The price range between INR 20k and INR 30K has always been Vivo’s stronghold, but this year the competition is quite stiff. A few months after the company brought in V20, and it is now back with Vivo V20 Pro that employs a better 5G chipset and will compete against the likes of OnePlus Nord, Pixel 4a, and Samsung Galaxy M51.
Vivo has priced the phone quite aggressively at INR 29, 990. In our Vivo V20 Pro review, we will detail how the phone faired in our first-hand usage and will try to answer if it qualifies as a worthy recommendation.
Vivo V20 Pro review: Price and Specifications
|Phone||Vivo V20 Pro|
|Display||6.44-inch, Full HD+, 2400 X 1080, 408 PPISchott Xensation Up glass protection|
|Chipset||7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G octa-core|
|Storage||128GB UFS 2.1|
|Rear Camera||64MP AF + 8MP AF(Wide-Angle/Macro/Bokeh) + 2MP(Mono)|
|Front camera||44MP AF + 8MP|
|Software||FuntouchOS 11(Android 10), Android 11 OTA update coming soon|
|Battery||4000mAh, 33W FlashCharge fast charging|
|Dimensions and Weight||158.82 X 74.20 X 7.39 mm; 170 grams|
|Others||Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, In-display fingerprint sensor, Face unlock|
Vivo V20 Pro unboxing
- Vivo V20 Pro
- 33W FlashCharge adaptor
- USB cable (Type-A to C)
- Protective case
- Pre-installed screen protector
- Basic earphones
- 3.5mm audio jack to Type-C connector
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Design and Build
Vivo V20 Pro has a similar design to the Vivo V20, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a delightfully slim phone that’s very comfortable to handle.
The back is flat Gorilla Glass 5 and a curved polycarbonate side frame runs along the edges. The camera array at the back follows Vivo’s layered design that makes the hump feel a little less incongruous.
On the front, the phone brings back a broad notch, which we don’t particularly mind but it may feel regressive to some. The screen has reasonably narrow bezels and is shielded by Schott Xtension Glass. The fingerprint sensor under the screen is extremely fast and responsive.
The power button and volume rocker on the left edge are easily accessible. The slim profile comes at a price – Vivo couldn’t make room for an SD card slot or the 3.5mm audio jack.
Once again the Sunset Melody color feels a little too vibrant for our personal taste, but there is the more subdued Midnight Jazz option as well.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Display
The Vivo V20 Pro employs a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display that elicits mixed feelings. The display supports wide color gamut and is HDR compliant. Outdoor visibility is also quite decent.
There are three color profiles to choose between, but the default one works best for us. It’s hard to say what standard the other two profiles target. In the normal profile, whites feel unnaturally warm. The bright profile is similar to the standard mode. Overall, this is a pleasant screen that will work well for most people.
Since this is an OLED panel, blacks are inky and the dark theme feels more appealing. Vivo also adds several appealing Always-on mode customizations in the Funtouch OS 11. The handset supports HD streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime out of the box.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Performance and Software
The switch to the more powerful Snapdragon 765G is what justifies the ‘Pro’ moniker. The chipset is paired with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
At the time of writing this review in December 2020, this is the best hardware configuration one can expect in the under INR 30,000 segment, matching the OnePlus Nord. The Vivo V20 Pro unsurprisingly handles gaming and other heavy-duty workloads with aplomb.
The software on the phone is FuntouchOS 11, but this time it’s based on Android 10. Vivo assured that the Android 11 update is on its way. That’s fine because Android 11 on the Vivo V20 was buggy and felt like a hasty attempt.
The interface is well designed and it’s easy to navigate through menus and to find what we are looking for. We didn’t encounter any inconvenience of third party apps and stores hogging our notification shade. So, basically, no major complaints.
Vivo continues to use its own dialer and thus call recording is still supported. There are several preloaded apps and apart from Google and Vivo ones, third-party options can be uninstalled.
The optical in-display sensor on the phone is fast and snappy and it can be paired with fast face unlock as well.
Call quality was quite good in our area. Once or twice our Vivo V20 pro automatically dialed a random number from our call log after we disconnected a call. This seems to be a minor bug that should hopefully be resolved with future updates. We didn’t face any connectivity issues while pairing our unit to Bluetooth and IoT accessories.
Vivo V20 Pro Camera Review
Vivo V20 Pro banks upon Samsung GW1 64MP as primary camera sensor with f/1.89 aperture lens. The primary camera is assisted by 8MP wide-angle camera that also serves as a macro sensor, and as a depth sensor for portraits. The third sensor is a 2MP mono camera.
So basically not much has changed since the V20 in terms of camera hardware, but we noticed an improvement in camera performance which could perhaps be attributed to the use or better Snapdragon 765G chipset.
The primary highlight is still the 44MP eye-AF selfie camera and this time it’s paired with another wide-angle shooter. Vivo intends to market this to content creators and the front camera is loaded with fun features. The selfie quality is quite good, actually. And if you will be making short videos, the Eye AF(which tracks your eyes) should come in very handy.
The Vivo V20 Pro lets users shoot 4K videos from front camera, shoot from both front and rear cameras simultaneously, and also shoot Slo-mo videos.
Now, let’s talk about the rear camera. The still photography performance is quite impressive for a mid-ranger. The camera takes impressive images outdoors in proper lighting.
Colors are pleasantly oversaturated, which is to say Vivo doesn’t go overboard. Dynamic range is wide and details in shadows aren’t sacrificed. In daylight, HDR performance is impressive and there is very little noise in images.
Lowlight camera performance is again really good for a mid-range phone. Details are retained well and the camera can handle tricky lighting rather well. Night mode is quite effective while capturing dark scenes and even with indoor photography. As with other mid-range and flagship Vivo phones this year, this one too has night filters that can be used to change the color of the sky while using Night mode.
Portraits also show similarly boosted colors, but skin tones appear fairly natural and the camera is quite deft at detecting the subject from the backdrop.
The Ultrawide camera shoots 108-degree wide images after distortion correction. Quality is strictly mediocre. The good thing is that this sensor has AF that can be used to focus on close objects. The same sensor can also be used to shoot macro shots, but it can still get very close to subjects.
4K Videos we shot on the Vivo V20 turned out great. Dynamic range is wide, contrast is high, and there are plenty of details. The Ultra steady mode can be used to effectively. stabilize 1080p footage
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Battery and Audio
The 4000mAh battery on our phone can comfortably last for 1.5 to 2 days with moderate usage. That’s certainly more than what we expected going into this review. During our testing, we had our Bluetooth Watch synced and the Always-On display was enabled.
The 33W fast adaptor can charge the phone to 60% in 30 minutes and it takes around 1 hour for a full charge.
The mono loudspeaker at the bottom is quite loud and the audio output is decent enough for watching videos. We didn’t face any issues while listening to music via wired headphones. We paired these with multiple headphones and didn’t run into any pairing problem or any unexpected latency issue.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Verdict
Vivo V20 is a fabulous mid-range phone. It’s comfortable to handle, is driven by excellent performance hardware, delivers first-rate camera performance for its price, has an AMOLED display, and a long-lasting battery.
On the downside, Vivo doesn’t use a high-refresh-rate screen and the handset is missing 3.5 mm audio jack.
At the price of INR 29,990, Vivo V20 Pro will be up against formidable challengers like OnePlus Nord and Google Pixel 4a, and we’d say it is good enough to stand its ground.
- Comfortable to wield and good looking
- Excellent performance
- AMOLED display
- Camera performance
- Decent battery mileage
- Fast in-display fingerprint reader
- No high refresh rate display
- No audio jack and SD card slot
Vivo V20 Pro FAQ
Question: What’s the difference between Vivo V20 Pro and Vivo V20?
Answer: Vivo V20 Pro has a comparatively better 5G chipset. The camera performance sees an upgrade as well. The Pro variant is, however, missing SD card slot and audio jack.
Question: What is the SAR Value of Vivo V20 Pro?
Answer: SAR value is 1.183 W/kg head and 0.725 W/kg body
Question: Does Vivo V20 Pro support HD streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix?
Answer: Yes, it does.
Question: Does Vivo V20 Pro support dual 4G VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, it does.