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Vivo X50 Pro Review

Vivo’s X-series smartphones are generally camera and photography oriented, but with the X50 Pro, Vivo has also focused on video stabilization and has included an inbuilt Gimbal stabilization system. Yes, you read it right! This never-seen-before feature on smartphones is the key selling point of the X50 Pro. We got our hands on this smartphone last week and were really excited to test its limits especially considering the competition from brands like Samsung and fellow BBK electronic sub-brands – OPPO, realme, and OnePlus. So, without any further ado, let’s find out if the Vivo X50 Pro should be a contender for your next smartphone?

Design:

  • Dimensions: 158.46mm x 72.8mm x 8.04mm
  • Weight: 181.5g
  • Finish: Alpha Grey

Vivo X50 Pro Design - Exhibit Magazine

The Vivo X50 pro is indeed a beautiful phone. It comes in a gradient grey color which Vivo calls “Alpha Grey”. The design of the phone is a delicate one with flat tops, rounded corners, and curved edges. The curved edges also make the phone very comfortable to hold though not being extra slim. The phone has a glass back with a velvet matte finish which is soft to feel and doesn’t attract fingerprint smears. At the sides, the usual volume rockers and power button are contained within an indent. It does have a noticeably protruding camera bump given that the gimbal stabilizer and optical zoom lens are housed in it.

Display:

  • 6.56” FHD+ AMOLED panel
  • 1080×2376 resolution
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Curved edges

Vivo X50 Pro - Mobile Specification Exhibit Magazine

The phone has an almost full-screen display with very little bezels at the top and bottom and no bezels at the sides due to the curved edges. It has a full HD 6.56” AMOLED screen that houses a punch hole notch in the upper corner for the front camera. The high refresh rate of 90Hz offers a very fluid playback and displays crisp images, movies, and games without smears or blurs. The X50 Pro also features an in-display fingerprint scanner which is quick and very responsive and there’s facial recognition too if you prefer.

Performance:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM and Storage: 8GB + 256GB
  • Battery: 4,315mAh
  • Charging: 33W Fast charging
  • Android Version: Funtouch OS 10.5 on top of Android 10

The “Pro” in X50 Pro becomes an area of a question when you find out that it uses Snapdragon 765G and not the top end 865 but on using the phone for day to day activities we found out it’s not really an issue as the phone performed well while multitasking whether you’re using it for calls, for gaming or for taking pictures, it switches between apps with ease and has enough power to keep things running smoothly. No lags or stutters were experienced.

It’s a trend we’re seeing these days, other affordable flagship devices like the Moto Edge and OnePlus Nord are also using the 765G platform.

As for the software, the X50 Pro uses Vivo’s Funtouch OS 10.5 on top of Google’s Android 10 which is consistent as seen in other android phones.

It is powered by a 4315mAh battery which with fairly heavy usage lasted well on a single charge. We churned the phone for quite a while, playing games and using the camera for almost 6-7 hours and were only halfway down the battery so it’s safe to say, there’s no problem with the battery capacity. Although the phone supports 33W fast charging, it is not the fastest that Vivo offers.

Camera:

  • Rear Camera: 48MP Sony IMX598 custom sensor, f/1.6, gimbal OIS
  • 13MP portrait, f/2.46
  • 8MP periscope, f/3.4
  • 8MP ultra-wide-angle, 120° FoV, f/2.2, 2.5cm macro
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.45, Single hole punchVivo X50 pro -Reviews Exhibit Tech Magazine

Speaking about the camera which is the key feature of the X50 Pro, the primary camera is a 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor with an aperture of f/1.6. This camera is stabilized by a “gimbal” OIS setup which is supposed to mean much, much better stabilization. Vivo says this setup is 3 times better at removing hand shakes compared to a conventional OIS setup. And indeed the videos recorded on the X50 Pro are more stable during movements and captures better images in night mode as there’s less camera shake.

The secondary sensor is a 13MP portrait lens with a 2x optical zoom and an aperture of f/2.46. The third senor is an 8MP 5X periscope zoom lens with an aperture of f/3.4. This zoom lens provides for 5x optical, 10x hybrid, and 60x digital zoom leading to photos with amazing details. The fourth and final sensor is the 8MP ultrawide angle sensor with an aperture of f/2.2.

The camera also features Super Night Mode, Extreme Night Vision, and Astro Mode, which captures stunning photographs at night, while Super Wide-Angle and Super Macro functions help create professional-quality photos in a wide range of scenarios. Vivo’s Portrait Mode, powered by a 50mm professional portrait lens, allows you to separate the subject from the background and apply separate effects for a more refined result.

The Selfie camera is a 32MP sensor that is housed in a punch hole notch but the selfies are overblown with the beauty mode that’s set to default. Even after manually setting the beauty mode to 0, the images are still appear smoothened and not natural. You can edit them using third party apps but then in the first place, there shouldn’t be a need to do that.

Price: INR 49,990/-

Verdict:

Now, let’s sum this up and see if the X50 Pro should be a hit or a miss. Despite being a “pro” the X50 Pro does not use the top-notch processor. However, does a pretty decent job when used for day to day activities and also while multitasking. With the first of its kind Gimble Stabilization system and fancy camera setup, you can consider buying this phone if you’re a photography enthusiast but if not, then you can afford to give this a miss and consider an OnePlus 8 Pro, Moto Edge, or the Iqoo 3.

Also Watch: Vivo X50 Pro Unboxing & First Impressions.

Munzela Rizvi
She wears a marketing hat, can host live events and calls the camera her best friend. A techie at heart, she has some serious insights on the latest tech and fiddling with gadgets (safely, of course!) qualifies as her top hobby.

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