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Tecno Phantom X2 Pro 5G touted as the world's first retractable portrait-lens smartphone

The Phantom X2 Pro. (Source: Tecno)
The Phantom X2 Pro. (Source: Tecno)
Tecno has laid claim to the launch of the first ever Android smartphone with a rear-mounted lens capable of extending and retracting like that, as the OEM notes, of a "real" camera. The Phantom X2 Pro is also presented as a premium device otherwise, with a flagship-grade 5G SoC, a large AMOLED display as part of a "dual-curved" design and 12GB of RAM.

One might be inclined to think that the phrase "first-gen retractable-lens smartphone" might be associated with an OEM more like OPPO or Huawei; however, Tecno claims to have beaten them to the punch with the Phantom X2 Pro.

The company asserts that its rear-mounted shooter is equipped with a working telescopic module for portrait shots. It is also touted as having the widest aperture (f/1.49) among mobile portrait lenses.

Tecno does not specify which sensor lies behind all this, although its specs (50MP in resolution of 1/1.3 inches in size with 1.2-micron pixels) correspond with those of the Samsung ISOCELL GN1.

Tecno has tapped the well-known fashion photographer Rankin to promote the X2 Pro and its new feature, which, according to the OEM's new partner, is as good at quick low-light shots as it is at portrait photography.

The X2 Pro has another "world-first" in the form of a "3.5D Lunar Crater" glass rear panel in gray or orange to house its new extendable lens, found in a camera hump alongside 3 additional shooters, the largest of which is apparently a second 50MP camera. 

The resulting curved back meets a Gorilla Glass Victus-covered 6.8-inch 120Hz curved AMOLED display driven by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC in the new Phantom-series flagship.

Those premium (especially for Tecno) specs are slated as paired with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM; 256GB of UFS 3.1 flash storage and a 5,160mAh battery with 45W charging in the X2 Pro.

Nevertheless, there is no indication as to when or if this "groundbreaking imaging innovation" of a smartphone will be released soon.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-12-18 (Update: 2022-12-18)