OnePlus embraces exoticism. A year after surprising us with a curious mobile with an “invisible rear camera”, the company returns to the fray with the OnePlus 8T Concept, a variant of its flagship that is capable of changing the color of the back cover and registering the breath of a user.
Predictably, we will not see this mobile being sold to users, but it is a sample of small innovations that the brand is working on. If with the Concept One we had a preview of the color filters of the OnePlus 8 Pro, with this OnePlus 8T Concept we see several novelties related to the remote control. This is the OnePlus 8T Concept.
Non-contact notifications and breath monitoring
We are facing an OnePlus 8T inside, with the same design and specifications. The bet on the AMOLED screen at 120 Hz and the fast charging of 65W is repeated, but the changes are in that back cover. The OnePlus 8T Concept has an electronic finish (ECMF), where there is a color-changing film that contains metal oxide on the glass. An oxide that allows the color of the glass to be changed from dark blue to light silver.
This changing rear is paired with mmWave millimeter band technology. Thanks to a mmWave radar module, the mobile promises to be able to process the signals it receives up close, be it our hand to add gestures from a distance, objects to interact with them, or the possibility of registering the breathing of a user as if it were a biometric device.
This reactive detection can be used to create contactless notifications, since the ECMF can, for example, make the back shine in case of receiving an incoming call and be able to accept or reject it with a gesture. That is, the OnePlus 8T Concept offers, on the one hand, the possibility of receiving visual information through the change of colors and, on the other hand, incorporating actions to the mobile from a distance.
The gesture control technology is equivalent to the Motion Sense that we saw in the Pixel 4 XL, a curious innovation that allows, for example, to skip the song or mute the sound with your hand. For whatever reason, in the case of Google, we have not seen it in Pixel 5.