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Vivo U20 review: Quick app navigation, decent camera performance make it a good buy at Rs 10,990

The new offering is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and has a long-lasting battery.

Dec 07, 2019, 11.00 PM IST
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The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup of 16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP. Fingerprint sensor lies below the camera setup, followed by Vivo logo at the bottom left.
The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup of 16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP. Fingerprint sensor lies below the camera setup, followed by Vivo logo at the bottom left.
Get it for: Rs 10,990 onwards
Highlight: Fast processor

Chinese handset maker Vivo has just launched the U20, its second smartphone under the U-series, and given its starting offer price of around Rs 11,000, this may be the least expensive phone to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor.

The U20’s back is made of plastic and has a glossy finish and its body is not impervious to fingerprints and smudges.

The phone features a water drop-like notch design and has thin bezels around the display. The notched space accommodates a 16 MP front camera lens and a super-thin earpiece.

The top edge does not have any button while the bottom edge makes provision for a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a hole for microphone, a micro USB port and six circular vents for speakers. The right edge has volume and power buttons. The left edge houses SIM tray with a dedicated microSD card slot.

The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup of 16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP. Fingerprint sensor lies below the camera setup, followed by Vivo logo at the bottom left.

The U20 has a 6.53-inch full HD+ display with 1080 x 2340 resolution and screen-to-body ratio of 90.3%.

The screen brightness is adequate when indoors but needs to be increased to almost 100% in bright sunlight. The auto-brightness feature worked every time there was a change in surrounding light. The face unlock features worked well in both well-lit as well as dark surroundings.

The smartphone runs Vivo’s own custom FunTouch OS based on Android 9 Pie. App navigation is fast and UI has a neat look with sharp and punchy icons. However, the UI is riddled with bloatware.

Coming to the rear camera performance, the images captured during the day came out sharp and clear but the night shots had blurriness and looked grainy. The front camera gave mostly clear selfies in daytime without adding any artificial colour to skin tone but its performance degrades in dimly-lit conditions.

Playing Call of Duty: Mobile also was not satisfactory (at medium and high settings) with frame rate fluctuations throughout the match.

However, the U20’s audio output can fill a small room. The 5000mAh battery also easily lasts for more than a day during light to medium usage.

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