OnePlus 8 Interstellar Glow: The story behind one million colors in one via OnePlus 8 Pro

  1. Pete
    CEO Staff Member May 4, 2020

    Pete , via OnePlus 8 Pro , May 4, 2020 :
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    Hi friends,

    With the launch of OnePlus 8 series, we’ve been grateful to see our designs once again welcomed by many users and media alike. Today, I’d like to share the behind-the-scenes development of one color variant specifically—Interstellar Glow, a breathtakingly beautiful and futuristic look.


    We shared this story earlier during the keynote: When Ryan, our keynote speaker talked to our photographer about this phone, he said it was the most difficult device he’s ever shot because of the constantly changing color refractions. He said he took about 1,000 photos of the phone, but when he went back to review them, they looked like photos of 1,000 different phones.

    How did we capture this whole spectrum of otherworldly light and colors in this thin glass on the back?

    Well, we have to begin from the glass itself. When the inner surface of the glass back is especially smooth, as in this case, it’s more difficult to meld a color to it. So, ordinarily, we layer a colored film beneath a thin, colorless glass.

    However, with Interstellar Glow, we adopted a brand new “color, material, and finish” (or CMF) approach, one which uses an innovative engineering process to infuse color in both the film and the glass itself at the same time. And by layering the two on top of one another, we were able to produce this unique gradient that gives off a melange of colors when viewed from different angles. And it is an amazingly intricate process:

    On the glass alone, we used over 14 processes, including nine optical coatings, to produce its final brilliance. Imagine a prism: the simple glass structure allows light to bend and unravel into a variety of dazzling spectrums and colors. The nine-layer optical coating on the Interstellar Glow has the same effect, allowing the body of the phone to refract and reflect light in mesmerizing ways. This is the dynamic foundation of the OnePlus 8 Interstellar Glow.


    On top of this, the optical coating and the thickness of the glass were also engineered using a special process. The back cover is thickest in the bottom-center area, and gradually thins out from there, so that the refraction of light is different across every part of the chassis. Since the more coating processes used on a piece of glass the more vulnerable it becomes, we opted for an OC0 process to greatly enhance the toughness of the glass.

    The resulting glass back displays an endless variety of different colors when viewed under different lighting conditions, but we knew that we could take it even further if we matched the glass with different color films.

    To make the colors more dynamic and vivid, we applied different processing methods to the coating under the glass. After testing out more than 50 options, we finally landed on a blue-silver film that was polished through nine individual processes. Among those, five optical coatings were applied to the film as well.


    Finally, by layering the extensively re-engineered glass and carefully customized color film on top of one another, we were able to create the brilliant, ever-morphing prismatic color schemes displayed in Interstellar Glow.

    When viewed under different light and angles, the Interstellar Glow produces a dazzling array of colors, as if it held the entire color spectrum visible to the human eye inside its cover.

    On the OnePlus 8 Interstellar Glow we successfully challenged the technical limits of optical coating and the mobile phone industry’s standards of design. At the same time, we also managed to keep the thickness of this back cover glass to a minimum of just 0.77mm, even though it contains 23 layers of precision-crafted glass and film. The whole device is only 8mm thick, and weighs a mere 180g. With its magical color display on top of a slim and slender profile, the OnePlus 8 Interstellar Glow is truly a joy both to the touch and to the eyes.

  2. Batman360
    OnePlus Accessory Tester May 4, 2020

  3. GuitarBart
    Jelly Bean May 4, 2020

    GuitarBart , May 4, 2020 :
    From the videos I've seen it looks phenomenal, so in person it's probably even better. Interesting that it's only available on the 8 and not on the pro as well

  4. the_o2
    OnePlus 9 Series Expert Community Expert May 4, 2020

    the_o2 , May 4, 2020 :
    Wow, thanks for sharing the story.

    It would be great if it (Interstellar Glow) available for all the versions for all the regions 💕💕.

  5. hstex
    Gingerbread May 4, 2020

    hstex , May 4, 2020 :
    Take care about your display not this stupid news. We don't need this. We need a fix. Just paid 1000€ for a sh*t!!

  6. Loverk98
    Gingerbread May 4, 2020

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  7. KubaMichalek
    Cupcake May 4, 2020

    KubaMichalek , May 4, 2020 :
    quick question: what happened to white? I still miss the clean design of OnePlusX!

    mohdfahad474 and G_plusone like this.
  8. florincostescu
    Ice Cream Sandwich May 4, 2020

  9. Jimbo the Great
    Ice Cream Sandwich May 4, 2020

    Jimbo the Great , May 4, 2020 :
    Totally didn't copy "Aura Glow" and call it "Interstellar Glow."
    Oops... did I say that out loud?
    I'm sure it's a completely different everything that looks nothing like another "Glow" color out there...
    This one has way more letters.... It has to be better.

  10. G_plusone
    Nougat May 4, 2020

    G_plusone , May 4, 2020 :
    Love the Interstellar Glow
    It's a fresh look and the Color looks Amazing ;)

  11. Nitin007T
    Honeycomb May 4, 2020

    Nitin007T , May 4, 2020 :
    Woah...just 8 mm thin!
    And its interstellar performance and beautiful!

    Great job on this!

  12. Nitin007T
    Honeycomb May 4, 2020

    Nitin007T , May 4, 2020 :
    Yeah except that name though...
    Everything is kinda different..
    It's not regular rainbow colours but have particular main shade of colours!

    But what matters me most is its 8 mm thin with 4300mAh battery too..

    Hopefully in the future, we might be able to stack bigger battery but around this size almost.

  13. meatandy
    Oreo May 4, 2020

    meatandy , May 4, 2020 :
    Great a 1000 different colors for $700 dollars...

    Cool and disappointing at the same time.
    Last edited: May 4, 2020

  14. meatandy
    Oreo May 4, 2020

    meatandy , May 4, 2020 :
    Maybe wait the X Z later this summer .:p

  15. SJBoss
    Lollipop May 4, 2020

    SJBoss , May 4, 2020 :
    The colors we want :
    Clearly white and Just Black.
    The colors we get :
    INteRsteLlaR gLOw​

  16. Navdeep_Malik
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus TV U1S May 4, 2020

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  17. Lokesh Dutta
    Gingerbread May 4, 2020

    Lokesh Dutta , May 4, 2020 :
    Fabulous engineering behind the Interstellar Glow of Beautiful OnePlus 8. OnePlus Engineering teams did a great for making this as a reality [e]1f44f[/e]🏻[e]1f44f[/e]🏻[e]1f44f[/e]🏻🤩🤩🤩🙂🙂🙂

  18. V1573836266686
    Cupcake May 4, 2020

  19. Batman360
    OnePlus Accessory Tester May 4, 2020

    Batman360 , May 4, 2020 :

  20. Jimbo the Great
    Ice Cream Sandwich May 4, 2020

    Jimbo the Great , May 4, 2020 :
    I wonder if there was a guy who said...
    "Nope that Glow isn't Interstellar enough... you need to go back and try again."

    He's making sure they do a proper glow job.