Vivo X51 review: a new player for the European smartphone market

Vivo carries the that means alongside the traces of “I live” – and the Vivo X51 5G is the first signal of life from Chinese producer Vivo in the European market. Many individuals are most likely not accustomed to the Vivo model identify. Yet, the firm occurs to be the fifth-largest smartphone producer in the world and has been in enterprise for 25 years. We took a take a look at the X51 for you and have come to this conclusion: With Vivo, do anticipate the smartphone market in Europe to get a little bit extra crowded. This smartphone shouldn’t be solely a actual eye-catcher, however it comes with actual improvements beneath the hood, particularly the place the digicam is worried.


  • Great digicam system
  • Very good processing functionality


  • Expensive for a new model
  • Snapdragon 765G chipset shouldn’t be a flagship SoC

Vivo X51 launch date and value

  • €799 advisable retail value
  • Unveiled in Europe on 20 October 2020

The Vivo X51 shall be bought for €799 in Europe. In addition to the smartphone itself, Vivo will throw in a 33W charger, a USB-C charging cable, a case manufactured from clear silicone, and high-quality in-ear headphones that can assist you get began proper out of the field.

Vivo X51 design and construct high quality

With the X51, Vivo has developed a actual magnificence. However, this occurs to be the case with at the moment’s smartphone fashions from nearly all different producers. It is changing into more and more troublesome to inform the units aside at a look: do anticipate some glass in entrance, glass at the again, along with rounded edges.

The display screen is a curved AMOLED show, which covers nearly the whole entrance of the handset.
Overall, the show takes up 92.6% of house. The entrance digicam is situated in a small punch-hole in the higher left nook and is hardly noticeable whenever you ogle at the brilliant show. A skinny aluminum body will maintain the two glass sides collectively. Basically, every part appears to be produced from very excessive construct high quality and is strong.

At the again, you’ll find yourself with this “frost look”, which is already seen in choices from different smartphone producers. However, Vivo has actually managed to provide you with an distinctive general package deal in the X51. Tipping the scales at simply 181 grams, you find yourself with a diagonal show of 6.56-inches, making this a light-weight handset (in its class), whereas the mere 7.3cm width makes it very straightforward to stow in most pockets.

Even a good again will be pleasant: The X51 additionally appears good at the again. / © NextPit

Two years in the past I might have been bothered by the protruding digicam module, which homes three lenses along with a gimbal (sure, you heard me appropriately – a gimbal!). These days, it has develop into a given.

Vivo X51 show

  • 6.56 inch / 16.65 cm
  • 1,080 x 2,376 pixels / 398 ppi
  • 19.8:9 facet ratio
  • AMOLED show with 16 million colors and 500 nits brightness

As I had already written: I like the 6.56-inch curved AMOLED show.
It fills up most of the entrance of the X51 and falls off the edges and corners in the greatest approach attainable. The so-called bezels are extraordinarily slender and therefore, hardly noticeable.

With a decision rely of 1,080 x 2,376 pixels and a pixel density of 398 ppi, the X51’s display screen is blessed with a refresh charge of 90 Hz so as to guarantee easy playback of movies and video games. While it is perhaps good to see a 120 Hz refresh charge, maybe Vivo omitted this characteristic due to battery life points. The X51 does not attain the most values of some prime smartphones of 120 Hz, however 90 Hz would nonetheless be enough for most units at this level – together with the lately introduced iPhone 12 vary. The display screen will also be set to 60 Hz and even to Smart Switch if you need to increase the battery life. Then the refresh charge adjustments accordingly relying on the content material so as to save energy.

The Vivo X51 display screen additionally helps HDR10+. This permits pictures and movies that use this format to be displayed in even higher element that’s as actual as attainable.

The display screen is protected by a skinny protecting movie that’s hardly noticeable. It is a matter of style if you wish to preserve it or to take away it. Chances are you’ll be very joyful to have the protecting movie over the skinny glass layer after a few months of use, as this ensures you’ll keep away from any type of nasty scratches which may happen from common use.

Vivo X51 software program

  • Android 10
  • Surface Funtouch OS 10 Global

The Vivo X51 ships with Android 10 proper out of the field, and it overlays that with its personal interface that is named Funtouch OS.

This occurs to be somewhat near Stock Android, which (hopefully) signifies that Vivo can present common updates for its merchandise down the highway.

Vivo X51 efficiency

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • Clock frequency: Octa-Core (1 x 2.Four GHz, 1 x 2.2 GHz, 6 x 1.Eight GHz)
  • RAM: Eight GB
  • ROM: 256 GB
  • No SD card slot out there

A Snapdragon 765G chipset runs beneath the hood of the Vivo X51. There is a complete of eight cores are constructed into this chipset. The prime core is clocked at 2.Four GHz, with the second core operating at 2.2 GHz. The remaining half dozen cores run at 1.Eight GHz. While this isn’t the newest Qualcomm chipset, it has been specifically optimized for gaming efficiency. By the approach, the G suffix ought to have provided that notion away based mostly on its identify alone.

The Qualcomm-SoC has Eight GB of RAM mated to it. When it involves inside reminiscence, there is just one variant out there, that’s, 256 GB. There isn’t any separate SD or microSD reminiscence card slot for enlargement functions. We 

had the Vivo X51 to evaluation for a complete week, and all through the complete length, we’re happy to report that this smartphone by no means reached its efficiency limits.

A 5G modem can also be constructed into the Snapdragon 765G. For those that haven’t but skilled 5G connectivity, we now have this to say: If you could have ever skilled 5G velocity, it could be troublesome to return to something slower than that. Of course, the acknowledged peak values of the Qualcomm modem is acknowledged as going as much as 3.7 Gbit/s downlink and 1.6 Gbit/s uplink, however this could additionally imply that corresponding networks are required to be in place. In our assessments, nevertheless, we repeatedly had downlink speeds of 400 Mbit/s and better, however nonetheless removed from the theoretical higher restrict. Anyone who says that you do not want 5G has not skilled it but. It is actually cool!

Vivo X51 audio

  • No 3.5 mm jack connector
  • Headphone connection through adapter USB-C to three.5 mm

I’m not a massive fan of smartphones not having any 3.5 mm audio jack. This design ‘flaw’ has not modified with the Vivo X51, particularly since there is just one speaker built-in.
While it’s sufficient for listening to podcasts, stereo audio system at all times work much better. Thankfully, the speaker is loud sufficient to ship a first rate listening expertise though it will not beat having a pair of earphones to associate with it.

Fans of the 3.5 mm audio jack shall be disillusioned. There isn’t any such one right here. However, you’ll be able to bypass this drawback with a USB-C-to-3.5 mm adapter, letting you make use of your present wired headphone set.

Vivo X51 digicam

As with nearly all present smartphones, a noticeable island rises up on the again of the Vivo X51, which homes the digicam modules. You could love or hate the widespread optical choices – however these cameras merely want their house so as to perform. This adage rings e

specifically true for the Vivo X51 as it’s the first smartphone to characteristic a gimbal
, whereas its twin that’s bought in Asia, the X50, lacks that.

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If you look intently, you’ll be able to observe the gimbal’s motion. / © NextPit

But what does “gimbal” on this context imply – and is it actually corresponding to the numerous exterior gimbals that DJI, Rollei, and Zhiyun supply for smartphones? Not actually. While optical and mechanical picture stabilizers normally swallow blurry motion as much as about 1 diploma, Vivo claims that this built-in gimbal can obtain stabilization as much as three levels horizontally and a pair of levels vertically. Of course, this isn’t corresponding to a DJI Osmo, however because it has been constructed into the smartphone, it’s actually one thing new that we are going to speak about in additional element later. 

Here are all digicam modules at a look:

  • Ultra-wide angle: 15.7 mm, Eight megapixels, F2.2
  • Main digicam: 25.7 mm, 48 megapixels, F1.8
  • Telephoto digicam (2x): 50 mm, 13 megapixel, F2.5
  • Telephoto digicam (5x): 135 mm, Eight megapixel, F3.4
  • Selfie digicam: 24.7mm, 32 megapixel, F2.5
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The Sony IMX586 can now not sustain with the present crop of huge 100-megapixel sensors by way of replica element. For most functions, thicker ones will suffice, although / © NextPit

Vivo depends largely on a customary vary of sensors. With the primary digicam suspended in the gimbal, it appears big. The Sony IMX586, already round two years previous, is the part of alternative right here. The 1/2-inch sensor with its 48 megapixels is customary gear on a lot of the present mid-range smartphones – and it’s the software program that finally ends up as being the decisive issue with regards to picture high quality. And if Vivo didn’t botch issues up, the stabilized suspension ought to permit considerably longer shutter speeds than the competitors, which might be a bonus with regards to evening photographs. But let’s start with daytime photographs.

Beautiful footage, brilliant colours

In daylight, the Vivo X51 delivers stunning outcomes all through. From ultra-wide-angle to 5x telephoto, the picture high quality is well greater than sufficient for your whole digital purposes – particularly with regards to social media. The colours will be fairly gaudy although, making the photographs a bit paying homage to Samsung smartphones by way of colour replica.

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The Vivo X51 is flexibly arrange with its 4 cameras. / © NextPit

The following collage as soon as once more reveals a part that has been enlarged by 500% in comparison with the earlier picture. This helps you you will get a higher image of the replica element.

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Good information: The X51 has no issues with chromatic aberration – a “popular” drawback with telephoto lenses. / © NextPit

In direct comparability, photographs taken with an iPhone 11 Pro Max look far more impartial. But those that are aggravated by the colour replica will discover numerous choices in the settings, for instance to regulate the saturation.

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In direct comparability with the iPhone, the photographs of the X51 look a lot gaudier. / © NextPit

The Vivo X51 cameras don’t supply an excessive amount of scope for subsequent detailed enlargements or gigantic prints. If you zoom in additional, fantastic particulars rapidly look muddled – which you’ll see right here on this direct comparability with the iPhone.

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Upon nearer inspection, fantastic particulars usually change into muddy. / © NextPit

Make a lot out of a little: The evening mode of the digicam

Of course, we have been particularly enthusiastic about the evening photographs. According to Vivo, the gimbal permits lengthy shutter speeds of 1/Eight second – which must be taken with a pinch of salt. We really discovered such lengthy shutter speeds in the EXIF knowledge, however the iPhone 11 Pro Max, for instance, even specifies 1/Four second. But in the age of Computational Photography, the place each picture consists of a number of single pictures, the benefit of the shutter velocity is negated by way of software program alone.

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If the AI is energetic on the Vivo X51, it considerably improves the dynamic vary. I like the colours higher than on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which likes to wrap sunsets in an all too uninteresting orange. / © NextPit

It will get extra thrilling in full darkness. Here, too, we let the Vivo X51 compete towards the iPhone 11 Pro Max – and the distinction is as clear as evening and day! Although Vivo does not supply a multi-second hands-free evening mode à la Huawei, it’s clearly superior to Apple’s providing by way of evening photographs.

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In the darkish, Vivo brings considerably extra element to the photographs than Apple / © NextPit

As with the present technology of Pixel smartphones or the Realme X3 Superzoom, a particular astrophotography mode can also be out there. If you change Fabi’s fingers with a tripod – see the following instance picture – you must be capable of seize spectacular pictures of the Milky Way. In our check picture, it was attainable to acquire further particulars out by enhancing in Photoshop (proper picture).

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Mars, at the backside of the image, is sadly overexposed and thus white as a substitute of purple. / © NextPit

Selfies: Iron out my wrinkles, please!

You simply awakened in yesterday’s garments and puzzled how the hell you have been capable of sleep on the ground for 5 hours? Don’t fear: Your Instagram-Selfie will not present that ten seconds later. If you would like, the Vivo X51 will iron all the wrinkles from final evening (or the final 30 years) in a digital makeover.

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If you need to present at the very least a few fear traces to match the present state of affairs, you’ll be able to modify the magnificence filter down nearly to the finish. Otherwise, the Vivo X51 smoothes out all wrinkles – be it at evening or throughout the day. / © NextPit

The magnificence results will also be utilized to portrait photographs taken with the rear cameras.

The picture stabilization of the Vivo X51 is superb

Videos will be shot with the primary digicam in 4K at 60 frames per second. Due to the gimbal’s excellent efficiency, nearly wobble-free outcomes will be achieved.

However, we need to take a nearer take a look at these choices and write a separate article about them.

Vivo X51 battery

  • 4,315 mAh Lithium battery
  • 33 Watt charger

I’m a energy person with regards to smartphones: e-mails, Slack, and likewise tethering when I’ve to work with my laptop computer whereas I’m on the highway. But with the Vivo X51, it by no means let me down throughout my evaluation interval, regardless that I tethered through 5G which will be fairly power-hungry.

With my regular use sample, even together with video playback and a few gaming time, I used to be hardly capable of exhaust the handset’s battery by the finish of the day.

With a 33 watt charger, it is possible for you to to cost the 4,315 mAh battery from zero to 100 inside the hour. 15 minutes’ price of charging ought to be capable of give you a number of hours of normal use.

Vivo X51 technical specs

Dimensions: 158.46 x 72.Eight x 8.04 mm
Weight: 181 g
Battery dimension: 4315 mAh
Screen dimension: 6.56 in
Front digicam: 32 megapixels
Rear digicam: 48 megapixels
Android model: 10 – Q
RAM: Eight GB
Internal storage: 256 GB
Max. clock velocity: 2.Four GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC

Final verdict

You should not purchase the Vivo X51 if…

…you go for confirmed manufacturers

Vivo? Never heard of it. I’m positive many NextPit readers are additionally in the identical boat. The firm described itself as a 25-year-old start-up and is (by its personal account) is the fifth-largest smartphone producer in the world. But right here in Europe, Vivo continues to be a relative unknown.

You can buy the Vivo X51 if…

…you’re taking a lot of images and movies

Personally, the Vivo X51 first stunned me with the digicam after which really made me a believer for the remainder of the evaluation length. In actuality, the digicam setup of the Vivo X51 smartphone didn’t go away a lot to be desired, with the colour saturation being considerably just like many different Southeast Asian smartphone producers – that’s, over the prime at occasions, however the general digicam package deal proved to be a actually good performer.

…you’re looking for a actual flagship with 5G assist

Vivo didn’t skimp on options of their first European smartphone foray which shall be launched to the plenty quickly. The X51 with its gear (particularly the digicam system) can tackle the massive three (Apple, Samsung, and Huawei) – and did we point out that it additionally has 5G onboard? Once you could have loved 5G velocity, you will not need to return to LTE.

Vivo X51

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