Hardly, it has been two months since the launch of the Vivo U10. The company has again expanded its online-only U-series with the new Vivo U20. Both devices have a lot in common. The expansion is due to the brand wanting to keep up with its competitors. Being the success of U10, the price of U20 is a little bit higher.
Having a large screen, high-capacity battery and powerful processor, the U20 model is in the market for Rs 15000. With the launch of the phone on Amazon officially, here is what our take is on the phone.
The new Vivo U20 looks similar to U10. The front is bare. There is nothing noticeable other than the water drop notch placed at the top of the screen for the 16-megapixel front camera. The screen is larger and higher resolution than the U10. It is 6.53 inches with 1080×2340 pixels, compared to 6.35 inches and 720×1544 pixels. It isn’t too difficult to handle but needs some stretching to reach the upper corners.
The display has narrow borders to keep up with the trend. It is pretty bright. Vivo is highlighting this phone’s Widevine L1 DRM certified that also enables HD video streaming.
Vivo seems to move away from gradients and patterns for this model. Having the Racing Black model, the main colour is a very deep grey-blue colour when it is under the light. Another variant is the Blaze Blue that appears brighter with a hue of a blue-purple gradient.
The material of the phone is plastic. Though the phone is shiny, it is not slippery. We do not have much of the place of the gold trim around the camera module. The gold Vivo logo in the lower-left corner may hit with a slash of personality.
The design of the camera module is kind of different in comparison to the Vivo U10. Apart from this, everything is pretty much the same. The fingerprint sensor on the rear is also very much identical. The Vivo U20 has a specification of 3 rear cameras. The one is 16-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
Overall Outlook –
The entire outlook of the construction quality and finish of the Vivo U20 is okay. It is a bit hefty at 198 g and it is nearly 8.89mm thick. The ring around the camera module feels a little bit of rough. The power and volume button are elegant and stunning.
The tray on the upper left has got 2 slots – Nano-SIMs and a separate microSD card slot.
A little disappointment is with a Micro-USB port on the bottom rather than a Type-C port. Our thought it that Vivo’s target audience is expecting the company to go on for a new venture. There’s also a 3.5mm audio socket and a speaker on the bottom.
Build with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, Vivo is making its way with “AI Engine” functionality. With 5000mAh battery, the weight is kind of bulky. There are two storage variants for U20 model – 4GB with 64GB of storage for Rs. 10,990, and 6GB of RAM with the same 64GB of storage for Rs. 11,990.
Other specifications involve dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, and GPS. You will get an 18W charger in the box. It has got a quick charging facility but does not meet the specified standard.
With the implementation of such features, Vivo is bringing a lot of power to a lower price. With these specifications, Vivo is bringing a lot of power to a low price. Competitors in the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment right now include the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme 5s. This means that the new Vivo U20 promises great value.
The software of the model is Funtouch OS. Android fans will not like the customization level. This will be especially for the quick settings panel that will pull up from the bottom of the screen like the one on older iPhones. Funtouch OS 9.2 runs on top of Android 9. The new November 2019 Android security patch is already running on our demo unit.
This version of Funtouch OS comes with Dark Mode. The Jovi Smart Scene page, to the left of the first home screen, shows widgets with information. This includes activity tracking, sports scores, and news. You can customise the UI with themes.
If Vivo is making plans to take Xiaomi and Realme on, there is a lot of work to be done on the camera quality. Through the first impressions, the Vivo U20 could be quite popular especially with the fans of the brand.
Utsha Roy is an aspiring writer who has been gaining knowledge on various genres. Delving into the different cars and gadget news, she has also engaged herself into showcasing latest vehicles and gadgets news and reviews over Autonmobiles.com
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