Vivo’s recently launched X50 series is the biggest offering yet. We recently reviewed Vivo X50 Pro, a stunning 5G smartphone with a unique system of Gamble cameras. Today we are testing their less publicized siblings, Vivo X50. It lacks the jumbo camera system and 5GSC that its elder brother is proud of, but apart from these features, both phones are very similar. Add one rupee to it. There is a difference of Rs.
Vivo X50 design
Like Vivo X50 Pro, Vivo X50 is influenced by any angle and is easily one of the best phones I’ve seen lately. It also feels premium and built-in thanks to the metal frame and retro glass. Fun Fact: The units in Frost Blue are slightly thinner (7.49 mm) and lighter (171.5 grams) with shining black trim. Vivo tells the Gadget 360 that the dark colors use different fingerprint coating techniques, which is why it is slightly thicker, although it does not comment on the weight difference.
The matte finish of Frost Blue looks good and in my experience it rarely attracts fingerprints. Like Vivo X50 Pro, the frame of this Vivo X50 is flattened at the top and bottom, giving it a different shape. At the bottom, it has a dual nano SIM tray, a USB Type-C port (USB 2.0) and a single speaker. The volume and power buttons are on the right side of the phone, and respond well.
Vivo X50 has a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with full HD + resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10 + certification. I like the fact that the bells are quite thin on all sides, including the lower chin. The display has a hole punch cutout for the selfie camera and fingerprint sensor. The latter is very quick to verify, and hence facial recognition.
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Vivo X50 software
Vivo X50 runs software similar to Android 10-based X50 Pro, Finch OS 10.5, there are many things in such Android skin, starting with many useless apps like Vivo’s own app. Store, browser and email client. None of these can be installed. I have also created some apps like T-Tick and Hello in my unit, which are now banned by the Government of India, but they cannot be installed.
However, the Fontech OS offers a lot of interface customization that actually lets you fix your experience. The left-hand home screen can be set to show you the Google News feed, or with the tap of a button, you can switch to Vivo’s smart launcher. This app provides shortcuts, digital goodness information, a calculator widget, and more. The settings allow you to customize the lighting effect for calls and notifications coming from the ‘Dynamic Effects’ menu in the app. This lets you set up an animation for when the phone is unlocked and various animations for fingerprint matches, facial recognition, charging and more.
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Vivo X50 display
Vivo X50 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 730SC just like Redmi K20. It is not the most powerful SoC for any phone at this price point, especially when you have Snapdragon 855+ and Snapdragon 765 GSC based options for the competition. It is still a well performing, power-efficient chip, and it manages to handle heavy tasks.
Vivo X50 is available in two variants. 8 GB RAM, 128 GB storage with Rs. 34,990, and 8GB RAM, 256GB storage with Rs. 37,990. I have been using the base version of the X50 for about a week now and so far, the performance has not been very good. Unlocking the phone is fast and smooth, the interface is always aggressive for high refresh rate screens, and multi-tasking is not a problem. The AMOLED display is very bright, the colors look like fans, and I don’t see any color on the axis.
However, for some reason, when I tried it, the Netflix app failed to detect HDR capability. Nevertheless, the videos generally look great. The bottom speaker can be loud enough for multimedia playback or phone calls, but a stereo setup is sorely missed.
Vivo X50 battery life
I found Vivo X50’s battery life to be more than satisfactory. It fell short when I was testing the cameras, but still, I was able to easily make it in one day and save enough for the next day. The 4,200mAh battery is slightly smaller than the one you get in the X50 Pro, but it works for 15 minutes and 42 minutes in our HD video loop test. The bundled charger supports Vivo’s 33W flashcharge technology, which was able to fully charge the X50’s battery in less than an hour.
Vivo X50 camera
Vivo X50 may not have a jumbo stabilization system or the telephoto lens of the X50 Pro, but it is still packed into a good set of cameras. At the rear, you get a central 48-megapixel Sony IMX598 sensor with optical stabilization and f / 1.6 aperture lens. 8 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with autofocus and f / 2.2 aperture. A 13-megapixel portrait camera with a length of 2.2 main. And a 5-megapixel macro camera.
The main rear camera was impressive overall. In daylight, landscape shots are plentiful, colors are vibrant and the performance is balanced. The overall details looked great, with sharp details and a generous background, thanks to this large f / 1.6 aperture. With AI visualization enabled, colors are usually promoted, so if you want your images to look more natural, it’s better to leave it out.
There is a maximum limit of 20x, however, when you go beyond 2x magnification, Vivo X50 switches to its portrait camera, effectively giving you 2x optical zoom and then a hybrid digital zoom of up to 20x. Image quality is decent at 2x, but I found the autofocus to be a bit inconsistent.
In low light, the main camera automatically reduces shutter speed for better visibility. There is little grain, and bright spots are more visible, but switching to night mode fixes both. The X50 also has night mode filters like Cyberpunk, which we saw in the X50 Pro.