Vivo U20 launches with interesting specs & price

Vivo is on a release spree as more models are likely to debut this year end. It’s most recent is the unvieling of Vivo U20 into it’s ‘U’ series archives.

The U20 is an upgrade to the Vivo U10 released earlier in september this year(2019). This new smartphone gives users no drawbacks to worry about but certainly maintains its quality while keeping within budget.

Vivo U20 is an inexpensive smartphone and most of the models released into the series obviously are.

Major upgrades have been made from the U10 like introducing a powerful processor chipset to the creation of an upgraded main rear camera.

For users who prefer an unwavered quality, they will be disappointed as no extensive premium features is embedded. There is no in-display fingerprint sensor seen mostly in Vivo most recent releases.

Neither are the front & rear cameras up to the standard kept by premium brands.

Vivo decided to downgrade from the Funtouch 9.1 used in U10 to a 9.0 version of this custom UI skin. Note that the most updated version of the software is Funtouch 9.2 which Vivo uses in almost all of it’s recent models.

The 5000mAh battery still fast charge at 18W like the U10 but while the U20 comes in a 4GB/6GB RAM variant, the later has only a sole 3GB variant.

Highlights

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octacore processor
  • 18W fast charging
  • 5000mAh battery capacity
  • 4GB & 6GB RAM variants
  • 64GB internal memory
  • 16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP triple primary Cameras
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • Rear mounted fingerprint sensor

Vivo U20 featured

Vivo U20 impressive design and display

The front of the smartphone possesses a waterdrop notch which envelopes the 8MP front camera. While the rear packs a triple camera setup which is alligned linearly vertical. A LED flash sits just behind the bottom camera.

The device’s thickness at 8.89 mm is less compared to that U10.

Vivo retains the FHD+ IPS capacitive screen on U20 with new colour variants: racing black and blaze blue made for users to choose from.

Dimensions162.15mm x 76.47 mm x 8.89 mm
Weight193 grams
ColoursRacing Black, Blaze Blue
Screen size6.53 inches (16.59 cm)
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Bezel-less displayYes, with waterdrop notch
Pixel density395 ppi
Display typeIPS LCD
Touch screenCapacitive touchscreen, Multi-touch
Screen to Body Ratio (claimed by the brand)90.3 %

Advantage: Has lesser thickness than the U10’s 8.92mm body thickness. The U20 also has a better screen size than it’s predecessor.

Disadvantage: –

Triple rear camera setup & 16MP front shooter

Under the linear rear camera setup there’s a 16MP Sony IMX499 primary sensor which packs a physical aperture of f/1.8 & a PDAF sensor with Night Mode, an 8MP sensor which serves a 120 super wide-angle shots and a 2MP camera for a super macro capture.

Just behind the last sensor is a LED flash which aids capturing in the dark.

Rear camera
  • 16 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, macro camera
Physical apertureF1.78
FlashLED Flash
Image Resolution4616 x 3464 Pixels
Shooting modesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera featuresDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920×1080 @ 60 fps
Front camera16 MP
Physical aperture (front)F2.0
Flash (front)Screen flash

Advantages: A better 16MP primary and 16MP selfie camera compared to U10’s 13MP and 8MP primary and selfie cameras respectively.

Disadvantage: Despite the camera upgrades, their quality is left to be questioned with better camera specs by modern brands.

Vivo U20 performing processor and software

The steep upgrade from Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 to 675 means better processing time of the device.

A dual core kyro 460 processor clocks a 2GHz speed while the same kyro 460 having six cores this time clocks speed of 1.7GHz. This two similar processor make having dissimilar speeds and cores pairs to make up the device’s processor.

An andreno 612 GPU powers the graphics section of the smartphone ensuring smooth graphics while in use.

Both the 4GB and 6GB variants of the phone comes with a 64GB internal storage.

Vivo U20 specs

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 675
ProcessorOcta core (2 GHz, Dual core, Kryo 460 + 1.7 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 460)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 612
RAM4 GB/ 6GB
Internal storage64 GB
Expandable memoryYes, up to 256 GB

Advantage:

  • Better processor and chipset
  • A good GPU
  • Good RAM and ROM sizes

Disadvantage: –

Network support

Vivo U20 supports two nano sim cards with both ports having receptivity to various bands of 2G, 3G and 4G as listed below:

SIMs
  1. Nano SIM
  2. Nano SIM (Hybrid)
4G Bands:
  1. TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41)
  2. FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5)
3G Bands:UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS:Available
EDGE:Available

Advantage: Major bands of networks supported.

Disadvantage: 5G bands not available.

Connectivity and sensors

There are no big surprises here. The fingerprint sensor is on the rear and the bluetooth version is 5.0.
Infact, the U20 continues with the connectivity options used by it’s predecessor.

3.5mm audio jackYes (active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Fingerprint sensorYes, rear-mounted
Other sensor
    • Accelerometer
    • Face unlock
    • Proximity
    • Compass
    • Gyroscope

Light sensor

Advantage: –

Disadvantage: Rear mounted fingerprint sensor have been replaced by an in-display fingerprint sensor in recent modern models by reason of it being more receptive than the former.

Vivo U20 battery

Vivo U20 debuts with an excellent 5000mAh battery capacity which the company brags can last for 273 hours on standby, 21 hours of Instagram usage, 17 hours of Facebook usage and 11 hours of YouTube usage.

Battery capacity5000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
RemovableNon-removable
Fast charging18W fast battery charging

Advantage:

  • Excellent battery capacity.
  • Fast charging protocols available

Disadvantage: –

Vivo U20 review

Price of Vivo U20 in Nigeria

The price of Vivo U20 in Nigeria is about N55,000 for the 4GB variant and N60,000 for the 6GB variant.

Verdict!

Vivo U20 has a good underlying hardware, great design and triple camera setup at the rear.

Although recents models by other brands might surpass these advantages, it’s pricing might not be matched.

It’s N56,000 and N61,000 price tag for both variants is both strategic and convenient.

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