An interview with OnePlus’ industrial design staff was printed to the corporate’s boards earlier at this time, and although most of it’s the kind of self-praise and directed dialogue you’d anticipate to learn, one genuinely attention-grabbing tidbit was revealed: Two pictures of an unreleased OnePlus Idea One prototype. That is proper, idea telephones even have prototypes, and considered one of OnePlus’ earlier efforts to design a telephone in collaboration with McLaren was an all-black design.
That is the kind of factor that will get Marques Brownlee’s blood pumping.
The 2 photos present the identical Idea One we noticed earlier than, presumably together with the variably clear electrochromic glass, however this time swathed in a extra roughly textured pebble-grain black leather-based, matching the black glass stripe down the middle again, and highlighted by what seems like black carbon fiber (or a mock end) between the digital camera assemblies beneath the glass. The look is absolutely monochrome, together with what’s both a silver or darkish grey end to the aluminum sides.
It is an understated look in comparison with the exceptionally orange idea telephone the corporate confirmed us at CES — not that the excellence issues a lot since you’ll be able to’t really purchase both. Nonetheless, even idea telephones need to be prototyped, and OnePlus went by means of at the least one enticing shade mixture earlier than it and McLaren lastly settled on Cheeto.