OnePlus accidentally pushed an over-the-air update that disables a filter that can see through some thin black plastics and, in certain cases, clothes.
- OnePlus 8 Pro earlier disabled the Color Filter camera only in China
- OnePlus has said that the new update has been released “inadvertently”
- OnePlus will re-enable the filter in the next OTA.
On May 19 that it temporarily disabled the filter in the Chinese version of its operating system in an update, the company hadn’t planned on removing the filter from its global software. Instead, OnePlus said it would update the filter. The recent update removed the filter for people outside of China anyway.
OnePlus 8 Pro users in global markets have received a new OxygenOS update that has “inadvertently” disabled the Color Filter camera that was recently found to have “see-through” capabilities for some materials.
The new software version, which appears as OxygenOS 10.5.9, comes days after the company disabled the Color Filter camera through an update specifically meant for the OnePlus 8 Pro users in China.
The filter, called “Photochrom,” creates an X-Ray-like effect by using the infrared sensors built into the OnePlus 8 Pro to capture light that’s not visible to the human eye. The feature was intended to be used to create interesting-looking photos. But it came under scrutiny once people realized that it could sometimes see through clothing.
Re-enabling planned as well
In response to global users asking about disabling the Color Filter camera through the latest update, OnePlus said in its forums that the latest update “inadvertently went out to a limited number of devices” and the filter will be re-enabled in the next update. This means that until the next update, users won’t be able to use the fourth camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro that was meant to enhance photos by adding lighting effects and filters.
So, things are clear. If you don’t want to lose what OnePlus has provided through the Color Filter camera, you shouldn’t install OxygenOS 10.5.9 on your OnePlus 8 Pro. But if you’re concerned with how the additional camera can be used to provide you a little enhanced visibility for seeing through some objects, especially the ones that don’t have infrared shielding, you can go ahead and download the latest update.
It is important to highlight that the OnePlus 8 Pro has not yet been made available for purchase in India. The phone was planned to go on sale starting May 29, but the company had to postpone its earlier schedule — perhaps due to the sudden suspension of the Oppo manufacturing plant in Greater Noida, after six workers tested COVID-19 positive.
Next One Plus 8 Sale
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro phones were launched in April, and while the price of the devices for the Indian market were announced in the same month, availability was kept a mystery. The company also started pre-bookings of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro on Amazon India, wherein users could pay Rs. 1,000 in advance in exchange for a gift card. This gift card could be used to buy the phone till June 30. OnePlus also held a special sale for just the OnePlus 8 on May 18, and had then announced that full-fledged sale for both the phones will begin from May 29.
The next open sale will happen on Amazon India on June 4 from 12 pm onwards.
One Plus 8/8 Pro Pricing
For all users who may be interested, the OnePlus 8 is priced at Rs. 41,999 for the 6GB + 128GB, Rs. 44,999 for the 8GB + 128GB, and Rs. 49,999 for the 12GB + 256GB option. It comes in Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, and Onyx Black. Notably, the 12GB + 256GB variant is available in all three colours, the 8GB + 128GB is available in Glacial Green and Onyx Black, and the 6GB + 128GB is available in only Glacial Green.
OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8 sale offers
The company also shared some exclusive offers that include instant discount of Rs. 3,000 on the OnePlus 8 Pro and Rs. 2,000 on the OnePlus 8 on purchases made using SBI credit cards. Customers can get up to 12 months no cost EMI on Amazon and oneplus.in when purchasing through popular bank debit and credit cards. With SBI credit cards, users can get up to 12 months no cost EMI across all online and offline channels.
Additionally, the customers can get up benefits worth Rs. 6,000 including Rs. 150 discount on 40 prepaid recharges of Rs. 349 with Jio. When purchasing through Bajaj Finance, the phones can be bought at one-third of the total value and the remaining amount can be converted into low monthly instalments over the course of 12 months.