What we have today is the Vivo X50 Pro. It’s been in the market for about a month now but we only got to do our review now because I really want to gather my thoughts on this phone. This phone is a perfect example of how smartphones can be more than just specs and numbers to see who has the highest benchmark.
I have to say, the Vivo X50 Pro is one of the most unique mid-range smartphone that I’ve ever used.
The ads that we saw on Facebook and everywhere else is always the same, where it portrays the Vivo X50 Pro as the “smartphone with a gimbal built-in” or somewhere along those lines.
And that is what caught my interest in the Vivo X50 Pro. So, I spent most of my time exploring how this “built-in gimbal” works.
But before we begin, the Vivo X50 Pro comes with this list of cameras:
- Main: 48MP f/1.6 with PDAF; gimbal OIS
- Periscope telephoto: 8MP f/2.4 with 5x optical zoom; PDAF; OIS
- Portrait: 13MP f/2.5 with 2x optical zoom; PDAF
- Ultra-wide angle: 8MP f/2.2
I’m not even going to explain how the cameras work in words. Watch the video at the top of this video instead. How can we describe a gimbal using words? It can only be shown in video anyway.
A few words -it’s fairly simple for a smartphone. It has a matte finish and only available in one color – Alpha Grey.
The overall size of the Vivo X50 Pro is magnificent – and the curvature at the side of the side makes it feel amazing to hold in the hands.
As for the screen, it has a 6.56-inch AMOLED screen with 2376×1080 pixels in resolution, It also comes with 90Hz refresh rate, but from what we’ve tested – it cannot run any games in 90Hz.
Other than that, the display is pretty good and there is nothing wrong with it or anything out of the ordinary about it.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this review, the specs and benchmark scores aren’t the main focus of this phone. Let’s face it – any phone that is using the Snapdragon 765G will perform well in benchmarks and it can run your games without a hitch – albeit not at the highest graphical settings.
- 6.56-inch AMOLED screen
- 1080p resolution
- 90Hz refresh rate (unsupported by games)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB storage
- 4,315mAh battery
Still, we’re here to provide benchmark scores just for the sake of completionism. It’s still going to play games if you want it to – but that’s really not the focus of this phone.
Software – Android 10 with Funtouch OS 10.5
Compared to the other Vivo phone I looked at last year, the new Vivo X50 Pro comes with the new Funtouch OS 10.5.
It’s less Apple-like now, which I think is good – and generally, it works like many other Android skins. It’s more familiar and more welcoming if you’re already an Android phone user. Navigation is alright, though the settings menu is… quite messy.
Other than that, it’s actually quite fine. The camera app is actually quite good too, as we can change the arrangements of the camera modes so we don’t have to scroll through a list before reaching to the “more” segment – just like what Samsung already did many years ago.
The battery life is quite okay overall. It comes with a 4,315mAh and it can last for about 13 hours in our battery life test – which is very typical.
The Vivo X50 Pro does support up to 33W and it took about 70 minutes to charge from 15% to 100% charge.
Should you buy the Vivo X50 Pro?
This is a question that I think I have to rephrase and ask you again from a different perspective. Do you take a lot of videos using your phone? Do you actually want to take some smooth, epic B-rolls using your phone? Then buy the Vivo X50 Pro.
Vivo made it clear from the beginning until the end about what the X50 Pro is supposed to be and what it is supposed to do – a phone with gimbal-like stabilization.
For the price of RM3,199 – yea I think it’s a bit steep. I mean, I can get the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and use my existing phone to take some epic B-rolls too. But that’s where the biggest distinction comes in – size and portability. Using the Vivo X50 Pro, I don’t have to carry and charge yet another device, and I can still access the USB-C port on the phone while using the gimbal-like stabilization.
Vivo’s amazing engineering and smart software delivers on their promise of a gimbal-like camera – and I’m amazed. There are lots of potential on what this system can do, and I’m looking forward to where Vivo heads next.