Vivo X51 review - 5G smartphone with gimbal camera

by Timo8. December 2020

The smartphone manufacturer vivo wants to get started in Europe and is presenting the vivo X51, a 5G flagship smartphone that puts design and innovation in the foreground. The gimbal camera system plays a special role here, promising particularly smooth photo and video recordings.

I have been using the vivo X51 as a daily driver for several weeks. I describe my experiences and impressions in the following review.




vivo X51


Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
GPU: Adreno 620
Internal memory: 256GB (UFS2.1)
Memory extension: no

Display diagonal: 6.56 inches
Display resolution: 2376 × 1080 pixels
Display frequency: 90 Hz
Display Type: AMOLED
Screen Protector: Unknown
Multitouch: 10 fingers

Main camera: 48 MP Sony IMX598 (f / 1.6 aperture)
Ultra wide angle + macro: 8 MP Hynix HI-846 (120 ° ultra wide angle lens and f / 2.2 aperture)
Telecamera: 8MP Omnivision OV08A10 (f / 3.4 aperture, 5x optical - 60x digital)
Portrait camera: 8MP Samsung S5K3L6 (f / 2.46 aperture)

Front camera: 32 MP Samsung S5KGD1 (f / 2.45 aperture)

Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28/B32/B66
TDD LTE: B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
5G: n1/n3/n7/n8/n28/n38/n41/n77/n78

WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.1
GPS: Yes

* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* E-Compass
* Fingerprint Sensor

Battery: 4.315 mAh
Fast charge function: 33 Watt
Qi store: no

Operating system: Android 11 (FuntouchOS 11)
Audio: AK4377A Hi-Fi
Connection: USB-C
Size: 158,46 × 72,80 × 8,04 mm
Weight: 181.5g

What's in the box

1x smartphone
1x SIM needle
1x Type-C adapter
1x charging cable
1x charger (33 watts)
1x protective cover
1x user manual

Test: vivo X51

I would like to send you a new update on my experiences and impressions with the vivo X51 supply. I've been using the smartphone as a "Daily Driver". In the meantime, a lot has happened on the software side. At the beginning of December, vivo has that FuntouchOS 11 (Android 11) update rolled out for the vivo X51.

vivo X51 5G design glass housing

A quick test of the smartphone is available in the following section. General information about the vivo X51 you can find at the end of the article (Link).

Camera quality

Most of you will certainly care Recording quality of the main camera. After all, this is the focus of the new vivo X51 5G. That is crucial for this Gimbal camera systemthat declares war on shaky recordings and ensures particularly smooth videos. But even those who like to take photos should get their money's worth, because the gimbal camera wants to score especially in the dark, where higher exposure times are necessary and the smallest movements lead to blurry images.

vivo X51 5G gimbal camera test

On a short photo tour, the vivo X51 accompanied me day and night through beautiful Saarbrücken. Here are the recordings:

Day / twilight

In terms of recording quality, the vivo X51 can keep up with other upper-class smartphones. The 48 megapixel main camera (Sony IMX598) delivers detailed images with crisp image sharpness right down to the edges of the image. Colors are displayed realistically and the dynamic range is pleasantly large. The Camera-AI recognizes different scenes precisely, even if the additional color adjustment does not suit everyone's taste. However, the AI ​​scenario recognition can be switched off in the settings of the camera app.

Night (left “normal” / right night mode)

The main camera delivers convincing results even in poor lighting conditions. Colors and image sharpness are retained and the image noise is low. The gimbal camera system, which effectively compensates for wobbles with longer exposure times, makes a major contribution to this. in the night mode the recording time can be up to 8 seconds.

Zoom capabilities

vivo X51 telescope camera (1)

1x Zoom

The Telescope camera of the vivo X51 enables one 5-way optical and 60-fold hybrid zoom. Compared to the main camera, the color of the images is a bit weaker, the dynamic range is also smaller and the image blurring decreases slightly towards the edges of the image. Details are captured very well up to 5x magnification. Usable zoom recordings can be made even with a 10x magnification. After that, details and sharpness decrease increasingly. With a steady hand and good lighting conditions, the 60x zoom can also provide surprises.

Super macro mode

The name "Super macro" the vivo X51 deserves it. The 8 MP sensorMacro and ultra wide angle cameras share, except for a short one Distance of 2.5 cm pleasantly hot. Details and fine structures are very easy to see.

Further details on the recording quality can be found in the final review. You can find all pictures in full resolution in our Dropbox (Link).

video mode

vivo X51 Gimbal Camera Video Quality 4K60

Performance and battery

In terms of performance, the vivo X51 can convince. The combination of 90 Hz AMOLED display, Snapdragon 765G SoC and FuntouchOS 11 (Android 11) user interface enables a satisfactory user experience. Apps open quickly, current mobile games can be played at a high level of detail, and the overall user interface is pleasantly fluid.

FuntouchOS 11 - New functions

With the recent update on FuntouchOS 11 vivo not only rolled out a version update to Android 11, but also revised and expanded the user interface of the vivo X51. The following innovations are in Update (PD2005F_EX_A_36.7.11) include:

  • Always-on display: The AoD has been improved and expanded with new designs. The user has more options to adapt the AoD to their own needs.
  • Albums: Photos can be managed even better. Intelligent algorithms help to sort photos by location, time, event and other factors.
  • iManager: Optimizes disk space cleanup, malware threat detection, traffic management, and app notifications.
  • Ultra game mode: Increases performance in games. Also includes a picture-in-picture mode for apps.
  • Privacy Policy: Optimization of the control over memory access. The “Always allow” option for location queries has been removed from the authorization request.
  • System: A notification history has been added. Advanced control over media playback.

With a single charge 1 to 2 1/2 days term possible. It depends on how you use the smartphone. Anyone who makes a call here and there, receives WhatsApp messages and surfs the web can easily reach 2 days and more. With Always-On Display and average usage, I was able to tease out exactly 1 1/2 days of running time. The FlashCharge 2.0 fast charging function charges the battery from 60 to 0 percent in just under 100 minutes. Wireless charging is unfortunately not an option.

vivo X51 5G AMOLED display

Connectivity and others

The vivo X51 also cuts a good figure in mobile communications. The connection in 4G and 5G mobile network is stable and shows no abnormalities. The common ones in Germany 4G (1/3/7/8/20/28/32) and 5G (n1/n28/n77/n78) Bands are all supported. Area coverage mmWave is missing however. in the 5G speed test 500 Mbit / s down and 45 Mbit / s up were measurable.

Wireless connections into WiFi (dual AC) and over Bluetooth (5.1) also impress with their high connection stability and range. Looking to the future, the vivo X51 is unfortunately not WiFi 6 (802.11ax) compatible. NFC is available. Mobile payment via Google Pay works without problems.

vivo X51 5G SIM slot

The Navigate (GPS, Beidou, GLONASS and Galileo) The smartphone delivers precise position data and shows the way accurately. The In-display fingerprint scanner unlocks reliably and quickly. Playback via the Mono speaker occurs in an understandable and clear manner and at a high volume.

So much for my further impressions with the vivo X51 smartphone. Further functions, in particular the stability of FuntouchOS 11, are still being tested and the detailed review will follow at this point.

Info: vivo X51

The vivo X51 would like to fully address the Consumer wishes enter. So got loud Vice President and Head of European Business at vivo - Denny Dang - 9.000 consumers from all over Europe asked about the everyday use of their smartphones.

“The feedback was clear: the most important things for consumers were battery life, camera and smartphone design - and in particular, intuitive and easy handling. In addition, one pays attention to a good price-performance ratio. And that's exactly what we offer. "(Denny Dang)

Innovation plays an important role in vivo. So it appeared in 2012 vivo X1, the first smartphone with a hi-fi audio chip. That followed two years later vivo X5 Max, the thinnest smartphone on the market to date. That finally followed in 2018 I live NEX, the first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner. With the vivo X51, the company wants to set a new milestone and thus also win over European customers.

Gimbal camera system

The 48 megapixel main camera (Sony IMX598) the vivo X51 has a new image stabilization technique in the form of a Gimbal camera system installed. This ensures that the image area remains stable in all situations. Shaky pictures and videos are a thing of the past. In contrast to the usual optical image stabilization (OIS), which is known from most flagship smartphones, the stabilization module of the vivo X51 is a professional one 3-axis gimbal modeled after.

vivo X51 gimbal camera system

Camera pans, tilts and tilt movements are made electromagnetic balanced. Stabilization angles of 3 ° on the X-axis and 2 ° on the Y-axis enable a high degree of stabilization and razor-sharp images even in the dark. The gimbal camera system is rounded off by AI supportwhich ensures more image and video sharpness even with fast movements. Special recording modes such as the Super Night Mode or the Supermoon fashion, benefit from this new stabilization technology and ensure more variety in photography. A test of the vivo X51 will have to show whether the new camera system is actually that much better than OIS.

vivo X51 test

In addition to the main camera, the vivo X51 also has a rear three more cameras installed. A 13 megapixel portrait camera with 50mm focal length and 2x optical zoom ensures perfect depth of field. One 8 megapixel sensor with 120 ° wide angle is able to capture a particularly large image area. At the same time, the sensor shares a macro function with a short one 2.5cm recording distance. The fourth camera in the group has a resolution of 8 megapixels and enables one 5x optical zoom. Digital is even one 60x magnification (60x hyper zoom) possible. The front camera resolves megapixels with 32.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

The system-on-chip is the ARMv8-based and im 7nm procedure manufactured Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Incidentally, the same is also found in the Google Pixel 5 Use. In terms of performance, the SoC “only” ranks in the field of upper middle class a, the Snapdragon 765G is definitely not a bottleneck. The 8-core CPU is up to computationally intensive tasks. One performance cluster, consisting of two Cortex-A76 cores, takes on particularly demanding tasks. Six economical Cortex-A55 cores form one Energy saving Clusterwho takes on undemanding tasks.

vivo X51 design

Part of the Qualcomm Gaming range, the Adreno GPU 620 of the SoC has enough performance even in current mobile games. Future-proof 5G mobile communications are also provided. The X52 modem supports mmWave, Sub-6, TDD, FDD and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. Stable wireless connections are through Dual AC WiFi and Bluetooth 5.1 ensured. Mobile payment (Google Pay) is thanks NFC also possible. The system is rounded off by a 8GB LPDDR4X Memory and one 256GB UFS2.1 data store. The operating system of the vivo X51 is named Funtouch OS10 and based on Android 10.

3D Curved Ultra O Screen

The display refers to vivo as "3D Curved Ultra O Screen", This is 6.56 inch E3 Samsung AMOLED Panel with 90 Hz refresh rate and 180 Hz sampling rate. The FHD + resolution given by vivo corresponds to high resolution 2376 1080 x pixels. For a perfect cinema experience HDR10 + Content supported. The Hi-Res Audio certified allows for rich sounds  AK4377A HiFi chip. There is a hidden under the display to safely unlock the smartphone In-display fingerprint sensor.

vivo X51 display

33 watt quick charge function

thanks to the 33 watt FlashCharge 2.0 technology the vivo X51 can be charged particularly quickly. In fact, enough 30 Minutes at the socket around the 4315 mAh battery on 57 Prozent to load. The prerequisite is a suitable quick charger, which vivo has kindly included in the scope of delivery.

Price and availability

The vivo X51 is from the 20. October Available online and in retail (Media Markt & Saturn). The recommended retail price is shown with 799 Euros will be documented.

Source: Press Release

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I have no idea how the prices are made at Vivo, but € 799 for a smartphone with SD765G is far too high. For that I prefer to get a Pixel 5 with an update guarantee and at least as good a camera.


I thought so too. There may be new technology in it, but the surcharge does not reveal itself to me.


I'm curious about the camera comparisons. The IMX598 could be interesting, but I don't see any advantage over the older IMX586. Pretty much identical specs.


I went to Saturn yesterday and looked at it. Really super chic and top quality. If the price falls it will be bought :).


Hello, do you already know something about Origin OS? In China, it should be available on all Vivo phones early next year. I would be interested to know if this also applies to global.