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Vivo X50 Pro review
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|Vivo X50 Pro review by Kenyans247(1): Fri 17, July, 2020 04:43pm|
Vivo unveiled the X50 series this June, and it is an intriguing high-end trio. The X50 is a premium mid-ranger with 5G connectivity, the X50 Pro+ has the fastest Snapdragon 865, while the star of this review - the X50 Pro - employs a gimbal system for camera stabilization - pioneering the feature for the entire smartphone industry.
Indeed, the cameraphone bunch is not simply alive and kicking, it has been thriving this year. We saw numerous imaging innovations such as huge sensors and long-range zooming. Fast night modes and macro focus at 2cm. And here is vivo adding yet another impressive tech to the mix with the vivo X50 Pro - a micro-gimbal system for impressive image and video stabilization. And it is no gimmick but the real deal, with all the bells and whistles.
But let's rewind a bit. The vivo X50 Pro is a dual-glass smartphone with one large and curved OLED screen with HDR10+ support, 90Hz refresh rate, and 180Hz touch sensing. It has the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 765G chip with lots of RAM and storage. And for a phone that's incredibly thin, and with a gimbal system that occupies five times more space than a regular camera, the X50 Pro has a large 4,315mAh that supports 33W fast charging. Nice!
Now, back to the rear camera - it's a quad-setup with a custom 48MP Sony IMX598 primary on the said gimbal system, then there is an 8MP ultrawide shooter that doubles as macro cam with impressive focus distance - just 2.5cm. Next comes a 13MP portrait camera with 2x optical zoom. And finally, there is an 8MP sensor behind 135mm periscopic lens for 5x optical zoom. It seems vivo spared no resources on the rear camera and it has everything that's cutting edge and then some!
The main camera is the only one that can shoot in all resolutions and framerates, and the gimbal stabilization is always active. You can also enable electronic stabilization for the so-called Ultra Steady Mode.
The X50 Pro runs on the Android 10 with Google-fied Funtouch 10.5 UX. The latest vivo interface seems to be a step in the right direction - clean and clutter-free.
vivo X50 Pro specs
Body: Aluminum frame, tempered glass front and back; 158.5 x 72.8 x 8 mm, 181g;
Display: 6.56" AMOLED, punch-hole notch, 2376 x 1080px resolution, 398ppi; HDR10+ compliant, DCI-P3 coverage.
Rear cameras: Main: 48MP, Quad-Bayer filter, 0.8µm pixel size, 25mm equivalent focal length, f/1.6 aperture, PDAF, gimbal stabilization. Ultrawide angle: 8MP, 1/4.0", 1.12µm, f/2.2, 16mm, AF, ultra macro. Portrait: 13MP f/2.5, 25mm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF. Telephoto: 8MP with periscope 125mm f/3.4 4-aix OIS lens, 5x optical zoom, PDAF. Triple-LED dual-tone flash.
Video recording: Main - up to 4K@60fps, rest - up to 1080p@30fps. EIS and OIS (where available)
Front camera: 32MP, 1/2.8", 0.8µm, f/2.5 26mm lens.
OS/Software: Android 10; Funtouch 10.5.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G: octa-core CPU (1x2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1x2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver), Adreno 620 GPU.
Memory: 8GB of RAM; 128/256GB UFS 2.1 storage.
Battery: 4,315mAh Li-Po; 33W fast charging.
Connectivity: Dual-SIM; 5G; LTE-A, USB-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0; NFC
Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader; single down-firing speaker; 3.5mm jack.
There is one glaring omission on the X50 Pro, and it actually goes for the entire X50 series - there is no ingress protection of any kind. We noticed that the SIM tray is very well sealed, so vivo may have provided some protection, but it has decided not to share it with the public. Which circles us back to the lack of official water resistance.
And now let's cut to the chase - here comes the vivo X50 Pro!
Unboxing the vivo X50 Pro
It is no secret vivo has been keen on giving a good presentation with its retail boxes, and the X50 Pro comes in yet another huge box that contains a lot. For starters, vivo is shipping the X50 Pro with a 33W charger and a compatible USB-C cable to go with it.
The maker is also throwing a high-quality in-ear headset and a transparent silicone case for extra protection.
Finally, the X50 Pro comes with a factory-applied thin protective film, so your screen is secured right out of the box.
Design, build, handling
The vivo X50 Pro may hide something that is a first for a smartphone, but the handset itself looks and feels just like any other glass flagship. And that is some incredibly good news.
The glass sandwich design has been the unspoken consensus among the makers over the past few years and until the foldables change the landscape (or not), it will stay for a while. And the vivo X50 Pro is one very thin and lightweight device with a bright and curvy OLED, super thin bezels, and frosted rear glass with gradient paintjob. The thin aluminum frame seems like the thing that holds everything together and the one and only grip booster.
The vivo X50 Pro measures 158.5 x 72.8 x 8 mm and weighs 181 grams - numbers considered rather compact and lightweight for a phone with a 6.56" OLED screen and a 4,315 mAh battery. And let's not forget the large gimbal system inside, which did not make for a thicker than usual camera holder. For comparison, the OnePlus 8 with the same screen and battery size, but with fewer cameras, is 2mm taller than the X50 Pro.
The whole front of the X50 Pro is occupied by the 6.56" AMOLED screen. It is a shared key feature through the entire X50 series and is jam-packed with flagship-grade goodies - it has HDR10+ support, DCI-P3 color gamut, high refresh rate, and fast touch sensing. The X50 and X50 Pro here support 90Hz refresh rate, while the Pro+ goes up to 120Hz.
The OLED screen has impressively thin bezels. The 32MP selfie camera is inside one very small punch-hole cutout around the top left corner, one of the smallest black spots we've seen lately.
The earpiece is truly invisible above the screen just before the frame. You cannot even see its grille, just one long and super thin hole, where the earpiece should be. It is so thin that we may have a hard time fitting even something as sharp and thin as a razor blade.
The fingerprint scanner is behind the screen, just like on most of the top-tier phones. It is of the optical kind and works fast, though its accuracy depends on how much of your finger is on top of it. This means the surface of the reader is not as large as on some competitors, but once you get the gist of it, you will have no problems. You can enable face recognition for an even speedier unlock, but it is not as secure.
Vivo X50 Pro ships with a thin protective film, but we didn't like it very much and got rid of it fast. The front glass is a tempered one, though the maker hasn't shed any details on its manufacturer. It is curved around the longer edges, but not enough to make for touch issues because of false palm inputs.
Vivo is selling the X50 Pro in three distinct color options - Alpha Grey, Frost Blue, and Glaze Black. All of them offer silky-smooth frosted panels with eye-catchy gradient paintjobs.
The Alpha Grey X50 Pro we have here has its rear tempered glass painted in grey and blue, transitioning smoothly in the middle and making for some cool light-bending depending on the angle.
The rear glass is also curved, just like the front one, and if you look closely - its curvature is actually steeper and goes in all directions. The frosted finish looks lovely and is mostly fingerprint resistant, though it is not grippy if that's what you were hoping for.
The only surface that provides any grip is the thin aluminum frame, which is thin on the sides, but thick and flat around the top and bottom. And thanks to this flatness, the vivo X50 Pro is able to stand upright - something we rarely see these days. Useful - hardly, but cool it is.
Speaking of the frame, its bottom is pretty crowded with the USB-C port, the mouthpiece, the dual-SIM tray, and the speaker grille. Meanwhile, all keys are on the left.
And now back to the hypnotizing back, which looks different every time we look at it.
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