/Vivo V20 SE Review: Certainly Lite, and not SE

Vivo V20 SE Review: Certainly Lite, and not SE


The mid-range line up of Vivo has a new member which is Vivo V20 SE.  The new Vivo V20 SE belongs to the trio of the Vivo V20 family where the company hinted that it will launch three V20 series phones namely Vivo V20, V20 SE, and the upcoming V20 Pro. The new Vivo V20 SE could be considered the lite version of the Vivo V20 as it comes with some changes. Read up this review of ours to find out what the new Vivo V20 SE has to offer.


The new Vivo V20 SE holds a beautiful look and it comes in three color variants and the one which we got to review holds Gravity Black color. The rear body has a glossy finish which is very eye-catchy. The phone has the same dynamics as that of Vivo V20 with sleek designs and light bodyweight with curved edges to allow a better grip of the phone. At the backside lies the vertically placed triple camera sensors and dual-LED flash in a rectangular frame. The front fascia of the phone is dominated by the tall screen with a dewdrop notch. The screen also holds an inbuilt fingerprint sensor which is very quick in its response. The power button and the volume rockers lie on the right side of the phone whereas the left side is completely blank. The Dual-SIM tray with a dedicated microSD card slot lies at the top of the phone followed by a secondary mic. The bottom side of the phone has a speaker outlet, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.



The screen size of Vivo V20 SE is similar to that of Vivo V20 which is 6.44 inches. There are very sleek bezels all around which offer a widescreen space to let you play games and enjoy movies comfortably. The phone has an AMOLED Halo full view display with the capability of producing 16M colors which help in producing a vivid and dynamic range of colors. The phone has a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. The visibility level is also quite good as the screen is visible even under bright daylight. The brightness of the phone also adjusts to the ambient conditions allowing your eyes to stress less.


Vivo is known for its amazing camera capabilities and the new Vivo V20 SE also carries the same genes to deliver brilliant images. Vivo V20 SE comes with a 32MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0.  The selfies captured while testing the phone came out to be very promising with fine details, balanced color, and saturation level. The over softening of selfies was not there although there might be slight changes which you can notice when you capture the selfie like a little bit of beautification.  The selfies captured at night were also very clear in well lighting conditions but the quality goes down a bit when the selfies are captured in dim lighting conditions and to improve that the phone has Super Night mode which brightens dark spots and reduces overexposure in highlights. The selfie lovers will surely find the camera of the Vivo V20 SE very appealing. On the backside lies the triple rear camera sensors where the primary sensor is of 48MP which is the wide lens of the phone with an aperture of f/1.8. The secondary sensor is an ultrawide lens of 8MP with an aperture of f/2.2. The third sensor is a 2MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4.  The rear lens has a sharp and accurate focus which adjusts accordingly to deliver images of great quality and details. The daylight images were very good with proper color details and there was not over-saturation of the natural scenic beauty. The macro lens of the V20 SE captures images with very fine details without any stutter. The images captured at night were not as good as the daylight images but they maintain quite a good level of details like focussing on the subjects being captured. Vivo V20 SE also has AI image matting which you can use to edit your pictures like you can lift portraits out of images and edit them independently. The rear camera can shoot 4K videos as well and the stabilization level of the videos captured was good. Vivo V20 SE offers one of the best cameras under the price range in which it falls.


Vivo V20 SE runs on Funtouch OS 11 based on Android 10. The new Vivo V20 SE is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC processor. The processor has an octa-core where four cores are clocked at 2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold and the rest four cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver. The processor is good or carrying out day to day tasks and while reviewing we did not come across any lag while multi-tasking or browsing. The GPU on board is Adreno 610 which lets you play games in their highest setting. The SDM 665 SoC processor to me seems not very promising as it is not that capable of handling heavy tasks and intense gaming. Vivo could have gone with processors like 725, 730 to have better results. The RAM of the phone is quite impressive as it has 8GB RAM which allows smooth functioning of the processor. The internal storage of the phone is 128GB and it is expandable up to 1TB as there is one dedicated slot for the microSD card.



Vivo V20 SE comes with 4,100mAh battery power which is comparatively more than that of Vivo V20. With the average use of the phone, the battery lasts a day easily with one single charge but if you like to play games for long or to watch movies for like 4-5 hours then you have to plug in the charger to make the phone last a day. Vivo V20 SE has the same Flash charger of 33W which was there with the V20. The charger rapidly charges the phone completely within an hour.


The new Vivo V20 SE (special edition) counts as an attempt to consolidate on the success of V20. The smartphone fulfills the requirements of mid-segment buyers with decent performances. The triple rear cameras satisfy the needs of millennials, the octa-core chipset provides ample support in day-to-day life, and the AMOLED display adds benefits for binge-watchers. The battery is there to help out a day of moderate use. Available around Rs 20,000, Vivo V20 SE makes a decent choice.

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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