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VIVO X50 Pro

VIVO X50 Pro Review

The Vivo X50 Pro is the first addition to the company's X-series in a very long time. The last phone to be added to the X series was the Vivo X21, which I returned in 2018. The new Vivo X50 Pro has a gimbal camera system, the first of its kind in a smartphone, and is meant to help. Stabilize the video by compensating for the motion of your hands and still keep shots. I put Vivo X50 Pro in the test to know if it is worth your money.

Design and Look

The Vivo X50 Pro is very well designed. It looks premium and feels sturdy in the hand. Vivo has opted for a thin bezel curved display all around, giving it the feel of being an edge-to-edge display. At first glance, you might mistake it for a Samsung device, as it has a curved display similar to many premium Samsung smartphones, but a similar ending occurs there.

The Vivo X50 Pro has a slim, metal frame sandwiched between a curved display and curved glass glass panel. This phone looks sleek and cool to the touch in an air-conditioned room. Vivo has used Schott's Xensation Up glass on the front and back for protection from scratch. I like the positioning of the thin frame and the power and volume buttons, which are easy to reach.

While the sides of the frame are curved to help the phone sit well in the hand, the top and bottom of the Vivo X50 Pro are surprisingly flat. It has USB Type-C port, SIM tray, primary microphone and speaker at the bottom. The primary microphone is very close to the SIM tray, so it can be mistaken for an ejection mechanism. At the top, there is a secondary microphone with inscriptions that say "5G" and "commercial photography".

The Vivo X50 Pro is available in a single color called Alpha Gray. When the light bounces from the back panel, you will see a slight change in color. It has a matte, frosted finish that helps hide fingerprints and smudges quite well. The rear camera module will definitely catch the eyeball, as the primary camera lens is one of the largest I've seen on smartphones in recent times. The entire camera module is slightly stretched, so I would recommend that you use the case given in the box. The Vivo X50 Pro does not have a 3.5 mm headphone socket, but comes with a pair of regular headphones and a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm dongle in the box. It also comes with a 33W flash charge 2.0 charger.

Features and Specifications

One of the first things that caught my attention on the spec sheet of the Vivo X50 Pro was the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 GC. The Vivo X50 Pro was the first smartphone to be launched in India with this processor, which we later saw at the low-priced OnePlus Nord for Rs 27,999 (review). It is a 5G-ready SoC that gives very good performance, if the Nord is any indication. Vivo X50 Pro has only one configuration in India, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You don't have the option to expand storage, but 256GB should be enough for either. Vivo has used the UFS 2.1 flash storage format, which is slower than the UFS 3.0 storage found in OnePlus 8 at Rs 39,999 (review) and Xiaomi Mi 10 5G (review).

The Vivo X50 Pro has a 6.56-inch AMOLED display, with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. It is also HDR10 + certified. The display is bright on the outside and has good viewing angles. You also have the option to tweak the color output of the display.

There is support for Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi, three satellite navigation systems, 5G, and dual 4G VoLTE. This phone lacks dust and water resistance and IPrating for wireless charging; Facilities that cost me around Rs. 50,000 Expect low-cost smartphones today. 

In terms of software, the Vivo X50 Pro runs Funtouch OS 10.5 on top of Android 10, and my unit initially had a May 2020 Android security patch, but I received a software update during the review period with the July patch. I found many preinstalled apps on a smartphone such as Facebook, PhonePe, Amazon, VivoCloud, and V-AppStore, which is an alternative to the Google Play Store. GameCenter is an app that provides a curated list of games to download. There is also a 'Game Ultra Game Mode' that clears memory when launching the game, and lets you mute notifications and calls that occur during gaming.

Performance

The Vivo X50 Pro offered very good performance and I did not notice any lag or stutter while using it. The UI felt comfortable, especially when I enabled a 90Hz refresh rate for the display. I didn't have to wait long to load heavy apps, and I was able to multitask between different apps very easily. The fingerprint scanner was quick to unlock the smartphone, and did not require more than one effort to make facial recognition work. The display produced crisp details and I enjoyed watching videos on the Vivo X50 Pro. The bottom-firing speaker was quite loud but the stereo output missed.

The phone also posted some impressive numbers in the benchmark. In AnTuTu 8, it managed 2,63,410 points. It scored 624 and 1899 in Geekbench's single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. It is not the most powerful smartphone in this price range; OnePlus 8 packs in a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, which manages 5,78,289 and 912 in AnTuTu 8 and 3362 points in Geekbench. For the GFXBench graphics benchmark, the Vivo X50 Pro manages 18fps and 32fps in Car Chase and Manhattan 3.1 tests, respectively.

I played PUBG Mobile on Vivo X50 Pro, and this USB is set to 'Default to preset high quality, set HD with graphics' and frame rate set to high'. The phone can handle the game on these settings without any problems and I do not notice any stutter while playing. It did not get too hot and even after a 20-minute match, the phone only recorded a three percent battery drop.

Battery life on the Vivo X50 Pro was great, and it went beyond a day, without the need to be charged. I notice that using the gimbal camera system drains the battery a little faster. In our HD video loop test, the Vivo X50 Pro lasted for 15 hours and 40 minutes, which is quite good. The supplied 22W Flash Charge 2.0 charger is quick to charge the device, getting it 50 percent in 30 minutes and 91 percent in an hour.

Camera and Image Quality


The Vivo X50 Pro has a quad-camera setup at the back like most smartphones these days, but the main feature is the gimbal stabilization system for the 48-megapixel primary camera, which can reduce shaking when shooting photos and videos. The sensor is also physically larger than most other sensors used in phones in recent times. This gimbal system slightly shakes and rotates the camera sensor, compensating for accidental shaking.

Other cameras are 13-megapixel sensors for portraits, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cameras and 8-megapixel telephoto cameras. The camera app has lots of features and gives you multiple shooting modes to choose from. Camera settings allow the Gimbal camera system to be turned on or off, and when it is enabled, the viewfinder gives you an overlay of a small circle with a white ball in it. Vivo says that as long as the small ball is in the circle, the Vivo X50 Pro should deliver a steady shot. On the front of the phone you get a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Vivo X50 Pro is quick to recognize a scene and set the camera accordingly. It gives recommendations for which sensor to use based on visualization.

In broad daylight, the Vivo X50 Pro managed good shots with a good amount of detail. Ultra-wide-angle cameras offered a wider field of view, but there was notable damage in detail compared to shots taken with primary sensors.  The close-up turned out quite well. If you have trouble keeping your hands steady during shooting, there's no reason to worry with the Vivo X50 Pro as the gimbal system compensates very well, resulting in a crisp shot almost every time . However, the AI ​​gives a slight boost to the colors, which I was not very happy about.

Portrait mode on the Vivo X50 Pro uses a dedicated 13-megapixel portrait camera, which also offers a 2x zoom-in while viewing your subject. The smartphone lets you set the level of blur, beautification and style effects before taking a shot. The output had a nice edge and the Vivo X50 Pro could distinguish very well between subject and background. For macro shots, the Vivo X50 Pro uses a wide-angle camera. The phone takes good macro shots, and the ultra-wide-angle sensor's high resolution allows you to amplify and crop shots when necessary.

The telephoto camera offers up to 5x optical zoom and 60x digital zoom. At 5x, the photos have good detail, but at higher magnification levels, there is a slight drop in the level of detail, but not too much grain. The large text at a distance was still legible at high magnification levels.

Pictures taken in low light had good details and the phone managed to keep noise and grain to a minimum. Enabling Night Mode increased the overall brightness of shots with better detail in the shadows. The gimbal system helped stabilize the camera while the phone took several long exposure shots in night mode. Many photo effects are also available.

The selfie taken with a 32-megapixel front camera came out during the day with good details. The camera app gives you the option to simulate a deeper effect, such as you get with portrait mode, but you cannot determine the level of blur. There was a good extension of low light shots even after harvest.

Video recording tops out at 4K 60fps for the primary camera while the selfie camera is limited to 1080p. The gimbal camera system helps to stabilize the video in a steady way resulting in stills in 1080p and 4K. It also managed to freeze the footage when I was pacing up and down, which was impressive. There are many features for video such as surround audio recording, which lets you choose between front-facing, rear-facing, and surround audio effects when recording. Video shot in low-light is stable at 1080p as well as 4K. Videos shot in low light had good detail and very little noise, and there is sometimes a shimmer effect when changing direction while walking.

Verdict

The Vivo X50 Pro is the first smartphone to feature built-in gimbal stabilization. While it is a first-gen product, it does the job quite well. Video stabilization was quite good and the gimbal system makes it super easy to take shots with night mode. Hopefully, this feature will become more common in the future. 

If you shoot a lot of videos on your smartphone and don't want to spend on hand-held gimbals, the Vivo X50 Pro should appeal to you. Its camera and video performance are definitely the main attractions. However, this phone is not an all-rounder and is slightly smaller in some key areas. OnePlus 8 offers better app and gaming performance at a lower price. Similarly, Xiaomi Mi 10 5G and OnePlus 8 Pro can be powerful alternatives to Vivo X50 Pro. If you don't care about being a flagship-level SoC, but your phone will have the most stabilization system, then there's nothing that comes close to the Vivo X50 Pro, at least not yet.











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