Chinese phone maker Vivo officially unveiled itson Thursday, marking the launch of its first global flagship this year. Vivo, which has advertised its latest handset line as a “professional photography flagship,” introduced a gimbal camera system to the series, which it is bringing to international markets for the first time.
There are three phones in this range, the X50, X50 Pro and X50 Pro+. The X50 Pro has a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, while the X50 and the Pro both have Snapdragon 765G CPUs. However, while the X50 Pro has a (slightly) slower processor, it has a gimbal. Vivo said it wanted to add the gimbal to the Pro, rather than the more costly Pro+, to make it more widely accessible.
About that gimbal…The company says the X50 Pro’s system has a 300% increase in performance over more traditional stabilization technology, thanks in part to a “double ball structure to achieve triple axis rotation.” ”
While only the X50 has that hyped-up gimbal, all three devices support 5G. All three phones have the same 6.56-inch displays, too. But there is one other key difference: The processors these phones run on. The X50 Pro+ gets the best CPU, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, while the Pro and the X50 both run on a Snapdragon 765G.
Vivo says it doesn’t currently have rollout plans for the US. However, X50 phones will be released throughout Asia, Africa and Europe over the coming three months, so they’ll be reasonably easy to import.
As for pricing, details haven’t been shared yet, but the cost will vary based on country. In China the X50 Pro starts at 4,298 yuan, which converts to roughly $610, while in India it starts for 49,990 rupees or approximately $660. As usual, you can expect higher price tags in Western countries. If you want more details on specs, scroll down to CNET’s chart below, which compares all three phones.
The X50 Pro has a gimbal-style camera in its main shooter
The X50 Pro’s rear camera system is headlined by a 48-megapixel main shooter, which relies on a gimbal-like camera system along with optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS) technology for video stabilization. When I first tested it out, I compared it with the one-generation-old iPhone XS Max while walking in daylight, but I didn’t see much of a difference between the two phones, even while panning the cameras. Both phone captured stable footage without any obvious jerkiness. The differences were noticeable however, when I was capturing video while running and during darker conditions.
When I used ultra-stable or anti-shake mode, the Vivo X50 Pro’s video stabilization tech was kicked up a notch. This is where the difference between the iPhone XS Max was much more evident. Footage I captured was buttery smooth and glided seamlessly. Even when I shot with my left hand (my non dominant hand that usually produces shakier videos), the footage remained unusually smooth. There is a tradeoff though, as it couldn’t capture much detail in subjects that were further away. From what I gather so far, ultra-stable mode seems like a fantastic tool for shooting steady close-up shots.
The X50 Pro has four rear cameras
In general, the X50 Pro made it easy to take crisp, color-accurate and vibrant photos that captured my surroundings wonderfully. I’ll have to spend more time with the phone, but so far I noticed that in certain lighting conditions, say during sunset for example, photos were more saturated and punched up when compared with the iPhone XS Max, which captured photos that were more true-to-life. Whichever photo you prefer is likely a matter of personal preference, but you can see the difference for yourself in the photos below.
There are four cameras on the rear of the X50 Pro. In addition to the main 48-megapixel shooter, you’ll find a periscope zoom lens and an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens. There’s also a 13-megapixel portrait telephoto snapper. I look forward to trying out the X50 Pro’s camera system in more depth.
The X50 Pro has 60x zoom
As previously mentioned, an eight-megapixel periscope lens is one of the (three) sidekicks to the main 48-megapixel shooter on the Vivo X50 Pro. I was blown away by the power of the Vivo X50″s 60X Hyper Zoom. Although photos were very blurry –60x is a far distance, after all — it still managed to capture detail that I didn’t even know existed with my own eyes, like the sign on this hotel across the harbor in Hong Kong. I’d love to compare it to Samsung Galaxy Ultra’s 100X Space Zoom eventually.
The X50 Pro has a 4,315mAh battery with 33W fast charge
In the few days that I used the phone, the Vivo X50 Pro’s 4,315-mah battery life was strong on default settings My daily activity typically involves making a few short calls, regular use Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, checking emails, reading various news apps, playing music on Spotify, and using social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I don’t use my phone for heavy-duty gaming. The X50 Pro’s battery easily lasted a whole day.
Using Vivo’s 33w “flash charge”, I was able to fully fill up the battery in less than an hour (52 minutes). That’s great, but not as fast as Oppo’s pricier Find X2 Pro flagship that charges its battery in 38 minutes . What was pretty incredible though, was when my dead battery was revitalized by nearly 60% in just fifteen minutes.
Vivo X50 series specs
|Vivo X50||Vivo X50 Pro||Vivo X50 Pro+|
|Display size, resolution||6.5-inch AMOLED||6.5-inch AMOLED||6.5-inch AMOLED|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.2 x 2.8 x 0.34 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||1.59.54 x 75.4 x 7.55mm||158.46 x 72.8 x 8.04m||158.5 x 73 x 8.83 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||174.5g||181.5 grams||192 g|
|Mobile software||Android 10||Android 10||Android 10|
|Camera||48-megapixel (main), 8-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 5-megapixel (macro), 13-megapixel (portrait telephoto)||48-megapixel (main), 8-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 8-megapixel (periscope), 13-megapixel (portrait telephoto)||50-megapixel (main), 13-megapixel (super wide angle), 32 megapixel (portrait telephoto)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 765G||Snapdragon 765G||Snapdragon 865|
|Battery||4,200 mAh (33W Vivo flash charge)||4,315 mAH (33W Vivo flash charge)||4,350 (44W Vivo flash charge)|
|Connector||USB C||USB C||USB-C|
|Special features||20x Digitial Zoom, 90 Hz refresh rate||Gimbal-like camera, 60X hyperzoom, 90 hz refresh rate||120 hz refresh rate, 60X Hyper Zoom|
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