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IN PHOTOS: OnePlus 11 Concept at MWC 2023

OnePlus didn’t have a new phone to show off at Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona, but it did have smartphone technology to share involving new active cooling technology. And we get to see that through the OnePlus 11 Concept.

OnePlus 11 Concept

This device is not meant to hit production. But it shows off OnePlus’ new Active CryoFlux cooling solution. It’s essentially a closed-loop liquid cooling system typically seen on desktop PCs. But OnePlus shrinks this significantly to fit into a phone chassis, specifically into a phone like the OnePlus 11.

OnePlus 11 Concept back

This kind of cooling theoretically brings a reduced temperature of up to 2.1℃ to the OnePlus 11 Concept. That should improve the frame rate by three to four frames per second during gameplay. It also brings down the temperature when charging by 1.6℃. That shaves off 30 to 45 seconds from the charging time. As a concept device, we can’t confirm this is what actual usage will be like.

At its core, the ActiveCryoFlux gets a ceramic piezoelectric micropump that circulates fluid through tubes between an upper and lower diaphragm. This micropump takes up less than 0.2cm² of space on the device and doesn’t significantly increase the phone’s weight and thickness.

This pump circulates the fluid, which moves around the tubing that works as a heat sink and radiator, absorbing the heat from the SoC and releasing it slowly through its run back to the pump.

Aesthetically, this gives the OnePlus 11 Concept a look reminiscent of gaming PCs. It sports a curved, transparent glass back that gives you a peek of the tubing underneath. The area around the camera has the same look. And this lens area has a new Guilloché etching, which is a decorative technique typically employed for luxury timepieces.

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