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Vivo’s New Concept Phone Features a ‘Gimbal-Stabilizing’ Camera


The Chinese smartphone company Vivo has unveiled its new APEX 2020 5G concept smartphone. It’s a device that comes with a number of interesting photography-related features, including what the company calls a “gimbal-stabilizing camera.”

The back of the phone features a relatively thin dual-camera setup. The first is a 16-megapixel periscopic camera that features an optical zoom range of 5x to 7.5x.

On the bottom of the module is a 48-megapixel “Gimbal Camera.” Vivo says it managed to embed a tiny “gimbal-like structure” into the main wide-angle camera, providing twice the stabilization as traditional optical image stabilization systems.

“It achieves optical stabilization both in the front-back and left-right inclined directions, which largely keeps the integrity of the image,” Vivo says. “The design of this main camera also achieves stronger capacity for night photography.”

Engadget writes that the design of the stabilization system was inspired by the chameleon’s eyeball.

Another photography feature in the APEX 2020 is Instant Photobomb Removal. Using its powerful computing powers, the phone “can perform real-time image segmentation and background repair synchronously,” removing photobombers from your photos to keep your subject as the center of attention in the frame, even when backgrounds are busy.

The phone also features Voice-Tracking Autofocus. By combining image recognition algorithms and its three built-in microphones, one of which is dedicated to autofocus purposes, the APEX 2020 can keep focus locked onto subjects that are speaking within the frame.

On the front of the camera, the 16-megapixel selfie camera is hidden inside the 6.45-inch 2330×1080 AMOLED display. When the camera is activated, the screen area turns transparent, allowing clear photos to be captured.

Other features and specs of the APEX 2020 include 60W wireless fast charging, Android 10, Snapdragon 865, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

The Vivo APEX 2020 is a concept phone that we’ll likely never seen in the real world, but previous iterations of this concept line have been good at predicting soon-to-come features in the world of smartphones. So get ready: we may indeed see some of these interesting ideas hit new phones on the market over the coming years.

(via Vivo via Engadget)