Chinese phone maker Vivo has launched the X50 series, which features a trio of flagship phones. And while the Vivo X50, X50 Pro and X50 Pro + will likely never reach the US – at least not officially – there are some camera technologies in new models that we hope other phone makers are quick to adopt.
Specifically, the Vivo X50 Pro offers a built-in dreadlocks module that is said by the telephone makers to be modeled after a full size professional dreadlocks. This feature should allow X50 Pro users to take clear, blurry photos even when they are moving and taking photos at night.
According to Vivo, the gimbal on the X50 Pro moves in the opposite direction with a vibrating motion when you hold your phone. It increases stability when you take photos. In addition, the Vivo gimbal system has a wider rotation angle and anti-shake area than the optical image stabilization technology used on other mobile phones. Bottom line: expect clear photos from the Vivo X50 Pro, even if you are on the move.
We haven’t been able to verify this for ourselves, but it looks like Vivo designed a very user-friendly system to take advantage of this feature. The phone will display animated balls on the screen – Vivo calls it Gimbal Radar – which will notify you when your photo frame is stable to maximize your chances of producing clear shots.
This is not the first time Vivo touting dreadlocks feature on one of his cellphones. Back in February, Vivo showed off Vivo Apex 2020, which also displays the default dreadlocks. The cellphone, though, is more of a concept design, whereas the X50 will really see production. And that increases the possibility that other mobile makers might be able to emulate the features in their own handsets.
That is unlikely to happen in 2020, at least, based on rumors we have heard about other leading smartphones coming out in the second half of this year. That Samsung Galaxy Note 20, for example, it is expected to adopt the same camera module that was introduced in Galaxy S20 lineup earlier this year, although possible with special sensors to help with autofocus. As for iPhone 12, the main camera focus seems to be adding a LiDAR sensor to the Pro model, which will enhance portrait photos while also activating the augmented reality application. That would be a welcome addition, but that doesn’t sound like an increase in stabilization should be on the card.
You should pay attention to the release of Vivo, because mobile makers have a habit of introducing new products that eventually find their way to other handsets. Back in 2018, I saw a Vivo phone demo during CES where the company showed off fingerprint sensor in the first screen. These days, it’s a pretty common sight on smartphones ranging from Samsung Galaxy S20 to OnePlus 8 Pro.
While the dreadlocks on the Vivo X50 Pro are what caught our attention, they are not the only camera features to watch out for. You will find four rear cameras on the X50 Pro, which is led by a 48-megapixel Sony IMX598 sensor for the main lens. (X50 Pro +, noteworthy, replaced the Sony sensor for the Samsung Isocell GN1 50-MP, but lost the fancy gimbal.)
The camera on all variants of the Vivo X50 performs well from a distance, thanks to the design of the periscope lens which can achieve 60x digital magnification. That’s more than 50x zoom Huawei P40 Pro maximum on, even though less than 100x zoom is activated by the Space Zoom lens on Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Vivo X50 Pro also features Super Night Mode and Astro Mode for better low-light images as well as Super Wide Angle and Super Macro features for each draw and approach.
The Snapdragon 865 system-on-chip supports the X50 series, and the screen displays a refresh rate of 90Hz and 120Hz – faster than the 60Hz refresh rate you normally see on most phones. Vivo also heralds the fact that the X50 is 7.49mm thin, which is perched on top of such a thin design Galaxy S20 Plus (7.8mm) and OnePlus 8 (8mm). That Galaxy Z Flip thinner at 6.9mm to 7.2mm, but only when the folding phone is opened.
Even though the Vivo X50 series is unlikely to reach the US, there is a strong chance it will land in markets outside of China. In a release announcing the launch of the X50, Vivo said it would be the first X series product to reach the international market, even though the company did not specify where or when.
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