Our Opinion

The Vivo V20 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Vivo V20 128GB.

Vivo V20 128GB  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo V20 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
61.2
53.2
Value for Money Score
70.8
72.1
Price ₹ 24,990 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 11Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
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 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 119° Field-of-view; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60/120fps; [email protected], EIS, Ultra Nightscape mode, AI scene detection, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio Lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos
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 Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Age recognition, AI Beautify, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.4 mmSlim 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 171 gmMedium 209 gmHeavy
Width 74.2 mmOk for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5020 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 UFS 2.1 Storage; 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
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a very shiny, reflective rear panel - you'll see light play across the surface when using this phone, giving the feeling of depth
  • The distinctive new camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a nice design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and make this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and definitely defies expectations for its price category
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key and it is extremely fast at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top, and can be used to control several home appliances
  • There's also a notification and charging LED hidden in the earpiece, a rarity to find in modern smartphones
  • Bright, crisp and large 6.67-inch IPS display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Class-leading performance for the price backed by the snappy Snapdragon 720G - the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more than powerful enough to handle anything from basic calls and messaging all the way up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • Good quad camera at the back - a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Daylight shots from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turn out quite well - photos look sharp and the details are good - phone automatically enables HDR in appropriate situations
  • The Ultra-wide camera on the device offers a wider field of view with good quality images - wide-angle correction is implemented which prevents barrel distortion
  • Xiaomi has done a particularly good job at optimising the portrait mode and the phone does a fantastic job at edge-detection, creating a natural-looking blur
  • Macro camera is good for extreme close-ups - it captures very good details in good lighting conditions - the resolution is also higher at 5-megapixels than what you usually get from other smartphones
  • In low-light, the phone manages to keep noise under control and offer good images - with Night Mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures, the output is sharper, with much better detail, and objects in the shadows are more visible
  • The 32MP front camera is good - in daylight, you get sharp selfies - there is a portrait mode for the selfie camera as well, and it does manage to accurately separate the background from the subject
  • Video recording is decent as long as there's good light (though, in low-light the phone struggles to stabilise the footage and creates a shimmer effect)
  • Overall, it has one of the best camera performances in this price segment
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Excellent fast charging with the 33W fast charger in the box, takes nearly an hours to fill the phone completely, which is one of the fastest for this price
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is almost identical to it's younger sibling the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the only exceptions being the better cameras and faster charging - and if you value these features, it's worth spending the extra bucks on the Max
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
  • At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is bulky and unwieldy
  • It is a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a high refresh rate - this is a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the back foot compared to its peers
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • However, if you are looking for a higher refresh display, you can consider the POCO X2 or the Realme 6, other specs are very similar
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. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powerful, offers great battery life and packs in good cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are confused between Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, the decision boils down to how important that 33W fast charging is to you
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Max Performance, Max Value
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Better than sibling, but not an outright choice
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max excels in battery life, camera and build quality, but the competition from other brands especially Realme is quite fierce
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Note 9 Pro Max is highly impressive... but the competition is tough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Incredible camera, satisfactory performance
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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