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OnePlus Concept One

OnePlus is gearing up for an eventful 2020. Everyone, of course, expects the Chinese company to launch the next OnePlus flagship pair; and we have already seen leaks of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, giving us a fair idea of what to expect. What really surprised everyone was the renders of the OnePlus 8 Lite, a phone that is rumored to be OnePlus’ first mid-range smartphone in more than four years. OnePlus has also been teasing everyone with its presence at CES 2020, and now, the company is teasing the OnePlus Concept One.

According to the report from Wired, the OnePlus Concept One uses electrochromic glass on the camera lens. This is the same glass technology found in high-end car sunroofs, which shouldn’t come as a surprise when you find out that OnePlus worked with McLaren on the Concept One. The camera lens on the back of the phone sits under this special glass, which is opaque by default and changes opacity when the glass is triggered with an electric signal. The end result is that the camera lens appears when you open the camera app, and disappears from sight when not in use.

OnePlus also talked about the challenges involved in building a smartphone with this strip of glass, which include added thickness, power consumption, speed of change, and reliability. The company successfully tackled all of these confidently enough to have an actual product in hand which they could show off.

OnePlus will show off the Concept One at CES next week. As the name implies, this is a concept smartphone, meaning that it will not be available for purchase for end consumers.

A tweet By OnePlus Officials with a teaser mentioned that

We’re bringing the #OnePlusConceptOne to #CES2020, but you don’t have to wait: you can get a sneak peek at it right here, along with its groundbreaking “invisible camera” and color-shifting glass technology.