OnePlus has a new concept phone to show, its own way of teasing Tech, which might, just maybe, make it into one of the company’s future phones. The OnePlus 8T concept is a similar phone from the OnePlus 8T that was released a few months ago, but it has a very unique rear design that changes color along with the motion-tracking radar module.
According to OnePlus, this color-changing effect is achieved with a film that contains metal oxide, which sits under the glass back of the phone and changes color as different voltages. At its most basic, it can change the color to show phone notifications, like an incoming phone call, like the notification light that it has incorporated into its phone in the past. But where things get really interesting is when this concept is paired with the phone’s rear-mounted radar module.
This module, built into the camera bump on the back of the phone, uses millimeter wave radar to bounce electromagnetic waves around it and allows the phone to “experience, image, detect and track objects.” Although OnePlus states that this mmWave technology is “borrowed from 5G”, it adds that the radar module is different from any mmWave communication module in the phone.
Typically, it sounds similar to the Pixel 4’s radar-enabled motion sense technology, which lets you swipe your hand over the phone to release a music track or silent alarm. It can also detect your presence to show you time and any information. The functionality was interesting, but Google did not include it in later phones.
This concept phone can also use this motion tracker to perform simple tasks, such as answering a phone call with a gesture, or providing more advanced functionality such as a user’s breathing. It can be combined with its color-changing back to offer some interesting use cases. For example, its back can change color to indicate an incoming call, and then you can accept or reject it with a gesture, without touching the phone. Or the radar can feel your breath, and then change the color of its back over time, “effectively making the phone a biofeedback device,” OnePlus says.
It is an ambitious collection of features, but there is no guarantee that we will ever see them on a consumer device. Finally, a little over a year ago, OnePlus was showcasing the OnePlus Concept One, an interesting device that used electrochromic glass to make its rear cameras disappear (and which also served as a very neat little ND filter). . However, the technology has not yet been demonstrated in any of the company’s flagship phones.
Before with Concept One, OnePlus says it has no plans to sell the OnePlus 8T concept commercially, so it is best considered what the company is working on. But with any luck, the technology may still come in its real smartphone one day.