OnePlus is claiming to have made a breakthrough with the display on its upcoming Ace2 Pro. Its touchscreen will work how you expect it to even if it becomes wet.

Whether it’s being rained on, dampened by mist or even your own sweat or wet fingertips, the Ace2 Pro will respond to your touches and swipes just like it was dry. OnePlus calls it Rainwater Touch Control and it’s made possible by a new custom chip and improved touch algorithms.

OnePlus posted a comparison test that shows the Ace2 Pro going head-to-head against an iPhone 14 Pro in several different (but equally wet) scenarios. The iPhone responds the way most smartphones do, with taps failing to register and swipes leading to unexpected outcomes.

The Ace2 Pro, on the other hand, seems unfazed by the conditions. It’s unlocked successfully on the first try and flips through images in the gallery with ease. OnePlus is excited enough about the technology that its president posted the video ahead of the phone’s official launch today.

It arrives with a Qualcomm SM8550-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip under the hood. There are three options when it comes to memory and internal storage. The CNY2999 ($410) entry-level Ace2 Pro comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The midrange model offers 16GB and 512GB for CNY3399 ($465). The maxed-out Ace2 Pro with 24GB and 1TB is priced at CNY3999 ($550).

The phone’s Rainwater Touch Control screen is a 6.74-inch AMOLED panel with a native resolution of 2772 x 1240 pixels, a 120Hz refresh rate and 1600 nits of peak brightness. It’s also perforated to make room for a 16MP f/2.4 selfie camera. On the back there are three cameras: a 50 MP wide angle with OIS, an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro.

Power is supplied by a 5000mAh battery. The Ace2 Pro supports 45W charging via USB-C PD or you can lean on OnePlus’ 150W SuperVOOC charger, which will reportedly fully recharge the phone in about 17 minutes.

The Ace2 Pro will keep heat in check with OnePlus’ souped-up Cryo Velocity VC Cooling tech. According to GSMArena, OnePlus managed to cram 90 square centimeters of graphene and vapor chamber-based cooling into the Ace2 Pro.

While the Ace2 Pro itself is only available in China, there’s a chance that OnePlus may eventually sell it elsewhere. GSM Arena notes that the original Ace Pro saw a wider release as the OnePlus 10T.

via Gizmodo and Gizmochina

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  1. Sony did this already with their Sony Ericsson Xperia Active in 2011… I had their Z3+ as well, works like a charm in the rain.
    I really miss that, but I got enough of glued up phones that I can’t fix.

  2. Wow! With the Rainwater Touch Control™ screen and Cryo Velocity VC Cooling™ tech, I can resume working from the sauna!

  3. Seems like a gimmick that’ll actually be useful considerably less often than they’d like you to think. And that looks like its only standout feature, it’s just another glued shut phablet with particularly sharp corners and no social bonus.
    I also have to wonder how it would be affected by a screen protector.

    1. True, this is just another glue gun stick disguised as a phablet. But as long as we have phones constructed out of glue as our primary option we might as well have them be more rugged in every way possible so we can skip them across the lake.

  4. That is both pretty weird and also neat at the same time, however, I’m not sure if I would ever try it out in the rain unless I had to for some reason