Vivo V20 Review: Vivo isn’t the primary company that involves mind when asked which OEM comes up with the simplest value-oriented smartphones. Because its offerings have traditionally ranked performance below attractiveness and better cameras, the aforementioned response seems reasonable. Having said that, this formula has undoubtedly worked for Vivo because it manages to enter the charts of the very best smartphone selling brands quarterly. So, obviously, what the corporate is doing—is working. And today, I even have the new Vivo V20 certain review.
Vivo V20 Specifications:
|Body:||6.35 x 2.92 x 0.29-inches, 172gm|
|Display:||6.44-inches AMOLED panel, 60Hz Refresh Rate, 83.70% screen-to-body ratio, 409 PPI|
|Resolution:||FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio|
|Chipset:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8nm mobile platform)|
|CPU:||Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver)|
|RAM:||8GB LPDDR4x RAM|
|Storage:||128/256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage (expandable)|
|Software & UI:||FuntouchOS 11 on top of Android 11|
– 64MP, f/1.89 primary sensor, Motion AF, Eye AF, Body/Object AF
– 8MP, f/2.2 multi-function lens (wide-angle, macro, bokeh), 120º FOV
– 2MP, f/2.4 monochrome sensor
– Dual-LED flash
|Front Camera:||44MP, f/2.0 lens (notch), Eye AF|
|Security:||In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)|
|Audio:||3.5mm headphone jack, Bottom-firing speaker|
|Connectivity:||Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / Glonass / Glonass / Beidou / NavIC (India-only) , USB Type-C, 4G LTE|
|Sensors:||Accelerometer, Ambient light, Proximity, E-compass, Gyroscope|
|Battery:||4000mAh with 33W Flash Charge (11V/3A)|
|Colours:||Sunset Melody, Midnight Jazz, Moonlight Sonata|
|Price in Nepal:||Rs. 47,990 (8/128GB)|
|Price in India:||
Vivo V20 Review:
- The glass back, glass front, plastic frame
- Slim and lightweight build
- Fingerprint-resistant back panel
- Enticing colour tones
What is easily one among the foremost alluring mid-range smartphones I’ve ever seen or had the chance to review, the Vivo V20 is really such a lot quite that. But let’s mention the planning for a moment. It’s gorgeous, it really is. Available in three colour options altogether, fair to mention that the Sunset Melody variant that I even have with me is that the better of the bunch.
CHANGING ITS HUE, FROM GOLDEN TO BLUE—AH, THIS GRADIENT FINISH IS MESMERIZING.
And the matte glass back is all the craze also. This AG (Anti-Glare) matte glass also makes for an exceptional grip and therefore the phone is surprisingly not as slippery together might think. Furthermore, the rear is immune to scratches, whereas the AF (Anti-Fingerprint) coating gets obviate most of the smudges that you simply would normally. and therefore the ones that do manage to form their way on the panel are often taken care of with one swift wipe.
Similarly, the oblong rear camera module at the rear are some things to speak about too. With its dual-layer structure for the sensors and therefore the dual-LED flash, the V20 will wobble when placed on a flat surface. But all’s well by slapping within the clear case that comes inside the box. However, this thing is so darn pretty that it’s a pity that one would need to placed on a case. Anyway, the phone features a plastic frame with a glossy finish, although something a touch more subdued would’ve been my ideal choice.
Textured power button
On the proper, you’ll find the facility and therefore the volume buttons. Interestingly, the facility button is additionally textured, so you’ll always tell once you have your finger thereon. Moreover, the buttons are incredibly well-placed and that I could therefore easily reach them with no trouble. the highest frame stays clean while the left side houses a SIM tray which may take two SIMs alongside a micro SD card. Finally, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, and therefore the speaker grille at rock bottom.
All of this is often packaged into a slim, lightweight body with a subtle 2.5D curve through the sides. Vivo V20’s weight distribution is superb also so… it’s like Vivo has nailed the planning side of things on this phone. just one other thing I wish it had was an IP rating of sorts seeing how the less expensive POCO X3 manages to incorporate an IP53 certification.
- 6.44-inches FHD+ AMOLED panel
- No Gorilla Glass protection
- Standard 60Hz refresh rate
Moving to the front, the phone features a 6.44-inches FHD+ AMOLED display. this is often neither compact nor too big to be absolutely unpocketable which is another major win for the Vivo V20 I’d say. Still, the corporate could’ve definitely worked to bring down the bezels because frankly, they disturb the harmony of the phone’s overall aesthetics. Minimizing the considerably large chin and therefore the bezels on the opposite sides would’ve been absolute icing on the cake.
Anyway, it’s quite odd that Vivo has gone with a standard teardrop notch rather than how the cool kids on the block are rather going with a minimalistic punch-hole cutout. With this, Vivo V20 manages to realize a comparatively meagre 83.7% screen-to-body ratio. And seeing how the corporate was arguably a pioneer in introducing innovative motorized mechanisms in its earlier V-series of smartphones, this seems like a blatant letdown.
Disregarding all of those, the display is superb in itself. Since it’s an AMOLED panel, you’ll be ready to enjoy darker darks and brighter whites because of the incredible 2 million:1 contrast ratio.
Likewise, the phone’s display is totally flat with rounded edges on all four sides. Also, it comes with a screen-protector pre-applied—which is usually something nice to possess. But that feels more sort of a mere compensation for the shortage of a Gorilla Glass protection of any kind, than a cost-saving luxury to the users. Furthermore, V20’s display is additionally the house to an optical in-display fingerprint sensor.
Fingerprint, face unlock
It does demand a touch little bit of pressure to urge it working but once you are doing, it works almost whenever. The sensor is pretty fast and on a couple of occasions, i used to be surprised to ascertain it work even when my finger was a touch wet. you’ll also choose face-unlock as your go-to biometrics option. Despite not being secure enough, it’s respectably fast.
Talking about the core panel itself, everything’s A+ here—although a better 90/120Hz refresh rate would’ve been even nicer. I didn’t notice any kind of discolouration round the edges of Vivo V20 either. the colours are vibrant and therefore the screen can get plenty bright even when you’re during a brightly lit environment. Compared to the OnePlus Nord, the colour scheme of the Vivo V20 in its default setting is slightly cool, but maybe that’s the opposite way around. The Nord’s panel may be a little warmer. But, you’ll fiddle with the colour levels within the settings.
The “Professional” colour mode, especially, caught my eye. To my surprise, watching sitcoms under this feature with moderately muted hues was quite fun. Objects and therefore the human subjects looked tons more natural and straightforward on the eyes. So yeah, that’s neat.
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8nm)
- 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128/256GB internal storage (expandable)
While V20’s design and display are pretty stellar, if the history of Vivo is any indication, its performance wouldn’t imitate. And within the strictest sense of words, that’s still true. as an example, let’s take a glance at a few of similar-priced smartphones. The OnePlus Nord comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 765G SoC with an integrated 5G modem, whereas the Realme X3 comes with last year’s flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855+.
Vivo V20 Benchmarks:
- Sequential Read: 501.27 MB/s
- Sequential Write: 216.97 MB/s
- AnTuTu V8: 280,294
- CPU: 101,857 | GPU: 72,094 | Memory: 52,837 | UX: 53,506
- Geekbench 5
- CPU: (Single Core: 555 | Multi-core: 1,713)
- Compute: 1,174 (Vulkan API)
- PCMark: 6,939 (Work 2.0 Performance)
- Wild Life: 1,062
- Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan): 2,452
Yep, Vivo V20’s Snapdragon 720G most certainly doesn’t compare against the competition—especially the Realme X3. Albeit comparatively underpowered, the V20 didn’t disappoint me in my day-to-day usage. Paired with 8GB of RAM and either 128 or 256GB of storage, memory on this phone wasn’t a problem either. except for some reason, I occasionally noticed how app installation takes a touch longer to finish.
When it involves gaming, the phone maxes out at the “High” frame rate and “HD” graphics in PUBG Mobile. And here, I didn’t notice any major stutter or lag, albeit the way the sport renders graphic elements feels a touch weird. aside from that, the gameplay is pretty solid with a mean of 40-45fps. On the opposite hand, OnePlus Nord can push to Ultra frame rate and HDR graphics—a tier above what the Vivo V20 can do.
Similarly, I also played Call of Duty Mobile for my review of the Vivo V20. It are often cranked up to Max frame rate and High graphics and therefore the gameplay is extremely smooth. Other relatively lightweight games like PES 2021, Injustice 2, Clash Royale, etc. run without a drag either. and therefore the heat management on Vivo V20 is fairly impressive also, albeit it doesn’t have a fanatical vapour chamber liquid cooling like its Pro sibling. The phone does get a touch warm after about half an hour or more of gaming, but it cools off pretty quickly.
- Funtouch OS 11 based on Android 11
- The first phone in Nepal to ship with Android 11 out-of-the-box
Now, if you’ve read/watched our review of any Vivo smartphone within the past, you’ll remember how we’ve spoken critically of its software. Vivo’s custom skin to Android—Funtouch OS, has always received harsh words of criticism, and deservedly so. But surprise-surprise, the newest Funtouch OS 11 supported Android 11 is ridiculously good. I mean, crazy good. It’s almost an entire overhaul from the previous version and to my liking, Vivo has heavily leaned into a stock Android look and feel, while being inspired by OnePlus’ Oxygen OS.
The phone has Quickstep as its default launcher and almost every other default apps are supplied by Google. While looking tons like stock Android, Funtouch OS 11 sort-of manages to beat one major criticism of its inspiration—about how drab or boring stock Android can get. there’s tons of customization, and helpful ones at that too.
Uninterrupted gaming experience
For instance, there’s the new Ultra Game Mode which optimizes system resources, blocks notifications, and better gameplay. There’s also a sweet shortcut where you’ll shake the phone to active the torch, a bit like on Motorola phones (but doesn’t turn it off… huh?). and since it’s supported Android 11, you’ll enjoy different Android 11 exclusive features like Bubbles, built-in screen recording, etc.
Weird enough, the revamped power menu on Android 11 takes abnormally long to activate on this phone. i used to be also impressed with this feature called “Wisdom Engine”. What it does is provides a notification whenever an app(s) consumes a more-than-usual level of the battery within the background, and you’ll prefer to end its process. On top of the visual overhaul, it’s little features like this, that has really made me admire Funtouch OS 11 on the Vivo V20 during my review.
In the newer news, Vivo has officially confirmed Origin OS, which is meant to be an entire redo of Funtouch OS. I can only hope that the upcoming Android skin from Vivo abides by the present version of Vivo’s Funtouch OS, and doesn’t try & do anything extravagant.
- Triple-cameras at the back
- (64MP primary, 8MP multi-function, 2MP mono)
- 44MP front-facing camera inside the notch
Time to speak about the cameras. Vivo V20 features a triple rear-camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor that takes 16MP pixel-binned images by default. The 8MP multi-function sensor is liable for wide-angle, macro, and portrait images, whereas the 2MP monochrome lens allows you to take fun B&W photos & videos.
Here, the regular images from the 64MP sensor are great. they appear vibrant with a touch of warm tone that appears pleasing to the eyes. Comparing it to the OnePlus Nord’s 48MP primary sensor, it’s neck-and-neck.
Both lenses take 4-in-1 binned images by default, and therefore the photos look almost indistinguishable with comparable dynamic range. However, images from the V20 tend to possess slightly better sharpness and are less riddled with noise.
Similarly, the detail preservation and colour balance also are better on the V20. But once more, let me remind you, the difference I’m talking about is marginal to the core.
Taking a glance at the respective high-res shots from the 2 phones, one can clearly see how Vivo V20’s 64MP lens is capable of taking sharper, clearer images with incredible details.
The wide-angle images are similar on the V20 and Nord too.
Still, the latter maintains better highlights and features a wider dynamic range, while the Vivo V20 manages to get photos with punchier colours like before.
Moving on to the portrait shots, it’s a touch overwhelming see how the bokeh effect on the OnePlus Nord looks… unsettling. As you’ll see in these samples, subjects tend to seem abnormally dark, although they don’t look as overprocessed & smooth like on the V20.
Similarly, the saturation may be a little high on the V20 as compared, but that would align with what one prefers. Personally, I’d take the graceful & punchier portraits from the Vivo V20 over the ghastly ones from the Nord any day—and this sentiment remained constant throughout the review period.
Coming to the front, Vivo V20 equips a 44MP selfie camera with eye AF, whereas the opposition features a dual-selfie-camera setup consisting of a 32MP primary and an 8MP ultra-wide lens.
V20 may be a clear winner in terms of normal selfies as its background exposure is miles ahead and therefore the photo looks lively with a warm colour tone. because of eye AF, the phone manages to lock focus quickly and therefore the selfies come off looking pretty sharp also. Portrait selfies, on the opposite hand, are alike on V20 & the Nord in terms of the bokeh effect and therefore the overall image quality.
Let’s take a glance at the nighttime images now. Here, the superior Spectra 355 ISP of the OnePlus Nord shows what it’s capable of.
As evident from these shots, both normal nighttime & the night mode images on the Nord have better sharpness with minimal noise.
This doesn’t mean the night shots are terrible on the V20 because it does have better colours and one can even say that the highlights are better maintained thereon.
OnePlus Nord also wins out on wide-angle night mode images since V20’s results look a touch hazy.
Video-wise, the Vivo V20 can shoot 4K/30fps recordings from both front and rear cameras, and you’ll take videos from the wide-angle camera also. It also has gyro-EIS on both lenses. While minimizing your field-of-view to the acute, curiously enough, “Super Anti-Shake” mode from the rear camera maxes out at 1080p/50fps, whereas the “Steadiface” mode on the selfie camera are often tuned to 4K/30fps.
The videos end up well stabilized on the aforementioned resolution, so that’s nice. Making use of the 2MP monochrome lens, you’ll also shoot fun photos & videos where the topic stays in colour while the background turns black-in-white. Throughout the review, I personally didn’t find these features of the Vivo V20 that enticing, to be honest. There’s also the choice to require bokeh videos, and therefore the dual-video mode allows you to record footage from both selfie, and/or primary, fisheye lens. beat all, the Vivo V20 may be a capable camera smartphone for photos also as videos.
- 4000mAh battery with 33W Flash Charge
Getting to the battery, the phone equips a moderate 4000mAh cell. On paper, that doesn’t seem very impressive, I know. But, you’d be surprised to find out that I consistently managed to urge 7–8 hours of screen-on-time on the Vivo V20 during my review. Normally, I’d have the phone at about 50–60% brightness with Always-on Display turned off, and my usage mostly consisted of gaming, binging YouTube, and switching between multiple social-media apps. So, suffice to mention, the V20 can easily last you each day, with many juice to spare.
Also, the overnight battery drain on the phone is pretty minuscule as I recorded a loss of about just 1–2% a day. When it involves charging, the phone supports 33W FlashCharge which is super fast, adequately fast, i might say. At 1% juice remaining, I charged the phone and need to 50% in only 24 minutes. Similarly, Vivo V20 climbed to 80% in 42 minutes, and to the entire 100% in 1 hour and three minutes.
- 3.5mm headphone jack, Single bottom-firing speaker
- Wired headphone provided inside the box
In terms of audio, call quality on the Vivo V20 is great—no complaints there. the only bottom-firing speaker isn’t that spectacular though. I mean, it’s ok for taking note of podcasts and such, but don’t expect to enjoy any kind of deep bass or rich details from these speakers.
Vivo also ships a wired earphone inside the box. The ear tips are shaped like Apple’s classic AirPods and there’s also a microphone and a playback control button. Its audio is decent—loud enough, with a good amount of bass and details, although nothing mind-blowing.
In conclusion, the V20 may be a classic mid-range Vivo phone, done better—to the purpose where it almost makes perfect sense for the mainstream consumers. The keyword here being “almost” since the onboard Snapdragon 720G isn’t the perfect silicon for the worth that Vivo’s posing for the phone. But that has always been an Achilles heel within the company’s portfolio—and one that it tries to form up from the phone’s other aspects like design and camera.
Well, the question remains, “has this tradition been executed to a T on the Vivo V20?” the solution goes to vary tons. To reiterate, the phone would’ve been an absolute steal had the corporate gone with Snapdragon 765G instead. Besides better performance, its inherent 5G capability may be a big point within the bank at a time when the shipment of 5G smartphones is seeing a huge rise. Also, the regular 60Hz refresh rate and therefore the teardrop notch desire an enormous swing-and-a-miss on the V20. But if you’ll look past that and appreciate its design, camera prowess, and more, I desire the Vivo V20 is an exciting device, and something worth finding out.
Vivo V20 Review: Pros & Cons
- Beautiful design—an eye candy
- Excellent AMOLED display
- Funtouch OS 11 is simply too good
- Best cameras in the segment
- Surprisingly good battery life
- 33W Flash Charger inside the box
- Not the best value for money
- Snapdragon 720G isn’t that powerful
- No higher refresh rate (90/120Hz)
- Teardrop notch could be a turn-off to many
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