vivo X50 first impressions

vivo puts smartphone photography in the spotlight with its new X50 series. We got our hands on the smaller of the two, the vivo X50, and here are our thoughts on the phone so far.


Look-wise, the X50 is a stunner. Our test unit came in Glaze Black and it definitely screams premium. One caveat: the glass finish of the back panel is a big fingerprint magnet. Good thing there’s a jelly case that comes with the phone out of the box.

In front, the phone features a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The high refresh rate has made scrolling through social media a buttery-smooth experience. I couldn’t stop scrolling because I was enjoying how silky everything looks. Videos in 60fps were also pleasant to watch on the device.

The phone performs like a dream, too, so far. It can run intensive game titles with ease and apps haven’t crashed on me during my first week of using it. The in-display fingerprint scanner unlocks the phone pretty fast and the facial recognition comes in handy for hands-free unlocking.

The FunTouch OS the X50 runs on is neat-looking and easy to navigate. One feature I like is that I can schedule when the phone will switch to Dark Mode so I don’t have to go through settings to toggle it.

When it comes to battery life, the X50 can last up to eight hours of moderate to heavy use. It’s quick to top up the battery life thanks to its 33W vivo FlashCharge 2.0 support.

Photography prowess

Now for its cameras. The quad cam setup captures crisp shots, certainly living up to its promise. The photos do come out a tad bit pasty for my taste, but overall, they’re good.

Captured with Vivo X50

Features-wise, the camera app gives you many options, including Motion Autofocus, which helps you keep track of your subject through Eye Autofocus. For videos, there’s Ultra Stable and Movie Camera to help get more cinematic shots.

The front camera comes with different beauty modes you can toggle through and they can be turned off completely if you like a more natural selfie.

We’ll be putting the vivo X50’s camera to work more to see if its photography capabilities make the phone really stand out in its class.

The vivo X50 (8GB+128GB) is available through for P25,999.

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