Vivo V20 SE 

price₹ 20,990 onwards

launchNov, 2020

44.2

excellence score

66.4

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 4 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • 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 glossy finish at the back is prone to fingerprints and smudges

Display

  • 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 panel lacks support for fast refresh rate

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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
  • 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

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

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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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Vivo V20 SE Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.44 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 610
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4100 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 33W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight171 gmMedium
Thickness7.8 mmMedium
Width74.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 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 Camera32MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • 1/2.8" aperture
  • 0.8um pixel size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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