"We’re bringing the #OnePlusConceptOne to #CES2020, but you don’t have to wait: you can get a sneak peek at it right here, along with its groundbreaking 'invisible camera' and color-shifting glass technology," OnePlus writes.
Even though the video clip shows the lenses and LED flash coming into view when tilted, it has nothing to do with the angle. Instead, the special glass on the OnePlus Concept One hides the items underneath until an electrical signal triggered by opening the camera app makes the cameras appear. After closing the camera app, they disappear again.
"With this approach, we’ll be able to produce smaller amounts of the product and, with feedback from a small group of users, look at the possibility of making a device that’s available for users more widely," said Pete Lau, co-founder and CEO of OnePlus.
For the time being, this is just a concept phone and not something the company plans on releasing in the immediate future. There are still some challenges to work through. Speed and reliability are both concerns, and of course cost—the aforementioned sunroof is a $9,100 add-on. Nevertheless, this is certainly interesting, and who knows, it could be a common feature one day.