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Vivo X51 5G Smartphone Review - Verdict


Vivo X51 5G Smartphone Review  - Verdict: Vivo X51 5G

Value For Money

The Vivo X51 5G is priced at £749 which sits it right in the middle of the busy mid-range smartphone market. Some might not want to pay so much for a smartphone brand they don't really know but don't be a brand snob as there's a lot to like about the Vivo X52 5G. It is, however, more expensive than the Google Pixel 4a 5G (shares the same cameras as the Google Pixel 5)  which impressed us but it does look quite reasonable when you sit it alongside the Samsung Galaxy S20 which it rivals in terms of stabilisation (in our opinion). You might also want to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (not yet reviewed by ePz, but we do really like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+) and don't forget Huawei has their smartphones, such as the P20 or P40, offer excellent image quality but you don't get access to the Google Play store. 

For more mid-range options, have a look at our 'Top 10 Best Mid-Range Smartphones For Photography 2020' list. Alternatively, we have more smartphone options in our 'Top 10 Best Premium Smartphones for Photography' list or have a peruse at the smartphones we think are the best priced at under £300


Vivo X51 5G Verdict

The Vivo X51 5G is a mid-range smartphone that instantly grabbed our attention with its line-up of cameras and 'gimbal' mention and even though image quality could be improved, what's on offer in terms of lens choice can not be snubbed. It's rare that you find a smartphone where all of the built-in cameras are actually useful but on the Vivo X51 5G they are. Yes, there are some focusing issues and colour accuracy could be better but this isn't the case for every shot so it's something you can live with. Low light performance is also good and as we've mentioned, the choice of zoom options makes it a more usable smartphone. 

The 'gimbal' technology is impressive, producing steady video footage at 1080p with ease when Super Anti-Shake Mode is selected. It's also nice to see some new technology appearing in mid-range smartphones which have all become a bit samey of late. 

Battery life could be better, there isn't a headphone socket and wireless charging isn't supported but you do get a lovely looking screen and the curved glass surrounded by a metal frame is a design you now come to expect on any mid-range or premium smartphone nowadays. 

Overall, we like what the X51 has to offer and we think you will, too. 


Vivo X51 5G Pros

  • Price
  • Great display
  • Smart design 
  • All of the camera focal lengths you could need
  • Steady video capture 
  • Good low light performance 

Vivo X51 5G Cons

  • No headphone socket
  • No wireless charging
  • Colour accuracy in some images could be better
  • Camera can struggle to focus 
  • The battery could be better


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