The X50 Pro launch is just around the corner (June 1) and Vivo’s decided to drum up interest in its upcoming flagship by showing off the novel gimbal-based stabilization it’s used for the main camera. This appears to be the same system Vivo listed for its Apex 2020 concept smartphone back in February. At that time, Vivo had claimed a 200% improvement over traditional Optical Image Stabilization.
Now, in a series of posts on Weibo, Vivo has explained how this system works in greater detail: In a nutshell, it uses a combination of a magnetic frame and ball bearings to create a stabilization mechanism that can tilt up to 3 degrees for a claimed 300% improvement in stabilization over traditional OIS. One of the posts on Weibo shows off the X50 Pro’s OIS in action and the results sure seem impressive – there’s far less shake as a person shoots video while walking down a street. The gimbal-based system might be only for the main camera, but as with the X30 Pro, there should be a 4-camera setup at the rear, including an ultra-wide, a portrait lens, and a 5X periscopic zoom that allows for a 60x hybrid zoom.
What else do we know about the X50 Pro? According to some reports, this China-market device might use Samsung’s new 50MP GN1 camera sensor. Vivo has been hyping up the X50 Pro’s low-light performance in its Weibo posts, and given that the X30 Pro used an Exynos chip, Samsung might again be supplying the SoC. The Vivo X50 Pro will be launching in China on June 1, and it’s unlikely this particular model will find its way to the global market – but we can expect to see this gimbal OIS solution show up in Vivo’s V range a well!