One of the big inclusions in Vivo’s Peak 2020 idea phone, which we weren’t able to see personally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was “gimbal-like” stabilization on a 48- megapixel video camera. Vivo stated the design was inspired by chameleons’ eyes and is 200 percent more effective than normal OIS, allowing for longer nighttime exposures and smoother video. It looks like the X50 will be the first industrial release of this concept; another teaser video touts the video camera’s low-light capability.
Other phones with periscope “zoom” lenses, like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, really just have long prime lenses and rely on software scaling to manage interim focal lengths. The camera module states “16-135” below the lenses, which might simply describe a periscope prime of 5x the focal length of a 27 mm primary camera.
It’s possible that the X50 might use Samsung’s brand-new ISOCELL GN1 sensor, which was just announced the other day. A Vivo product manager published about the brand-new sensor on Weibo, highlighting its 1/1.3- inch size and 2.4 μm-equivalent pixels. The GN1’s large physical size together with Vivo’s advanced stabilization tech could definitely explain the unusually big primary lens on the X50
Vivo’s X50 occasion is set to happen on June 1st.