Some novelties of the mobile world pass by the Pakistan consumer almost imperceptibly: only a couple of large vendors spend significant money on marketing, the rest remain in the shadows. We had at our disposal the Vivo X50 Pro smartphone, presented at the very beginning of summer 2020. We must admit: we expected to see another inexpensive device with not too remarkable characteristics.
The Vivo X50 Pro is the best phone from the company and brings one of the best hardware and design packages we’ve seen. as per techrader review about phone
In fact, at the beginning of summer, Vivo introduced more than one smartphone – there are three of them in the line.
The X50 is a “high-mid” 5G device.
X50 Pro Plus – a top-end mobile phone with a top-end processor is Snapdragon 865, which has no competitors (we are talking about Android smartphones). His camera is equipped with the so-called gimbal – an advanced stabilization system that, in theory, almost completely removes the shaking and vibrations when taking photos.
A similar system is used in the test smartphone – X50 Pro. It differs from the flagship model by a simpler processor – Snapdragon 765G (similar to the X50). Also, its screen supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz, and not 120, as in the X50 Pro Plus, the battery is slightly less capacious (4315 mAh versus 4350), fast charging at 33 W (versus 44 in the X50 Pro Plus).
The gimbal seems to have been first used in Vivo smartphones. The company compares it to a professional stabilizer, which is often used by videographers, as well as to the eyes of a chameleon (they, probably, also know how to cunningly “tune”).
Vivo X50 Pro comes in a small box in deep blue with iridescence, on which there is a large smartphone name. The handset meets with a large display with rounded left and right edges. The first analogy is very similar to Samsung’s flagships, you can’t get rid of it even with a strong desire.
It’s funny, but after a long time using a mobile phone with a “regular” display, the X50 Pro looks fresh. It seemed that manufacturers abandoned such a design (or are systematically moving towards it), but this is not the case.
At the back, the situation is the same: if you are familiar with the design of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, you will not see anything new. Whether this is an attempt to be like a competitor or some other story behind the creation of the appearance, we do not know. The back cover, closed by glass, also has edges rounded on the sides.
The most outstanding element here is the photo module on a double pedestal. The lower “step” houses the lens of an 8-megapixel camera, which is activated at 5x (optical) or more (electronic) zoom. Everything else is on the “step” higher. Most of the space is taken up by the huge 48-megapixel main camera lens, under which sensors and sensors are located, as well as a portrait camera and an ultra-wide-angle camera.
The physical buttons are located on the right side, on the top there is only a hole for an additional microphone, on the bottom there is a SIM card slot (two pieces can be installed in it one above the other), a speaker grill, USB Type-C, a microphone.
The back panel, as mentioned above, is also covered with glass. The matte material shimmers in non-obvious shades from steel gray to bluish (the official name for the color is “steel gray,” or Alpha Gray). It looks, admittedly, very attractive.
Due to the beveled edges (on both sides in the metal frame there are two inserts for the antennas) the device seems thinner than it actually is, fits comfortably in the hand, feels expensive (which, in general, it is). The dimensions of the device are 158.5 × 72.8 × 8 mm, the weight is 181 g, which is not a lot for a 6.56-inch smartphone.
90 Hz screen, fingerprint reader
The smartphone received a 6.56-inch AMOLED matrix of Full HD + format (2376 × 1080 pixels, 398 ppi). There are no complaints about the picture: it is bright, juicy, clear, animated wallpapers are installed by default, and the display itself is covered with a protective film.
I really wanted to shoot it (for a “better” image), but we didn’t. Nevertheless, it was against her that claims arose. At some point, one corner peeled off: the bending of the screen affected.
At the top left there is a peephole of the front 31-megapixel camera, at the bottom of the display is a fingerprint scanner, the area is highlighted if you take the Vivo X50 Pro in your hands or tap on the screen.
Some time ago, manufacturers have found another “trick” with which you can promote new items – this is the polling frequency of the touch interface. There are difficulties with this:
if everything is clear with megapixels in the camera, then the speed of the screen’s response to pressing is not very good. Apparently, the winners should be primarily mobile gamers, and the rest will be just pleased.
The increased polling rate (but not screen refresh) reduces the response time of the hardware and the system to touch. So, at 60 Hz it will be 16.6 ms, at 120 Hz – 8.3 ms, at 240 Hz – 4.16 ms.
For example, starting with the iPhone X, Apple smartphone screens “poll” touches at 120 Hz, Mi 10 Pro does it at 180 Hz, Galaxy S20 and ROG II – at 240 Hz, Black Shark 3 – at 270 Hz. For a “simple user”, this means that the fingerprint scanner will also work a little faster – as a result, a more comfortable interaction with a mobile phone.
As for the Vivo X50 Pro, its display polling rate is 180 Hz.
The second point is the screen refresh rate, which reaches 90 Hz. This means that the picture will be smooth, while moving objects will disappear twitching and “tearing”, typical for some other smartphones. This is more noticeable when scrolling through Internet pages, in the interface of the mobile phone itself, as well as in games. Some content will be displayed as before (depending on the source).
By default, the system operates in “smart” mode, switching the screen from 60 Hz to 90, but you can manually set this parameter on a permanent basis. In this case, the battery life will decrease. Also, at 90Hz, the maximum brightness will be slightly lower.
Another “chip” of the smartphone – support for HDR10 + for fans of popular streaming services (but not limited to them).
Performance, OS, Battery
Vivo X50 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 765G octa-core processor. Let’s quickly clarify the situation with him. This is a 7-nanometer chip, which is positioned as an affordable solution for not exorbitant expensive 5G smartphones. To compare its characteristics, the Snapdragon 865 (it is also 7nm) is often chosen – this is clearer than the “weakness” of the SD 765G.
Snapdragon 765G uses one main core Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.3 GHz (Cortex A77 and 2.8 GHz in SD 865), one productive A76 at 2.2 GHz (three A77 × 2.4 GHz), six power-saving Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz (four A55 × 1.8 GHz).
The chip supports LPDDR4X memory (versus LPDDR5) at 2133MHz (2750MHz), QHD + @ 60Hz and FHD + @ 120Hz (SD 865 – 4K @ 60Hz and QHD + @ 144Hz).
The camera with ISP Spectra 355 will be less advanced, its maximum for video recording is 4K (8K for SD 865) at 30 fps (120 fps for 4K for SD 865), 5G speed will be lower due to the integrated modem, there are also less noticeable to the usual the user the nuances that will appear when performing specific tasks.
The smartphone runs Android 10 with a proprietary shell Funtouch 10.5. A bit of iOS, a bit of fresh Android, plus its own “buns” – this is how you can describe the OS, which still moved away from the Apple “legacy”.
Face and fingerprint scanners work quickly, but the first wins: a quick touch of the screen is not enough to collect data, you need to hold your finger longer than you want. There is no such problem with a face, it does not manifest itself due to the time it takes for a smartphone to turn on the screen – subjectively, this option is more effective. And for payments and authentication in various services, you can suffer a slight lag in feedback.
And again, another trend is gaming smartphones (Vivo picked it up). Therefore, the OS provides a software add-on, which, as one might assume, is aimed at mobile e-sportsmen. Well, or those who want to control everything.
The mode is called “Ultra game” with a certain set of additional functions. In particular, you can activate the dashboard, access quick settings, block notifications (except for critical ones), block brightness, enable adaptive screen refresh rate adjustment and some other functions (there are not very many of those that are really needed). You can configure it in advance, immediately after starting the game and during the process.
In synthetic benchmarks, the Vivo X50 Pro scores enough points to sound middling. However, the optimization for benchmarks does not reflect the reality. Therefore, we launched some popular and resource-demanding games – in particular, Shadow Fight 3 and Real Racing 3. There were no “brakes”, the whole picture was so 90 Hz, smooth, except that the graphics in the races seemed to be pixelated in places. It is possible that the questions here are for the game itself, and not for the smartphone.
The battery capacity of the smartphone is 4315 mAh. During the day, the charge dropped from 100 percent to 60 percent – with races in games, watching videos and surfing. The smartphone will last two days without problems, and if you limit yourself in content consumption, then even more (well, it is obvious that some State of Survival or PUBG will be able to drink all the “juice” much faster). It will take a little over an hour and a half to fully charge the battery.
The main camera module uses a modified Sony IMX598 sensor (48MP, f / 1.6, 27mm equivalent), which should provide increased sensitivity in low light conditions, reduce noise and improve color reproduction. The quality of the photo should be improved due to oversampling (four 0.8-micron pixels are combined into one larger one – this approach is used in many smartphone cameras, there is also a reverse algorithm). This component has the largest lens.
For image stabilization, an advanced system (“OIS on steroids”) is used, which was discussed above. It holds the image in place when deflected in all axes by 3 ° (against the “normal” 1 °).
Vivo calls the 13-megapixel component a “portrait camera” (f / 2.46, 2x optical zoom, 50mm equivalent). There are many presets for bokeh and other embellishments in the photo application for it.
Ultra-wide-angle camera – 8 megapixel, with a sensor 1 / 4.0 inches, pixel size – 1.12 microns, aperture – f / 2.2, focal length – 16 mm. Macrophotography, in turn, is possible from a distance of 2.5 cm, the “sight” provides laser autofocus.
Another 8-megapixel camera is a “periscope” one with 5x optical zoom (f / 3.4, 135 mm) and OIS.
The stabilization system calls out an exclamation of “Wow!” It is especially useful in the active night shooting mode, when the smartphone must be held still for a long time, and when shooting video. It is possible to “shake” the smartphone, but it is difficult: it turns out that the maximum stabilization angle of the X50 Pro is 300% compared to the “normal” OIS.
Vivo X50 Pro is a good design, although it looks too much like a smartphone from a completely different manufacturer.
The smartphone, although we feared, has decent performance. There are no questions about autonomy.
The increased screen refresh rate is a nice plus.
The camera is imperfect, as can be seen from the test shots, plus there is a nuance with the placement, apparently, of the matrix. The stabilisation system is “like the iPhone and maybe better.”
Vivo X50 Pro Price in Pakistan
The main stop factor is price. For a not too well-promoted brand, it is very high: a model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory will cost Rs 171,410.
The Vivo X50 Pro is the primary addition to the corporate's X-series in a really very long time. The final telephone to be added to the X sequence was the Vivo X21, which I reviewed approach again in 2018. The brand new Vivo X50 Professional contains a gimbal Camera system, which is the primary of its sort in a smartphone, and is supposed to assist stabilise video and nonetheless pictures by compensating for the motion of your arms. I put the Vivo X50 Professional to the take a look at to seek out out if it is price your cash
- Very good build quality
- All-day battery life
- 90Hz AMOLED display
- Useful gimbal camera system
- Pre-installed bloatware
- No IP rating or wireless charging