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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Vivo X50 Pro, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus!

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus  Vivo X50 Pro 
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Vivo X50 Pro
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Excellence Score
86.9
73.6
Value for Money Score
84.8
55.5
Price ₹ 41,996 onwards ₹ 49,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2020 Jul, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to Android 11
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.56 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3200 pixels (~ 524 pixels per inch) 1080x2376 pixels (~ 398 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 90 HzHigh
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display HDR10+, 3D Curved Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.73 GHz 2.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G77 MP11 Adreno 620
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (8K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Telephoto; PDAF; OIS; 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; Autofocus; Super Steady video, 0.3 MP: TOF 3D Camera, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, HDR10+ Video, Dual-video rec., Stereo Sound rec., Gyro-EIS, OIS 48MP: f/1.6 Aperture; PDAF; Gimbal OIS, 13MP: f/2.5 Aperture; 50mm Focal Length; Depth Sensor; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 120-degree Sensor Size; 16mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 8MP: f/3.4 Aperture; 135mm Focal Length; Periscope Telephoto; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; PDAF; OIS; 5x Optical Zoom, Super Night Mode
Secondary Camera 10MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.2" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected] f/2.5 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.8 mmMedium 8 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 182 gmMedium
Width 73.7 mmOk for one-handed use 72.8 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4315 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 33W FlashCharge 2.0
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; UFS 3.0 Storage; USB Power Delivery 3.0; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 9W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top end flagship build quality - the S20 Plus is a fine piece of hardware that exudes quality and craftsmanship
  • The front looks absolutely gorgeous with an almost edge to edge screen and just a single punch-hole at the top centre - the front glass is slightly less curved along the side edges than previous S series phones
  • The phone is sealed tight and carries an IP68 rating, so you can accidentally dunk it in some water and it’ll survive
  • Stunning 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that is the best you can buy on any phone right now - the sharpness of the display is simply outstanding with eye-popping clarity
  • The 120Hz refresh rate gives the screen a luscious smoothness that has to be seen to be believed, you’ve got a screen that simply dominates every other panel on the market
  • The screen is also HDR10+ certified, which means the right content will deliver incredible dynamic range - the HDR10 movies on Netflix look really impressive
  • Running the Galaxy S20 Plus is Samsung's OneUI 2 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • Powering the Galaxy S20 Plus is the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Apple's A13 - the phone feels fast all the time, no matter what content or app you throw at the S20 Plus, it devours the calculations and offers buttery smooth performance
  • Samsung gave the Galaxy S20 Plus an impressive quad-camera system on the rear - the standard lens boasts a 12MP sensor, joined by an ultra wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical telephoto 64MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The primary 12MP camera gives you crisp detailed images with the good dynamic range that Samsung’s cameras are known for and the colours are wonderful
  • 64MP telephoto lens is capable of 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x digital zoom - the S20 Plus’s mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (the 100x zoom is not present in the S20 and S20 Plus)
  • The S20 Plus’s 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the S20 Plus is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode, this uses the ToF camera to help judge depth and create a portrait-like effect when capturing video - it is also capable of capturing 8K videos (though, the use case for 8K is very limited)
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - the S20 Plus captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 10MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • A pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life with the massive 4500 mAh cell - you will get a comfortable one day of use with heavy to moderate use
  • Sufficient fast charging with the supplied 25W charger - it boosts the battery by 50% after just 27 minutes
  • Also supports 15W wireless charging, and it can fill the battery to 50% in just 35 minutes on a charging pad
  • It also supports wireless reverse charging and can charge other phones or accessories that support wireless charging
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus, actually has identical capabilities to the smaller S20, but is for those who want a bit more screen space without paying for the top-of-the-line S20 Ultra - it may well end up being the best selling of the three - it has a gorgeous screen, classy hardware, wicked performance, good battery life, and capable cameras, and the Samsung's name - if what the S20 Plus offer is what you're looking for, go buy it (though, it’s also huge and heavy)
  • The Vivo X50 Pro is a breath of fresh air, bringing a sexy, luxurious design - the soft satin finish of the glass back with a classy matte metallic hue gives it a unique and amiable look
  • It is one of the only Android flagships that is somewhat compact and relatively light-weight
  • The under-display fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate for the most part and there's also Face Unlock that works well
  • Very good 6.5-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen, which looks pretty good - the colours are punchy, saturated and viewing content on it is a delight
  • The display have all the bells and whistles here including a 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz response rate, HDR10+ support and up to 1300 nits peak brightness
  • Very good performance with the new Snapdragon 765G - the Vivo X50 Pro dashes through everything you throw at it, for day to day use, you should have no issues whatsoever and Heavy 3D games like PUBG Mobile runs smoothly
  • Very good quad camera setup - a primary gimbal 48MP sensor, a 13MP portrait zoom lens, an 8MP ultra-wide and an 8MP periscope lens
  • In daylight everything looks generally pleasing including sharp, detailed shots with good colours - the gimbal system is as if the sensor is 'floating', so it can compensate in three dimensions to help keep everything extra stable and smooth
  • The ultra-wide camera gets you that extra-wide perspective on the world - it adds a little extra fun to the functionality with the macro mode and can take sharp and detailed close-ups
  • The 5X periscope can help bring farther away subjects to appear closer in the frame, it is really useful at times - it can crop up to 60X digitally
  • The front-facing 32MP camera does a good job - the portrait mode works well, filters, Beauty and other usual features are also present
  • Video recording on the X50 Pro is excellent with the gimble coming into play, it captures amazingly smooth video, just like a camera on gimble would
  • Overall, this is one of the more exciting camera setups at this price and Vivo isn't playing a numbers game, each camera has different functionality that adds to the overall versatility of the cameras
  • Good loudspeaker performance - the output is loud and clear with very little distortion in the bass at full volume (though, most competitors offer stereo speakers at this price)
  • Good battery life with the 4315 mAh cell - it will easily last a full day on a single charge with 90 Hz display on moderate use
  • Very good fast charging with the 33W Flash Charger - it can fill up the battery in about 80 minutes
  • The Vivo X50 Pro is the most polished smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer, some of its hardware is second to none, the cameras are extremely enjoyable, the battery backup is reliable, all of which comes in a powerful petite package (though, the software might be an eyesore to a lot of user)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Aesthetically, the Galaxy S20 Plus looks dull, there's no flair in the design, like the Aura Glow option Samsung introduced last year, which looked fascinating - the huge camera module doesn't help either
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is unreliable - it’s slower than other sensors on competition and far less accurate
  • It is also huge and requires two hands to use most of the time - it doesn’t fit well in pockets, despite its slippery surfaces, and more or less requires a case for protection, which will only make it bigger
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent
  • That said, if you're someone who enjoy smaller phones that are easy to carry around and have near to no compromise, get the smaller Galaxy S20, you'll get the same fast processor, 120Hz display and improved cameras with a handy form factor
  • As with all previous Vivo phones, the software experience continues to be the pain point, it has barely improved over the last few years - this wouldn’t have been as big a deal if it were another one of Vivo’s budget smartphones, but consumers expect an ad-free, no-frills affair in the premium segment, that the X50 Pro is lacking
  • There’s no headphone jack and you will have to invest in some good Bluetooth headsets if you want to charge your phone and listen to music simultaneously
  • If great software is high on your priorities, the OnePlus 8 is a serious contender with equally excellent hardware and a software skin that is easy to be smitten with, but its cameras aren't as great as the X50 Pro - there’s also the Xiaomi Mi 10 which offers a complete hardware and camera package
Expert Reviews
  1. The significantly larger display may be enough for the right customer
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The S20 are the Android flagship to beat in 2020
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The middle of Samsung's new Galaxy S20 devices is powerful and large, without being ridiculous.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The S20/+ is one of the best Android phones around
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. This Android phone gets the job done so well, you'll hardly ever stop to think about it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. It’s a powerhouse that packs the best perks of its siblings, and strikes the perfect balance between them
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a great flagship that offers excellent all-round performance, top-of-the-line features, and of course, brand value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a good standalone Android flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one hell of a smartphone, it's one of the only phones actually worth the price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy S20 Plus is no doubt an excellent flagship, which looks stylish and works flawlessly
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is all things considered, the best that Android has to offer to you in the world of smartphones
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very, very good smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. With a more manageable size and weight, plus a superb primary camera that's sure to improve with updates, the Galaxy S20 Plus could be the best phone of 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The S20 that business users need
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Smartphones this good shouldn’t have questionable cameras
    ww.9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Despite few shortcomings, it’s still the best android flagship out there
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. An exceptional all-rounder with one of the nicest displays on the market
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is an incredible smartphone that stands to be one of the best smartphones in the market
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The Galaxy S20 Plus serves as a good option, one that brings the best of both worlds with its promise of flagship features, but not a kidney operation inducing price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. The Galaxy S20 Plus is your best two-to-three-year investment in a phone
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. Wholesome package justifies premium pricing
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The software experience and the superiors camera make the S20+ very compelling
    thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. The Galaxy S20 Plus is easily one of the best Android flagships to buy
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The X50 Pro is worth every penny and won't disappoint one bit those who appreciate the whole package
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Vivo X50 Pro is the most polished smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer, just can't say the same about its software
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The gimbal camera stabilisation is the party-piece for the Vivo X50 Pro
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Gimbal Camera Works, But There’s More To Like Elsewhere
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It is best when you look at the camera and general performance, but not overall
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A unique camera phone with few rivals
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The phone has a pretty package to go with its flagship-class camera and does enough to hide the fact that it doesn’t use a chipset that users spending nearly 50k on a phone expect
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Vivo X50/Pro is a great photography tool
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  9. Get it for the cameras and design
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Vivo X50 Pro is one really good looking smartphone that has an impressive camera
    tech.hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Delivers strong on design, finish, and feature set
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
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  22. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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