At CES 2020 OnePlus unveiled its latest concept smartphone - called the Concept One. Although the design is beautiful, in a recent interview with the company's industrial design team revealed a more stunning early prototype of the device. In such pictures showcasing the design, you don't see the front side because usually there isn't much difference there. What we do see is that same leather back on the Concept One we recently got into our hands. The device is available in black and orange color, whereas this one is completely black, featuring a subtle carbon fiber design around the camera sensors.
According to the team lead in the interview, the company might do some experiments with the design to create more environmentally-friendly alternatives in the future that achieve a similar look and feel to the concept one.
"We believe leather is a material that achieves the premium build quality we strive for, providing a soft touch, while also create a thinner hand feel when compared to glass," said Tao. "In the future, if we intend to apply similar back design, we will look into alternative materials that can achieve the same look and feel with leather, while being more environmentally friendly and easier to keep clean in the long run."
OnePlus has done a few new design experiments with concept one. The biggest surprise perhaps is the use of electrochromic glass. This technology can turn the glass opaque and you will find this technology in fancy hotels and airplanes. This would hide the cameras in the phone OnePlus has encased three camera lens in a slot between two big pieces of orange leather. This phone looks good as you won't see any camera lens in the view. The device takes just 0.7 seconds to switch from opaque to transparent which is the fastest in the industry. As per the company, this type of technology won't be affecting the quality of the photos being taken.
After years of hype and teasing of a foldable device, Samsung has done it. Samsung is ready to let us have some hands-on experience with the Galaxy Fold. If you are interested in spending two grand that Samsung is asking for the Galaxy Fold, you can have it after April 24. You probably wondering what it looks like and even if it has something that makes it worth the money. Preorders are already open in the U.S. This phone isn't cheap and definitely not for everyone. The price tag is approximately $2,000. It is actually $1,980. You are really getting two phones at this price.
The first thing people would like to know about with this 7.3" display is whether the crease is for real. Would it be visible? Would it damage the visual experience on this phone or not? The first impression is - yes, it is real. It is visible but not really too obstructive. It is kind of like reading a book that has a folded page. It is not going to stop you from getting the information you need. The other concern people have is that it doesn't close completely and there is definitely a noticeable gap. But if you try to slide a business card inside the phone, you will notice that it won't let you as the phone does close at the ends of the display. The phone when the fold is held together by pretty strong magnets.
There is a fingerprint sensor at the side of the phone but also is the Bixby button. The phone is almost double the size of Galaxy s10 Plus. But then fold it, and it's a lot skinnier but of the same height. The display is made of an advanced composite polymer material but it's not glass so that it can bend. It is not much different from the glass. It may be a little less bright and stunning but you won't feel any difference when it comes to screen clarity. There is also a USB-C charging port at the bottom although you will notice there is no headphone jack anymore. On the side, there are other buttons like power, the volume. There is a triple camera system on the back side. It is similar to Galaxy S10, both at 12MP, wide angle and telephoto. If you fold it, the screen will be of the 4.6-inch screen. Because of the tiny screen, you may feel it difficult to use, in that case, you can open the phone to get a huge 7.3-inch screen.
The crease isn't much obvious when you are watching something with a dark screen but it is a little obvious with light color or white background. So this is where the crease gets more annoying. The full-screen selfie is great when the phone is open. One of the biggest use of the big screen is having multiple apps opened at a time. You can open 3 apps at a time and work like a pro. These apps are resizable but having multiple apps opened there is not much space being left out for resizing. This is powered by dual battery setup and they add up to about 4,000mAh on the battery.