Our Opinion

The Vivo V20 (2021) is a significantly better phone than the Vivo V20 SE, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V20 (2021)!

Vivo V20 (2021)  Vivo V20 SE 
Vivo V20 2021 Vivo V20 SE
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Price ₹ 24,990 onwards ₹ 20,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2020 Nov, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 11Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 610
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/1.72" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size, PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; 1/4.0" sensor size; 1.12um pixel size; Auto-focus, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps, EIS, Motion Autofocus, Eye Autofocus, Body/Object Autofocus, Super Night Mode, Super Wide Angle Night Mode, Tripod Night Mode, Ultra Stable Video, Art Portrait video, Super Macro, Bokeh Portrait, Multi-Style Portrait 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 25mm focal length; 1/2.0" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; 1/4.0" sensor size; 1.12um pixel size; Auto-focus, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 44MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 aperture, Eye Autofocus, Super Night Selfie, Selfie Aura Screen Light, Steadiface Selfie Video, Slo-Mo Selfie Video, Dual-View Video, Art Portrait Video, Multi-Style Portrait f/2.0 aperture, 1/2.8" aperture, 0.8um pixel size
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 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
Thickness 7.4 mmSlim 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 171 gmMedium 171 gmMedium
Width 74.2 mmOk for one-handed use 74.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4100 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, 33W Fast Charging Yes, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The design feels fresh and vibrant - phone's sleek profile is eye-catching, with a matte back glass, it is one of the nicest looking phones for the price
  • The phone looks quite flawless from the back, it features a rather flashy back cover
  • The Vivo V20 is one of the lightest around in the price segment, and at 7.38mm in thickness, it is surprisingly slim
  • The power button has a texture to give it a more distinguished feeling
  • The in-display fingerprint scanner, as well as face recognition, are quick to unlock the V20
  • The display is a gorgeous 6.44-inch AMOLED FHD+ panel which promises vibrant and life-like colours - the contrast is impressive and it also supports HDR10 for high-quality video playback
  • It gets bright enough for using the device even under harsh sunlight
  • The Vivo V20 comes with Android 11 out of the box, with Vivo's new Funtouch OS 11 - this new skin by Vivo brings several bells and whistles, and a much cleaner, simpler interface - there's an improved dark mode and tons of customisation options
  • Good performance from the Snapdragon 720G SoC - it is good enough to help you through tasks of daily use and even running multiple apps simultaneously - casual gaming is no issue and heavy games run at medium settings, which is decent
  • Good triple cameras for the price - a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP mono camera
  • Photos shot in bright sunny conditions turned out well - images clicked using the device generally come out with life-like colours and packing good detail
  • The Ultra-wide camera adds fun new perspectives, it can take dramatic super-wide-angle photos with lesser details than the main camera - besides, it can also take Macro shots, which come out with good detail, and you end up with a higher resolution image compared to what most dedicated macro cameras produce
  • Portraits have good edge detection and you do get the option to set the intensity of the blur effect - beautification is enabled by default which smoothens skin textures
  • Low-light camera performance is good, photos have little noise and details in brighter areas are decent - enabling Night mode improves the level of detail
  • The 44MP selfie camera is very good at what it does - daylight selfies are sharp with accurate colours and good details, there's also an Eye Autofocus option that keeps the subject in sharp focus - portrait selfies are possible and you can set the level of blur before taking a shot
  • Video recording in daylight is good, video recording tops out at 4K for the primary as well as the selfie shooter - footage shot in 4K, as well as 1080p, is stabilised (though, video shot in low light has a shimmer effect at both resolutions, which isn't good)
  • Overall, cameras are one of the highlights of the phone and they can take on any other capable camera phone at this price
  • Good battery life from the 4000 mAh battery - it can easily manage to keep the phone going on for around a day on moderate-heavy use
  • Charging is quick with the supplied 33W FlashCharge charger - it takes the V20 to 98 percent in an hour
  • If you value looks over other aspects, the Vivo V20 will appeal to you, it is well designed and feels premium to the touch - the device also offers above par photography performance, it emerges as a very good option for taking pictures and shooting videos
  • Shiny, premium design - the back panel features a dual-tone gradient texture, which shifts shade depending on the angle light hits it
  • The front looks similar to the V20, with its narrow bezels and a small dew-drop notch
  • The smartphone is thin and the weight is easily manageable - and the curved sides make the phone comfortable to hold and carry around
  • The in-display fingerprint scanner as well as face recognition is quick to unlock the Vivo V20 SE
  • The display is a gorgeous 6.44-inch AMOLED FHD+ panel which promises vibrant and life-like colours, similar to the Vivo V20 - the display has good viewing angles and gets bright enough when outdoors
  • The Vivo V20 SE comes with Android 10 out of the box with Vivo's new Funtouch OS 11 and not Android 11 like on the elder sibling, but Vivo has promised the update to 11 at the time of launch, - this new skin by Vivo brings several bells and whistles, and a much cleaner, simpler interface - there's an improved dark mode and ton of customisation option
  • Good triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera that is also capable of macro photography, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the Vivo V20 SE manage decent shots with good details on objects even at a distance - while shooting outdoors in bright conditions, the V20 SE is quick to enable HDR
  • The ultra-wide-angle camera offers a wider field of view but at the cost of details - the images aren't as sharp as the primary camera, but they fit a lot more scene into the picture - Close-ups with this camera turn out well, and the phone manages to capture sharp images, this is much better than the dedicated low-resolution sensors
  • Portrait shots with steady subjects turn out well, with good edge detection
  • The V20 SE manage good selfies in daylight as well as low light - you can take portrait shots using the selfie camera, and the V20 SE blurs out the background automatically
  • Battery life on the V20 SE is good from the 4100 mAh battery, and the phone goes on for a day and a half on a single charge
  • Charging is also quick with the 33W charger bundled in the box - the device gets to about 96 per cent in an hour
  • The V20 SE is a good phone that has a few things going for it - the device offers a lightweight design and decent cameras for the price
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Because of its slim profile, the Vivo V20 is a bit slippery
  • Though, it isn't a high-refresh-rate panel
  • However, this isn't the best performing phone at the price, there are better options available like the OnePlus Nord
  • However, if heavy-duty gaming is what you're looking for, alternatives such as the OnePlus Nord offer significantly better performance, you can also consider the Galaxy M51 for its insane battery life powered by a 7000 mAh battery
  • The glossy finish at the back is prone to fingerprints and smudges
  • The panel lacks support for fast refresh rate
  • Average performance from the Snapdragon 665 - this isn't the most powerful chipset for the price, it is available on phones at half the price, the competitors like the Poco X3 offer much better performance for this segment
  • Low-light camera performance is average overall - photos appear smooth and objects at a distance have a watercolour-like effect - enabling Night Mode results in slightly brighter images, but nothing game-changing
  • On the other hand, if you are looking for a well-rounded smartphone, the V20 SE isn't your best bet - it sports a weaker processor, which is evident when playing heavy games, in this case, the Realme 7 Pro and the Poco X3 would be suitable alternatives
Expert Reviews
  1. The Vivo V20 is well designed and feels premium to the touch... but better phones are available
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Vivo V20 is an impressive mid-range smartphone, but it’s not perfect
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V20 actually feels more expensive than it actually is
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Vivo has made an impressive-looking phone that offers good overall performance
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  1. This phone focuses on design and cameras, if you are looking for a well-rounded smartphone, the V20 SE isn't your best bet
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The V20 SE seems to be an average device with decent cameras, good battery life... but the performance just seems to disappoint
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Skip on buying the V20 SE, buy the V20 instead
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Vivo V20 makes a lot better option if you really want to buy a Vivo phone
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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