OnePlus phone’s ‘X-ray vision’ that uses camera to see through CLOTHES and plastic is now banned
- Harry Pettit, Senior Digital Technology and Science Reporter
CHINESE phone-maker OnePlus has permanently disabled a feature on its new mobile that gave its camera “X-ray vision”, The Sun can reveal.
Users reported in May that the OnePlus 8 Pro’s infrared “Photochrom” lens could see through certain plastics and clothes.
Photos posted to Twitter showed the lens peering into the innards of TV remotes, or revealing gadgets or text hidden under clothing.
OnePlus temporarily blocked the camera in response, and in a software update released Wednesday wiped the camera’s X-ray powers for good.
“Customers no longer have to worry about the see-through effect,” a OnePlus spokesperson told The Sun.
The OnePlus 8 Pro hit shelves in May and comes with four rear cameras, including the photochrom lens.
The filter uses an infrared filter to add a unique colour to photos, but the gimmick had a number of unintended side-effects.
Its infrared vision allowed it to see electronics through plastic and clothing, sparking privacy concerns among users.
The OnePlus spokesperson told The Sun that Wednesday’s update still allows customers to shoot using the photochrom lens.
However, software tweaks mean the lens can no longer see through objects.
“The new update still allows customers to shoot in the unique photochrom style, and photos are actually clearer than they were before,” they said.
The OnePlus update was announced Wednesday in an official blog post. The spokesperson told The Sun it’s a forced update that users have to download.
As well as camera changes, the download tweaked performance, battery life, touch sensitivity and a host of other minor changes.
“The [update] will reach a small percentage of users today, and we’ll begin a broader rollout in a few days,” OnePlus said.
The camera’s “X-ray” capabilities were first spotted by US tech commentator Ben Geskin.
He posted a video to Twitter showing the 8 Pro’s Photochrom camera looking through the plastic casing of an Apple TV set top box.
Videos posted by other users showed that the lens was capable of spotting the graphics on an iPhone box through someone’s black t-shirt.
The feature only worked on devices with very thin plastic casing, and with select items of clothing.