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OnePlus Concept One, the mobile with invisible cameras thanks to smart glass

OnePlus Concept One It is a new mobile design that seeks make the rear cameras invisible, avoiding the accumulation of sensors, by hiding them behind an intelligent glass, which only becomes transparent at the time of taking the photo.

This is possible thanks to the electrochromic glass, also called smart glass, which is capable of go from opaque to transparent by applying an electric current. It is a technology used in some windows to avoid curtains, and also used by McLaren on the sunroof of his sports cars.

Despite being a prototype, the OnePlus Concept One is part of OnePlus's collaboration with the car manufacturer, such as the OnePlus 7T Pro in its McLaren Edition. So inherit the leather finishes of the back case, which occupy the area without glass.

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The Chinese brand ensures that its electrochromic glass is the thinnest and fastest in changing color today, something that seems logical, because it has had to adapt to smartphones a technology used in products of a much larger size.

In addition, smart glass can apply a filter that reduces the amount of light entering the camera, useful in manual mode to get certain shots without being overexposed.

At the specification level, the OnePlus Concept One is based on the 7T Pro, which does not surprise us. The manufacturer has presented this terminal at the CES 2020 technology fair to publicize its idea, but the real news is reserved for the future OnePlus 8.

As the name implies, the OnePlus Concept One is a conceptual mobile, that is, a prototype about how the brand that smartphones will evolve in the future creates.

At a time when phones such as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro mount very spectacular sensors on its back, these invisible cameras can help the photography to continue improving without damaging the design.

In the OnePlus Concept One the sensors do not protrude from the back cover, something aesthetically pleasing, but it is not clear to what extent it is possible to apply in commercial models. The cameras take up more and more space, and integrating them into the body of the mobile could increase excessively to its thickness.

However, it is difficult to venture if OnePlus really launches the Concept One, or use smart glass on future smartphones.

In technology fairs such as CES 2020, brands carry futuristic prototypes that can take years to go on sale (if they really do) and also others that are very close to mass production, which are shown to create expectation or see the consumer response

We do not know at what exact point the electrochromic glass technology of the OnePlus Concept One, nor if its introduction would cost a lot, so the arrival of smart glass to mobile phones may take, although in principle it looks promising.

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What do you think about the smart cameras of the Concept One? Do you think they improve the aesthetics of the phone?