Vivo V20 SE is the latest version of Vivo’s V-series, and is the most affordable version of the Vivo V20, which was launched last month. However, to target low-cost locations, the V20 SE has undertaken a cost-cutting exercise that results in fewer camera sensors and a separate processor, among other things. So is Vivo V20 SE still special, or has Vivo moved forward a bit? let’s find out
Vivo V20 SE design
Vivo claims that Vivo V20 SE’s design was focused on, and this is clear. The Vivo Vivo V20 (preview) goes with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which has a thin upper border around it and thinner borders around it. You get full HD + resolution with a 20: 9 aspect ratio, which means the display is long and narrow.
The sides of the smartphone are rounded, making it comfortable to hold. The frame of the V20 SE is made of plastic and all the buttons are on the right side. I found the power and volume buttons easy to access. They also had a click response, so I didn’t have to guess second to press the button.
The left side of the V20 SE is bare, as Vivo keeps the SIM tray at the top. You get dual nano SIM slots with a dedicated microSD card slot that enables storage expansion. The bottom has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker and a microphone.
Vivo V20 SE description
While Vivo has called it Special Edition (SE), the specifications have decreased compared to Vivo V20. The V20 SE is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The V20 SE has only one configuration for sale in India, and is priced at Rs. 20,990. While you get a fair amount of RAM and storage, the processor is not very powerful in terms of price. You will find exactly the same processor in cheap smartphones like Nike NZ20A and Nokia 5.3 (review).
The V20 SE offers a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a fingerprint scanner similar to the Vivo V20. The display has good viewing angles and is quite bright outdoors. You will also have the option to adjust the color profile and temperature of the panel.
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Unlike the Vivo V20, the V20 SE does not run Android 11 out of the box – instead you get Android 10. It still has the new Funch OS 11 UI on top, and Vivo is promising to implement a software update to Android 11 soon. My unit was running Android Security Patch in September, which is the latest. The UI looks much like what you find on the V20 and has some pre-installed Bluetooth software. I found Vivo V20 SE, Flipkart, PhoneP, SnapChat and Spotify on my device. Vivo also has its own V-Appstore, an alternative to the Google Play Store. There is also a theme app that lets you adjust the UI to fonts.
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Vivo V20 SE display
The V20 SE is capable of delivering acceptable performance without any problems. While using the smartphone, I did not look back, and thanks to 8GB of RAM, multi-tasking was a breeze. Fingerprint scanners on these displays, as well as facial recognition, were quick to unlock Vivo V20 SE. Comfortable usage was quite good, but the slow processor seems to increase loading time.
Vivo V20 SE camera
Vivo V20 SE has a rear-facing triple camera set with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, capable of macro photography, and a 2-megapixel “hungry camera.” is. The camera app looks similar and is very easy to use. AI is enabled by default and the phone is quick to determine what it is indicating. He also suggested various scenarios for shooting and cameras. Vivo has added an AI image meeting feature to the album app that lets you edit photos to change the sky, create dynamic effects or even delete objects.
In broad daylight, Vivo V20 SE managed good shots with good details on objects within a short distance. When shooting outdoors in bright conditions, the V20 SE is quick to enable HDR. Changing to ultra wide angle cameras provides a wide area but at the expense of detail. At some distance, the object was not as sharp as it looked in photographs taken with the primary camera. There was also a clear drop on the edges. You can take photos at full resolution of 48 megapixels, but the level of detail in shots taken at the default 12 megapixel limit resolution is not as good.
The V20 SE managed to take a good selfie in low light as well as in daylight. You can take portrait shots using a selfie camera, and the V20 SE automatically erases the background. Fineness is enabled by default, which speeds up production.
The primary camera for selfie shoot and video recording for 1080p is topped. In broad daylight, the footage shot was stable at 1080p, but the footage shot was not at 4K. In low light, footage shot in 1080p had a slight glare, while 4K footage was not static.