Update, June 3 2020 (2:11AM ET): Vivo representatives have come back to us to confirm that the Vivo X50 Pro is the only phone in the family with the gimbal stabilization tech. In other words, the top-end X50 Pro Plus doesn’t offer this feature.
It’s a bit of a bizarre move, as it means you can’t get the best of both worlds by opting for the most expensive X50 phone. Instead, you pretty much have to choose between gimbal-style stabilization and a brand-new 50MP camera sensor.
Original article, June 1 2020 (10:03AM ET): Vivo teased the X50 series last month, revealing that the phones are equipped with gimbal-style stabilization technology on the main camera. The Chinese brand has finally revealed the phones, and we’re actually looking at three devices.
We’ve actually got the Vivo X50, X50 Pro, and X50 Pro Plus — a similar naming convention as the Huawei P40 family. The gimbal-style stabilization is restricted to the X50 Pro and Pro Plus though, allowing for better quality snaps and videos at night.
Vivo has also implemented a so-called Gimbal Radar in the UI, which is an animated ball that reflects the gimbal system’s movement so users know when things are stable.
It was previously believed that the series was getting a 50MP main camera and it’s now confirmed that the X50 Pro Plus will indeed pack Samsung’s Isocell Bright GN1 50MP sensor. This particular sensor offers 1.2 micron pixels, taking pixel-binned shots equivalent to a 12.5MP 2.4 micron pixel image. Between the bigger pixels and gimbal stabilization, we’re expecting brighter shots than 48MP and 64MP phones.
The Vivo X50 Pro retains the micro-gimbal system but uses a 48MP IMX598 camera instead, while the standard X50 uses a 48MP sensor with standard OIS.
What else to expect from Vivo X50 cameras?
Both the X50 Pro and X50 Pro Plus pack periscope cameras too, with the brand claiming 60x “Hyper Zoom.” Presumably that’s just digital zoom rather than optical or even hybrid zoom. The Pro Plus variant delivers a 13MP periscope lens while the Pro model offers an 8MP shooter.
The Pro Plus model packs impressive cameras elsewhere too, featuring a 32MP 2x zoom lens and a 13MP ultra-wide camera. Meanwhile, the Pro and standard variants deliver a 13MP 2x zoom camera and an 8MP ultra-wide lens. The standard variant also features a 5MP macro camera in lieu of a periscope camera.
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13MP 2x zoom
48MP (micro-gimbal stabilization)
13MP 2x zoom
50MP (micro-gimbal stabilization)
32MP 2x zoom
Vivo has also implemented its Super Night Mode on all the devices, which isn’t a surprise. But what is a surprise is the addition of a Starry Mode, ostensibly being a take on the Pixel 4‘s astrophotography mode. We’re guessing that this is an identical solution as the Realme X3 SuperZoom‘s Starry Mode, given that the two brands are under the same parent company.
More than just cameras?
The Vivo X50 Pro Plus is definitely the star of the show as far as power is concerned, packing a Snapdragon 865 chipset according to the brand. Meanwhile, the standard and Pro models serve up a Snapdragon 765G processor. The standard variant also gets a 4,200mAh battery, while the Pro model gets a 4,315mAh battery, and the Pro Plus has a 4,350mAh battery. You can expect 33W charging on the standard and Pro models, while the Pro Plus packs 44W topups.
The phones all share a 6.56-inch FHD+ OLED screen, but with a 90Hz refresh rate for the X50 and X50 Pro. The X50 Pro Plus features a 120Hz refresh rate.
Other specs shared among the three devices include a 32MP selfie camera in a punch-hole cutout and FunTouch OS 10.5 based on Android 10.
The standard Vivo X50 retails for 3,498 yuan (~$490) for the 8GB/128GB version, and the 8GB/256GB variant will set you back 3,898 yuan (~$546). The Vivo X50 Pro 5G starts at 4,298 yuan (~$602) for the 8GB/128GB model, while the 8GB/256GB variant retails for 4,698 yuan (~$658). The X50 Pro Plus is listed at 4,998 yuan (~$701) on Vivo’s Chinese website.