Vivo, the Chinese manufacturer of the BBK Group, is making a lot of noise before the release of its flagship X50 smartphone range. After leaks on the strange photo module of its Vivo X50, it's the turn of the Vivo X50 Pro to see its price and complete technical specifications to be unveiled on Weibo.
The official presentation of the Vivo X50 and X50 Pro, the latest flagships of the Chinese giant, whose release is not scheduled in Europe yet, will take place on Monday, June 1, in China. But we already know almost everything, as is now often the case, about these future high-end smartphones.
Allegedly official presentation documents have leaked on the Chinese social network Weibo. We know that the Vivo X50 Pro will be available in two versions 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB for a price of 3,998 yuan, or about €500 (without knowing which of the two configurations this price corresponds to).
The huge rotary photosensor to stabilize the image, like a "chameleon's eye", had already intrigued us a lot. And the rest of the spec sheet makes the smartphone quite attractive at this theoretical price, which makes us regret that the manufacturer hasn't yet invested in the European market.
A Snapdragon 765G, quad camera, and a 90Hz display
The Vivo X50 Pro will be a 5G smartphone equipped with a gaming-oriented 765G Snapdragon processor and a 6.56-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. The 4,315 mAh battery is not very impressive but would be compatible with 33W fast charging.
Vivo X50 Pro full specifications:
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It's the camera specs that are especially interesting on this Vivo X50 Pro. Contrary to what the first leaks might suggest, the huge main sensor is not the 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GN1.
According to the unveiled specs, it will be the 48-megapixel Sony IMX598 MicroCloud. I have not found any information about this sensor and am waiting for feedback from Sony on this point. But the MicroCloud technology could refer to an image processing by the cloud. In other words, this sensor could be combined with a software processing technique to improve the quality of photos through the cloud, instead of or in addition to the local computing power built into the smartphone.
In any case, I'm fascinated by Vivo's first teasing on this sensor. You can see that it's capable of rotating, like a gimbal, or a stabilizer that compensates for motion blur when you hold the smartphone in your hand.
The special specs and design of the Vivo X50 Pro make you want to. But at this price, the technical promises of this flagship/photophone titillate my technophile soul.
A camera sensor inspired by the eyes of a chameleon. That's how Vivo describes the huge main lens built into the photo module of its upcoming flagship, the Vivo X50. The Chinese giant teased this intriguing photo smartphone in a video posted on the Weibo social network on Wednesday, May 20.
In this quick video teaser, you can see that the Vivo X50 has a quadruple photo module in the back, with a periscopic telephoto lens, two other sensors that look conventional at first glance, and a much larger one that could very well be the main lens.
It's dubbed a chameleon eye because this sensor is able to rotate. A feature that is probably supposed to compensate for the movement of your hands when you hold the smartphone, in order to stabilize the image and avoid blur effects.
This chameleon eye idea had already been touted by Vivo when it introduced its concept phone, the Vivo Apex 2020, last February. According to the Chinese manufacturer at the time, this feature works like a gimbal - those smartphone/reflex poles that stabilize your camera like a miniature steady-cam.
It would be 200 percent more effective than the conventional optical stabilizers embedded in most of today's smartphones according to Vivo, as explained by our colleagues at The Verge. Vivo illustrates this parallel with the gimbal in the video below. I realize that my explanation may not have enough imagery.
In any case, there's no doubt that better stabilization will be more than welcome in an era where the x10 or x30 zooms of the latest photophones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra prove to be of little use in terms of focusing if you have the jitters.
The Vivo X50 is unlikely to be released in Europe, but it would mark the first commercial release of this innovative photo concept on a smartphone if it was. In addition, the exceptionally large size of this sensor could hint that Vivo would incorporate Samsung's new sensor announced this week.
The 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN1 sensor from the Korean giant is also very large, and a product manager from Vivo mentioned this on Weibo, explaining that the large size of the GN1 sensor (1/1.3, equivalent 2.4μm) combined with advanced stabilization could prove particularly effective.
The presentation of the Vivo X50 in China is scheduled for June 1, 2020.