Last week it was discovered that the infrared sensors on the OnePlus 8 Pro could be used to see through some thin black plastics and black fabrics. Now OnePlus is taking action in response to the discovery.
As Abacus News reports, the phone maker has decided to temporarily disable the Photocrom color filter in the Pro 8’s camera app while an alternative version is worked on. OnePlus is clearly trying to figure out how it can offer the same filter, but without making black objects transparent.
As well as disabling the filter, OnePlus apologized using a statement posted in Chinese on Weibo. It explains how the company is sorry for, “creating privacy concerns and causing troubles for OnePlus users and other netizens.” I have yet to hear of anyone being upset or concerned about the Photocrom filter, rather there’s been mostly surprise and mild amusement at its very limited capabilities.
Infrared sensors are here to stay on smartphones, but phone manufacturers will be taking notice of what happened with the Pro 8 and the press it received. I doubt we’ll see another handset released with this see through camera capability offered accidentally, at least, not without a jailbreak and custom camera app enabling it.