Vivo X50 Pro Review: Not Only The Gimbal Is Great!


Not long ago, Vivo finally announced its newest smartphone which was included in the X series line, where the X series line means the smartphone is a premium class smartphone from Vivo with premium design and high build quality.

Vivo X50 Pro, which is present in Indonesia this time is a flagship smartphone with professional photography capabilities, which is suitable for use as a daily driver by content creators. What is the ability like? See in full in this discussion.

Design and Specifications

Vivo X50 Pro comes with a design known as X-Class Design, whose goal is to present a sophisticated technology device that is also comfortable to hold. The back body of the Vivo X50 Pro is made of Glass material with a color known as Dual Tone Step.

The device that has an Alpha Gray color option has Power and Volume Up & Down buttons on the right side, with the top side having a microphone and the left side blank. On the bottom side, there is a SIM (Dual Nano SIM) tray, microphone, USB Type-C, and main speaker. While on the front, which is the position of the main screen, there is an earpiece located on the top bezel of the screen, as well as a selfie camera in the form of a punch hole with a diameter of 3.96 mm. And the back side is where the main camera, which is a 48MP Pro Quad Camera powered with Gimbal Stabilization Technology, is located, where the camera setup carries the eye-catching “The Big Eye” design.

Vivo X50 Pro has a 3D Curved Ultra O Screen with a large 6.56 ″ panel E3 AMOLED Display, 90 Hz refresh rate with 120 Hz sampling rate, “Full P3” color gamut, 2376 x 1080 pixels Full HD + resolution, brightness up to 1300 nits, and supports HDR10 and HDR10 +. On the screen, there is a fingerprint “sensor” known as Screen Touch ID.

The dimensions of the Vivo X50 Pro are 158.5 x 72.8 x 8.04 mm, weighing 181.5 grams, which are classified as thin and light considering the 4315mAh battery capacity, and the camera with a gimbal.

The main camera of the vivo X50 Pro is referred to as “48MP Pro Quad Camera powered with Gimbal Stabilization Technology” where the main lens consists of:

  • 48 MP (Custom Sony IMX598), 7P Lens, f / 1.6 with Gimbal Stabilization
  • 13 MP Portait Camera, f / 2.5, 2x Optical Zoom, OIS
  • 8 MP 60x Hyper Zoom, f / 3.4, 5x Optical Zoom, up to 60x Digital Zoom
  • 8 MP Super Wide-Angle & Super Macro Camera, f / 2.2 (FOV 120 °, macro up to 2.5 cm), OIS

Meanwhile, the main camera recording capabilities of the Vivo X50 Pro are up to 4K @ 60, 4K @ 30, 1080p @ 60, 1080p @ 30, 720p @ 60, and 720p @ 30; and Slow Motion up to 1080p @ 120, 720p @ 240, and 720p @ 120.

Why is it called Gimbal Stabilization Technology? Vivo explained that the Vivo X50 Pro, which is the first smartphone to use this technology with mass-production status, uses a double ball structure, with triple axis rotation, which offers Five-Axis Video Stabilization. The way this technology works is that when the gyro detects a movement, a signal will be sent to the system to adjust the position of the camera to compensate for the movement. The camera modes that take advantage of this technology include:

  • Extreme Night Vision
  • Astro Mode
  • Super Stable Motion Pictures
  • Pro Sports Mode
  • Motion Video gimbal
  • Motion AF Tracking

As for the selfie camera, the Vivo X50 Pro carries a 32MP Front Camera in the form of a small diameter punch hole, with a resolution of 32 MP f / 2.45 and is capable of recording 1080p @ 30 or 720p @ 30 quality video.

The main kitchen of the Vivo X50 Pro consists of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with a 7nm fabrication, 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. This device carries a 4315mAh battery capacity with 33W vivo FlashCharge 2.0 support, and runs on FunTouch OS 10.5 based on Android 10.

The sensors owned by this device are complete with gyro sensors, security features consisting of Screen Touch ID and face unlock, to complete connectivity with 4G and 5G ready (will be unlocked when 5G is officially available in Indonesia), Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, as well as NFC Multifunction which can be useful for keycard / access card emulation and standard uses such as reading information on smart cards and top ups.

Sales package:

  • Vivo X50 Pro unit
  • 33W vivo FlashCharge 2.0
  • USB Type C cable
  • 3.5mm USB Type C to Audio converter
  • Headset (with 3.5mm audio jack)
  • Case
  • SIM tray ejector
  • Document package

Performance Test

To test the performance of the Vivo X50 Pro, as usual we use a set of benchmarks that we often use when trying to test the overall performance of a smartphone. The benchmarks we are using this time consist of AnTuTu, Geekbench, GFXBench, and 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme.

Gaming Test

In addition to testing its performance using the benchmark set we have determined, we also tested the Vivo X50 Pro when it is used to play games that are quite popular and relatively heavy compared to other games. This time, we are using the following games with certain configurations to see how smoothly the Vivo X50 Pro can play it.

  • PUBGM (Unlock: HDR - Extreme): 60 fps
  • Honkai Impact 3 (High - 60 fps - Effect Off): 45 fps +, drop to 28 fps in heavy scenes
  • FF XV PE (Medium): 60 fps
  • PES 2020 (Standard - 60 fps): 45 fps, it should be more than this, but during testing, somehow we only get stable at this number

Camera Results

Carrying a 48MP Pro Quad Camera powered with Gimbal Stabilization Technology, the main camera of the Vivo X50 Pro offers professional photography-style photo capture results and quality. Here we present some sample photos that we took using the Vivo X50 Pro.

Not to forget, here we present the results and quality of the photos that we captured using the front camera of the Vivo X50 Pro which has a resolution of 32 MP.

Battery Test

The next test, we will see how long the battery life of the vivo X50 Pro which has a capacity of 4315mAh, as well as how long it takes to recharge.

On the 1080p quality video playback test, the Vivo X50 Pro can last up to 20 hours 50 minutes.

In the 30 minute usage test for gaming, we also got the following data:

  • PUBGM (Smooth - Extreme): reduced 5% - 6% in 30 minutes
  • FF VX PE (Medium): reduced 6% - 7% in 30 minutes

While the battery recharge test, the Vivo X50 Pro takes 1 hour 3 minutes to be recharged, being able to recharge up to 50% in 23 minutes.

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