[Update 2: Re-enabled in 10.5.10] OxygenOS 10.5.9 disables the OnePlus 8 Pro’s color filter camera, even on the global variant
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a quad rear camera setup, with the 48MP Sony IMX689 taking much of the attention. But in recent days, the primary sensor falls behind the 5MP Color Filter camera in terms of media coverage in the last few days. While OnePlus advertised it for camera filters that can be applied to the final shot using the new “Photochrome mode” on the OnePlus 8 Pro, the sensor is actually capable of seeing through some plastic objects as well as very thin clothing.
Due to the rising controversy, OnePlus quickly published an official apology via a Weibo post, and announced that they would temporarily disable the color filter camera. The company later clarified that the removal would take place only on HydrogenOS, which is OnePlus’s Android skin for devices in China and shouldn’t affect the global variant of the OnePlus 8 Pro running OxygenOS.
Interestingly, OnePlus has now started rolling a new stable update for the OnePlus 8 Pro across the globe, and guess what? It does remove the Photochrome filter! The changelog of this build (10.5.9.IN11AA) suggests that the company is going to re-introduce this camera mode sometime in the month of June after making necessary adjustments, albeit a proper timeline is not known at this moment and will be announced later.
The Indian variant of this device also picks up a new OTA with a similar version number (10.5.9.IN11DA), but the changelog is completely different. It’s basically the same as the previous stable build (10.5.8.IN11DA) that brought in the April 2020 security patches to the OnePlus 8 Pro. It could be possible that OnePlus has removed Photochrome filter on the Indian model as well, and just forgot to write a new changelog, but we haven’t tested that yet. There is no new OTA for the European variant so far.
OxygenOS 10.5.9 Download Links
The updates for all the regional variants are rolling out in batches, but you can skip the queue and download the appropriate build for your model from the following index. Manual sideloading is easy – all you need to do is point the “Local upgrade” option in the system updater to the ZIP you downloaded.
OnePlus 8 Pro
- International (IN11AA) – OxygenOS 10.5.9
- India (IN11DA) – OxygenOS 10.5.9
Thanks to XDA Senior Member Some_Random_Username for providing the download links!
Update 1: Accidental OTA
A OnePlus staff member on the Product Marketing team said the following on the official OnePlus forums: “Hi otto, my apologies for any confusion, but this OTA inadvertently went out to a limited number of devices. We will re-enable that filter in the next OTA.” As always, once the update re-enabling the Photochrom filter rolls out, we’ll have the incremental and full OTA downloads available for you to sideload.
Update 2: OxygenOS 10.5.10 re-enables the Photochrom filter camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus had mentioned that the disabling of the Photochrom filter on the international units was accidental and that a build will be rolled out to reverse the change. OxygenOS 10.5.10, which began rolling out recently, re-enables the camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro units that are running the international firmware. The update was initially available for the Indian units (IN11DA), but started rolling out for Global units (IN11AA) as well. Do note that the Indian units will go on sale with the color filter camera disabled temporarily, with an update scheduled for the end of June that will re-enable it on the Indian variants.