Vivo V20 review

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Vivo India has launched its next V-series phone, Vivo V20, which focuses on young Indian consumers who according to the company are showing a behavioral shift from being content consumers to content makers. It’s the first phone to launch with Android 11-based software out of the box and Vivo once again pays meticulous attention to design and camera details. (Vivo V20 Review हिंदी में पढ़िए).

For a starting price of Rs. 24,999, the handset will be up against tough challengers like OnePlus Nord and Samsung Galaxy M51. In our Vivo V20 review, we will discuss if it’s good enough to stand its ground. We will answer Vivo V20 related questions and help you decide if this is a phone you should buy.

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Vivo V20 specification

ModelVivo V20 (PD2039F_EX)
Display6.44-inch AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 FHD + resolution,
SoftwareAndroid 11-based FunTouchOS 11
The processorQualcomm Octa-core snapdragon 720G
The battery4000mAh, 33W fast charging support
RAM8GB
Storage128GB/ 256GB, Dedicated card slot
Rear camera64MP f/1.89 + 8MP f/2.2 (Super Wide-Angle/Super Macro/Bokeh) + 2MP f/2.4(Mono)
Front camera44MP, AF, f/2.0
Other featuresDual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, Navic, 3.5mm audio jack, dual 4G dual VoLTE, in-display fingerprint sensor
Dimensions and weight 161.30 X 74.20 X 7.38mm; 171 grams
Colors Midnight Jazz (Black), Sunset Melody (Blue), Moonlight Sonata (White)
Price8 + 128GB – INR 24,990
8 + 256GB – INR 27,990

What’s in the Vivo V20 box?

Vivo V20 isn’t missing anything in the box, not even earphones. Contents include:

  • Handset with a pre-applied screen protector
  • Transparent protective case
  • 33W fast charger 
  • USB Cable (A to C) for charging and data transfer
  • Basic earphones

Vivo V20 Review: Design and Build

Vivo V20 is a gorgeous-looking phone. It is slim (~7.3mm) and weighs just right (~171 grams), which is not something we can say for most phones we run into these days. The “Sunset Melody” color, which is predominantly blue, is a tad too flashy for my personal taste, but there are also Midnight Jazz (Black) and Moonlight Sonata color options to choose from.

One catchy highlight is the layered camera module that we first saw on the Vivo X50 Pro (review). This is a smart way to conceal the bump or rather to make it look less forbidding.

Vivo uses a polycarbonate frame along the sides and actual glass for the back. The buttons are metallic and the power key has a texture that makes it easier for fingers to recognize (only if you are going commando without a case). The Type-C charging port at the bottom, 3.5 mm audio jack, and the speaker grill are all aligned symmetrically.

Moving on to the front, the display has a dewdrop notch, which is one of the dated notch styles, and it’s protected by Schott Xensation 3D glass. The earpiece is quite elongated, so much that we were hoping for stereo output. The fingerprint sensor is present under the display and it’s fast and snappy. 

Vivo V20 Review: Display 

V20 has a good quality AMOLED display and consequently, blacks are deep and contrast is high. This is not a high refresh rate display, but UI transitions and animations are snappy and we didn’t particularly mind the regular 60Hz panel. We understand that this could be tough for some users to look past.

Whites are bluish by default and users can use the color temperature toggle in the ‘Standard’ mode if they prefer a tad oversaturated, punchy colors or go for the more color accurate ‘professional’ (sRGB) color profile for better, warmer whites.

The software has the option for a basic always-on display. DC Dimming to remove flicker while using your phone in low light is also supported.

Our review unit has Widevine DRM L3 certifications and doesn’t support HD streaming on Netflix or Prime videos. Vivo assures that this won’t be an issue in retail units sold in India but there is no way for us to verify these claims.

Vivo V20 Camera Review

Camera performance is what should primarily give Vivo V20 an edge over its rivals. On the rear, the handset has a 64MP primary camera paired with an 8MP wide-angle and 2MP portrait camera. On the front, there is a 44MP selfie camera that Vivo lays special emphasis on. 

Be it indoors or outdoors, the rear camera does good in proper lighting. The V20 doesn’t have the gimbal camera hardware of the X50, but the image processing software has been passed on. 

In proper lighting, colors are natural and images retain ample details. The camera is quick to lock focus and is pretty consistent with metering. 

Indoors and under artificial light, the camera still performs really well compared to other options in this budget. Vivo’s Night mode is not only for dark scenes, but it comes in particularly handy while shooting images in improper indoor lighting as it enhances image texture, white balance, details, and contrast without overexposing them. Even when it involves a slight delay, we found ourselves using the Night mode very frequently. 

Night Mode with Style Filter

Portraits turned out pretty decent. The camera can detect subject edges effectively. 

The wide-angle camera can be accessed from the ‘lens’ option on the viewfinder along with the option of shooting macros and super bokeh shots. The quality of images from all of these modes is quite decent as well.

Vivo wants this to be a fun camera for creators, which is why there are a tonne of filters, beautification options, and style modes in Vivo V20 Pro. That’s also why the front camera is in focus. 

The 44MP sensor has Autofocus and does a great job. The camera can track eye movements effectively and this helps keep subjects in focus. The ability should come in especially handy for formats as Instagram reels and ticktock.  Users can shoot from both front and rear cameras simultaneously, can shoot 4K selfie videos, portrait selfies, and apply filters and effects. 

All said and done, the camera performance is better than what we usually get in this price range.

Vivo V20 Review: Performance and Software 

Vivo V20 is powered by a Snapdragon 720G octa-core chipset paired with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage. While definitely not class-leading, the Snapdragon 720G is similar to Snapdragon 730G in terms of performance and is still great at handling all day-to-day tasks and even high-end games.

We could notice that the performance, especially when it comes to tasks like gaming and image processing is a hair slower than what you get on flagships, but the phone isn’t sluggish by any yardstick. If you are into hardcore gaming, perhaps OnePlus Nord with 765G would suit you better. Four our moderate needs, the Snapdragon 720G sufficed.

We’d also like to point out that RAM management is still very aggressive, and that can be annoying at times.

FuntouchOS has come a long way from times when it used to be a brazen imitation of iOS. Version 11 running on V20 is based on Android 11 and feels a lot more refined. Vivo has included most of the big-ticket Android 11 features including the convenient smart home dashboard in the power menu, notification history, the option to pin apps in the share menu, and more. 

Notification history can be accessed directly from the notification shade. There is an option to allow apps to open as bubbles, but you can toggle on the feature for eligible apps from their ‘App Info’ page, but we still couldn’t quite manage the bubbles to work. 

Unlike most new launches in the last couple of months, Vivo continues to use its own dialer instead of Google dialer and that implies that users still get seamless auto call recording. Of course, Vivo throws in several other customization options and animations. 

Also Read: Auto call recording is missing on most new phones in India

The new Funtouch OS is mostly stable, but we did encounter bugs and minor glitches on occasions. These would hopefully be fixed with subsequent updates. 

During our review period, we didn’t face any issues with connectivity. The call quality was excellent. Face unlock and in-display fingerprint unlock are snappy and reliable.

Vivo V20 Review: Battery and Audio

The 4000mAh battery doesn’t seem like much in the day and age where manufacturers are pushing up to 7000mAh on mainstream phones, but the battery mileage turned out better than expected. This longevity can partly be attributed to optimizations in Android 11 and to aggressive RAM management of Funtouch OS 11.

Battery comfortably lasts more than a day even with heavy usage. We are getting 9 hours + of screen-on time. The 33W fast charger bundled in the box takes around 1.5 hours to fully top up the tank. 

The mono loudspeaker at the bottom gets quite loud, but the audio quality is average at best. Audio via wired headphones worked fine. As for Bluetooth codecs, Vivo V20 supports Qualcomm’s AptX, SBC and AAC. We couldn’t get eligible headphones to stream over LDAC or Qualcomm AptxHD.

Vivo V20 Review Verdict: Should you buy it? 

Vivo has been making incredible phones this year – phones that are not specs monsters but still strike the right chords. The Vivo V20 is one such phone that was very enjoyable to use. 

It is a slim phone that’s extremely comfortable to wield, has a good quality AMOLED display, runs the latest Android 11-based software, and the camera performance is better than what we usually get in this price range. 

On the downside, it doesn’t include the latest and greatest SoC and is missing a high refresh rate screen. Vivo V20 will be up against the likes of OnePlus Nord and Samsung Galaxy M51, and we’d say it serves as a decent alternative to these phones. 

Pros

  • Slim and elegant design
  • Good quality AMOLED display 
  • Camera performance 
  • Android 11 based software
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Cons 

  • No high-refresh-rate display

Vivo V20 FAQ

Question: What is the SAR Value of Vivo V20?

Answer: Head – 0.89 W/kg; Body – 0.49 W/kg

Question: Does Vivo V20 have DRM L1 for HD Streaming on Netflix and Prime Videos?

Answer: Yes, Vivo confirms that retails units will have DRM L1 and will support HD streaming.  

Question: Does Vivo V20 have LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage?

Answer: Vivo doesn’t mention details about storage or RAM quality, but benchmark scores indicate UFS 2.1 storage and LPDRR4x RAM.

Question: Does Vivo V20 have auto call recording?

Answer: Yes, it does. 

Question: Does Vivo V20 support NavIC?

Answer: Yes, it does. 

Question: Does Vivo V20 has dual VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling?

Answer: Yes, it does. 

Question: Does Vivo V20 has stereo speakers?

Answer: No, it does not. 

Question: Does Vivo V20 has Gorilla Glass 5?

Answer: No, instead of Gorilla Glass, Vivo prefers to use Schott Xensation 3D glass for proctection.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Impressions Video [in Hindi]

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Deepak has more than 8 years of experience in covering technology for several eminent publications in India. He currently leads an enthusiastic team of young writers at Smartprix and tries to uphold the highest quality standards.

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Ambarish Sarkar
Anonymous
3 years ago

Does this phone support carrier aggregation? Also, Will it be worth buying for video recording purpose? If not, then which would be best alternative for video recording around 20k?

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Deepak Rajawat
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3 years ago

Yes, it does.

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Chinedu
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3 years ago

Please dos this v20 has gorilla glass 5 front and back

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Deepak Rajawat
Anonymous
3 years ago

No, Vivo uses Schott Xensation 3D glass for protection.

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Arjae
Anonymous
3 years ago

Does Vivo v20 5G?

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Deepak Rajawat
Anonymous
3 years ago

nope.

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Amat Hemant
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3 years ago

Does it have the same processor, for device memory of 256 gb ? Please respond, since I am interested in that configuration.

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Varun
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3 years ago

App get’s hang all the time…worst phone ever seen…not worth buying… please search alternative…

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Ayush Singh
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3 years ago

Vivo v20 best phone cemara so much

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Raghavendra R kshirsagar
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3 years ago

Video recording is very bad, No stabilization in videos, frame drops, shuttering, and mobile heats with in 10 min use of camera, what’s the use of eye recognition when the video is not smooth. if you use UIS then no other feature works like Art Poteriid and filters and frame rate drops with shuttering. I had been to service center they say its new model and they are not aware of this issue ask me to wait for software updates and they could not solve this, if any planning to buy mobile for videos please do not buy this phone. its only aggressive marketing by vivo. my old Redmi note 5 pro was much much more better for video recording. my vivo v20 is just 6 days old.

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Idris
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3 years ago

I had seen reviews that the phone newtwork is not good and the battery is getting low too early and sound quality is not upto the mark and there is no call recording can any one let me know if some one had taken this phone

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