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.
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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