Photochrom filter of the OnePlus 8 Pro has been a hot talk of the town recently. The camera filter leveraging the IR sensitivity of one of the device’s sensors is able to see through certain objects, especially thin plastics and even black shirts. As one can expect, the filter drew so much attention that OnePlus once even thought of disabling it altogether. Now the latest OxygenOS 10.5.9 update is here to do the same. But not really.
A new OxygenOS 10.5.9 update has started hitting a limited number of devices globally and as said earlier the Photochrom filter has been disabled in the release. Ironically, it seems OnePlus didn’t actually want to push the update and happened all accidentally as revealed by a OnePlus Product Marketing official.
Photochrom to Return for Good!
The OnePlus staff member quoted the following explaining about the update;
“Hi otto, my apologies for any confusion, but this OTA inadvertently went out to a limited number of devices. We will re-enable that filter in the next OTA.” As always, once the update re-enabling the Photochrom filter rolls out, we’ll have the incremental and full OTA downloads available for you to sideload”.
The statement clearly says of the filter to get re-enabled on those devices updated to the OxygenOS 10.9.5 in the next OTA. Seeing this, it seems the Photochrom filter is to stay here forever despite some questioning the existence of such features which can more or less affect the privacy of persons if used wrongly.
That being said, if you’re the one to install the latest OxygenOS 10.5.9 update only to get dejected knowing the filter to disappear in the thin air. Wait for the next update which is expected to arrive soon than later.