Smartphones have gotten bulkier over the years. The average battery capacity has grown, and phones such as the Samsung Galaxy M51 even include a 7,000mAh battery. If you don’t like where the smartphone sector is headed, Vivo has some relief for you in the form of the slim new Vivo V20. Is design the one thing that Vivo has focused on?
One thing that’s unusual here is that Vivo has been naming its smartphones using just odd numbers. In the V series, we have had the Vivo V15, Vivo V17, and most recently, the V19.
Design and Features
The Vivo V20 is named differently and the company has taken a new design strategy. The new V20 is a slimmer than the Vivo V19, and drops the hole-punch camera in favour of a dewdrop notch, which feels like a step back. Turn the V20 around and you may feel that it’s design is inspired by the Vivo X50 series, using a stepped design for the camera module. The V20 sports a triple camera setup with the principal camera on top and the other two right below it. However, unlike the Vivo X50 Pro, there’s absolutely not any gimbal stabilisation system here. The camera module has a silver accent which looks premium.
You get three colour options for Your Vivo V20: Moonlight Sonata, Midnight Jazz, and Sunset Melody. I had a Sunset Melody unit which has a gradient finish in the back. The colour shifts from blue to purple to orange as light strikes it at different angles, and it’s definitely eye catching than the other options. This version is a bit thicker at 7.48mm (compared to 7.38mm) and weighs 1g more than the other two. Vivo has gone with a glass back which feels premium, and has a matte finish that does not bring in fingerprints.
The Vivo V20 sports a 6.44-inch AMOLED display using a tall 20:9 aspect ratio and thin borders on either side. It’s full-HD+ resolution (1080×2400 pixels) and support for HDR10.
This phone also has an in-display fingerprint scanner. The power and volume buttons are on the right and are easy to reach even with single handed use. The power button has a textured finish which makes it easy to differentiate from the volume buttons.
The Vivo V20 is powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC and has 8GB of RAM. I have used this processor from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Rs.13,999, and it was capable of delivering great performance. Vivo provides 128GB and 256GB storage variants of this Vivo V20. If that is not sufficient, storage is expandable by a whopping 1TB with this smartphone. You’ll have to pay out Rs. 24,990 to your bottom version and Rs. 27,990 for the greater version of this Vivo V20.
Concerning software, the Vivo V20 is among the few smartphones to run Android 11 from the box. Vivo ships the V20 with Funtouch OS 11 running on top of Android 11, and my device had the September Android security patch. The UI felt comfortable and easy to use. Three-button navigation is enabled by default but you have the option to switch to swipe gestures. There are a few preinstalled apps on the Vivo V20, also it will recommend downloading a few others during installation, which I skipped.
The camera set up on the Vivo V20 consists of a 64-megapixel primary camera using an f/1.89 aperture, an 8-megapixel super-wide-angle camera, along with a 2-megapixel mono camera. On the front, it’s a 44-megapixel shot with ‘Eye Autofocus’ that the company says will help capture crisp selfies . The Vivo V series is well known for its selfie-focused smartphones, so it will be intriguing to see how the V20 performs.
Battery and Charger
If you’re curious about the battery capacity, you will be happy to know that Vivo has managed to package in a 4,000mAh battery life. Though this is smaller than a number of the other smartphones I have tested lately, it may nevertheless be considered average for a smartphone. You also receive a 33W Flash Charge USB Type-C fast charger in the box.