When I first used the Vivo V20, one of many key issues that I regarded for within the telephone was one distinctive bit that might have any purchaser select it, over the extra widespread choices within the Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 worth phase. While the OnePlus Nord, Google Pixel 4a and even the Samsung Galaxy M51 could have been worthy selections on this phase, the V20 was fairly a bit cheaper than its rivals. Now, we now have with us the Vivo V20 Pro, which at Rs 29,990 is smack in the midst of the OnePlus Nord vs Google Pixel 4a tug of struggle. In such a setup, does the V20 Pro actually stand for being a worthy suggestion?
The Vivo V20 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 765G SoC, and therefore comes with 5G connectivity. While that makes completely no distinction proper now, it does imply that if you happen to do purchase this telephone now, you gained’t have to improve it when 5G companies do roll out in India. The solely different factor that’s ‘pro’ in regards to the V20 Pro is its entrance digicam setup – whereas the V20 will get a single, 44-megapixel entrance digicam, the Vivo V20 Pro will get a twin entrance digicam setup with 44-megapixel major and 8-megapixel ultra-wide items. That, although, is about it. Given the ‘pro’ moniker within the identify, I’d have not less than anticipated a quicker show refresh charge, however nothing doing right here.
Does it, then, warrant a spot in your shortlist do you have to need to purchase a telephone for round Rs 30,000? Does it have sufficient to wean the eye away from the extra fanciable OnePlus Nord and the grossly understated Google Pixel 4a? Is it additionally ‘pro’ sufficient to warrant the additional Rs 5,000 over the Vivo V20? Here’s what we really feel.
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Display, design and ergonomics: Literally the identical as V20, and that’s not nice
When it involves the design, in-hand really feel, ergonomics and show efficiency of the Vivo V20 Pro, there’s actually nothing new to say right here from what we already did in our Vivo V20 assessment. To sum up what we had already stated, the V20 (and in flip the V20 Pro) is constructed nicely regardless of a plasticky facet rim, and relying in your vogue selections, you’ll discover the Sunset Melody gradient color shade both wonderful or too cheesy. The mild physique nonetheless feels sturdy, however the raised becoming of the display is annoying in a world the place in most telephones, the show sits flush with the edges.
The show by itself is sweet sufficient, that includes a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel. It appears to be like usually oversaturated and over-sharpened as most AMOLED panels do. However, it’s actually not dangerous for watching reveals and even dwell sports activities, because of its crisp distinction ratio. Touch response for basic utilization can be ok. However, it’s essential to notice that in a telephone that claims to be ‘pro’ at issues, the least we’d have anticipated is a quicker refresh charge. 90Hz and 120Hz panels clearly make a distinction within the utilization expertise, and the Vivo V20 Pro lacking out on it doesn’t actually make sense.
In quick, when you’ll be content material with how issues look on the V20 Pro, you’ll be somewhat sad when your folks flip up beside you with a lot cheaper telephones which have a lot smoother shows.
Performance: All so as, however for the annoying software program
The Snapdragon 765G is clearly the higher chipset than the 720G that powers the Vivo V20, however that doesn’t actually need any experience to know. The on-paper benefit of the Vivo V20 Pro clearly interprets in the actual world as nicely, and the V20 Pro takes on common on a regular basis duties with none fuss. It masses emails, calendar entries, messages, social apps, notes and music apps with none ado, and notifications tie in easily to load a brand new app or recall one from the background. In quick, the Vivo V20 Pro performs easily sufficient for all of your on a regular basis work duties.
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Even in gaming, the V20 Pro does fairly nicely. It could be very evidently smoother than the V20 at gaming efficiency, and is actually at par with the OnePlus Nord (they each use the identical chipset and identical quantity of RAM). Given the smoothness with which most heavy cell video games load and play out, you’ll by no means really feel that the Vivo V20 Pro makes a compromise in terms of efficiency. Graphics constancy is on level too, and is in keeping with how nicely and the way clean issues ought to carry out on a mid-premium vary smartphone.
What kinda ruins issues, although, is the software program. Vivo’s customized EnjoyableTouch OS is, in my books, a very pointless layer of customisation that the V20 Pro would have achieved significantly better with out. I notably don’t just like the customized design of the notifications menu, and neither do I like what Vivo has achieved with the settings menu rearrangement. There can be a specific amount of bloatware on the telephone, which fortunately will be uninstalled. The customized animations for the under-display fingerprint scanner, edge notification lighting and so forth are fascinating touches, however don’t look notably minimal. Then once more, provided that Vivo is promoting the V20 Pro on this alarmingly violent shade of orange-meets-purple-meets-blue, minimalism is a far cry from every part that this telephone presents.
TL;DR? The Vivo V20 Pro performs in addition to the OnePlus Nord, however we’d suggest the latter just by advantage of the software program utilization expertise. Simply having Android 11 out of the field doesn’t steal the deal, and the OnePlus Nord has 5G compatibility as nicely.
Cameras: The strongest bit in regards to the telephone
The digicam efficiency is the place the Vivo V20 Pro has a winner in its fingers. In reality, that is one space the place Vivo’s software program tweaking kinda pays off – Vivo’s digicam app does nicely at gauging distances portrait pictures, the software-driven iris management emulates a bodily lens moderately nicely, the ‘AI’ algorithms do surprisingly nicely in balancing harsh backlights and on total phrases, the efficiency from the 64-megapixel triple digicam unit is strong and dependable. What notably impresses me is its auto-recognition Backlight HDR mode, which truly does what a excessive dynamic vary mode ought to – protect extra shades in harsh backlight, due to this fact lowering its depth whereas enhancing illumination of the topic in entrance.
Bright mild, ultra-wide digicam (left), dim mild, macro digicam (proper) present the general competence of the Vivo V20 Pro’s digicam efficiency. (Image: Shouvik Das/Information18.com)
This is additional helped on by eye monitoring autofocus, which does its job nicely very often. It is just not 100 % correct, however is actually a big enchancment for cell cameras. This notably comes useful within the entrance cameras – the Vivo V20 Pro’s eye monitoring and face recognition algorithms guarantee that the 44-megapixel twin entrance cameras keep locked in focus whereas recording video blogs.
Gimmicky as it might sound, the attention monitoring autofocus unit on the Vivo V20 Pro truly works, and I fairly recognize what Vivo has tried to do with its digicam software program right here. It remains to be no match for Google’s computational pictures algorithms, notably in low mild situations in addition to matching up with the degrees of intricate particulars and sharpness. But, on standalone phrases, the Vivo V20 Pro is a fairly good digicam telephone to make use of – and a simple, intuitive one at that too.
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Battery: The common every day driver
The 4,000mAh battery is one more space that you might have anticipated to achieve ‘pro’ upgrades over the V20, however sadly, it doesn’t. As a consequence, as soon as 5G companies kick in, what you’ll truly get in actual life is poorer battery life over the V20. That stated, for common work utilization proper now, the V20 will simply sail you thru a full work day. Nought to 30 % comes up in 15 minutes, and with the bundled 33W quick charger, 100 % got here up in a shade beneath one hour. With every other USB-C charger, the complete charging took near 90 minutes. As a consequence, the battery life is just not dangerous, however nothing distinctive, both.
Verdict: Acceptable, not compelling
In total phrases, the Vivo V20 Pro is an appropriate smartphone. It performs fairly nicely when it comes to every day duties and gaming, and its digicam efficiency is even higher. The telephone feels good in hand, and you could even discover it to be a handsome one. All this, plus 5G, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5 with LE make it a sound package deal. However, there are shortcomings galore – EnjoyableTouch OS is just not nice, the digicam struggles with particulars in low mild, and the telephone severely lacks ‘pro’ options in contrast to what its identify suggests. Case in level – no bigger battery regardless of 5G, no excessive refresh charge, no 12GB RAM variant (not less than till now), no Wi-Fi 6 help and no aptX HD excessive decision wi-fi audio streaming, amongst others.
So, what do you have to make of the Vivo V20? All issues thought-about, I reckon it ought to nonetheless be in your shortlist. The digicam efficiency can rival the Nord (the Pixel 4a remains to be higher), and that itself is a powerful proposition. The query is, would you be okay with simply this, when spending Rs 29,990 on a smartphone? I in all probability gained’t.