Vivo flashes concept phone with color-changing rear glass panel

If you were also bored with the way we customize our phones from the outside, Vivo came up with a solution and tipped it in a recent post.

Chinese Smartphone maker Vivo showed off new technology in a recent video on Weibo that will allow the user to change the color of the back of their smartphone according to their wish, according to Android Authority.

The technology being used here is the same as we saw a while ago in the OnePlus concept phone, which used electrochromic glass to hide or display the camera, at the will of the user.

However, this is not the first time Electrochromic glass is being used industrially. It has been used on aircraft, luxury cars, and even as windows in hotel rooms in the past.

Electrochromic Glass contains various layers of Tungsten that respond to changes in electrical current by changing color or by altering the transparency of the glass.

While OnePlus covered only the camera array of the phone using this technology, Vivo plans to create a phone with all of the back panel able to shift color.

Unlike the other smartphones in the same category, this one does not have a mere two-toned design, but rather is a phone with two colors, one that is capable of shifting between those colors completely as well.

Phone Price and Specifications

The smartphone does not have a release date or name yet, so take the news with a pinch of salt. The patent was filed by Vivo Mobile Communications to CNIPA(China National Intellectual Property Association) on 28th August, as reported by The Free Press Journal.

In the video, the phone showed off only two colors, and it seems that users would be limited to only two colors for a short while. Also, given that it is only a concept used in two phones until now, there are not a lot of chances that we would see it being mass-produced for a while.

Availability of the Phone

Glass is already on the expensive end in terms of materials in a smartphone, and with layers of tungsten being added in the mix, the cost of such “chameleon smartphones” would be considerably higher, like how the foldable phones are priced way higher than the general consumer can afford.

So even if the phone were to release in a short while, it would take some time before it will go for mass production and reach the hands of the average consumer.

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