The Dongguan-based smartphone company, Vivo, which is considered as one of the giants in the smartphone industry is all geared to take the competition to a new extent and is primarily focusing on providing new innovations that were not seen before. Changing its focus a bit, Vivo has now entered the premium price segment in the Indian smartphone market with the launch of Vivo X50 and X50 Pro. This review of ours will be focused on Vivo X50 where we will be providing deep insight into the various features and functions of the phone.
The new Vivo X50 is surely an eye-catchy phone with its sleek body design. The phone looks great from both, the front and the rear side, plus the camera frame at the rear side is giving the phone a unique identity, not like the regular quad-camera sensor frames which we are seeing for a long time. The rear panel looks very attractive with its mono AG frosting color with matte finish also the rear panel is immune to the smudges which keep the beauty intact of the phone. The rear panel holds vertically placed quad-camera sensors. In the Vivo X50, the company has used flat display with very sleek bezels which are sometimes not noticeable. At the top of the display lies the punch hole camera sensor which is placed very intelligently as it does not come in the way while watching any videos. The display also holds the fingerprint sensor which when tested stood out to be very quick in response. The security feature of the phone also supports the face unlock feature which is also very quick and accurate in every lighting condition. On the right side of the phone lies the power button and the volume rockers which are quite easy to reach whereas the left side of the phone remains blank. At the top side of the phone lies the secondary mic for noise cancellation whereas at the bottom side of the phone lies a USB Type-C port, a SIM tray with no slot for expanding the internal storage and a speaker grille.
The new Vivo X50 sports a 6.56 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. The display is very vibrant and the colors produced are very sharp and vivid. The touch of the display is superfluid and this is because the phone possesses the combination of 10-bit HDR support and 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch response rate. The 90Hz refresh rate not just lets you smoothly carry out any task but also adds more thrill to the gaming experience. The visibility of the screen is very good and you can quite easily view the screen even under bright daylight. The screen holds 398 density and has a resolution of 1080×2376 pixels.
The new Vivo X50 is running Funtouch OS 10.5 on top of Android 10. The updated OS offers various new features and also we don’t get to see the apps banned by the Indian government. We see the new Vivo X50 running a new processor which Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC processor with eight cores where the cores are divided into three segments to efficiently tackle any task and their configuration is such one core clocked at 2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime and one core clocked at 2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold and six cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver. The everyday apps ran very smoothly without any glitch as the processor is quite powerful but the question arises whether is it enough power to take on the likes of the processor offered in OnePlus 7T which possesses comparatively more powerful processor within the same price range. The phone has 8GB RAM which is impressive and also it supports the RAM quite nicely to keep every process in check without working up the phone too much. The GPU on board is Adreno 620 which offers high graphics support while playing games plus the 90Hz refresh rate enhances the gaming experience. But to be true the new Vivo X50 is not much of a gaming phone. The internal storage of the phone is of 256GB which is non-expandable in nature.
The USP of the Vivo V50 is its camera power as the tagline of the phones is that it is going to redefine photography and believe me the phone is living up to its claim. While testing the camera ability of the new Vivo V50 we were very impressed with the quality of the images that the phone managed to capture no matter what and how the lighting conditions were. The camera managed to capture every macro to micro details with accuracy. The 20X digital zoom is one of the features to look out for as the level of detailing which it managed to capture was very impressive and even when the resolution was raised there were the very low level of noise distortion and graining. The new Vivo X50 sports quad-camera setup where the primary camera or the main camera is a 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor with an aperture of f/1.6. The secondary lens is the portrait lens of 13MP with an aperture of f/2.5 and 2x optical zoom, the third sensor is of 8MP which is the ultrawide lens with an aperture of f/2.2. The fourth sensor is a macro lens of 5MP with an aperture of f/2.5. The daylight shots are surely exceptional but the night shots are equivalently superb with proper detailing and blending with the lighting conditions quite impressively. The selfie camera of the Vivo X50 is 32MP with an aperture of f/2.5. The selfies captured were good and we did not see any unwanted AI coming into play to alter the end result after clicking the selfie. There are various effects that you can use to make adjustments while clicking the selfie. The selfies captured at daylight were very impressive and the selfie captured at night was equally impressive with proper color balance and clarity. The color saturation level in the images was up to the mark with no enhanced or unwanted rise in the color gradient. The clarity of the images is really impressive and in such a price range, the new Vivo X50 surely holds one of the best camera sensors which one can come across. Another worth noticing point of the rear camera is its ability to maintain stability while capturing the videos. The gyro-EIS stabilization feature allows you to record the videos without stability even when the phone is moving. The phone also comes preloaded with features such as an Astro Mode, Extreme Night Vision, Super Night HDR, Pro Sports Mode, Motion AF Tracking, and an Instant Vlog.
The new Vivo X50 holds a battery power of 4,200mAh which is quite a power bank in itself. The ability of the phone to last a whole day was tested while reviewing and we found out that the battery stood out a whole day quite easily even after hours of playing games and watching movies. The configuration of the processor plays a vital role in maintaining the charge with a low rate of discharge. The charger is a 33W Flash charger which fills up the battery tank rapidly.
Vivo X50 is predominantly a camera-centric smartphone. The overall photography of the phone is far superior to Vivo’s previous smartphones such as V17 Pro. Effects have been added, software optimisation is done to present a completely different perspective. Night or low-light photography is worth trying. The mid-range processor is decent. Designing has also improved, the phone is lightweight, sleek, and premium. The battery is sufficient for daily tasks.
Starting at Rs 34,990 for 8GB/128GB, Vivo X50 is priced higher than it should have been. A mid-range phone is charged as premium, and after the launch of OnePlus Nord, the equation has completely changed. Vivo needs to rethink its pricing strategy in India.