Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Content

  1. TECH SPECS
  2. Contents of delivery
  3. Positioning
  4. Appearance
  5. Display
  6. Working hours
  7. Communication capabilities
  8. Memory, chipset, performance
  9. Software
  10. Камеры
  11. Musical possibilities
  12. Impressions
TECH SPECS
Dimensions and weight 161.00 x 74.08 x 7.83 mm, 171 grams
Body materials Plastic frame, glass (satin-finished, non-marking)
Display 6.44 inches, 1080×2400 pixels, AMOLED, automatic brightness control, AlwaysOn Display
Operating system Google Android 11, Funtouch OS 11
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Chipset, 11nm, 8 Cores
GPU: Adreno 610
Memory 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory, microSD in a separate slot
Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac 2 × 2 MIMO, DualBand, Bluetooth 5.0 (SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX / aptxHD), NFC
Сеть Dual SIM, nanoSIM, one radio  
2G: бенды 2/3/5/8
3G: bands 1/5/8
4G: бенды 1/3/5/7/8/18/20/26/28
Navigation Supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Sensors and connectors Fingerprint scanner under the screen, 
USB Type-C
Accelerometer
Lighting
Approximations
Electronic compass
Gyroscope
Main camera Primary: 48 MP, f / 1.8, 25 mm 
For bokeh: 2 MP, f / 2.4
Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4
Front-camera 16 MP, f / 2.0, 23mm
Battery 4100 mAh
Fast charging FlashCharge 2.0 at 33 W (11V / 3A)
Colours “Graphite black”, “clear sky”
Sound One speaker, no stereo
Sales start price 20 000 rubles

Contents of delivery

  • Smartphone
  • USB cable
  • Garnish
  • cover
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Card

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Positioning

In September of this year, vivo announced two new smartphone models: the V20, a flagship device in its price range, and a simplified version called the V20 SE. It is close to the Y-series of devices, but still has more attractive parameters.

From her older brother, she borrowed the screen diagonal, its resolution, the type of matrix, the amount of memory, three slots for SIM cards and a memory card, a complete set and some other little things.

The vivo V20 SE model stands out for its attractive design, a flat high-quality screen, a huge amount of RAM (if you take into account the cost), good cameras, including advanced selfie capabilities.

Today the vivo V20 SE smartphone costs 19 rubles.

Appearance

The smartphone went on sale in two colors: “graphite black” and “clear sky”. They sent me a device in “clear sky” color for review.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Depending on the viewing angle, the rear panel changes color from light purple to yellow-green. Moreover, the matte cover does not collect fingerprints and other traces. Maybe the manufacturers have finally realized that glossy plastic / glass is evil?

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

The camera block is neat, the flash is separated by a chrome bezel giving the element an attractive look. The edging of the block is made with a bead on the back panel.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

The vivo V20 SE’s frame is made of silver plastic. The bezel is flat, but there is a slight 2.5D rounding at the edges.

The width of the device is 74 mm, so the body has a comfortable grip. In addition, the edges are slightly sloping. For example, the Apple iPhone 12 (currently my main device) has a width of 71 mm, that is, less than that of vivo, but due to the sharp edges it is uncomfortable to hold. And the bumpers / covers increase the width to 75-76 mm, which, in my opinion, is too much.

Despite its rather ordinary appearance, the vivo V20 SE still looks elegant, probably because of the little things I described above. Together with good ergonomics, it makes a good impression.

Below is a typical set: 3.5 mm, microphone, USB-C, speakerphone.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

On the right is the power button and volume rocker.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

There are no elements on the left.

Above – a second microphone and a triple slot (two nanoSIM + microSD)

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

On the back there are three cameras, a double flash.

At the top of the front panel you will find: a camera, an earpiece and various sensors.

The quality of the oleophobic coating of the screen is average. By the way, plus or minus is the same as on the Apple iPhone 12.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Vivo V20 SE and vivo V20

Display

Display 6.44 inches, 1080×2400 pixels, AMOLED, automatic brightness control, AlwaysOn Display

For me personally, the most important thing is a flat display that does not have old-fashioned “waterfall” technology. Gone are the days when it was cool and unusual. The time has come for convenient content consumption. And for this you just need something:

  • Flat screen
  • AMOLED display with minimum PWM
  • High “hertsovka”

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

There is no high refresh rate (60 Hz), but the screen is flat. You need to check the PWM:

  • 100% brightness – 6.5% ripple rate
  • 70% I – 7% KP
  • 50% I – 17% KP
  • 25% I – 85% KP
  • 5% I – 30% KP

Since there is no separate toggle switch for turning PWM suppression on / off, I believe that the technology for eliminating “beating” is enabled by default. Otherwise, the numbers would be completely different.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Conclusion: PWM is present in the brightness range of 5 – 50%, and this is bad. By the way, the brightness of the backlight of the vivo V20 SE screen is in the region of 600 cd / m2.

In the phone settings, you can enable AOD. It’s simple (few tweaks), but it works.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Total for the screen: good brightness, PWM indicators below average – normal AMOLED, no frills.

Working hours

Battery 4100 mAh
Fast charging FlashCharge 2.0 at 33 W (11V / 3A)

Charges in about 1 hour 15 minutes from a standard 33 W AC adapter. If suddenly you connect other power supplies, then charging will last indefinitely.

As for the autonomy, it is worse than that of the V20. If it gave out 6.5 hours of the screen at auto brightness, then the V20 SE shows 4.5 hours at auto brightness. Most likely, the reason is in the processor: after all, the V20 uses 720G, made using 8 nm technology, while the SE version uses only 11 nm.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

The vivo V20 SE video plays for 12 hours (which is somehow weak for AMOLED), the toys run for 5 hours.

Communication capabilities

Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac 2 × 2 MIMO, DualBand, Bluetooth 5.0 (SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX / aptxHD), NFC
Сеть Dual SIM, nanoSIM, one radio  
2G: бенды 2/3/5/8
3G: bands 1/5/8
4G: бенды 1/3/5/7/8/18/20/26/28
Navigation Supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Sensors and connectors Fingerprint scanner under the screen, 
USB Type-C
Accelerometer
Lighting
Approximations
Electronic compass
Gyroscope

A complete set of all possible communication chips. During the use of the phone, there were no problems with communication. The fingerprint scanner under the screen does not work very quickly, and the recognition time is average.

Memory, chipset, performance

Decently so they brought in vivo V20 SE of RAM – 8 GB! Android users should be delighted with such a gift from the manufacturer. After all, the more RAM, the better the device works with applications in the background? Somewhere in the corner, an iPhone giggles with its 3GB of RAM. That is, it becomes clear that there will be no big sense from 8 GB of RAM, because its speed is below the plinth. Better to put 4 GB, but at a speed of 20 MB / s.

In short, the speed of the RAM is 5500 MB / s. These are the values ​​that smartphones usually give out for 10 – 000 rubles. Here is an unambiguous “bad”!

Built-in memory of 128 GB. The memory speed of the vivo V20 SE is 400/220 MB / s – this is already better.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Chipset, 11nm, 8 Cores
GPU: Adreno 610

The processor is ancient, it will be a year and a half already. During this time, more than 665 devices were released on Snapdragon 40. Not the worst, but not the best chip in modern realities.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

For a long time I have not paid attention to the performance in smartphones, I do not follow the Antutu tests. The fact is that if you have a smartphone for 15 rubles or more in your hands, then everything will be fine. You probably won’t be able to run any PUBG at maximum speed, but on flagship devices the game either lags or slows down. Therefore, in terms of performance, the vivo V000 SE does not cause any particular complaints.

And here are the animation microlags – here and there! What is the problem, I cannot understand. Why do programmers allow this in 2020? You can answer me in the comments 🙂

Software

This model is running Google Android version 10. In theory, the manufacturer should update the gadget to the 11th version. True, it is not very clear what the positive point will be, because the vivo V20 Pro uses its own Funtouch shell, which, although it looks like a “naked android”, is still different from it.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

Therefore, I do not understand the race for new versions of Google Android, because almost all smartphones are equipped with their own skins. Huawei has a cool, smooth EMUI 11 shell – and it doesn’t really need any Android 11.

Камеры

Main camera Primary: 48 MP, f / 1.8, 25 mm 
For bokeh: 2 MP, f / 2.4
Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4
Front-camera 16 MP, f / 2.0, 23mm

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

In fact, you only have one camera! Well, because a macro is a useless 2 MP toy, and a module for creating a background blur is a thing in itself: now any software can create a pseudo-side. The saddest thing is that there is no wide-angle lens here.

Is vivo V20 SE review the best alternative to popular smartphones?

But the main camera shoots very well. Most of all I liked the wide dynamic range. Even in cloudy weather, you can take a more or less interesting picture.

At night, the module also copes well with its task: the white balance does not get lost, the detail does not float, there is almost no noise.

The front camera, despite the 16 MP, is conventional. But the shots come out good, I like them.

The device can shoot 1080 video at 60 fps and 4K at 30 fps. The quality is average, unremarkable. If you want to squeeze out the most in terms of detail, it’s better to choose 4K, because even at this resolution there are a lot of artifacts.

The camera interface is normal: the bottom is the main elements, the top is the additional; lenses are switched by a special button on the side.

Sample Photos

Musical possibilities

The speakerphone in vivo V20 SE is one. It sounds loud, clear, without bass, but pleasant to the ear.

For those who like to listen to music like a human being, there is a 3.5 mm jack. There are no questions about the sound in the headphones. Oldies can use the Radio application!

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Impressions

The vivo V20 SE smartphone is weird. Everything seems to be decent from the point of view of technical characteristics, but the speed of the RAM, the lack of a wide-angle lens, the microlag of the system, PWM at a brightness of less than 50% are frustrating.

Today the vivo V20 SE smartphone costs 19 rubles.

I would consider the V20 SE as just a pretty “tube”, since it is no different from the mass of smartphones in the price range of 20 – 000 rubles. If vivo V25 SE cost around 000 rubles, it would be an excellent purchase.

Против:

  • PWM
  • Average battery life
  • One main camera
  • Shell lags

According:

  • Nice appearance
  • Matte back panel
  • AMOLED screen with AOD
  • Wide communication opportunities
  • Availability 3.5 mm

Something like that.

There are a lot of competitors, and they are all serious:

  • Samsung Galaxy A51… Bestseller for its 20 rubles. Many cameras, SuperAMOLED screen, good battery life, and so on. The apparatus needs no introduction. I advise myself if people ask for something from A-brands up to 000 rubles.
  • Redmire Xiaomi Note Pro 8… Another popular device for 19 rubles. Here the parameters are even steeper: 000 mAh battery, 4500 cameras, 4 GB of RAM and 6 GB of internal memory, MTK Helio G128T processor. For those who care about camera and battery.
  • HUAWEI nova 5T… An old model, but still in service for 23 rubles. Powerful Kirin 000 processor, 980/6 GB memory, excellent camera quality. This model is with GMS!
  • really 7… A novelty for 20 rubles. 000 HZ screen, MTK Helio G90 processor, 95 mAh battery, a bunch of cameras and memory (5000/8 GB). A very interesting offer for your money!

What would you choose for 20 rubles? Write your options in the comments!

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