Kevlar has been used in a few smartphones, namely Motorola DROID devices launched by Verizon Wireless, but OnePlus may still be eyeing the material, too. A few new photos surfaced recently, compliments of GforGames and Weibo, showing a model of the OnePlus One with a yellow textured back that appears to be made out of Kevlar, a fiber-based material built by DuPont.
Kevlar was one of the materials that was once promised by OnePlus when it originally said it was going to sell interchangeable “StyleSwap” back covers for the phone, though production issues caused OnePlus to kill off those plans in September. It seems likely that this is simply one of those covers that actually made it to the light of day and may never actually hit the market for sale, at least since OnePlus pulled the plug on production of the rear cases. Here’s what it said last month: “The swap can also leave the back cover slightly creaky or loose, and it risks damage to the battery, which is exposed for a short time… We simply aren’t comfortable mass releasing a product that does not offer the best user experience.”
At the time, however, OnePlus also said that it had already manufactured some denim, bamboo and kevlar back panels and that they might be introduced on the OnePlus One as limited edition devices. In that case, what we see above could be one of those limited edition runs of the popular Android smartphone. Unfortunately, we don’t know if or when OnePlus will ever sell such a device. TechnoBuffalo reached out to the company for comment but a spokesperson was not immediately available.