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Vivo teases X30 handheld with 60X hybrid zoom periscope lens

The rectangular periscope lens is not protruding like the cameras in the tri-setup. (Source: Vivo)
The rectangular periscope lens is not protruding like the cameras in the tri-setup. (Source: Vivo)
Xiaomi already announced a 50X zoom lens, but Vivo now wants to push the limits even further with a 60X hybrid periscope lens. The latest teasers show that periscope lens is separated from the other rear cameras and is also not protruding thanks to system that includes light prisms. Vivo also plans to release a Pro version for the X30, which will feature more powerful rear cameras.

While DSLR and mirrorless prosumer cameras may still offer the best price/performance ratio, the size and separate lens costs could prove a bit off-putting for users who like to keep things simple and as compact as possible. This particular consumer category could look into smartphones as a viable alternative now that periscope lenses and 64 / 108 MP sensors are slowly making their way towards mainstream products. Since the competition for unique features is quite fierce in the Chinese smartphone market, the latest gimmick is to offer insane zoom levels. We have already seen what Huawei and Xiaomi can do, so Vivo is now trying to top all that with an impressive 60X hybrid zoom feature via improved periscope lenses included in the upcoming X30 handheld.

The new zoom features were recently teased in a few commercials. The first two do not really show off the smartphone itself, but the latest one posted on Weibo present 360-degree renders and focus more on the camera setup. The 60X zoom periscope cam appears separated from the other three in a rectangular enclosure and it is believed to be hooked to a 13 MP sensor, with variable aperture range of f/1.8 to f/3.0 plus focal range of 16mm to 135mm  The other three cameras are connected to 64 / 8 / 2 MP sensors.

Powering the X30 should be the 5G-ready Exynos 980 SoC from Samsung, which is coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage, whereas the display offers a 6.5-inch diagonal. Vivo will also release an X30 Pro version with a larger 6.89-inch screen, 12 GB of RAM and 60 + 12 + 13 MP sensors for the triple-cam setup. Both versions are expected to include 90 Hz AMOLED screens with punch-hole 32 MP selfie cam and in-display fingerprint scanner, plus 4,500 mAh batteries. Color options will include coral gradient , white-blue-purple gradient and black.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-11-27 (Update: 2019-11-27)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.