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Vivo X50 unboxing and first impressions: back with a bang

On: July 16, 2020

Vivo has launched its newest X-series smartphones, the X50 and X50 Pro in India. Both these smartphones, along with the flagship Vivo X50 Pro+ were launched in China last month. The Vivo X50 features a Snapdragon 730 SoC, 90Hz display, 48MP quad cameras and 33W fast charging as its highlights. Notably, the Chinese variant of the X50 features Snapdragon 765G chipset, just like the Pro variant.

Also readVivo X50 and X50 Pro with 90Hz displays and 48MP quad cameras launched in India: price, specifications

Vivo is reviving its X-series of smartphones in India after a long sabbatical. The last X-series smartphone from the company was the X21, which was also one of the first smartphones to arrive with an in-display fingerprint scanner and went head-on with the OnePlus 6. We received the Vivo X50 ahead of launch, and here’s our first impressions.

The Vivo X50 comes in a square box with a pattern design on top resembling the letter ‘X’ and minimal branding all around. Inside the box, you will find the smartphone, a transparent protective case, Vivo FlahsCharge 2.0 adapter, USB Type-C cable SIM ejector tool and documentation. Props to Vivo for providing a 3,5mm earphones with the device and since the phone doesn’t have 3.5mm audio jack, there’s a Type-C dongle in the box.

The Vivo X50 comes with a standard glass-sandwich design with a frosted glass back and metal chassis. We received the Frost Blue colour variant and the paint job looks stunning with a light blue and silver accent to it. There is also a Glaze Black colour option. The rear panel houses the rectangular quad-camera island in the top left corner with a triple LED flash and Vivo branding in the bottom left.

Coming to other elements, the bottom edge is home to the SIM tray, USB Type-C port and the speaker grille. The volume and power button are located on the right while the left edge is bare. There’s a single noise-cancelling mic on the top. The fascia is different from the Pro variant as it comes with a flat display instead of a curved panel.

Speaking of the display, the Vivo X50 is equipped with a 6.56-inch AMOLED display panel with 2,376 x 1,080 pixels screen resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The 19.8:9 display comes with support for HDR10+ and 16 million colours. The display has a 3.96mm ultra-small punch-hole cutout in the top left corner and 3.07mm ultra-narrow chin, making for an immersive experience. The display is vibrant with sharp text, rich colours and good viewing angles.

The screen also features an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, which was pretty fast and accurate in our experience.

The Snapdragon 730 is an 8nm octa-core chipset clubbed with Adreno 618 graphics. The chipset is accompanied by 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB storage. Out of the box, the phone boots the Android 10-based Funtouch OS and is powered by 4,200mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. I will delve into the performance prowess of the handset in more depth in my review, which should be out shortly. In the short stint with the smartphone, the Vivo X50 handled multitasking well with good gaming performance as well, however, the handset does heat up during intense gameplay.

Coming to the highlights of the handset, the Vivo X50 features a 48-megapixel quad-camera setup on the back. The custom Sony IMX598 primary sensor features four-axis OIS and EIS image stabilisation, and is backed by a 13-megapixel professional portrait lens with a 50mm equivalent focal length, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel macro lens. In the front, the smartphone features a 32-megapixel selfie camera. The camera app is loaded with features like Super Night Mode 3.0, portrait mode 2.0, starry sky mode, motion capture, video tracking, AR cute shot and more.

The camera captures good images in daylight with good details and also manages to click stunning pictures at night. The selfie camera also captures a great amount of details with natural skin tone.

Vivo has priced the X50 starting at Rs 34,990, and while it is expensive considering the mid-range processor, Vivo seems to be focussing on the cameras here. However, with the OnePlus Nord scheduled to launch in India on July 21st and the OPPO Reno 4 Pro reportedly launching in last week of this month, Vivo will have some serious competition soon.

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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.