vivo U20 Review – A Complete Package in Its Segment

After the success of vivo U10, the brand has finally launched the vivo U20 in India. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE chipset that is paired with 4/6GB RAM. It has an AI Triple Rear Camera setup and packs a massive 5000mAh battery that supports 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging. The device comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ Display and the company claims that it is the biggest display in this price segment. Is the vivo U20 worth your money? Read our review to find out.

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vivo U20 Specifications

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 AIE Octa-core SoC
  • GPU: Adreno 612 GPU
  • RAM: 4/6 GB
  • Operating System: Android 9 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.2
  • Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ Halo FullView™ Display with 2340 × 1080 pixels screen resolution, and 90.3% screen to body ratio
  • Rear Camera: 16 MP primary sensor, 8 MP Super Wide Angle sensor with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 2 MP Super Macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.
  • Front Camera: 16 MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB (expandable upto 256 GB)
  • Other: Fingerprint sensor
  • Colors:Blaze Blue and Racing Black
  • Battery: 5000 mAh with 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging

Design, Display, & Ergonomics

The vivo U20 is a budget segment device and it comes with a polycarbonate body that has a gradient finish on the back. We got the Blaze Blue variant to play around with and it looks beautiful. However, the back attracts a lot of fingerprints so it is recommended that you use the device with a case (vivo provides one in the box). The fingerprint scanner is placed in the middle and you get the AI Triple Rear Cameras on the side of the back panel.

The volume buttons are placed on the right and along with that, you get a triple card slot on the left which means that you can expand your storage upto 256GB via MicroSD card as well as use Dual SIM Cards in the device. A 3.5 mm headphone jack is present on the bottom of device. The device weighs approx 190 grams and feels a bit heavy because of the massive battery.

Moving on to the Display, the vivo U20 comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ Display with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. It comes with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 90.3% screen to body ratio. vivo claims that it’s the biggest display in this price segment. The device also comes with Widevine L1 certification which means that you’ll be able to enjoy Full HD content on streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix.

The display is bright and produces punchy and vivid colors, making it really good for media streaming. Using your smartphone outside won’t be a tough job as everything on the screen is easily visible even in direct sunlight.The Halo FullView™ Display houses your 16MP selfie snapper.

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User Interface and Software

vivo U20 runs on Android 9.0 Pie which is based on the latest Funtouch OS 9.2 and hence it brings us a lot of additional features such as App Clone, Digital Wellbeing, Smart Scene, Smart Camera and a lot more. In addition to this, Funtouch OS 9.2 also brings us the Ultra Game Mode, some gesture-based features and a new, improved Dark Mode.

There’s no App Drawer in the Funtouch OS which means that all the installed apps come directly on your home screen.

The device comes with a lot of additional apps pre-installed but thankfully you can disable a few of them and uninstall the rest. Have a look at the screenshots below to see how the Funtouch OS 9.2 looks like.

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Lockscreen and Homescreen on Vivo U20
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Shortcut Center, Notification Bar and Smart Launcher on Vivo U20
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Settings on Vivo U20
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About Section on Vivo U20
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Theme Store on Vivo U20

Hardware Performance, Benchmarks, and Gaming

Talking about the performance, the vivo U20 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE processor which is coupled with the Adreno 612 GPU that handles your gaming needs. The device is further paired with 4/6GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of Internal Storage. It’s one of the most powerful mid-range chipsets out there.

Moving on to the performance, the device can handle day to day tasks easily and you won’t have any issues while multitasking on this one. When it comes to gaming, we tried playing PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty, Into The Dead 2, Rival Stars and few other games on this device and the experience was really good. It comes with a 5000mAh battery that lasts up to a day and supports 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging so the battery life won’t be an issue.

HD Graphics with High Frame Rate is the maximum supported settings for PUBG Mobile on the device. However, if you need more FPS, you can switch the graphics to smooth and change the frame rate to Ultra.

Talking about the Benchmarks, vivo U20scored 190670 on AnTuTu. On Geekbench 5 the device scored 433 on single-core and a multicore score of 1462, and on PCMark Work 2.0 test it scored 7413. Have a look at the screenshots below for benchmark results.

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Geekbench 5 on Vivo U20
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3DMark on Vivo U20
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PCMark on Vivo U20

Camera

vivo U20 comes with an AI Triple Rear Camera setup. The camera setup consists of a 16MP Sony IMX499 primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP Super Wide-Angle sensor with an aperture of f/2.2, and a 2MP Super Macro camera with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera. The rear camera does its job well and the pictures you get in normal/daylight conditions turn out to be really good considering the price this smartphone comes at. It produces vivid colors and the details you get in your images are on point. Not only the primary sensor but the Super Wide-Angle sensor on the smartphone also impressed us as the images we shot using that had much more punchy colors when we compared it to the normal ones.

The stock camera app is similar to what we’ve seen on previous vivo smartphones. You get modes like Night Mode, Bokeh Mode, Pro Mode, Document Mode and an AR Sticker mode that comes with Snapchat-like stickers. The night mode works well, you can see a difference between the normal images and the images shot in night mode. The selfie camera is also good and comes with AI Beautification. The skin tones you get in your selfies are amazing and the edge detection is also good. Have a look at some pictures that we shot using the camera on the vivo U20.

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Super Macro Mode

 

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Verdict

The vivo U20 is a really cool smartphone considering the price it comes at. When it comes to performance there is no doubt that this smartphone is amazing. Hence, if you are someone who wants to buy a device for gaming, camera and performance, we’d recommend you to get this one. The 5000mAh battery gives you enough juice and helps you to get through the day easily. The vivo U20 surely gets a thumbs up from us.