OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau announced this on the official forum in a long post about ‘Honest Design’. “Excellent industrial design should give people a sense of ease, which is best embodied by a burdenless feeling,” Lau said, adding, “A company needs to be honest about the design of the product. It also needs to work on a daily basis to refine the subtle details, even if those details may seem minor.” Lau recounted how he met a OnePlus user in 2015, who thought the sandstone back on the OnePlus 1 “most clearly differentiated” the company from other smartphone makers. Lau said the user wanted sandstone finish on more OnePlus devices, but was also impressed with metal body of the OnePlus 3, which the company released that year. “Although sandstone black is different, we must look at the overall effect of the product and take an honest, impartial stance in order to improve the overall result.” Design iterations of OnePlus 6, revealed by CEO Pete LauOnePlus 6 Design
Lau said the OnePlus 6 went through many iterations of design before the company settled on the design. “Appearance-wise, we’ve always maintained our signature horizon line and precise curve to the back of the device. From the OnePlus One to the OnePlus 5T, the horizon line and characteristic curve have remained as important elements of our design language.” The CEO also mentioned that the company has incorporated glass materials on OnePlus 6, to provide users with a different “interpretation of a familiar material”. The additional layers give the back of the device a stronger impression of depth that our most demanding users will surely appreciate. Closely examine the OnePlus 6 and you’ll indeed see this subtle nuance embedded in each device.
Lau said, “The advantages of glass over metal are manifold: glass communicates a transparent, bright, and pure feeling. The way glass transforms under different lighting is a particularly important challenge—the OnePlus design team tested over 70 glass prototypes before selecting the best one.” #oneplus#oneplusindia#oneplus6
Pete Lau describes the OnePlus 6 design process and "honest industrial design"
Every now and then Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, takes to the forums to talk about design decisions made while building each successive phone. In the latest, he tries to define “honest industrial design” and how the OnePlus 6 will abide by those principles. “OnePlus 6's glass design is centered around creating a ’sense of value’ and ‘premium hand-feel.’”, says Lau. A big part of that is the adoption of glass for the back instead of the metal we’ve seen in the last couple of generations.
The team went through 70 prototypes before settling on the one that will head to production. Lau himself loves taking several prototypes everywhere he goes – one never knows when a valuable insight might occur.
Anyway, the glass back will feature five printed layers of nanotech coating, a first for the industry. Without further clarification of this nanotech it’s hard to imagine what it will look like, but we’re imagining something like HTC’s Liquid Surface that used differently colored layers to make the glass come alive as you turn the phone to different angles.
While Lau doesn’t say it directly, chances are that the decision to go with a glass back is to enable wireless charging. For all its beauty, glass is a fingerprint magnet and can crack if you drop the phone.