Our Opinion

The Vivo U20 (6GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Oppo A9 (8GB RAM, 2020), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo U20 (6GB RAM)!

Oppo A9 (8GB RAM, 2020)  Vivo U20 (6GB RAM) 
Oppo A9 2020 Vivo U20
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Excellence Score
32.3
33.1
Value for Money Score
63.6
72.7
Price ₹ 17,566 onwards ₹ 12,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Nov, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #24 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 612
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 48MP: 1/2.25" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Ultra-wide lens; F/2.25 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Mono-chrome Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: Macro Lens; F/2.4 Aperture, 1.75um Pixel Size 16MP: f/1.78 Aperture, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, AI Super Wide Angle, Bokeh, Super Macro, HDR, AI Portrait Framing, Live Photo, Panorama, AR Stickers, Super Wide Angle Video, Time Lapse, Slo-Mo, Video Face Beauty
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Beautification, Filters f/2.0 Aperture, Screen Flash, AI Face Beauty, HDR, Filters, Live Photo, AR Stickers, Mirror Selfie
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 8.89 mmMedium
Weight 195 gmHeavy 193 gmHeavy
Width 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos UFS 2.1 Storage; Reverse Charging; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish, impressive dual-color 3D gradient design, and good built quality
  • The curved back panel gradually meets the side to provide an easy-to-hold experience
  • Decent, large 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (720×1600 pixels) resolution, an 82.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, and a water-drop notch
  • Decent color reproduction and brightness
  • Widevine L1 certification for HD video playback on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
  • ColorOS is a fairly refined, sophisticated custom Android skin, with a number of useful add-on features
  • Solid performance with a Snapdragon 665 powering the internals - both day-to-day stuff, and gaming is smooth
  • Decent overall camera performance for the price bracket
  • The device comes with a quad-camera setup - a 48-megapixel primary sensor + 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens + two 2MP cameras for "artistic portrait effects"
  • You get good results in ideal lighting conditions across the board - the 48-megapixel primary sensor captures good images with decent texture, colors, and detail - the camera can capture impressive images in an ideal or sometimes challenging situation with good amount of dynamic range
  • The camera manages to take okay images in low light, but things improve dramatically with the dedicated “Night” mode
  • With the portrait mode, the A9 2020 does a decent job in background separation (though the 2 additional cameras for "artistic portrait effects" don't seem to add much value)
  • Decent 16-megapixel front camera sensor for selfies
  • Offers a good stereo audio effect with its bottom and top firing speakers
  • Very good battery life with a large 5000mAh battery - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • Support for reverse charging - you can use the device as a power bank to charge another smartphone
  • Stylish, slick, premium looks (looks more expensive than it is), good build quality
  • The rear camera module has a copper accent on the edges, which further adds to the premium-ness
  • The front is modern with a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS display with a dewdrop notch, and minimal bezels
  • Both the fingerprint scanner, and face unlock are quick
  • The IPS display is crisp, and boasts good legibility and viewing angles
  • Very good performance for the price category with a powerful Snapdragon 675 at the core - it delivers smooth performance not just in daily use, but high-end games like PUBG
  • Decent triple-camera setup at the back: 16-megapixel primary lens + 8-super-wide-angle lens + 2-megapixel super macro lens - in good lighting conditions, the images shot offer good exposure as well as good color production
  • Fast focus speed
  • Good portrait mode - blurs the background quite well and gives you good bokeh effect
  • Good 16-megapixel front facing camera - works well in both day-light and low-light conditions, and has a good portrait mode too
  • Overall, the camera setup on the U20 is pretty decent for the price bracket (but not the best)
  • Excellent battery life with a large 5000mAh battery - you should get a comfortable 2 days of use
  • Fast charging support (18W) - you can recharge your phone's battery in about two-and-half hours
  • If you value performance, battery and design in your phone, the the U20 is another excellent option from Vivo, after its popular predecessor, the U10 - the only area where it lags a little behind the competition from Xiaomi and Realme is the cameras
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A bit bulky
  • Like all glossy rear panels, the rear does easily attract fingerprints and smudges
  • The panel is quite glossy so you may find it difficult to read content under direct sunlight
  • Like most custom Android skins, it's not quite as simple, and clutter-free as stock Android
  • It's definitely not category-leading performance though, many competitors provide faster processors
  • Overall, while the camera setup is good for the price bracket, again it's not category leading
  • No fast charging support (the included 10W charger inside the box with charges the device from 0 to 100 percent in about 2 hours and 25 minutes)
  • On it's own the Oppo A9 2020 is a pretty decent mid-range phone with 2 key highlights - a stylish design and a very good battery life - but its cameras and performance are nothing special, which puts it behind a lot of the competition in this hotly contested price category
  • Somewhat bulky
  • Vivo's Funtouch UI is one of the heavier Android skins around, and packs plenty of bloatware - which means that if you like your phones simple and fuss-free, it's not the best option around
  • The super-wide angle camera, and the macro camera, while offering some interesting framing options, are not that good in terms of image quality
  • Low light camera performance from the rear camera setup is average (the Night mode does help a bit though)
  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern USB-C standard
Expert Reviews
  1. One of the best affordable phones for those who stream a lot of video, and a still great option for almost everyone else on a limited budget
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has a few good features to offer...but overall, it is outclassed by rivals like the Realme X
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Fighting the competition in style...but the competition might give you better value for your hard earned cash
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A decent smartphone...but given the better value for money competition from likes of Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme 5 Pro, Vivo Z1X, and Moto G8 Plus, the Oppo A90 2020 might find it difficult to stay in the race
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Proof that you don’t need to pay a fortune for flagship features...highly recommended
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  6. Without any standout feature, we are afraid Oppo A9 2020 may find it difficult to carve a space for itself in the India smartphone market
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Ideal choice for those looking for good camera and premium looks
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. We expected more...would have a tough time competing with its rivals in the price segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you are looking for a device primarily for gaming then the Vivo U20 should be pretty high on your shortlist...that said, the U20 isn't a perfect all-rounder; the cameras did leave us wanting
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you need a smartphone that does not leave you alone before your day is over even after heavy gaming or hours of video streaming, then Vivo U20 will be the best option for you....But if you love photography and need a good camera smartphone then you sho
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good option for those who want to play graphics-heavy games but don’t want an expensive device
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A good buy at this price
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Light on your pocket, but a strong performer indeed
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Competent contender in the fierce ongoing battle for the budget space
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Makes for a worthy choice in isolation, but its sheen starts to fade a little when it's put in direct comparison with the likes of the Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5 -- both of which offer just a little more than the Vivo U20
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
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