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OnePlus’ new screen knows where you’re touching it, even when it’s wet

OnePlus’ new screen knows where you’re touching it, even when it’s wet


Used on the upcoming OnePlus Ace 2 Pro, the screen uses algorithms and a bespoke chip to algorithmically determine where you’re touching it in the rain.

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A screenshot from the video, showing fingers touching the screens of the Ace 2 Pro (left) and the iPhone 14 Pro (right) while water is pouring on both.
The Ace 2 Pro “Rain Water Touch” feature in action.
Screenshot: Wes Davis / The Verge

The OnePlus Ace 2 Pro has a new screen design that can tell where you’re touching it even when it’s wet. OnePlus posted a video to Weibo of the new impeccably named “Rain Water Touch” feature, which uses a special chip to algorithmically determine when and where your finger is touching the screen, according to 9to5Google.

That’s something current smartphones fail miserably at, including the pricey flagships from Apple and Samsung. To drive the point home, the company shows someone using both the Ace 2 Pro and an iPhone 14 Pro while water is pouring all over them. We’re all probably well familiar with the frustration of trying to just unlock an iPhone that’s even a little wet, and the video knows it, starting with that very thing. That’s to say nothing of trying to actually use the phone afterward.

The phone will release in China on August 16th but hasn’t yet been announced for the US. That said, in the past, OnePlus has given its phones a different monicker for some overseas releases, meaning it’s possible we could see the technology in the yet-unannounced OnePlus 12, which, in leaks so far, looks very similar to the phone at the end of the video above.