vivo has always been a smartphone brand that has done things quietly — one that has chosen to go about releasing model after model in the mid-range arena without much fanfare, much unlike its sister company OnePlus, especially in recent memory..
From the outset, it’s pretty much the same story with the V20 Pro — a mid-range competitor priced at a very mid-range US$470, and outfitted with most of what you’d expect from such a device. Glancing at other similar competitors (including its blood-related OnePlus Nord), the V20 Pro appears very “normal”.
But oftentimes, modesty belies competence, and I took the opportunity to put it through its paces and see if a phone that seems pretty unspectacular would reveal a few pleasant surprises and position itself as a worth buy for those looking for a bang-for-buck option right now.
Build & Feel
In terms of overall build, the V20 Pro really isn’t dissimilar to most other smartphones in the market. It features an ample 6.44-inch AMOLED display in FHD resolution with an under-screen fingerprint scanner that’s fairly quick to recognize thumbprints.
Sitting above the screen is a notch that house a dual-camera setup for selfies and facial recognition, which also worked pretty well even when surroundings were slightly dark.
The only oddity here is that the notch resembles the ones from about two years ago instead of more current variations such as hole-punch camera cut-outs, teardrop notches, or even pop-up selfie cams, making the V20 Pro’s front look slightly dated.
The sides of the phone are made from glossy plastic which surprisingly doesn’t feel all that cheap. You’ll find the usual suspects including the volume rocker and textured power button on the right, and a dual-SIM tray (there’s no expandable storage, mind you) with a single speaker grill on the bottom.
Even though it’s already 2021, I feel that the lack of a headphone jack in any phone is still something of a miss, which is also the case with the V20 Pro.
Around the back is where the device looks the best, however, with the satin-finished glass back looking particularly classy in Moonlight Sonata white — the color variant that I was given. Even the quad-camera array is neatly positioned, albeit with there being a slight camera bump (nothing too distracting, thankfully).
All things considered, the V20 Pro feels as one might expect from a solid mid-ranger. Nothing really feels cheap and out of place, plus its rounded edges and weight of 170 grams makes it quite comfortable for single-handed use. Also, extra points for good looks on the back.
Software & Performance
The V20 Pro comes with Android 10 right out of the box, and can be immediately upgraded to Android 11. Surprisingly, vivo’s Funtouch OS — its very own version of Android — looks mostly clean and is considerably easy to use and customize, with menus sporting an almost-stock-Android look.
One small drawback is vivo’s decision to still include some bloatware, such as its own app store and web browser. While most of these can’t be uninstalled, there’s thankfully an option to turn off all push notifications associated with them, something which I strongly suggest.
The inclusion of a Snapdragon 765G also makes things snappy. Although it isn’t a top-performer like the Snapdragon 865, I found no issues with performance during everyday tasks, and even running a somewhat demanding game like Call of Duty: Mobile posed no slowdowns or caused overheating even on high settings.
Although the V20 Pro comes with 5G connectivity, I wasn’t able to make much use of it considering the lack of 5G coverage in Malaysia. But its inclusion makes the phone future-proof, and its inclusion was a pretty smart move all things considered.
Consuming media on the display was pretty great. Colors were vivid and bright on the 6.44-inch AMOLED screen, and image sharpness and clarity were as good as you’d expect from a phone in this range. The lack of high-refresh (capped at 60hz), while not a dealbreaker by any means, was a notable ommission especially when you consider how other competitors like the OnePlus Nord come with high-refresh screens as standard.
Battery life was pretty satisfactory as well, with the 4,000 mAh battery easily providing over a day of life with standard use — watching YouTube or Netflix videos, browsing the web, checking social media, with some light gaming in between.
While there’s no wireless charging capability to be found, the inclusion of a fast-charger was also pretty nice and allowed me to top up my reserves in very little time. It took my 15 minutes to get from an empty battery to 15 percent, 36 minutes to hit 50 percent, and just over an hour to reach a full charge.
The V20 Pro also showed that it was surprisingly competent in the camera department, with its main 64MP shooter proving to be quite good at capturing well-lit photos with ample detail and a pleasing color tone.
Its ultra-wide 8MP lens also performed just as admirably when completely zoomed out, although there’s a bit of a drop in quality for zoomed- out photos taken with the main lens, especially with the electronic 10x zoom.
Photography in low-light conditions was also pretty decent. Using its default night mode allowed for a good amount of exposure without sacrificing too much detail, although the presence of noise was inevitable although not too intrusive.
Verdict & Conclusion
During the course of my usage, the vivo V20 Pro put up a very satisfactory performance as an everyday driver. While there were no real outstanding merits, I found that I also had really little to complain about regarding its speed, battery life, or even camera — a reliable mid-ranger in every sense of the word.
But whether it does well in the market is a different story altogether. With many other competitors offering similar specs for about the same price, there are very few differentiators that set it apart from its competition. If you’re looking for a phone with 5G capabilities, this is definitely one of the options available right away.
If you pick up the V20 Pro, you probably won’t have too many complaints, although it might be better to look out for a price drop whenever available. But by then vivo will probably already have another option on the market that’s newer and better for you to consider.
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