Pricing for the Vivo V20 a mid-range device that starts at Rs 24,990. Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: which has been billed as the first device to come with Android 11 out of the box, made it to us. The device has some sizable competitors like the Oppo F17 Pro, the OnePlus Nord, and the Galaxy M51.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look
Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look

With this device, Vivo mainly focuses on the front camera, hence the selfies, the software experience and the look of the phone. Before we start with the main review, let’s talk about what’s inside the box of Viv0 V20- manuals, the device, a 33W fast charger, a type-c cable and a case.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: Design & In-hand feel

Speaking of the design, Vivo V20 is trying to play with the back panel colors. The variant we got was ‘Sunset Melody’. It basically has 4 gradient colors on the back which are amber, purple, light pink and blue. Now these colors keep changing depending on how the light hits it and it looks beautiful in my opinion.

With a triple-chamber square array on top that has a metal casing, the device has a super premium feel when you grip it. It doesn’t feel heavy or bulky in any way. The volume and power buttons are on the right, and the power button has a different finish to help you distinguish it with the volume rocker. At the bottom we have a speaker, a type-c charging port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The design of a device is always a personal preference, but in my case, of all the devices that the V20 competes with, I found that it looked the most beautiful and premium. Definitely a 9/10 for the design. It’s not a 10 because it still picks up smudges and a bit of fingerprints as it’s a matte glass Finn, but I’m just picky at the moment.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: Display

The smartphone has a 6.44-inch FHD + AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2400 × 1080. The Vivo V20’s screen looks great. It is bright enough for comfortable reading in sunlight, the colors looked stunning and accurate. Additionally, Vivo has provided an option to change the display colors to a warmer or cooler shade, depending on your taste. But in my opinion the screen looked great and I had a good visual experience.

One thing I missed here was a 90Hz screen that would have really enhanced the experience. I felt the same with the Oppo F17 Pro when I reviewed it. And OnePlus already offers a 90Hz display with its Nord, making it a better option if the display is what matters most to you.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look
Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: Performance and games

The Vivo V20 is powered by Snapdragon 720G combined with 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. Vivo also offers a dedicated SD card slot for further storage expansion, which is great. The variant we got had 256GB of storage.

Things we liked

The device runs on Funtouch OS 11, which is based on the latest Android 11. Vivo is trying to bring you a very Android-like experience, in which it adhered to a user interface that is very similar to the interface of Pixel user but with its own additions.

Unsurprisingly, the device is packed with features. You get a ton of customization features like changing fingerprint animation, unlocking animation, loading animation, etc. Always On Display customization is also present with various watch styles and much more. Here are some nice and useful features that add to the overall experience.
The performance of the games also turned out to be excellent. I could play Asphalt 9 with the highest graphics settings without any problem and even Call Of Duty Mobile could be played perfectly with the highest graphics settings available for the device.

The fingerprint scanner also recognized my finger very quickly and it worked very well. It has all the features of Stock Android 11 such as bubbles, new notification categorization, privacy features, etc.

vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look – Crazy 44MP Eye Autofocus Camera

Things we didn’t like

As much as Vivo tried to keep it in stock, performance still suffered. While RAM management was fine, opening the app and changing animations felt quite slow. Speed ​​was definitely lacking in the software. Maybe Vivo can improve it in future updates, but for now, the device lagged at times even in day-to-day tasks despite being equipped with a good Snapdragon processor.

Speaking of the competition, the Oppo F17 Pro performed better compared to the Vivo V 20 during our review.

Another thing we didn’t like was the amount of bloatware that was pre-installed on the device. I was able to uninstall some of them, but even then many of them were present, such as V-store, Vivo’s own browser, Vivo Store, etc. Vivo could have provided an option to disable these apps, but unfortunately, it didn’t. there.

Vivo V20 still needs some work in the software department to improve performance because the competition is already ahead when it comes to speed and fluidity of a device. But with Android 11 and some of the nice additions like a game mode, dynamic effects, etc., it was some really nice stuff.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: Backup battery

The Vivo V20 is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging and the 33W fast charger is provided inside the box unlike some phones.

The Vivo V20 exceeded our expectations and turned out to be a beast in the battery department. I was able to squeeze a screen-on time of over 8 hours (8h 15m to be precise), out of a total usage of 16 hours which included a 5.5 hour standby time and included around 30 minutes of gaming, YouTube and YT Music streaming and a lot of browsing in Chrome.

It took around 1 hour for the device to charge from 5% to 100%, which is also surprising considering it’s a 4000mAh battery.

Even if the device lagged behind in performance, Vivo has made some good optimizations that can provide you with a battery backup that is just as good.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: Cameras

The Vivo V20 has a triple-camera setup with a combination of a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.89 lens, along with an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor with an f/2.4 lens. The phone has a 44-megapixel selfie sensor with an f/2.0 lens housed inside waterdrop notch.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: Performance and games

The Vivo V20 is powered by Snapdragon 720G combined with 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. Vivo also offers a dedicated SD card slot for further storage expansion, which is great. The variant we got had 256GB of storage.

Things we liked

The device runs on Funtouch OS 11, which is based on the latest Android 11. Vivo is trying to bring you a very Android-like experience, in which it adhered to a user interface that is very similar to the interface of Pixel user but with its own additions.

Unsurprisingly, the device is packed with features. You get a ton of customization features like changing fingerprint animation, unlocking animation, loading animation, etc. Always On Display customization is also present with various watch styles and much more. Here are some nice and useful features that add to the overall experience.
The performance of the games also turned out to be excellent. I could play Asphalt 9 with the highest graphics settings without any problem and even Call Of Duty Mobile could be played perfectly with the highest graphics settings available for the device.

vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look
vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look – Crazy 44MP Eye Autofocus Camera

The fingerprint scanner also recognized my finger very quickly and it worked very well. It has all the features of Stock Android 11 such as bubbles, new notification categorization, privacy features, etc.

Things we didn’t like

As much as Vivo tried to keep it in stock, performance still suffered. While RAM management was fine, opening the app and changing animations felt quite slow. Speed ​​was definitely lacking in the software. Maybe Vivo can improve it in future updates, but for now, the device lagged at times even in day-to-day tasks despite being equipped with a good Snapdragon processor.

Speaking of the competition, the Oppo F17 Pro performed better compared to the Vivo V 20 during our review.

Another thing we didn’t like was the amount of bloatware that was pre-installed on the device. I was able to uninstall some of them, but even then many of them were present, such as V-store, Vivo’s own browser, Vivo Store, etc. Vivo could have provided an option to disable these apps, but unfortunately, it didn’t. there.

Vivo V20 still needs some work in the software department to improve performance because the competition is already ahead when it comes to speed and fluidity of a device. But with Android 11 and some of the nice additions like a game mode, dynamic effects, etc., it was some really nice stuff.

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: Backup battery

The Vivo V20 is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging and the 33W fast charger is provided inside the box unlike some phones.

The Vivo V20 exceeded our expectations and turned out to be a beast in the battery department. I was able to squeeze a screen-on time of over 8 hours (8h 15m to be precise), out of a total usage of 16 hours which included a 5.5 hour standby time and included around 30 minutes of gaming, YouTube and YT Music streaming and a lot of browsing in Chrome.

It took around 1 hour for the device to charge from 5% to 100%, which is also surprising considering it’s a 4000mAh battery.

Even if the device lagged behind in performance, Vivo has made some good optimizations that can provide you with a battery backup that is just as good.

The outdoor shots of the Vivo V20 turned out to be great with lots of detail, dynamic range and sharpness. The colors looked stunning and natural.

The ultra-wide shots also had good color accuracy with decent details. The macro mode shots also looked great with a good amount of detail, bokeh, and colors.

In low light, the images became a little soft but not much and still retained many of the details along with the natural colors.

Speaking of selfies for which the device aims to get the crown, it has done so successfully. This is one of the few devices that has impressed me so much when it comes to front cameras. Be it anything, sharpness, colors, details, bokeh, etc., the selfies did it.

You can set the amount of bokeh you want in the background and even edge detection was pretty good when clicking the front portrait shots. Definitely a 9/10 when it comes to the front camera.

Night mode shots had a certain amount of detail and increased visibility a bit compared to a normal shot in the dark.

The cameras of the device really impressed us in every way and it is definitely the winner when it comes to the comparison between the competition and the Vivo V20. You definitely can if you are looking for great cameras in a mid-range device.

Verdict

Vivo V20 Unboxing & First Look: The Vivo V20 stays strong in the mid-range space with its excellent cameras, but the software still needs some optimizations.

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