On Weibo, the equivalent of Twitter in China, Vivo has started to teaser its next flagship smartphone: the X50. A first commercial video has been posted and shows perfectly the rear photo sensor module. We can see a periscope lens, two classic lenses, but above all a much larger lens which should serve as the main camera.
As we can see on this video, this famous lens has the ability to be able to follow the movements of the smartphone by pivoting. It would therefore seem that this smartphone is betting on a very high-end photo quality by integrating a real stabilizer.
Recently, Vivo presented a futuristic concept with the Apex 2020 (nothing to do with video games). With its borderless design, 120 ° curved screen and front camera hidden under the screen, the Apex 2020 reflects what smartphones should look like in the future. Vivo should have presented this concept at the MWC in Barcelona which was canceled due to the pandemic.
This futuristic concept has only two cameras on the back: a 48-megapixel sensor and another 16-megapixel sensor. However, the 48-megapixel sensor uses a “gimbal” stabilization solution whose stabilization angle would be extended by 200% compared to the OIS stabilizations traditionally found on smartphones.
If the Apex 2020 is just a prototype, the Vivo X50 could be the first smartphone on the market to incorporate some of these innovations. It is also likely that the Vivo X50 has the new ISOCELL GN1 sensor from Samsung. A product manager working for the Chinese manufacturer has published an article on this brand new sensor on Weibo. This would therefore explain the unusual size of this main sensor, since the GN1 is already large and in addition to that Vivo has added a stabilization system.
Vivo plans to formalize its X50 on June 1.