a gorgeous phone with a promising camera

Vivo‘s launching its ambitious X50 pro smartphone with a gimbal-supported camera today in India. While the company’s pushing the camera to be the centerpiece of the show, the build and design of the phone are charming.

I’ve been using the device for less than two days, and it has left a good impression in a lot of areas, including the camera. Before I talk about all that, let’s look at the specifications of the device:


  • Screen: 6.56-inch full HD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Rear camera: 48-megapixel gimbal-supported main sensor + 8-megapixel super-wide-angle sensor (120-degree field of view) + 13-megapixel bokeh sensor + 8-megapixel telescopic sensor (for 5x optical zoom)
  • Front camera: 32-megapixel
  • Internal storage: 256GB
  • Battery: 4,315mAh
  • Charging: 33W fast charging

Design and build

The Vivo X50 Pro is one of those phones that might make you say, “Damn, that looks good!” when you first get it out of the box. On the front, there’s the screen with curved glass, and on the back, there’s a dual-tone color with frosted glass material that feels like brushed metal.

Despite the large 6.56-inch screen staring at you, the phone is easy to hold and operate in one hand in most cases. You’ll have to use the second hand or adjust your holding hand to pull down the notification tray though.

Vivo X50 Pro screen
Credit: Ivan Mehta