/Vivo V20 Review: Pushes Design and Camera ahead in mid-tier

Vivo V20 Review: Pushes Design and Camera ahead in mid-tier


Vivo keeps on redefining the way smartphones used to be and this time around the company has launched one of the sleekest smartphones which go by the name Vivo V20. The main USP of the phone which the company is promoting is its camera capability. We will be reviewing this latest phone from the Vivo to provide you with detailed information and will also see whether the phone right checks on the competitive section or not. The new Vivo V20 will be takin on the likes of OnePlus Nord, Samsung M31, etc.


vivo v20 design

The new Vivo V20 looks amazing with its gradient rear side and the variant which we got to review possess Midnight Jazz color which is giving an aesthetic appeal to the phone. Vivo V20 borrows the same design from Vivo X50 Proas it has the same glass sandwich design and a rectangular brushed metal camera housing and anti-glare finish.  The body weight is extremely light and the phone fits the palm quite comfortably. The sleekness of the phone is just 7.38mm and till now it is one of the thinnest phones present. At the rear side lies the rectangular camera frame and dual-LED flash. The front fascia of the phone is dominated by 6.44 inches screen and at the top of the display lies a dewdrop notch. The bezels are very slim on both sides providing more space to the display. The fingerprint sensor is on display which is super quick in its response. On the left side lies the hybrid SIM tray with an extra slot for the microSD card. On the right side lies the power button and the volume rockers. At the top lies the secondary mic for active noise cancellation whereas at the bottom lies a 3.5mm headphone jack, Type-C USB port.


vivo v20 display

Vivo V20 offers a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. The colours produced on the screen are very accurate as they are vivid, bright, and punchy. The screen has an aspect ratio of 20:9 which offers wide viewing angles. The phone has a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. The quality of contents produced is very fine and the wide space adds more thrill to the viewing experience and gaming experience. The brightness level is good as well and one can easily view the screen under bright daylight.


The Vivo V20 is powered by the Snapdragon 720 G chipset along with 8GB of RAM. Although this is not the highest price chipset, it is more than capable of daily tasks. Currently, this is the first time a V series phone runs on Qualcomm’s new silicon. The Vivo V20 would not be as proficient as its counterparts in graphically intensive activities as the processor seems less powerful when compared to other phones of the same price range like the OnePlus Nord will give you a much stronger Snapdragon 765G chipset while the Realme X3 will go a step further and have the flagship Snapdragon 855+ SoC of last year. The GPU on board is Adreno 618 which works perfectly if you are playing games in the medium settings and the graphics do lower down a bit when you play games in higher quality. The internal storage of the phone is 256GB and is further expandable. The Vivo V20 runs the latest Android 11-based FunTouch OS 11 making it one of the first Vivo phones to run the latest platform from Google straight out of the box. Vivo has more or less totally shed its previous bloatware-loaded iOS clone with the current FunTouch skin and has now made the interface even more similar to the Android stock. This includes updated navigation buttons, a streamlined tray for alerts, a more open menu for preferences, and minimized bloatware overall. 


vivo v20 camera

The USP of the new Vivo V20 is its camera capability which is it is capable of delivering DSLR-like pictures and the company has added one new feature to its selfie camera which is the Eye Autofocus feature which automatically locks and adjusts the focus. Vivo V20 comes with a 44MP Samsung ISOCELL GH1 selfie camera which is very amusing. The selfie sensor has an aperture of f/2.0 and gyro-EIS. The selfie camera captures brilliant selfies with accurate colour details and saturation. The autofocus of the selfie camera quickly adjusts to the environment and delivers perfect selfies. The video capturing capability of the selfie sensor is very impressive too as the videos which we recorded maintained a good level of stabilization. The selfies at night were very good too and there was a very minimum trace of noise effects. At the back, the phone has three sensors where the primary sensor is a 64MP wide lens with an aperture of f/1.9 and PDAF. The secondary sensor is an 8MP ultra-wide lens of 120 degrees with an aperture of f/2.2. The third sensor is a 2MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. The primary lens offers incredibly accurate, colour-rich, and good contrasting shots. In slightly underexposed lighting conditions, the images captured maintained perfect colour balance, HDR and shadows were almost always on the spot. Although the ultra-wide lens has a lower resolution, it churns out surprisingly detailed shots and I’m pleased to say that it is well worth using the macro feature, better than most dedicated macro lenses.   The use of the mono lens seems limited, but it captures good shots. The images captured at night were brilliant as well especially when the Super Night Mode was activated.

Vivo has included some cool tools in the video section of items that could be worth considering. Art portrait mode allows you to stay in coloured focus while B&W is in the background. Motion autofocus locks the attention on a moving target as a sequence of cinematic pans is performed on a moving object through Smart Zoom to keep them in the centre of the picture.


vivo v20 battery

Vivo V20 is powered by 4,000mAh battery power which seems enough to last a day with a single full charge after moderate use. While testing the battery capacity we played games for hours and watched movies and found out that intensive use does make you charge the phone again. So for moderate use, you can get the phone lasting a while day but for intensive use, you need to charge it again. The charging department is taken care of by a 33W Flash Charge charger which can charge up the phone completely in an hour.


The V20 fulfils the legacy of the camera-centred V-series Vivo smartphones. The newly launched Vivo V20 shines on the sleek design which looks and feels premium, much-improved camera performances on all fronts, and a vivid display on top of it. The 44MP selfie lens has potentials. The processor is proved mediocre if you compare it with Nord. The smartphone does have Android 11 which makes it preferable. The battery is on the lesser side as being demanded by the market. Overall, at Rs 24,990 for the 8GB/128GB, Vivo V20 emerges as gorgeously designed, camera-driven mid-segment smartphone.

Haider is an avid writer on technology who loves to try new innovations. He holds a degree in English Journalism from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. Besides that, he likes to travel and explore new places.

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