Vivo’s strength is its mid-range smartphones in the V series. While the handset maker has already brought its X50 premium smartphone, it is now trying to up its design game with latest V series devices. Having used the phone for almost a month, let’s see if it is enticing enough for those looking for an all rounder smartphone.

Design and Display

Vivo is apparently focusing much on design in the mid-range and the V20 is a prime example. The device is slim at 7.38mm in thickness and weighs just 171g coupled with round corners that makes it easy to hold. We got the Moonlight Sonata color variant for review, which looks classy.

The phone features the “rectangular” three-camera module which is similar to Vivo’s high-end X50 smartphone. The shiny frame of the device is made of plastic, but still compliments the design. Power and volume rocker is on the right side while the SIM slot (dual SIM) is on the left. It has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and the mono loudspeaker at the bottom.

The phone features an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is fast and extremely responsive when you unlock the device.

The phone comes with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and full-HD+ resolution. The display, which has a dewdrop or water-drop notch as opposed punch-hole displays used in the phone’s predecessors like V17 or V19, offers sharp and vibrant colors.

Performance

Under the hood, the phone comes with Qualcomm’s mind-range Snapdragon 720G octa-core SoC clocked at 2.3 Ghz coupled with 8GB of RAM. The phone runs Android the company’s own FunTouch OS 11 which is based on Android 11. We got the 128GB storage variant, which is priced at R 24,990. You could also find a 256GB storage variant at Rs 27,990.

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The smartphone handled all everyday tasks well and the overall performance was decent with occasional issues with loading time for certain applications. You may also notice some lag when you play high-end graphic intense games on the device. But, it wasn’t an unpleasant experience thanks to 8 GB RAM.

V20 comes with a 4000 mAH battery which easily lasts a day even if you stream videos or play games moderately. You also get the 33W FlashCharge charger for quick charging.

CameraAs mentioned already, the V20 comes with a triple rear camera module which features a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. It also features a 44MP selfie camera with eye recognition autofocus. We already know that Vivo is known for its photography centric smartphones and V20 is one of its prime models.

The phone clicks pictures with great details and vibrant colors in daylight conditions. However, the results aren’t as great when you take pictures indoors.

Night photography is also decent as the phone was able to capture pictures with good details. The night mode, which requires you to keep the phone steady, also managed to get good details after image processing. However, it still doesn’t come close to Pixel 4a.

The wide-angle camera also takes good quality pictures but low-light pictures aren’t as great.

V20’s front camera is the USP of the device with eye autofocus feature, which is available in mirrorless cameras like DSLRs. You need to enable the feature in settings. The camera was able to capture selfies with vibrant colors and good details. You can also take portrait selfies and can play with the level of blur before taking the picture.

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Verdict

Vivo’s game is extremely strong in the mid-range with the camera being the main USP. With V20, it certainly increased its focus on design and has come up with an offering which looks premium. You could consider buying it if you don’t want 5G and aren’t looking to go beyond Rs 25,000. However, OnePlus Nord is a good challenger for those looking to buy a future-ready 5G phone. Or, wait to read the V20 Pro 5G review.





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