OnePlus Concept One is a Reminder of Oneplus’ Mclaren Connection

  • Mclaren is a company that designs and retails luxury sports cars
  • The OnePlus Concept One is the first phone ever to use color-shifting glass technology

OnePlus, a global mobile technology company, has unveiled its first-ever concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One, at CES 2020. The OnePlus Concept One, as informed by the company, is the first phone ever to use color-shifting glass technology (electrochromic glass technology), allowing it to change transparency and giving it an invisible-camera

“This concept phone is a significant experiment into the future form of smartphones. OnePlus started this initiative with the goal of bringing the ‘burdenless’ user experience to the next level. The invisible camera stands as a new form of camera design, one that spares the user from the compromises of current camera layouts. The rear camera lenses are hidden by the dynamic electrochromic glass and only become visible when the camera is in use. This optimal solution is what OnePlus calls Electronic CMF – a new approach in industrial design,”said Pete Lau, CEO and founder of OnePlus.

Uses organic particles to create changes in transparency

The glass of the OnePlus Concept One uses organic particles to create changes in transparency so that the glass covering the camera lenses can shift in an instant from opaque black to entirely clear. This glass, as per the company, also provides a practical benefit, doubling as a built-in polarizing filter for the camera that allows users to achieve sharper, more finely detailed shots under strong light.

The partnership with McLaren has seen the brands release two limited edition devices. This Concept One, according to the company, draws inspiration from similar technology used in McLaren’s 720S Spider luxury sportscar, which features a retractable hard top glazed with an electrochromic glass panel that can rapidly switch between tinted and transparent states. The OnePlus Concept One design integrates both glass and leather, using the same trim tailored for McLaren’s supercars.

“At McLaren we select the best quality leathers produced in the UK; it’s a material that exudes luxury and we are keen to offer our expertise in the design of this OnePlus concept device. The soft grained semi-aniline leather gentle to the touch and its natural grain has a beautiful silky feel. Our design philosophy at McLaren embraces the natural features of the leather through its subtle grain variations, giving each car its own unique character—which is echoed in this OnePlus concept device,”stated Jo Lewis, colour and materials design manager at McLaren Automotive.