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The Waterdrop Test

  1. Vito L.
    OnePlus Product Manager Staff Member Aug 27, 2018

    Vito L. , Aug 27, 2018 :
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    Hi folks,

    Today I’m bringing you a fun little story from a recent conversation I had with Jade T. I was talking to @David Y. and he thought the community would appreciate this one.

    For those of you who don’t know, Jade’s one of the industrial designers at OnePlus, and always a good person to talk to when you need to convert a product idea into something commercially viable. With a talented industrial designer like Jade, the end product gets to look and function like the original product you had in mind.

    So, it was no surprise when Jade told me about a test he used while designing the Mirror Black version of the OnePlus 6 – a test he called the Waterdrop Test.

    Here’s how it works: take a single drop of water and apply it to the back of the OnePlus 6 Mirror Black. Now take another drop of water and apply it to a non-absorbent surface (the surface of your desk, on a dinner plate, etc.). Notice the size of the waterdrop. Is it flat like a frisbee? Or does it bead like a marble? The difference, as Jade explained, comes down to the “wettability” of the surface.

    On an ideal surface, or one where the surface is (among other things), rigid and extremely smooth, the water droplet will look similar to the one depicted in the header.

    Why is this significant? Just close your eyes and run your fingers over the Mirror Black surface – the smoothness gives you that extra-premium hand feel, while the subtle curve and rigidity makes the phone easier to hold and more resilient to impact. Jade conducted the water test on over 100 Mirror Black prototypes before selecting the one you see today.

    I hope you enjoyed this insight into how the Mirror Black came to be. For more stories, check out this recent article that goes behind the scenes of the creation of the OnePlus 6 Mirror Black!
     

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  2. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Aug 27, 2018

    dsmonteiro , Aug 27, 2018 :
    [​IMG]

    (Or maybe it wasn't on purpose... but talking about Waterdrop, when the new Oppo's notch is called waterdrop...)
     

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  3. Betamixz
    Honeycomb Aug 27, 2018

  4. Cheetosdust
    Moderator Moderator Aug 27, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Aug 27, 2018 :
    I hope people actually read your post :rolleyes: and don't start dropping their OnePlus 6 in water just to test them. ;)
     

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  5. Moin2200
    KitKat Aug 27, 2018

    Moin2200 , Aug 27, 2018 :
    And here i thought this was gonna be a little tease for the 6T waterdrop notch.

    But always interesting and nice to get a little behind the scenes with the shinanigens you guys are up to. ;)
     

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  6. TheOnlyArtz
    Eclair Aug 27, 2018


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  7. NeVeR_SeTTLe
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Aug 27, 2018

    NeVeR_SeTTLe , Aug 27, 2018 :
    Nicely said.
    Is it to promote the OnePlus 6 even further? :D

    Thanks for the interesting story - indeed ;)
     

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    jeffluis91, Damonp87, GopalB. and 5 others like this.
  8. camohan
    Moderator Moderator Aug 27, 2018

    camohan , Aug 27, 2018 :
    PS to all the users : this is just an explanation on mirror black. It does not make the phone water proof.
     

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  9. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Aug 27, 2018

    dsmonteiro , Aug 27, 2018 :
    I was only able to read "waterdrop". Are there any additional words?

    You have an open beta? Can I join?
     

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  10. Moin2200
    KitKat Aug 27, 2018

    Moin2200 , Aug 27, 2018 :
    Its right next to the software update to oreo for oneplus 2.
     

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  11. Moin2200
    KitKat Aug 27, 2018

    Moin2200 , Aug 27, 2018 :
    Please electrocute your phone to enable this feature.
     

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  12. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Aug 27, 2018

    dsmonteiro , Aug 27, 2018 :
    Didn't you mean Nougat?
     

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  13. Cheetosdust
    Moderator Moderator Aug 27, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Aug 27, 2018 :
    I think I've read the sentence "fill up a bucket with clean water" somewhere.

    If it isn't there, it should. Therefore, it's safe to assume it is. ;)
     

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  14. Moin2200
    KitKat Aug 27, 2018

    Moin2200 , Aug 27, 2018 :
    Was gonna say nougat but its SOOO outdated that no one probably even remembers what that was.
    :p ;)
     

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  15. GuitarBart
    Jelly Bean Aug 27, 2018

    GuitarBart , Aug 27, 2018 :
    Just wait a while and there will be threads with: "phone not working after water drop test, what to do??"
     

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  16. x8xx8x
    Honeycomb Aug 27, 2018

    x8xx8x , Aug 27, 2018 :
    Explains where the time spend on rom development goes.. how about you'll water drop the release of Android P instead.
     

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  17. TonioLA
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 27, 2018

    TonioLA , Aug 27, 2018 :
    same we just wait for this
     

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  18. meatandy
    Oreo Aug 27, 2018

    meatandy , Aug 27, 2018 :
    *You may want to add a disclaimer to the thread*
     

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  19. Deactivated User
    Aug 27, 2018


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  20. derLenno
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Aug 27, 2018

    derLenno , Aug 27, 2018 :
    The Galaxy S7 still runs it hehehe
     

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