Vivo has released some good phones this year, targeting Xiaomi, Samsung, and companies that can be considered part of the same family — Realme and Oppo — under Rs 20,000 segment. Today Vivo is making a splash in the segment around Rs 10,000 with the Vivo U20 that comes into the market at a price of Rs 10,990. And it guns for the likes of Redmi Note 8, Realme 5s, and Realme 3 Pro.
The Vivo U20 comes in two variants: one with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage that costs Rs 10,990 and the other with 6GB RAM with 64GB storage with price of Rs 11,990. A full review of the Vivo U20 is going to be a better way to tell you how it fares against its competitors, but that is going to take a few days. On the Vivo U20 launch day, what we are going to share is its first impressions an or rather a quick and dirty review, based on what I have found the phone after using it for the last few days.
The Vivo U20 is an all-plastic phone with two colour options: Racing Black and Blaze Blue. The review unit that we have received is Blaze Blue and it looks a little flashy, which is good for consumers who are going to flaunt their phone, or will be putting it in a transparent case. Those who don’t like their phones flashy will find the Black variant of the phone more subtle and suitable to their taste.
The Vivo U20 is the second phone launched under the Vivo U-series of phones. The Vivo U10, which was launched back in September, was the first one. The Vivo U20 is a sort of successor to the U20, and it comes with improved hardware that is significantly, at least on paper, better than the earlier U phone. Camera, storage, performance, and display… all the core areas have been given an update. The Vivo U10 was launched with a 6.35-inches display and the size of the display ensures that it is usable with single hand compared to phones that screen measuring 6.5 inches or more.
The new Vivo U20 gets a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charge system. In terms of the size of the battery, nothing changes compared to the U10. But the U20 has a faster, and consequently better, charging system. Vivo claims that the U20 can last for 273 hours on standby, 21 hours of Instagram usage, 17 hours of Facebook usage and 11 hours of YouTube on a single charge. In the coming days, and in the full review, we will test the Vivo claim on the U20 battery performance.
The Vivo U20 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, clocked up to 2.0GHz of speed. This is again an upgrade over the Snapdragon 665, which was inside the U10. It also seems better, again purely on paper, compared the same Snapdragon 665 in the Realme 5S and the Redmi Note 8. I am currently using Facebook, Instagram, and few other social media apps on the U20, and I have watched a couple of YouTube videos on it, and the performance seems to fine. There is no significant lag or stutters that I have noticed, although it remains to be seen how the U20 will handle games like PUBG. The games like Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds 2 run well enough on the U20. The phone uses Vivo’s Funtouch OS 9, which seems well customised.
The Vivo U20 comes with a 16MP selfie camera and a three-camera setup at the back. These three cameras are: 16MP Sony IMX499 (Primary plus Night Mode), 8MP (Super Wide Angle) and 2MP (Super Macro). I have clicked a few pictures from the phone and have found the results to be mixed. In many photos I found that the phone, while processing images, tries to boost up colours but the exposure is all over the place, and mostly results in photos that are under exposed. The photos are also not very clear, or in other words seem to lack good amount of details. The rear camera lets users click ultra wide-angle shots, portrait shots with bokeh, as well as videos using slo-mo mode and time-lapse mode. On the front, the camera comes with beauty mode that not only allows users to change the skin tones but also alter jawline.
All in all, the Vivo U20 looks like a decent phone around Rs 10,000 but it lacks a couple of bits that others have, like metal and glass body, or USB-C. However, these are not deal-breaking issues. The Vivo U20 seem to have a lot going for it, particularly with its performance. We will explore the phone in more detail in the coming days, and in its full review.