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Vivo X50 Pro 5G Review

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Quick verdict: Vivo's X50 Pro 5G brings an interesting take on video stabilisation to the mid-range 5G market with exceptional results.

  • In-built gimbal is quite good for video usage
  • 5G ready
  • Good app performance
  • 90Hz display
  • Inconsistent for stills capture
  • FunTouch OS doesn't add much
  • 90Hz display predictably eats up battery life
  • No water resistance
  • No wireless charging

6.56 inches

Display size

2376 Γ— 1080px

256GB

Internal storage

48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 8MP

Rear camera

4,315 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
6.56 inches
Resolution
2376 Γ— 1080px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.6 + f/2.46 + f/2.2 + f/3.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
32MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.45

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.46mm x 72.8mm x 8.04mm
Weight
181.5g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 765G
RAM
8GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
256GB
Battery capacity
4,315mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$999
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

As mobile phone brands go, Vivo hasn't had a particularly large presence in the Australian marketplace to speak of, with only a handful of phones sold on an outright basis available locally.

If you're thinking it's a brand you've never heard of, globally it's quite large, but then it is also part of the sprawling BBK Electronics empire out of China, which means it does have better known stablemates locally such as Oppo and realme.

The Vivo X50 Pro 5G is Vivo's current flagship phone, but it's also yet another mid-range 5G handset resting on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G platform, and there are a lot of those available right now.

Vivo pitches its hopes that you'll buy the Vivo X50 Pro 5G on a quite unique inclusion in the form of an integrated camera gimbal built right into the phone. It's a unique enough idea, although it makes it more suited to folks who shoot a lot of video than anything else.


Design

Design

  • 6.56-inch 90Hz AMOLED display
  • Staggered camera bump at the rear
  • No headphone jack
  • No water resistance
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

Camera

Camera

  • Quad camera array with plenty of options
  • Gimbal works best for video stabilisation
  • Some focus and exposure issues
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 765G performs well
  • Funtouch OS feels unnecessary
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4315mAh battery is decent at this price point
  • 90Hz predictably eats battery power for lunch
  • Fast 33W wired charging
  • No wireless charging
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

Should you buy the Vivo X50 Pro 5G?

  • Buy it if you want a 5G phone with great video stabilisation.
  • Don't buy it if you want wireless charging, water resistance or a fully flat phone.
Finder score: 4
How we score our reviews

There's a lot to like about the Vivo X50 Pro 5G. The gimbal largely lives up to its promise, although it's much more of a compelling option if you shoot a lot of video rather than stills in most situations. Performance is right up there with other Snapdragon 765G phones, but that's no surprise at all.

All of the 765G phones we've tested to date have their trade-offs, and in the case of the Vivo X50 Pro 5G, it's the lack of features such as wireless charging and water resistance in a handset that still costs $999.


Pricing and availability

Price

$999

Where to buy


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.56 inches
Resolution
2376 Γ— 1080px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.6 + f/2.46 + f/2.2 + f/3.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
32MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.45

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.46mm x 72.8mm x 8.04mm
Weight
181.5g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 765G
RAM
8GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
256GB
Battery capacity
4,315mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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