The X50 Pro 5G is one of the newest additions from Vivo, featuring ultra-thin design, 48Mp primary sensor and gimbal camera stabilization. Vivo has released three flavours of X50.
Vivo X50 Pro+ is equipped with 6.56-inch OLED display with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. With Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, it’s a flagship model that promises fast performance. Other features are primary camera with 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor, telephoto camera with 5x physical zoom and 4315mAh battery. The Vivo X50 Pro 5G is an upper mid-range model with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G SoC and 6.56-inch OLED 1080p display. Another downgraded feature is the refresh rate, at 90Hz. Other features are 48Mp primary sensor, gymbal stabilization, telephoto camera with 5x physical zoom and 4315mAh battery. The Vivo X50 is a regular mid-range model. Just like the Pro, it also has 6.56-inch OLED display with 1080p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. It has the same 48Mp primary camera. The difference is that there’s no telephoto camera and gimbal stabilization. The battery is also slightly less powerful at 4200mAh.
Along with Oppo, Vivo is known for being at the forefront of smartphone innovation. They have introduced shark fin cameras, pop-up cameras, dual-screen designs, onscreen fingerprint readers and others. The concept of 48Mp gimbal camera first appeared in the Apex 2020 and Vivo is quick in making it a reality. The camera is based on the ISOCELL GN1 technology from Samsung with Tetracell pixel-binning. It’s consisted of four physical components at 1.2 micron pixels that produce a single virtual 2.4 micron unit. It also has Dual Pixel phase detection autofocus technology. As comparison, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is equipped with 9-in-1 Nonacell binning for its 108Mp primary sensor. Unfortunately, this high-resolution camera still struggles when focusing on objects at very close distances. Samsung has remedied this problem with its brand new GN1 technology.
The showstopper feature of the ViVo X50 5G is clearly the gimbal stabilization. It means that the lens floats on a single axis and this technology promises unprecedented stabilization for shooting videos. It also ensures sharper results when capturing still images. In Apex 2020, Vivo promises that the gimbal can improve the fluidity of the lens by up to 200 percent, if compared to the current IOS solution. It took quite some time for Vivo to develop and a miniaturized gimbal module that can be fitted inside the smartphone. The original gimbal component was three times larger than the periscope mechanism of telephoto sensor. The gimbal module is consisted of dual-ball suspension, limit mechanism, voice coil moto, lens, T-FPC, dual S-type FPC lines, protective cover and magnetic frame. Compared to the OIS solution, it could compensate for the instability caused by hand movements by up 300 percent better.
The light sensitivity of the 48MP gimbal camera is between 39 and 220 percent, depending on how steady the smartphone is held. When used to capture videos or photos in low-light situations, the light sensitivity will be much higher if you hold the smartphone very steadily. This should ensure a brighter result when capturing photos at night.