OnePlus Concept One – Magic of disappearing cameras!


Recently in CES 2020, OnePlus unveiled its first concept phone that is “OnePlus Concept One”. Lot's of mobile freaks and tech savvy‘s are curious about this phone, as it is said to be carrying some advance technology of disappearing cameras. Do read our complete article to clear your doubt's and find this mobile's other specifications.

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OnePlus Concept one



OnePlus History

OnePlus have always been known for experimenting with their phone's in terms of material, colour, glass, finishing etc. Now in collaboration with McLaren, they made 3rd design and their first concept design that is “OnePlus Concept One”.

OnePlus Concept One” design and feature’s are very much inspired by McLaren high-end cars like McLaren 720S. This phone back cover got Mclaren signature Papaya Orange leather, with a glass window going down from middle like a race track and another inspired feature from McLaren’s car is its electrochromic glass feature, which sits on top of cameras to make it invisible.



Specifications of OnePlus Concept One:
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, 12GB RAM
  • Aluminium alloy framing with 24-carat gold
  • McLaren Papaya Orange genuine leather with stitching
  • 4085mAh battery, 30W fast-charging
  • Camera: 48MP + 16MP + 8MP
  • 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display
    • 1440 x 3120 pixels
    • 90Hz refresh rate
    • 19.5:9 ratio
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OnePlus Concept One



Physical Overview:

Back of the phone has well-stitched Papaya Orange genuine leather. The leather design gives this phone cool look. In the middle, it has 3 camera’s with a flashlight, hidden just below the electrochromic glass.

Recent smartphones have Aluminium or mostly stainless steel rim, but this phone has got Aluminium PVD design frame with Gold finishing. With Gold finishing I mean it has pure Gold in its frame. This has become possible because of PVD technology. PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) is the process in which solid Gold is converted to vapour. Vapour then sticks to phone rim and then becomes solid again. Forming the thin film of Gold on Aluminium frame.

Speaking about software specifications of this mobile, this phone is similar to OnePlus 7T pro in all aspect. The only difference you will find is Built number, which is mentioned as "Secret" in "OnePlus Concept One".



How does electrochromic glass hide the camera?

"OnePlus Concept One" is showcased for its disappearing camera. This is the magic of electrochromic Glass. Here two layers of glass are separated with electrochromic material. There are also Indium Tin Oxide on the both glass panel to make glass conductive. So when current passes through it, it causes the alignment of the molecules to shift, causing it opaque.

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OnePlus Concept One


Facts and Features

OnePlus Concept one” just takes only 0.7 sec to turn glass from dark to visible. That is almost the same time one need to open the camera app. While implementing this smart technology OnePlus made sure, that this feature won't consume much battery power. Hence this feature has almost negligible effect on battery consumption.

Another cool feature of this colour changing glass is that it can be used as ND filter. ND (Neutral Density) filter can be used to take long exposure shots. It controls the amount of light entering the camera through the lens. So it will come handy if you are clicking some overexposed photos.

OnePlus has worked over 18 months on this concept phone to bring this amazing technology into reality. This is the first time any smartphone has opted for this technology. But being a concept phone you never know whether the company is seriously thinking to bring this phone to market or just exploring the potential of the technology for future smartphones.


Pros and Cons

Leatherback gives a unique stylish cool look. Its features make it stand out from the rest.
Electrochromic glass with ND filter feature gives this smartphone edge over other smartphones.

Even though it is said to make cameras invisible, Electrochromic glass makes it semitransparent, not completely opaque.  if we hold it in light at an angle we can still see the slight outlines of the camera.
Apart from introducing electrochromic glass and looks, this concept phone dint changed any functional feature.


One Plus Concept One World Tour

OnePlus is going around the world to showcase their first concept phone. It will be displayed in North America, Europe and India. In India, it will be showcased on 8th February 2020 in 3 cities. Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. OnePlus has not yet revealed any plans about officially launching of this phone but you never know OnePlus might be thinking of launching it in this campaign itself.


Concluding words

Well, lots have been said about this phone but it still raises a few questions.
Does the 18 months of research helped to solve any problems?
Does this new tech solved any problem?
The answer is pretty much No. But it’s a concept phone. Even though it only has changed its look but who wouldn't be happy to carry a unique smartphone, if it fits the budget. I'll appreciate the work of OnePlus who is trying to provide new things, then just giving a regular smartphone.

What do you think about this phone? Would you go for this amazing piece of technology? Do let us know in comments.


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