OnePlus has a new concept phone to show off, Color-changing and motion tracking 8T. It is its way of teasing tech that maybe, just maybe, might make it into one of the company’s future phones. The OnePlus 8T Concept is a similar phone to the OnePlus 8. It released a couple of months ago. But it is got a pretty unique rear design that changes color alongside a motion-tracking radar module.
According to OnePlus, this color-changing effect is achieved with a film that contains a metal oxide. Which sits underneath the phone’s glass back and changes color as different voltages. As it’s essential, it can change color to show off the phone’s notifications. It can include an incoming phone call, much like the notification light that it has on its phones in the past. But where things get really interesting is when you pair it with the concept phone’s rear-mounted radar module.
The module is based on a camera bump on the back of the phone, uses millimeter-wave radar to bounce electromagnetic waves off its surroundings. And lets the phone perceive, image, locate, and track objects. Although OnePlus says, this mmWave technology is “borrowed from 5G. It adds that the radar module is separate from any mmWave communication module in the phone.
What is motion enabled technology with Colour Changing and Motion Tracking 8T?
Functionally, it sounds similar to the Pixel 4’s radar-enabled Motion Sense technology, which lets you swipe your hand above the phone to skip music tracks or silence alarms. It could also detect your presence to show you the time and any notifications. The functionality was impressive, but Google hasn’t included it in subsequent phones.
This concept phone can also use this motion tracker to do simple things like answering a phone call with a gesture. Or it can offer more advanced functionality like sensing a user’s breathing. You can combine it with its color-changing back to provide some compelling use cases.
For example, its back can change color to indicate an incoming call, and then you could accept or reject it with a gesture, without having to touch the phone itself. Or the radar can sense your breathing and then change its back’s color in time with it. It effectively makes the phone a biofeedback device,” OnePlus says.
It’s an ambitious collection of features, but there’s no guarantee we will ever see them come to a consumer device. After all, a little under a year ago, OnePlus was showing off the OnePlus Concept One, an intriguing device that used electrochromic glass. To make its rear cameras. However, the technology is yet to make an appearance in any of the company’s flagship phones.
Official OnePlus 8T Concept Colour Changing and Motion Tracking 8T details :
OnePlus says the new OnePlus 8T Concept combines design inspiration from nature and a burdenless approach to interact with devices. OnePlus says the phone is designed to deliver a ‘better user experience.’ You can use a combination of natural design inspiration and advanced technologies. You can create a more natural interaction between users and the device.
It features Electronic Color, Material, and Finish (ECMF), which allows the physical design of the device to work dynamically with the user and software features. The OnePlus 8T Concept uses a color-changing film that contains metal oxide in the glass. OnePlus says the valence state of the metal ions varies under different voltages. So when the metal oxide activates, the glass’s color changes from a dark blue to a light silver.
Here comes the exciting part. The ECMF design becomes more interactive by working in combination with mmWave. It is to change the way we interact with the technology. OnePlus is calling the variety of ECMP and mmWare as ‘Reactive Sensing Technology.
Some of the specs of the One Plus 8T are:
- Display: 6.55-inch AMOLED, 120Hz
- Dimensions: 160.7mm x 74.1mm x 8.4mm
- Weight: 186 grams
- Processor: Snapdragon 865 with 5G
- RAM: 8GB/12GB LPDDR4X
- Storage: 128 GB/256 GB UFS 3.1
- Camera: 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP
- Front camera: 16MP
- Battery: 4,500mAh (non-removable)
- Charging: 65W Warp Charge
The OnePlus 8T does away with OnePlus’s signature look of a curved back and vertical cameras in favor of a design. The new rectangular camera island is a little too generic for my preferences. Thankfully, the camera bump is almost non-existent. The layer of 3D Gorilla Glass while a tinted metal frames everything in place and protects the back of the phone. The handset measures 160.7mm x 74.1mm x 8.4mm and weighs 188 grams. It makes it one of the more comfortable phones to hold and use. It’s still not a one-handed phone but gets much closer than most other flagships.
A new glossy Aquamarine Green finish has also introduced. Whose hue shifts from a warm green to turquoise based on the ambient lighting. The OnePlus 8T takes a much more functional approach with the design. Unless you are particularly looking for something more unique, it works well.
Internal specifications are one place where OnePlus has never cut corners. The 8T is no different, offering the Snapdragon 865 chipset with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and speedy UFS 3.1 storage. The high refresh rate display, along with the 240Hz touch sampling, makes every input feel instantaneous.
As with the Concept One before it, OnePlus says it has no plans to sell the OnePlus 8T Concept commercially. So it’s best thought of as a small showcase of what the company is working on. But with any luck, the technology Colour Changing and Motion Tracking 8T are yet to come to one of its real smartphones one day.
The technology uses a color-changing film that contains metal oxide in the glass. Smartphone brand OnePlus is working on an OnePlus 8T concept smartphone that changes colors as you breathe.