Vivo V20 Review – The Selfie King

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In the quest for better battery life, smartphones have become big and bulky. While some people are fine with this trade-off for better battery life, others still like having choices. If you are among the latter, Vivo now has an option for you in the form of the Vivo V20. 

With a strong focus on design, Vivo claims to have shrunk internal components and used a high-density battery to shave off a few millimeters. This has resulted in the V20 measuring just 7.38mm in thickness. 

Vivo V20 design: Stands out

Vivo’s focus on design with this phone is quite evident. The Vivo V20 is eye-catching and will appeal to those who value design. It is slim and has rounded corners making it comfortable to hold. You get a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and full-HD+ resolution. It has thin borders which add to the overall aesthetics. 

Pick the V20 up and you will notice that the frame is made out of plastic. The power and volume buttons are well positioned and offer good feedback. To distinguish the power button easily, Vivo has given it a texture. You get a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom along with a USB Type-C port and a loudspeaker. The Vivo V20 weighs 171g and is 7.38mm in thickness.

The camera module on the Vivo V20 is very similar to the one on the more expensive Vivo X50. The stepped design gives it a premium look. Vivo has packed in a 4,000mAh battery which is small compared to the one in the Vivo V19. You also get a 33W FlashCharge charger bundled in the box for quick charging.

Vivo V20 specifications and software

The specifications of the Vivo V20 are quite modest. You have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC running the show here, coupled with 8GB of RAM. This is not the most powerful processor that you’ll find in the market in this price segment, but with 8GB of RAM, performance should not be an issue. There are two storage variants on offer, the base variant with 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 24,990, and the higher one with 256GB of storage which costs Rs. 27,990. 

Vivo V20 performance: Adequate

The Vivo V20 has a crisp AMOLED display that’s very good for watching videos on. Viewing angles are good, and the panel gets bright enough when outdoors. It isn’t a high-refresh-rate panel though. You can tweak the colour mode of the display and even set the colour temperature based on your preference. I could game and multitask quite easily with the Vivo V20 without any lag or stutter. The in-display fingerprint scanner as well as face recognition were quick to unlock the V20.

Gaming performance was decent, and the Vivo V20 ran Call of Duty at Medium graphics quality at the High frame rate by default. I then bumped the graphics quality up to High and played the game for 20 minutes, which resulted in a 5 percent battery level drop. The phone was slightly warm to the touch after gaming, but not to an alarming degree.

We got good battery life from the Vivo V20. It went on for over a day on a single charge. Charging is quick with the supplied 33W FlashCharge charger. It could take the V20 to 55 percent in 30 minutes and 98 percent in an hour.

Vivo V20 Cameras: The Selfie King

Vivo has used a triple camera setup on the rear of the V20, with a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera also capable of macro photography, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. This phone also has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter with Eye Autofocus. This is a true selfie king today in the market. The camera app is very simple to use and the different shooting modes are well laid out. In the photo mode you can tap on the lens icon to take a super-wide-angle, bokeh, or macro shot. The AI is very quick to detect subjects and the scene.

Photos shot in a bright sunny conditions turned out well. The V20 could still manage good details in these shots with accurate colours. The wide-angle camera also managed decent quality, but the output wasn’t as sharp as that of the primary camera and the lack of detail was evident on zooming in.

Low-light camera performance was good. Photos had little noise and details in brighter areas were decent. Enabling Night mode improved the level of detail but resulting shots weren’t necessarily brighter. It takes 4-5 seconds to take a shot in Night mode, so you will have to keep the phone steady. The wide-angle camera captures darker night shots with lower levels of detail in comparison. 

Final Verdict

Vivo has gone with a new naming strategy with this phone, instead of its usual sequence of odd numbers. This shows the different approach it has taken with the V20. If you value looks in a smartphone, the Vivo V20 will appeal to you a lot. It is well designed and feels premium to the touch.

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