Aug 31, 2020 Reviews
This year, Vivo caught everyone's attention with the release of the Vivo X50 Pro which included a gimbal system and made its mark as a camera with one of the smoothest footage in its price range. However, The X50 Pro is not Vivo’s highest end model - rather it’s the Vivo X50 Pro+. While this smartphone does not include the gimbal system that created so much hype, it does cost more than the standard and we shall see if its performance and lack of the headline feature justifies its price tag.
The first thing that strikes you about the phone is the leather material used at the back which gives it a premium and unique impression. Along with a better texture feel, this allows the back to be fingerprint resistant and permits a better grip on the phone. The Vivo X50 Pro+ is slightly chunkier than the X50 Pro but light and slick nevertheless
On the front, the phone has a 6.56 AMOLED FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. This makes the phone very responsive and allows for a smooth experience, especially in terms of media consumption and gaming. The screen has a resolution of 1080 x 2376 and an aspect ratio of 19.8:9, giving you a very sharp and vibrant display, with good viewing angles and punchy colors.
This phone brings us the best of what 2020 has to offer. The phone allows the users to have an excellent performance experience, greatly owed to Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus which is the top most powerful chipset on the Android side of things - which helps immensely in gaming and other heavy duty tasks like video editing. This is paired with an 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and also supports 5G connectivity. The phone is also equipped with a 4350mAh battery inside which should easily last through most of the day and comes with a 44W charger - something that's going to make the battery performance above-par on this device.
Vivo made the decision to integrate the gimbal system in its mid range phone so that it's more widely available to users but they did upgrade the camera in the X50 Pro+. They opted with a quad camera setup (50+8+13+8) with Samsung's brand new ISOCELl GN1 sensor - which is a 50 megapixel sensor and pulls in a lot of light. This camera does not chase the highest megapixel count and it focuses on duo pixel auto focus - with better low light camera than the X50 Pro who’s results were already impressive. The results are not as good as the Huawei P40 Pro but impressive nevertheless and may be the second best option after that. The smartphone also has a 32 megapixel front camera that takes great selfie photos.
The auto focus was another huge hype and seems to be pretty fast compared to the S20 Ultra. Vivo also stepped up their wide angle game with this phone - as the ultra wide camera is larger than that of the X50 Pro, with 18 megapixels compared to only 8 on its lower end version. This gives sharper results during the day and better results at night too. The depth sensor has also been upgraded to 13 megapixel. The periscope lens is also larger than the one on the standard pro can and gives you 5x lossless zoom. You can go upto 60x in hybrid zoom but the results are not as clear beyond 20x.
Video stabilization on the X50 Pro+ does not have the gimbal which was the headline feature of the X50 Pro. There is a major drop off in video stability with evident micro jitteriness - but vivo has a study mode that shoots from the wide angle camera which allows for a much fluid experience.
The Vivo X50 Pro+ checks all the boxes of what a 2020 flagship phone should have and will definitely be a strong contender in the market. The phone has great specs, an excellent camera performance and is undeniably impressive overall. It retails for $720 and it is definitely worth asking if the phone will perform as well with its mid ranged counterpart in the market due to its new and exciting Gimbal System especially when it costs around $200 less.