The Vivo V20 Pro is the newest model in Vivo’s V20 range and appears to be a direct competitor to the OnePlus Nord. We recently saw two other phones in the same series, the Vivo V20 and the Vivo V20 SE, and now this new Pro model seems to be addressing some of the V20’s shortcomings to give it a better chance of holding its own against the competition . I’ve spent a day on it so far, and this is my first impression of Vivo ‘s take on a northern killer.
The Vivo V20 Pro comes with a good set of accessories. In addition to the usual charger and cable, you also get a 3.5mm headset and a Type C to 3.5mm headphone adapter since the phone lacks a headphone jack. The back of the phone looks a lot like that of the Vivo V20 we recently tested, especially since I got the same Sunset Melody fairing. It looks very nice in my opinion, but there is also a Midnight Jazz black colorway for those looking for something a little less flashy.
The hand feel of the Vivo V20 Pro is great. It’s relatively compact and easy to grip with one hand. At just 170g, it’s not too heavy and, at 7.49mm thick, it’s also pretty slim. You get Schott’s Xensation Up scratch protection glass on the display and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the back. Despite its shiny plastic frame, the V20 Pro looks and feels very high quality.
The AMOLED display is sharp and vibrant, with a decent size of 6.44 inches and a Full HD + resolution. There’s also a built-in fingerprint sensor that works fine. Unfortunately, the Vivo V20 Pro lacks a high refresh rate as this panel only supports 60 Hz. It also has a very wide notch that reminds me a little of the OnePlus 6. Instead, I would have liked a more modern hole-punch cutout.
The big upgrade that sets this phone apart from the V20 is the SoC. The V20 Pro uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC which supports 5G and has more powerful CPU and GPU cores compared to the 720G SoC used in the Vivo V20. There is only one configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 29,990.
The Vivo V20 Pro has worked very well so far in the short amount of time I’ve been using it. It’s running Funtouch OS 11, which is based on Android 10, at least on my device. According to Vivo, this phone will be updated to Android 11 with an OTA update. The user interface contains many extras from Vivo, some useful and others less, but at least the adjustments to the main areas such as the notification shadow etc. have been chosen a bit compared to previous versions.
The cameras are also one of the highlights of the phone. The Vivo V20 Pro has a very similar camera configuration to the V20, except that here you get an additional ultra-wide selfie camera with 8 megapixels in addition to the 44-megapixel main camera. On the back there is a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera that can also take macro photos thanks to autofocus, and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. The powerful SoC enables 4K 60fps video recordings with the front and rear cameras of the Vivo V20 Pro, which is impressive.
The 5G support makes the Vivo V20 Pro a bit future-proof, but the best part is that the price at Rs is pretty aggressive. 29,990. It seems clear that Vivo is chasing the OnePlus Nord with this model, but whether or not it succeeds depends on the type of support the company continues to offer after the first few months of sales. We will put the Vivo V20 Pro to the test. So be sure to check out Gadgets 360 for the full review, which will be available shortly.