Vivo V20 Best Review: We tested the V20 for a week to find out whether Vivo’s newest mid-range smartphone is worth your time and money.
In an hyperactive smartphone market such as India, it is hard to stand out in the competition if you don’t provide customers the right attributes they would like to use in a phone.
And if a telephone falls in the mid-range section, the bigger challenge is maintaining a balance between cost and functionality. With its latest V20, Vivo has tried to put together a well-balanced smartphone that meets the requirements of ordinary consumers.
But here is the question: Just how different is the Vivo V20 experience and that should buy this? I analyzed the V20 for a week to find out whether Vivo’s newest mid sized smartphone is worth your time and money.
For the price, I believe the Vivo V20 does seem premium, with aluminum sides and a glass rear. The 6.44-inch V20 is not as small as the Pixel 4a, but it is nowhere close to the size of this iPhone 11 Pro. I discovered the V20 easy to grip and use one hand.
Like most recent phones of now, Vivo V20 follows exactly the close edge-to-edge appearance, even though it comes with a waterdrop-style notch that feels a bit dated in comparison to the punch-hole camera cutout. Flip the phone over and you will see a frosted glass backagain.
I was happy to realize that there is a 3.5millimeter headphone jack on the V20, though it lacks waterproofing and wireless charging. However, you won’t miss these features, anyway.
Vivo V20 review: Display and speakers
The V20 includes a large 6.44-inch AMOLED screen that touts a complete HD+ resolution and can be HDR 10 compliant. The size of the screen is right, but now there are lots of phones offered from the mid century segment that offer a larger display. The Galaxy M51, by way of example, has a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display.
I personally don’t have any difficulties using the V20’s screen. The colours are punchy and the display also gets plenty bright to read texts and web pages outdoors, though I found the 6.44-inch screen somewhat reflective. The display, however, does not support a 90Hz refresh rate as the OnePlus Nord.
The V20 includes a mono speaker rather than stereo speakers, but they make loud and they sound above average. The telephone uses an in-display fingerprint scanner which thankfully didn’t disappoint. It’s fast and unlocks the telephone fast.
Vivo V20 review: Performance and battery
The V20 is a mid-range phone at heart, and it shows. It has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G processor paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB mobile storage. Even though the chipset isn’t as strong as the Snapdragon 765G, it is still fast.
However, I did witness minor lags when opening web pages or if running graphics-intensive games. In daily use, I’ve had no issues with the telephone.
The 4000mAh battery lasted a complete day when connecting the telephone to Wi-Fi (Since I’m working from home I’ve turned off 4G on the telephone ).
This was when I primarily used the phone for seeing YouTube videos, surfing the internet, playing games, listening to audio on Spotify, and checking mails. I believe that the battery should last a little longer under normal use.
The phone also ships with a 33W charger which matches the battery from zero to 100 per cent in less than an hour.
Another highlight of the V20 is its software. It’s one of the very first new mobiles to launch with Android 11 from the box.
Vivo V20 review: Camera
The V20 has three cameras around the back. The installation consists of a 64 MP main detector, an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle camera, a 2MP monochrome sensor.
In daylight, you get a surprisingly natural shot, with nice colors, fantastic contrast, and a well-balanced exposure. However, I struggled to get sharp pictures with the same 64MP camera indoors. The other two cameras are okay — not too good, not too bad.
On account of the dearth of this depth-sensing camera, I have lousy portrait shots. Given the option, I’d pick the depth-sensing camera within the mono lens daily. Low-light functionality is acceptable but nothing amazing as such.Check out some of the images I clicked using the Vivo V20.
Perhaps the headline quality of the V20 is its own 44MP camera with an Eye Autofocus technique that you will just find in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It’s a hit and miss attribute, and I honestly do not think the Eye Autofocus technology creates a massive difference to average consumers besides Vloggers.
The front-facing camera is capable of capturing terrific detail in good lighting. It may also do slow-motion selfies as well as record selfie videos in 4K.
Vivo V20 review: If you buy it?
The Vivo V20 is a remarkable mid-range smartphone, but it’s not perfect. The issue with the V20 is that Vivo has played it safe and there is little dramatically different from its predecessors.
That’s not a bad thing necessarily, given the high level of competition in the mid-range segment, Vivo V20 doesn’t fully glow. With smartphones such as the Galaxy M51 and Pixel 4a priced under Rs 30,000, Vivo needs to think differently to counter the stiff competition.
Vivo V20 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED, HDR10 compliant
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
- Storage/RAM: 8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage, microSD support (up to 1TB)
- Software: Funtouch OS based on Android 11
- Battery: 4000mAh, 33W fast charging support
- Camera: Triple rear-cameras (64MP+8MP+2MP), 44MP Eye Autofocus selfie camera
- Colour options: Sunset Melody, Midnight Jazz