Now a day mobile has become bulky and big to provide better battery life. While some folks are fine with this trade-off for superior battery life, others like having options. If you are among the latter, then Vivo now has an option for you at the kind of the Vivo V20 with a strong focus on design, Vivo claims to have shrunk internal components and utilized a high-density battery to shave off a few millimeters. Vivo V20 has 7.38mm in thickness. Can this focus on design induce Vivo to cut corners everywhere? I put the Vivo V20 through all our normal tests to find out.
Vivo V20 Design
Vivo’s focus on design with this phone is quite clear. The Vivo V20 is eye-catching and will appeal to people who value design. It is slim and has curved corners making it comfortable to hold. You obtain a 6.44-inch AMOLED screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio and full-HD+ resolution. It has narrow borders that add to the overall aesthetics. Vivo has gone with a dewdrop top-notch on the V20, which is a bit surprising since the Vivo V17 (Review) along the Vivo V19 (Review) both came in hole-punch displays. You do get an in-display fingerprint scanner exactly like using the older versions.
Decide on the V20 up and you will notice that the frame is created out of plastic. The volume and power buttons are nicely positioned and extend good feedback. To differentiate the power button Vivo has turned into a texture. You receive a 3.5mm headphone jack at the base along with a USB Type-C interface and a loudspeaker. The Vivo V20 weighs 171g and can be 7.38mm in thickness. I have the Sunset Melody version, which has a colorful gradient complete, for this particular review. This particular variant is 1g heavier and measures 7.48millimeters in thickness. The back panel was made out of glass and has a matte finish which can help to keep fingerprints off the device. Vivo V20 needs a plastic case to keep the device safe from accidental drops because I found the Vivo V20 a bit slippery.
The camera module on the Vivo V20 is very like the one on the more expensive Vivo X50. Vivo has packaged at a 4,000mAh battery that’s small when compared with the one at the Vivo V19. 33W flash charge you also get in the box.
Vivo V20 specifications and software
The specifications of this Vivo V20 are modest. Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC running in Vivo V20, coupled with 8GB of RAM. This really isn’t the most powerful chip which you will see on the market in this price segment, however with 8GB of RAM, performance shouldn’t be an issue.
The Vivo V20 is among the very few phones to operate Android 11 Out of this box as of now. It is running Vivo’s custom FunTouch OS 11 on top of Google’s operating platform. I found the UI easy to use and did not face any difficulties. This phone does include some bloatware preinstalled apps, like Facebook and V-Appstore, an alternative to the Google Play Store.
You get three navigation buttons but you can Switch to gesture-based navigation. You could also change a variety of animations from the UI. The V20 lock screen pulls different images on the internet by default. I didn’t encounter any spammy notifications throughout the inspection period.
Vivo V20 Performance
The Vivo V20 has a crisp AMOLED screen that is very great for watching movies on. Viewing angles are great, and the panel gets bright enough when outside. It isn’t a high-refresh-rate panel though. You can tweak the color mode of the screen and even set the color temperature based on your preference. Multitasking and Casual gaming run smoothly without any lag or stutter. The in-display fingerprint scanner and face recognition were quick to unlock the V20.
The V20 was able to surprise me with its benchmark scores. In AnTuTu it returned 2,82,525 points which are greater than that which the Samsung Galaxy M51 22,499 (Review) managed. Gaming performance was decent when we played the call of Duty mobile at Medium graphics quality in the High frame rate. In the high graphics setting, we played a game for 20 minutes, which resulted in a 5-percentage battery level fall. The phone was slightly warm to the touch after gaming, but not to an alarming level. Casual games like Among Us ran fine without any issues.
I got a good battery backup from the Vivo V20. It went more than a day on a single charge. On heavy usage, the smartphone lasted 14 hours and 39 minutes, which is lower than a lot of the other mobiles available at this price point. Charging is quick with the supplied 33W Flash charge charger. It could take the V20 to 55 percent in half an hour and 98 percent in one hour.
Vivo V20 Cameras
Vivo has used a triple camera set up (64MP+8MP+2MP) on the rear of this V20. This phone also has a 44-megapixel front camera with Eye Autofocus. The camera program is very easy to use and different shooting modes are well laid out. In the photography mode, you can tap on the lens icon to have a super-wide-angle, bokeh, or macro photo. The AI is very fast to detect subjects and the scene. The photoshoot in a bright sunny circumstance turned out nicely, managing good details with accurate colors. The wide-angle camera managed to capture decent quality photos, but the output wasn’t as sharp as that of the main camera and the lack of detail was seen on zooming in.
In low-light conditions, the photo had little noise and details in brighter regions were decent. Night mode capture improved the level of detail however, resulting shots weren’t necessarily brighter. It takes 4-5sec to take a shot in Night mode, which means you will need to keep the phone steady. The front-facing wide-angle camera captures darker nighttime shots with lower degrees of detail compared.
The Vivo V20 has an Eye Autofocus attribute that guarantees that Your eyes are in sharp focus in selfies. In good lighting, conditions selfies were sharp with accurate colors and good details. The camera places emphasis on the subject which could get the background to become overexposed. Portrait selfies are possible and you can set the degree of blur before taking a shot. The AI detects faces with a mask on. Low-light selfies with a light source neighboring had great detail.
Video recording support is out at 4K for the primary as well as the front shooter. Footage shot at 4K in addition to 1080p is stabilized. There was an occasional shimmer in footage recorded in the daytime when shifting around. The V20 includes a Super Anti-Shake attribute which helps stabilize video by booting to the main sensor, but the output is limited to 1080p. Video shot in low light had a shimmering impact at both resolutions.
Verdict: Vivo set a new naming approach with this phone, instead of its usual sequence of odd numbers. This reveals the different strategies it has taken with the V20. It is not directly comparable to its predecessors, instead of focusing more on design. It is well designed, looked at, and feels premium to the touch. However, Vivo’s approach has limited the battery capacity on the device, while it manages decent battery life, compare with other options such as the Galaxy M51 (Overview) offers considerably better performance in this regard. General performance is decent for the price, but additional options including the OnePlus Nord 27,999 (review) attribute more strong hardware along with 5G connectivity for about the exact same amount of money.