We have been using the V20 Pro for some time now and here is our review.
- Pros: Design, Camera Quality, Android 11, Display
- Cons: Battery life is average, Software needs polish
Okay, we are late to the party! The V20 Pro has arrived and is the top-spec model in the V20 series which consists of the standard V20 and the V20 SE. The V20 Pro gets a bigger chipset, one more selfie lens, and a higher price tag.
The V20 Pro features a mind-boggling colour shade at the back panel – and for us – that colour changing eye-popping back panel is all the design we want. Samsung already did it with its Galaxy Note 10+ Aura Glow shade, OnePlus with the Chrome shade, and now Vivo with the Sunset Melody shade.
Yes, this a review – we get it – and we are getting on with it – right now.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Looks, build, design, and display
The V20 Pro looks very similar to the V20 but looks slimmer. The camera module looks similar to the one found on the X50 Pro with the Gimbal OIS. The frame is plastic but does not let the use of that cheaper polycarbonate fool you. Vivo has put together the phone pretty well and the V20 Pro feels sturdy.
The back panel is colored glass – but that does not stop it from looking absolutely mad. The edges are rounded enough and the phone can be easily held in a single hand. The power button gets a special finish and the volume rockers are plastic too – not that it feels tacky. The V20 Pro is tough and it can easily be mistaken for a much premium device.
There is no expandable storage and the SIM tray only accommodates two SIM cards. No hybrid tray. The back panel gets a matte finish and features protection from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It does pick up fingerprints but it does not show it off. An occasional wipe will keep it spanking new.
The camera module is a triple-lens setup with a silver step at the bottom for the LED flash.
The V20 Pro’s display is a 6.44-inch full HD+ AMOLED panel with Schott’s Xensation UP cover glass. The colors are vivid and the details feel premium. The phone gets HDR support as well but misses out on the high refresh rate. However, the missing feature is not missed – and we were easily able to adapt to the standard 60Hz.
The front side gets a notch which looks very similar to the OnePlus 6 – but the OP 6 featured a flash. The V20 Pro gets two lenses upfront. Although we admit Vivo could have gone for a punch-hole unit than a notch on – this one does not look that bad.
The overall build quality and design is well done for its price and is sure to catch you some eyeballs.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Software and performance
The V20 Pro features the same chip which powers the Google Pixel 4a and the OnePlus Nord – the Snapdragon 765G paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM – an optimum combo. We were able to get through almost everything app or game we threw at night. Of course not PUBG Mobile.
Okay, we did play some PUBG Mobile and we were able to belt out on a balanced graphics with High frame rate settings for some time. We did incur some heating issues with the phone – but since the 765G is a mid-range chipset – pushing it with High graphics on PUBG was already taxing it – so slight temperature changes were not a problem. Also, Vivo has provided the V20 Pro with a vapour cooling system – so there’s that.
App performance was decent and we felt the phone did not hold back with its animations. Also, switching from a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate to 60Hz meant you will notice a slight lagging effect – but that is normal.
The software experience was not a hobble and we did find the Android 11 with FunTouch OS 11 to be a charm. The notifications system is new, there is a new power button menu, and there are chat bubbles. The interface has been inspired a lot by stock Android but there are still areas that need polish. There is still bloatware – to be exact. Not just humdrum apps that are provided by the manufacturer – but apps that are not specifically needed since you already have better versions of those apps.
You have the suite of Vivo apps like Notes, Music, Video, Browser, Hot Games, Hot Apps, and more. You have Google’s replacement apps for them. Vivo has also provided the Google Calendar and the Google Files app – which is the native file manager app. Consistency in-app presentation is a hit and miss.
Overall, the performance is very satisfactory and we did not find anything close to a deal-breaker on the phone. There is no stereo sound and no headphone jack either.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Camera
The camera quality is quite surprisingly good. The V20 Pro features a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle + macro, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. The camera tasks are handled by the Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor. The camera performance with the Snapdragon 765G chip has to – at the very least – exciting. The color processing is on point.
In daylight conditions, the colours are true to life, while the AI processing is now much more held back and does not rush to over smooth darker noisier areas in the image. In decent light, the V20 Pro was able to churn out some really decent shots with HDR and good exposure.
Shutter speeds are better now and the ultrawide lens now brings more objects in the frame. There is still some warping which can be corrected by not using the ultrawide lens all the time like a GoPro! Colours are lifelike and the ultrawide lens doubles up as a macro shooter as well. The macro details are okay – but not the main USP of the camera.
There is a Motion Autofocus feature as well – which does exactly what its called – keeps objects in motion in focus.
The 44-megapixel selfie camera is supported by an 8-megapixel shooter. It comes with – wait for it – a brilliant Eye AutoFocus tool which in hindsight, is not so brilliant at all. Agreed, the technology behind it is exciting – but the selfie camera should focus on the subject’s face. Focus speeds are quite quick and you are not going to get stuck clicking one hundred selfies in the washroom.
On second thoughts, you should.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Battery
The V20 Pro comes with a 4000mAh battery which sounds tiny when compared to the massive 7000mAh battery in the Galaxy M51. Nevertheless, we were able to push through an entire day of standard use encompassing social media, calls, internet browsing, music, videos, and a couple of games. We were able to get through the day with about 20 percent left on tap.
The V20 Pro gets a 33W FlashCharge technology which charges the phone real quick.
Vivo V20 Pro Review: Price and verdict
The V20 Pro is a looker – and for a phone which looks so brilliant – the price tag is slightly on the higher side at Rs 29,990. For the same money, you can get the top-spec OnePlus Nord 12/256GB variant. So which is the one?
Here are the arguments – the V20 Pro is the better looking, and we know – the current domestic market also wants a good design and good features. The V20 Pro sure misses out on the 90Hz refresh rate but it makes up for it with its eye-catchy style, the AMOLED display, and the camera quality. If you are someone who is looking for a fashionably good-looking phone – get the V20 Pro. Everyone else – get the…