29.10.2020

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Chinese X-ray phone camera bites the dust

NAKED EYE

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.

An 'X-ray' camera available on the latest OnePlus smartphone has been suppressed in a software update released by the Chinese company

An ‘X-ray’ camera available on the latest OnePlus smartphone has been suppressed in a software update released by the Chinese company Credit: Twitter

The OnePlus 8 Pro's infrared 'Photochrom' lens could see through certain plastics and clothes

The OnePlus 8 Pro’s infrared ‘Photochrom’ lens could see through certain plastics and clothes 
Credit: Android Pit

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 camera can see gadgets and other objects under people's clothes

The camera can see gadgets and other objects under people’s clothes Credit: Twitter

 

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 OnePlus 8 Pro hit shelves in May. It has four rear cameras

The OnePlus 8 Pro hit shelves in May. It has four rear cameras 
Credit: OnePlus

“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 lens uses infrared to add a

The lens uses infrared to add a “unique” colour to your photos… Credit: Twitter

... but the gimmick had some unintended side-effects

… but the gimmick had some unintended side-effects Credit: Twitter

 

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.