Earlier this year, OnePlus showed off the OnePlus Concept One phone: a smartphone with an “invisible” camera. The machine’s electrochromic glass back plate can be changed from transparent to opaque by changing the current and voltage. Electrochromic glass is not a new concept, but this phone is the first phone to apply it to a smartphone camera lens. Now OnePlus has launched a new concept phone called the OnePlus 8T Concept Phone. It uses the same technology. But now the entire back of the phone uses this kind of color-changing glass.
The OnePlus 8T concept phone has been upgraded on the basis of the OnePlus 8T, with a streamlined design pattern on the back. OnePlus said that they took inspiration from the multi-colored running water in the hot springs of Pamukkale, Turkey, and designed the back of this concept phone.
This discoloration effect is achieved by a film containing metal oxides. This film is located under the back of the glass of the smartphone. When different voltages are applied to it, it changes color. As a result, whenever you receive an incoming call, the back of the phone will “breathe” like a notification LED. This also opens the door to many other creative applications.
The One plus 8T concept phone has another bright spot-rear radar module. This module is built into the camera bulge on the back of the phone, and uses millimeter wave radar to reflect electromagnetic waves into the surrounding environment, allowing the phone to “perceive, image, locate and track objects.” Although OnePlus said that this millimeter wave technology is “learning from 5G,” it added that the radar module is separate from the millimeter wave communication module in the smartphone.
From a functional point of view, it sounds similar to the Pixel 4’s radar function motion sensing technology. It can be swiped by hand to skip music tracks or mute. It can also detect your presence and show you the time and notifications. This feature is very interesting, but Google has not added this feature to subsequent phones.