Earlier this month, a few OnePlus 8 Pro users on Reddit discovered that the phone’s color filter camera is capable of seeing through thin layers of plastic. Unsurprisingly, the discovery raised privacy concerns, as the camera is also capable of partially “seeing through” certain types of clothing.
OnePlus has now announced on Weibo that it will be rolling out a new HydrogenOS update for the OnePlus 8 Pro to disable the color filter camera. The update is expected to be pushed out within a week. Even though OnePlus hasn’t officially confirmed it yet, we can expect a similar OxygenOS update to roll out for the global variant of the OnePlus 8 Pro before the end of this month.
The color filter camera will apparently be re-enabled with a future update after OnePlus tweaks it to get around the “x-ray” problem. Most OnePlus 8 Pro users will probably not miss the color filter camera, since it uses a weak 5MP sensor and isn’t capable of taking impressive photos. The filter lens on the camera processes light differently from the other three sensors on the OnePlus 8 Pro, generating images with a “unique color tone.”