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The Vivo X50 was remarked to be the “gimbal” phone because of the perceived ultra-stable video stabilization, but we were not satisfied with the results. Sure the camera features, specific to photography, were superb and images are crisp and the “bokeh” effect is one the best-ever on a smartphone. The build and design are topnotch, it is very lightweight and the screen is super clear and smooth as well. The camera module which houses the 48MP, f/1.6 main + 8MP, f/3.4 periscope, 5x optical, 60x hybrid, OIS + 8MP ultra-wide, macro + 13MP portrait, 2x optical rear cameras have a notable bump which requires a protective case to conceal the bump.
Vivo X50 specs
Android 10, FunTouch 10.5
6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display (2376 x 1080 resolution) at 398ppi
90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core processor
Adreno 620 GPU
128GB/256GB internal storage, non-expandable
48MP, f/1.6 main + 8MP, f/3.4 periscope, 5x optical, 60x hybrid, OIS + 8MP ultra-wide, macro + 13MP portrait, 2x optical rear cameras, Dual-tone flash
32MP, f/2.5 selfie camera
In-display fingerprint scanner
Dual SIM, Dual standby
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
4,200mAh battery, 33W fast charging
Colors: Glaze Black, Frost Blue
Vivo X50 availability
VIVO X50’s official pricing in the Philipines is P39,999 for the Pro version, P25,999 for the regular version. Both variant are now available on Lazada, Shopee, and Home Credit.
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Design and build
On the design department, hands down the Vivo X50 fall under the category “premium”. The back cover is made of high-quality plastic that does not attract fingerprints. But that’s “moth and academic” already because Vivo has already included a free transparent case which, at the same time, protects the camera bump we mentioned earlier.
Also, the 3.5mm audio jack has been ditched already on the model which justifies the absence of the “used to be” bundled headset in most of the retail units available.
The SIM tray has two (2) slots only for a nano-SIM card, which means you can no longer upgrade the 128GB built-in storage.
The Snapdragon 765G coupled with 8GB provided me a smooth experience. The display is super crisp and credit is given to the Full HD+ AMOLED display of the device. The in-display fingerprint scanner and the face unlock are some of the best security features in this Android smartphone. The UI, FunTouch 10.5, which sits on top of Android 10 provided a refreshing experience for me. In the previous models of Vivo smartphones, the quick notification bar and the quick menu are accessible via swiping from the bottom. In this version, all these are now back to the “standard” swipe down from the top of the screen, which is nice.
The built-in battery of 4,200mAh that ships with a 33W fast charger, contributed to the total design of the phone giving it a very thin build of only 7.6 mm.
Audio and video playbacks on YouTube are super clear using the down-firing loudspeaker.
Here are some raw photos and videos from the retail unit of the Vivo X50.
I’d like to note that the “gimbal” feature should be activated for it to function, and it results in cropping the image on the screen. See the sample below.
If you want a slim yet powerful smartphone with a stunning premium looks, Vivo X50 will not fail you. In terms of the quality of images, the cameras took high-quality photos and auto-focus is quite fast. The video side performed well as expected but the gimbal-like experience failed me. I expected too much in this feature.
Finally, the pricing is a little bit stiff knowing that this belongs to the midrange category. Vivo could have improved the pricing for this model.