Chinese phone company OnePlus had to permanently disable an X-ray feature on its new model after users realised it could see through clothes.
As far back as May 2020, customers were reporting that the OnePlus 8 Pro's infrared "photochrom" lens, which was intended as a gimmick that added a unique colour to photos, was capable of seeing right through fabric.
Twitter users posted alarming pictures taken with the phone that revealed written signs concealed beneath clothing, which the lens could see.
This revelation raised questions over whether the 8 Pro could be used for more perverted, privacy-invading purposes.
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In response to the complaints OnePlys temporarily blocked the camera, and in a software update it permanently wiped the camera's unintentional X-ray powers.
"Customers no longer have to worry about the see-through effect," a OnePlus spokesperson told The Sun.
The OnePlus 8 Pro was released in May 2020 and includes four rear cameras. The photochrom lens uses an infrared fillter to add a different colour cast to photos.
The new update allows users to still take photos using the photochrom lens, but the software has been tweaked so it can no longer see through objects.
"The new update still allows customers to shoot in the unique photochrom style, and photos are actually clearer than they were before," the spokesperson said.
The update also reportedly improves battery life, touch sensitivity and other minor changes.
"The [update] will reach a small percentage of users today, and we'll begin a broader rollout in a few days," OnePlus said.
The creepy X-ray side effect was first brought to light by American technology commentator Ben Gaskin, who posted a video to Twitter showing the 8 Pro's photochrom camera looking through the plastic casing of an Apple TV set top box.
The privacy-violating feature seemed only to work on some items of clothing, and on items with a very thin plastic casing.
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