Vivo’s Flagship X50 Pro

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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 (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 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.

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