In an effort to achieve better battery life, Smartphones have become bigger and more powerful. While some people are comfortable with this trade for better battery life, others still prefer the option. If you are in the middle of the final, Vivo now has a choice of options for the Vivo V20. With a strong focus on construction, the Vivo claims to reduce the interior and use a much smaller battery to shave a few millimeters. This resulted in the V20 measuring just 7.38mm in size. Has this focus on construction caused Vivo to cut corners elsewhere? I included the Vivo V20 in all our standard tests to find.
Design of the Vivo V20: It stands
Vivo’s focus on the design of this phone is clearly evident. The Vivo V20 is eye-catching and will appeal to those who appreciate design. It is small and has rounded corners that make it easy to hold. You get a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a 20: 9 aspect ratio and a Full HD + resolution. It has minimal limitations that add to the overall aesthetics. The Vivo went with a dew note on the V20, which is a bit surprising due to the Vivo V17 (Review) and the Vivo V19 (Review) of both hole sports shows. You get a fingerprint scanner that is displayed as older models.
Choose the V20 at the top and you will see that the frame is made of plastic. The power and volume buttons are well positioned and give a good answer. To distinguish the power button easily, the Vivo has given you the texture. You get a 3.5mm headphone jack below and a USB Type-C port with a speaker. The Vivo V20 weighs 171g and is 7.38mm thick. It is available in three different colors: Moonlight Sonata, Midnight Jazz, and Sunset Melody. I had a version of Sunset Melody, with a brightly colored finish, for this review. This single variant weighs 1g and measures 7.48mm in diameter. The back panel is made of glass and has a matte finish that helps keep fingerprints closed on the device. However, I found the Vivo V20 to be a bit slippery so I had to reluctantly install a plastic box inserted to keep the device safe from accidental drops.
The camera module in the Vivo V20 is very similar to that in the more expensive Vivo X50. The printed design gives it a premium look. The Vivo has a smaller 4,000mAh battery compared to the Vivo V19. You also get a 33W FlashCharge charger packed in a box for fast charging.
Vivo V20 specification and software:
The details of the Vivo V20 are quite modest. You have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC running the show here, compatible with 8GB of RAM. This is not the most powerful processor you can find in the market at this price point, but with 8GB of RAM, performance should not be a problem. There are two types of on-premises storage, the basic variation with 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 24,990, and higher with the last 256GB costing Rs. 27,990. I had the last of these reviews.
The Vivo V20 is among the very few Android 11 phones running in the box from now on. It uses the Vivo custom FunTouch OS 11 over the Google app. The IV20 was using the recently launched safety patch. I found the UI easy to use and I didn’t face any problems. This phone comes with pre-installed bloatware, such as Facebook and V-Appstore, another way to the Google Play Store.
You get three automatic buttons but you can switch to touch-based navigation. You can also change various animations in the UI. The V20 lock screen automatically draws different images from the Internet. You can select a shortlist or disable this completely if necessary. I did not encounter any spam notifications during the update period.
Performance of Vivo V20:
The Vivo V20 has an excellent AMOLED display for excellent video viewing on it. Viewing angles are correct, and the panel is bright enough when you are outdoors. It’s not a high-level rating panel yet. You can change the display color mode and set the color temperature according to your preference. I can play and perform many tasks easily with the Vivo V20 without throwing or stammering. A fingerprint scanner and face recognition quickly unlock the V20.
The IV20 managed to surprise me with benchmark prices. On AnTuTu it returned 2,82,525 points higher than the Samsung Galaxy M51 (Review). In testing PCMark’s Work 2.0, the Vivo V20 returned 7,497 points. The IV20 also handled 27fps and 60fps on GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.1 and T-Rex benchmarks respectively.
Gaming performance was decent, and the Vivo V20 ran Call of Duty with Central graphics quality with a high frame rate. Then I hit the graphics quality to the top and played the game for 20 minutes, which resulted in a 5 percent decrease in battery level. The phone was a little warm to the touch after the play, but not at a shocking level. Standard games like Among Us went smoothly without any problems.
I got good battery life from the Vivo V20. It lasted for more than a day on one charge. In our review of the HD video loop, the smartphone lasted 14 hours and 39 minutes less than most other smartphones available at this price point. Charging is faster with the 33W FlashCharge charger provided. It can take a V20 to 55 percent in 30 minutes and 98 percent an hour.