The success of the OnePlus 8 Pro was seen globally, with the phone finally putting all hands on deck and keeping its price around the other flagships as well, something which the company wasn’t known for. OnePlus was usually known as a flagship killer in the previous years of its releases. However, now they’ve penetrated the flagship market as well, and has become an actual flagship itself, and is probably one of the best all-around smartphones in the market.
Now OnePlus is that company that has a clean slate and is generally adored by fans all around the world. They barely have any critics, and that’s due to the sincerity in the promising devices that they produce. However, with the colour filter, some things have been stirred up, maybe even blown out of proportion. If you’re not familiar with what the colour filter is, then it’s an image filter inside of the OnePlus 8 Pro’s native camera app which allows users to see through certain objects and clothes. It’s not directly see-through, but you can make sense of what’s underneath, such as the insides of a tv remote.
Lew from Unbox Therapy did a test using this feature and put an iPhone box underneath his grey shirt. After applying the filter, it could be seen quite easily that there was an Apple box under his shirt. Similarly, he hovered the camera over some remotes with the filter on and could see the insides of the remotes without any issues. Maybe the camera uses an infrared sensor to detect all this, or maybe it’s a software gimmick – but it has put OnePlus in dangerous waters here, at least to some extent. They didn’t intend for this to happen, or maybe even knew if this was possible, but even if they did, it isn’t something as harmful as one might think it is. It barely has the capabilities of X-ray detection or seeing through someone’s clothes, as the technology isn’t that advanced as of yet.
Because the situation isn’t that serious, the colour filter has only been taken away from the OnePlus 8 Pro in China, and all of the other global variants still come with the option built-in. It surely is a fun gimmick to play around with, but we don’t think it can be as harmful as it’s made out to be.