OnePlus 8T Concept: Exploring New Technologies

  1. ZENG XI
    Product Manager Staff Member Dec 21, 2020

    ZENG XI , Dec 21, 2020 :

    Hi friends,

    As you know, OnePlus is a team of technology lovers. Sometimes that means bringing powerful new technologies to market in our flagship smartphones, like when we introduced the industry’s first high refresh rate display on the OnePlus 7 Pro or ultra-fast wireless charging with Warp Charge 30 wireless on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

    Other times, we like to experiment with next-generation technologies or designs that are ahead of their time. In January 2020, we launched our first concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One, which used electrochromic glass technology, a new type of color-shifting glass that gave the phone an “invisible camera.” Showing the Concept One to the world was a highlight for OnePlus, allowing our designers and engineers to explore new ways of interaction with smartphones to bring a new range of benefits to users, if and when these technologies make it to market in the future.

    Now with the OnePlus 8T, we are pushing the boundaries of human interaction with mobile technology yet again. Combining design inspiration from nature and a burdenless approach to interacting with devices, the OnePlus team is building further on our first concept technology to unlock even more potential benefit for future smartphone users with our latest project – the OnePlus 8T Concept.

    OnePlus 8T Concept Technology
    We believe that a well-designed product design must always serve one goal: a better user experience. This thinking guides our design and development of products that we look to bring to consumers, but also to more conceptual technologies that we think can have a positive impact for users in the future. The OnePlus 8T Concept uses a combination of natural design inspiration and advanced technologies to create a more natural interaction between users and the device.

    Natural Design Inspiration
    Our designers took inspiration for these colors from the multi-hued flowing water in the hot springs of Pamukkale, Turkey. They identified the fact that nature has perfected many designs, and by drawing inspiration from Pamukkale and other natural elements, we can craft new interaction experiences that are more natural, intuitive, and effortless.

    Electronic Color, Material and Finish (ECMF)
    ECMF allows the physical design of a device to work dynamically with the user and software features. The OnePlus 8T Concept ECMF uses a color-changing film that contains metal oxide in glass. The valence state of the metal ions varies under different voltages so when the metal oxide activates, the color of the glass changes from a dark blue to a light silver.

    Reactive Sensing Technology (ECMP + mmWave)
    The ECMF design becomes truly interactive by working in combination with mmWave to change the way we interact with our technology. The working principle behind this technology, borrowed from 5G, is that the mmWave radar module transmits and receives electromagnetic waves. When receiving electromagnetic waves, the digital signal processing (DSP) and CPU perform signal and information processing, allowing the device to perceive, image, locate, and track objects.

    Potential User Benefits
    Combining the shifting colors on the electrochromic back of the OnePlus 8T Concept with mmWave sensing technology is just the first step in opening up a wide range of possibilities for how people interact with their smartphones. In the near future, we believe there will be many more uses for Reactive Sensing.
    • Touchless notifications – ECMF could flash colors for an incoming call, and users could accept or reject the call with a simple gesture.That will allow users to control the OnePlus 8T Concept using gestures without even touching the device.

    • Breathing monitor – The mmWave technology can register a user’s breathing, enabling the color to change in sync and effectively making the phone a biofeedback device. The OnePlus 8T Concept, in effect, breathes with you.

    Introducing OnePlus Gaudi

    Last but not least, following the successful launch of the Concept One, OnePlus established a permanent global R&D team called OnePlus Gaudi, a multi-cultural, diverse team of 39 designers based in Shenzhen, Taipei, New York and India. OnePlus Gaudi believes that art challenges technology and technology inspires art. Bringing some of the Never Settle to the OnePlus 8T Concept, they saw a chance to take the technology further by integrating a new kind of more natural, biologically inspired interactivity for smartphones.
    You’ll hear more from the OnePlus Gaudi team in the future...stay tuned!

  2. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Dec 21, 2020

    YRJ , Dec 21, 2020 :
    Hi @ZENG XI ,

    I did see Pete's tweet and read the articles from Android Authority and Verge, and honestly it does look cool. I'm not sure if I'm totally onboard with the pattern but the tech itself will surely turn heads.

    I believe this opens new possibilities for the future and makes the otherwise boring glass back on smartphones an artist's canvas. I look forward to what's to come. Congratulations to everyone who's worked on this, I will patiently wait for when this will be a commercially available product :)


  3. harshil1903
    Jelly Bean Dec 21, 2020

  4. JelleZon
    OnePlus Accessory Tester Dec 21, 2020

    JelleZon , Dec 21, 2020 :
    This looks promising

  5. Cakepips
    User of the Year 2020 Dec 21, 2020

    Cakepips , via OnePlus 7T Pro , Dec 21, 2020 :
    Interesting concept and future innovation!
    Though, not quite a fan of the pattern honestly. Maybe more like waves or something.
    Hello team OnePlus Gaudi ! Can't wait to hear more about your creative minds. ☺️ said:
    Question for the community: if you where in charge of the pattern, what would you put?
    Feel free to show your interpretations of the 8T concept!

  6. Waffle Toaster
    Gingerbread Dec 21, 2020

    Waffle Toaster , via OnePlus 8T , Dec 21, 2020 :
    Agreed, the pattern isn't the most attractive and would work better as being the entire back or under glass, if the effect can work through it.

    It's definitely interesting as a concept though not one that would drive me to purchase the phone as it wouldn't do much for me. Still, congrats on the breakthrough and hopefully it can help in the Zen department.

  7. YRJ
    The Lab - OnePlus 7T Reviewer; Community Hero 2020 Dec 21, 2020

    YRJ , Dec 21, 2020 :
    I do have a concern tho, in a world where hardly anyone uses thier phone without a case, how can someone actually show this off?

    This leaves you with two options, either go caseless or use a transparent one.

  8. Antonio_Luis
    Ice Cream Sandwich Dec 21, 2020

    Antonio_Luis , Dec 21, 2020 :
    I feel the same way about the pattern. Would seem a bit more appealing to us "techies" if it had a design similar to the 8Ts Quantum case.

    I love the idea of it reacting to notifications. I've so missed the notification LED that was last seen on the OnePlus 6.

    The breathing monitor seems cool too. Like your phone becomes one with you.

    Can't wait to see what's to come.

  9. G_plusone
    Nougat Dec 21, 2020

    G_plusone , Dec 21, 2020 :
    This is some really interesting tech @ZENG XI
    It is great to see these sort of cool things from OnePlus. OnePlus Gaudi seems promising.
    Hope more features developed from OnePlus Gaudi enters mainstream production.

  10. chvzed
    Ice Cream Sandwich Dec 21, 2020

  11. woSch
    Photography Expert Dec 21, 2020

    woSch , Dec 21, 2020 :
    Wow, that's amazing... my first thoughts where it's like the camouflage of the cuttlefishs... or a combination of different colours in future with effects like the light emitting deep see fish... or effects like pailletten/sequins... that would be mind blowing 😀

    Can't wait to see what's going on with the OnePlus Gaudi team... thumbs up and NEVER SETTLE

  12. Bittoo06
    Jelly Bean Dec 21, 2020

  13. brian.sedore
    Ice Cream Sandwich Dec 21, 2020

    brian.sedore , Dec 21, 2020 :
    Pretty neat. I'm not entirely sure that it would have a whole lot of benefits other than having a pretty cool lighting pattern. Nice to have some form of notification light back, but I'm interested to see more though.

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  14. kushal__12
    Ice Cream Sandwich Dec 21, 2020

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    Eclair Dec 21, 2020

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  16. H.S.S
    Ice Cream Sandwich Dec 21, 2020

    H.S.S , via OnePlus Nord , Dec 21, 2020 :
    @ZENG XI New ideas are good but regarding the design things are not pretty much good and handful.I don't know whether you will work on this but I feel its better to initially use this technology of colour shifting to OnePlus logo and the term oneplus which will ultimately add the elegant look along with the captivative and classy finish.If you really want to put designs then put the design which are more relatable to tech👍👍👍

  17. Mr_Krunal
    Ice Cream Sandwich Dec 21, 2020

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  18. sumitMZ007
    Jelly Bean Dec 21, 2020

    sumitMZ007 , via OnePlus 6 , Dec 21, 2020 :
    Pattern styles stack should be given to users as per his /her choice. There should be different patterns for each contact and it should also have slogan displaying ability if person doesn't like pattern styles.overall this is indeed great features and opening door for many possibilities!

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  19. Abhishek654
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus Nord 2 Dec 21, 2020

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    Honeycomb Dec 21, 2020

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