, I know that this is where the focus was all this while. For the future, I hope you can create something that sets a special edition apart from the other offering. No one wants an extra couple GB's of ram or extra storage when they are buying a McLaren edition smartphone, it should be a showstopper. Unfortunately, the 7T Pro Mclaren failed to be one.
    This is a great collaboration and I can't wait for great things to come out of it.

    I'm glad that we can use the chamelion glass also as a ND filter. @Bouncer71 would be glad to know.

    All the best!

  10. Secondbushome
    Honeycomb Jan 7, 2020

    Secondbushome , via OnePlus 7 Pro , Jan 7, 2020 :
    Flash over function. Kinda strange to see R&D go into this rather than other emerging technologies like foldables, battery tech, better computational photography, or under-display cameras 🤷

  11. iharshjjain
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jan 7, 2020

    iharshjjain , Jan 7, 2020 :
    Vote for @YRJ

  12. Sparrowsnews
    Cupcake Jan 7, 2020

    Sparrowsnews , Jan 7, 2020 :
    Will be available after fixing minor issue
    OnePlus Concept One; Not Just Hidden Camera, There is 1 More

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    Ice Cream Sandwich Jan 7, 2020

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  14. B.I.T.S.
    User of the Year 2019 Jan 7, 2020

    B.I.T.S. , Jan 7, 2020 :
    As a photographer, that yesterday was thinking in holding a normal ND filter on the back of my phone for an specific shot, this thing turns me on. A lot. :rolleyes:

  15. malidan
    Nougat Jan 7, 2020

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  17. Navdeep_Malik
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus TV U1S Jan 7, 2020

    Navdeep_Malik , Jan 7, 2020 :
    so the camera bump is being hidden by the leather finish on the back! and how much battery does it consume?
    and exposure can also be tricked with good software as well right!

  18. Habib_Lutchi_31
    Froyo Jan 7, 2020

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    Lollipop Jan 7, 2020

  20. SpencerAR
    Gingerbread Jan 7, 2020

    SpencerAR , Jan 7, 2020 :
    Nothing says that they can't (or won't) do both...