Vivo X50 Pro review: Impressive camera and a premium look

Vivo X50 Pro review: Impressive camera and a premium look

The big focus is photography with the X50 Pro using ‘professional-grade gimbal camera technology’. But there are some other techs and tricks that are packed into this interesting device as well

Design and screen

The design on the X50 Pro might not be exactly be the best you have seen out there, it does look stunning and feels great in the hand by being lightweight and slim, as well as having  sleek curved angles.

There is a 6.56-inch display that covers the entire front of the phone with a single ‘hole’ in the top left corner for the front-facing selfie camera. Around the back, there is a quad-camera array that is placed to the left that is a little bit larger than other devices due to the inclusion of the gimbal.

The screen also has a high refresh rate so things look silky smooth when navigating around menus, checking emails or scrolling through social media.

The phone looks premium thanks to the ‘Alpha Grey’ colour that changes shades in different lighting. It’s also a matte glass, so fingerprints and smudges aren’t as noticeable if you’re going to use it without a case.

The gadget also has a single bottom-firing speaker, so you won’t get the stereo sound of some other devices on the market. And that is something that I missed when watching video or listening to music directly on the Vivo X50 Pro.

Battery life

If you need a smartphone that can last the distance, look no further. The Vivo X50 Pro is a battery power champ. 

Even with 5G turned on, the phone easily handled watching video, browsing emails, social media, messaging with friends and family, workplace Slack conversations and a couple of phone calls.

And while you may not be able to easily drain the battery on the X50 Pro, if you ever do need a top-up there is fast-charging available where 15 minutes on the charger gives you around 30 per cent additional battery.

Camera

There is a quad-camera setup on the Vivo X50 Pro and this adds a decent amount of versatility to both photo and video content. There is a main camera that shoots at 48-megapixels and is on a gimbal system, 13-megapixel bokeh, 8-megapixel telescopic and an 8-megapixel ultrawide shooter that allows for a 120-degree field of view.The zoom camera also allows for getting  close to objects in the distance, up to 60 times closer. And while zooming in this closely might not be extremely crystal clear, they can still capture a decent amount of detail - considering the distance.

Functionality

The Vivo X50 Pro is running Android 10, with a skin called Funtouch OS over the top. It’s clear that Vivo has been listening to feedback and things have started to resemble stock Android a little bit more than it used to.

But there are still a few odd design choices, such as when answering calls you need to swipe down. All other Android-based phones I’ve used swipe up, and that can make things really tricky to get used to and I found that I kept hanging up on people.

Switching on dark mode can also be problematic by also forcing third-party apps to use a dark theme, and some apps just don’t play nicely with this such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and even Slack where some conversations completely disappeared from view.

However, there are a lot of customisation options available from changing the theme, icons and a really cool animated always-on display.

In terms of security, the Vivo X50 Pro 5G uses an in-display fingerprint scanner and has 2D face unlock. The scanner is quite accurate and the option to run them both together is genius.

Techreport Star Ratings

Design

           ★★★★

Build Quality

           ★★★

Display

           ★★★★

Performance

           ★★★★

Camera

           ★★★★★

Software Experience

           ★★★

Battery

           ★★★★★