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The Shenzhen, China, headquartered mobile technology company, unveiled its first-ever concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One, at CES 2020, taking place in Las Vegas, U.S., January 7 – 10.
The OnePlus Concept One uses an innovative colour-shifting glass technology, an electrochromic glass technology, that allows the device to change transparency, giving it an "invisible camera". According to the manufacturer, the device marks a breakthrough exploration in smartphone CMF in terms of colour, material, finish and design, and lays the foundation for future smartphones with radically new designs and capabilities. OnePlus collaborated with luxury sportscar maker McLaren on the concept phone's design, drawing inspiration from the brand's design ethos and approach. Two limited edition devices have been released, which integrate both glass and leather, using the same luxury trim specially tailored for McLaren's supercars, in the iconic McLaren papaya orange—a tribute to McLaren Racing's history and seen on the current McLaren Racing Formula 1 car.
"At McLaren we select the best quality leathers produced in the UK; it's a material that exudes luxury and we are keen to offer our expertise in the design of this OnePlus concept device. The soft grained semi-aniline leather gentle to the touch and its natural grain has a beautiful silky feel. Our design philosophy at McLaren embraces the natural features of the leather through its subtle grain variations, giving each car its own unique character, which is echoed in this OnePlus concept device”, said Jo Lewis, Colour and Materials Design Manager, McLaren Automotive.