Invisible Camera Tech Coming to Consumer Phones, OnePlus CEO Confirms
Remember the 'peekaboo' camera concept showcased by OnePlus during CES2020?
Well, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has just confirmed that the disappearing camera will be rolled out on consumer phones in the near future.
In a podcast appearance with The Verge on 14th January, Lau was asked if we can expect to see the electrochromic glass used in the OnePlus Concept One in future OnePlus phones, and the answer was a definite yes.
Electrochromic glass is a type of material that turns opaque when an electric current is introduced. OnePlus uses this to alternately hide and reveal the camera at will.
It's not only for cosmetic purposes, however - the glass can also be triggered to turn semi-opaque in Pro mode, thereby acting as an ND filter which helps to limit the amount of light reaching the lens. This allows users to take shots with longer exposure times, which are useful if you want to create effects like light streams or the silky water effect.
Lau did not reveal a timeline for when exactly this feature will be rolled out on consumer phones, but he did mention that it will be soon.