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Vivo U20 Launched: Does it Match Up to Xiaomi and Samsung?

Vivo has launched the second generation device in the U Series, which competes with Redmi Note and Galaxy M series.

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Vivo U20 is a mid-range device.
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Vivo has been growing steadily in the Indian market but the budget segment has been hard to come by for the brand, with Xiaomi and Samsung among others taking the pie.

But with the U series, the company is hoping for a change in fortunes, which is why the U20 launching for under Rs 12,000 is a sign that the brand is now ready for its next set of growth, this time catering to the entry-level buyers.

This segment is all in favour of buying a big screen device, that can be used for a long time on a single charge. So, does the Vivo U20 fit the billing for this buyer and can it really be an alternative to the Xiaomis and the Samsung? We’ve been using the phone for the past week, and here’s our first impressions of the phone which has launched for Rs 10,990.

Snapshot

Vivo U20 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inch 2340x1080 pixels
  • OS: Funtouch OS over Android 9.0 Pie
  • Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64GB expandable up to 256GB
  • Rear Cameras: 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Price: Rs 10,990/Rs 11,990

The phone gets a 6.5-inch tall screen with a 19:9 ratio and carries a smaller notch at the top to house the front camera. The company hasn’t talked about using Corning Glass for protection, instead, you get something called the Panda MN228 on the U20.

In terms of scratches, we’ve definitely noticed few more than we’re used to with the Corning layer of protection but nothing that’s a dealbreaker for sure.

It sports a small notch which houses the front camera.
It sports a small notch which houses the front camera.
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At the back, Vivo has gone for the tried-and-tested design formula, adding plastic with a rugged finish that tends to be on the glossier side, making it a fingerprint magnet as well.

The three rear cameras are placed vertically at the top left, and you’ll find the physical fingerprint scanner at the center of the phone.

Clean looking design of the back panel on the phone.
Clean looking design of the back panel on the phone.
(Photo: The Quint)

Even though the U20 carries a tall design profile, it should be easy for most of you to hold and use it with a single hand.

The phone is powered octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor, paired with 4 and 6GB RAM and offering up to 64GB storage, but it is further expandable without having to choose between the second SIM or the memory card.

This hardware duo delivers impressive performance for daily users, who’re just going to be checking emails, watching videos, and consume social media content through various platforms.

Having said that, with the 675, you’re going to have to limit your expectations while playing high-definition games like PUBG Mobile. You’re better off switching to low graphics setting, or else, the phone’s mid-range power gets found out.

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Moving on, Vivo has definitely ticked one of the many conditions needed by the buyer in this segment. The U20 also gets the headphone jack, and in order to keep the costs down, using the more secure physical fingerprint sensor seems like a good idea, even though you can also make use of the photo-based Face unlock option as well.

Basics of sub 15K phone are all there on the U20.
Basics of sub 15K phone are all there on the U20.
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But we’re still not sold on the software running aboard this Vivo phone. The FunTouch OS has entered its ninth generation but the same issues persist even today. The phone still comes loaded with apps that users may or may not use. The interface is lighter than before, but it still ensures you’re not getting the best out of the device.

Next up, the U20 tries to match others in the segment by offering the phone with a 5000mAh battery but that doesn’t betray its overall physique, as it weighs 193 grams, and measures at 8.9mm in thickness. This might not be the lightest, but with that battery size, we can live with that.

Still using the microUSB 2.0 port, Vivo?
Still using the microUSB 2.0 port, Vivo?
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But what’s also impressive is that the battery, with its bundled 18W charger, manages to charge in quick time. And we also noticed that unlike most patented fast chargers, you can use the U20 cable with any basic adapter and still get decent charging speeds. This ensures that using a phone with a big capacity battery doesn’t become discouraging after all.

Although, they’ve used the micro USB port for charging and data transfers, which might not be needed with the Type-C becoming the standard these days.

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And finally, some mention about the cameras on board the U20. You get three lenses, capable of ultra-wide, macro and regular photos.

Triple rear camera setup on the Vivo U20.
Triple rear camera setup on the Vivo U20.
(Photo: The Quint)

During our time with it, the pictures clicked in daylight conditions turned out to be rich in detail and just the right amount of colour reproduction. In low light, there tends to be some noise in the images, but nothing that’ll make it unusable. At these prices, this is probably the best we can expect for now.

The Vivo U20 is a decent mid-range phone, and with a big capacity battery that supports fast charging, you can use the phone for a long time without worrying about it shutting down.

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