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Vivo V20 SE Review

Vivo V20 SE is the newest addition to the Vivo’s V-series, and it’s positioned as a extra inexpensive model of the Vivo V20, which was launched final month. With the V20, Vivo centered on design and cameras, and you may see an analogous strategy with the Vivo V20 SE as nicely. However, to focus on a cheaper price level, the V20 SE has undergone a cost-cutting train leading to decrease decision digital camera sensors and a distinct processor, amongst different issues. So is the Vivo V20 SE nonetheless particular, or has Vivo gone a bit too far? Let’s discover out.


Vivo V20 SE design

Vivo claims that the main target was on design for the Vivo V20 SE, and that’s evident. The smartphone is skinny and the burden is well manageable. Vivo has gone with a 6.44-inch AMOLED show similar to on the Vivo V20 (Review), with a dewdrop notch on the prime and skinny borders surrounding it. You get a full-HD+ decision with a 20:9 facet ratio, which implies the show is tall and slim.

The sides of the smartphone are rounded, which makes it snug to carry. The body of the V20 SE is made out of plastic and all of the buttons are on the fitting. I discovered the ability and the quantity buttons to be straightforward to achieve. They additionally had a clicky suggestions, so I did not must second-guess a button press.

The V20 SE has an AMOLED show and an in-display fingerprint sensor


The left aspect of the V20 SE is naked, as Vivo has positioned the SIM tray on the prime. You get twin Nano-SIM slots together with a devoted microSD card slot which makes storage growth attainable. The prime and the underside of the V20 SE are flat. There’s a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker, and a microphone on the backside.

Turning the cellphone round reveals the triple digital camera setup of the V20 SE. The digital camera module sits within the prime left nook and is barely raised. Vivo presents two color choices, Aquamarine Green and Gravity Black. I had the latter for this evaluation, and I discovered the shiny end on the again liable to fingerprints and smudges. I used the provided case to keep away from wiping the smartphone often. Vivo additionally features a 33W FlashCharge charger within the field, which ought to prime up the 4,100mAh battery shortly.

Vivo V20 SE specs

While Vivo calls this a Special Edition (SE) the specs are watered down in comparison with the Vivo V20. Powering the V20 SE is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is just one configuration of the V20 SE on sale in India, and it’s priced at Rs. 20,990. While you do get first rate quantities of RAM and storage, the processor is not very highly effective contemplating the value. You will discover the very same processor in rather more inexpensive smartphones such because the Realme Narzo 20A and the Nokia 5.3 (Review).

The V20 SE sports activities a 6.44-inch AMOLED show with an in-display fingerprint scanner similar to the Vivo V20. The show has good viewing angles and will get shiny sufficient when outdoor. You additionally get the choice to tweak the color profile and temperature of the panel.

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The V20 SE runs Funtouch OS 11 on prime of Android 10


Unlike the Vivo V20, the V20 SE doesn’t run Android 11 out of the field – you get Android 10 as an alternative. It nonetheless has the brand new FunTouch OS 11 UI on prime, and Vivo is promising to roll out a software program replace to Android 11 quickly. My unit was operating the September Android safety patch, which is pretty latest. The UI seems lots like what you get on the V20 and there may be some preinstalled bloatware. I discovered Facebook, Flipkart, PhonePe, Snapchat, and Spotify on my gadget. Vivo additionally has its personal V-Appstore which is a substitute for the Google Play Store. There’s additionally a Themes app, which helps you to customise the UI proper all the way down to the fonts.

The V20 SE permits you to customise the charging and unlock animations. You may also make the most of the AMOLED panel and allow an always-on show mode. There is an Ultra sport mode which helps you to mute incoming calls and notifications when you are taking part in video games, just like what I’ve seen on Vivo smartphones I’ve examined previously.

Vivo V20 SE efficiency

The V20 SE is able to delivering acceptable efficiency with none points. While utilizing the smartphone, I didn’t discover lag, and multitasking was a breeze because of the 8GB of RAM. The in-display fingerprint scanner in addition to face recognition have been fast to unlock the Vivo V20 SE. Casual utilization was ok, however the sluggish processor does appear to extend app loading instances.

I ran just a few benchmark checks to see the place the Vivo V20 SE stands. In AnTuTu, the V20 SE managed 1,84,085, which is decrease than what rivals on the similar worth stage can handle, for instance the Poco X3 (Review), which scored 2,80,030. The V20 SE scored 6,364 in PCMark Work andmanaged 315 and 1,389 factors respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core checks. In the graphics benchmark take a look at GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase scenes, the V20 SE managed 32fps and 6.2fps.

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The shiny again of the Vivo V20 SE is a fingerprint magnet


Performance was noticeably decrease whereas taking part in heavy titles reminiscent of Call of Duty: Mobile. I observed longer load instances than typical, and the sport ran with the graphics high quality and body fee set to Medium by default. After taking part in the sport for 20 minutes, I observed a six % drop within the battery stage. The Vivo V20 SE didn’t have any points operating informal video games reminiscent of Among Us.

Battery life on the V20 SE is first rate, and the cellphone went on for a day and a half with out me speeding for a charger. In our HD video loop take a look at, the V20 SE went on for 14 hours and 31 minutes which is about the identical as what the Vivo V20 managed. Charging was fast with the 33W charger bundled within the field. The gadget received to 52 % in 30 minutes and about 96 % in an hour.

Vivo V20 SE cameras

The Vivo V20 SE packs a triple digital camera setup on the again consisting of a 48-megapixel main digital camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera that can be able to macro images, and a 2-megapixel “bokeh camera”. The digital camera app feels comparable and is tremendous straightforward to make use of. AI is enabled by default and the cellphone is fast to find out what it is pointed in direction of. It additionally urged completely different capturing modes and cameras primarily based on the scene. Vivo has added an AI Image Matting function within the album app which helps you to edit pictures to vary the sky, add a transferring impact, and even take away objects.

Vivo V20 SE daylight digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Vivo V20 SE daylight ultra-wide-angle digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


In daylight, the Vivo V20 SE managed first rate pictures with good particulars on objects even at a distance. While capturing outdoor in shiny situations, the V20 SE is fast to allow HDR. Switching to the ultra-wide-angle digital camera presents a wider subject of view however at the price of particulars. Objects at a distance weren’t as crisp as they appeared in pictures taken with the first digital camera. There was seen distortion on the edges as nicely. You can take pictures on the full 48-megapixel decision however the stage of element is inferior to in pictures taken on the default 12-megapixel binned decision.

Vivo V20 SE close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Vivo V20 SE macro digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Closeups turned out very well, and the cellphone managed to seize sharp photographs. It additionally provides a comfortable depth impact to the background. Portrait pictures with regular topics turned out nicely, with good edge detection. The V20 SE makes use of its ultra-wide-angle digital camera for macro pictures and allows you to get tremendous near a topic. I like this strategy, because you get good performance without having one other sensor, and pictures have the next decision.

Vivo V20 SE low mild digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Vivo V20 SE Night Mode digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Low-light digital camera efficiency is common general. The V20 SE managed to maintain noise beneath management however pictures appeared smoothened and objects at a distance had a watercolour-like impact. Enabling Night Mode resulted in barely brighter photographs with higher element, nevertheless it took about 3-Four seconds to course of every shot.

Vivo V20 SE daylight portrait selfie pattern (faucet to see resized picture)

Vivo V20 SE low mild selfie pattern (faucet to see resized picture)


The V20 SE managed good selfies in daylight in addition to low mild. You can take portrait pictures utilizing the selfie digital camera, and the V20 SE blurs out the background routinely. Beautification is enabled by default, which smoothens the output. In low mild, you need to use a display flash, which Vivo calls Aura Screen Light, and this does assist seize brighter photographs.

Video recording tops out at 4K for the first digital camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. Footage shot at 1080p in daylight was stabilised however not footage shot at 4K. In low mild there was a slight shimmer within the footage shot at 1080p, whereas 4K footage wasn’t stabilised.


The Vivo V20 SE ought to have been known as the V20 Lite, contemplating that Vivo has watered down the specs quite a bit to focus on a cheaper price level. Just just like the Vivo V20, this cellphone focuses on design and cameras, so if you’re on the lookout for first rate digital camera efficiency at across the Rs. 20,000 worth level, the Vivo V20 SE can give you that. On the opposite hand, if you’re on the lookout for a well-rounded smartphone, the V20 SE is not your finest guess. It sports activities a weaker processor, which is obvious when taking part in heavy video games. In this case, the Realme 7 Pro (Review) and the Poco X3 (Review) could be appropriate options.

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