Just a month ago, we got a teaser at what Vivo’s next smartphone would be capable of with a cute little animated camera sensor module. This prompted us to figure out the main selling point of the device, the gimbal like stabilisation. Now that Vivo has officially unveiled their X50 lineup of devices, we have a better look at the whole package.
The X50 lineup comes with three devices; the base X50, the X50 Pro and the X50 Pro Plus. The weird part about this release is the stark difference between both the Pro models. But, we’ll get into that in a bit.
Firstly let’s talk about the X50 Pro Plus which features a 6.56-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate capability. On the inside, the device sports Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 processor, a 4350mAh battery with 44W charging, and a base 8GB RAM variant. On the rear, the phone comes with a quad-camera setup using Samsung’s latest GN1 50MP main shooter, 32MP portrait camera, 13MP periscope camera and 13MP wide angle lens.
However, here’s where it gets weird.
The Vivo X50 Pro on the other hand comes with the same 6.56-inch FHD+ display with only a 90Hz refresh rate. The device also takes a dive into midrange territory with the accompanying Snapdragon 765.
The phone also comes with a smaller 4315mAh battery with 33W fast charging. On the rear, the X50 Pro comes with a Sony IMX598 48MP gimbal capable camera, with a 13MP portrait camera, 8MP periscope camera and 8MP wide angle lens.
This was one of the weirdest parts of the whole thing for me. I mean, I don’t think that’s how Plus versions work right? We usually see Plus version devices to have a bigger screen, the top camera specs, and just overall a ‘Plus’ experience. What Vivo have done here is given you the same size smartphone, with a lower-end processor, slightly smaller battery, but an arguably better camera setup with gimbal like stabilisation.
Am I wrong, is that how Plus variant devices work?
It’s just confusing, really.
The last on the list is the standard X50, which is essentially the same as the X50 Pro but comes with a smaller 4200mAh battery, and no gimbal stabilisation, and uses a four-axis OIS instead.
Pricing and Availability
The Vivo X50 Pro Plus comes in two variants:
- 8GB + 128GB for CNY4998 (~RM3000)
- 12GB + 256GB for CNY 5998 (~RM3615)
The Vivo X50 Pro comes in two variants:
- 8GB +128GB for CNY4298 (~RM2590)
- 8GB + 256GB for CNY4698 (~RM2830)
The base X50 comes in two variants:
- 8GB + 128GB for CNY3498 (~RM2110)
- 8GB + 256GB for CNY3898 (~RM2350)
For now, we do know that the phones will be making an appearance out of China, but we don’t have word on Malaysian pricing and availability just yet.