OnePlus today unveiled its OnePlus 003 concept smartphone, which the company has been teasing for the past few weeks. The device is not intended for production, but rather to showcase the company’s new Active CryoFlux cooling solution.
Active CryoFlux is a fancy term for what is essentially a closed loop liquid cooling system that you’ll find on desktop PCs, but for smartphones For mobile phones, it is greatly reduced.
At the heart of the system is a ceramic piezoelectric micropump that circulates fluid between the upper and lower diaphragms through a series of tubes. The micropump takes up less than 0.2 cm² of space on the device. The pump circulates the fluid, which moves around pipes that act as heat sinks and heat sinks, absorbing heat from the SoC and releasing it slowly as it travels back to the pump.
OnePlus claims that Active Cryoflux can reduce temperature by up to 2.1°C, which is good for another 3-4FPS in games. The temperature can be lowered by 1.6°C during charging, and the charging time is shortened by 23-45 seconds.
The rest of the features are mostly cosmetic. OnePlus used curved clear glass for the back cover, which the company claims is unibody, although there’s apparently a frame on the sides. The back cover allows you to see the tubes below, which are partially illuminated. The area around the camera is also illuminated, and the camera has a new Guilloche etch pattern.
It is unclear whether OnePlus will actually implement this technology in a production smartphone. The company presented at CES 2020 An interesting auto-coloring camera cover class was shown on the Concept One, but it was never implemented on a production device. Of course, not every concept feature has to go into production, and sometimes it’s cool to show off something new you’ve been working on.