Vivo Y20 Review – You can buy it if you rely on the “Vivo” brand

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Vivo Y20 Review
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The Vivo Y20 has a nice and elegant design in its price category. Build quality is impressive and it can attract surrounding eyes very easily. However, you have to compromise on performance for a reliable brand name.
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Vivo launched its new budget or lower mid-range smartphone Vivo Y20 in Pakistan a couple of days ago. The phone targets the youth as suggested by the company’s Y-series range of devices. We recently got our hands-on with the new Vivo Y20. Here is all that you need to make a decision for your next smartphone.

Vivo has been settled really well in Pakistan as the company has successfully built its brand value in the country. No wonder the company has done well in research & development and has brought up many innovations in the smartphone industry. The company has a portfolio of high-end and premium devices with the brand names of IQOO and NEX. However, in Pakistan, it focused on mid-range and budget segments.

The Vivo Y20 is just another budget or a lower mid-range smartphone that the company launched in Pakistan. The phone comes as a single variant of 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and it costs PKR 25,999 in Pakistan. The phone also has a 6GB model that the company launched in India recently but it’s not available in Pakistan yet.

To watch the video review, jump to the end.

I am not big fan of notches, but the one settled in the mid-top of the display is much better than all those wide notches. Forget about hole-punch, I’d prefer any notch than a cornered hole. Techincally, the top-center is always a best placement for selfie cameras.

Vivo Y20 Review - Display

Vivo Y20 features a 6.51-inch screen but only HD+ resolution of 1600×720. But companies know their consumer’s mind. It’s the large screen that they want, not the higher resolution for what they have in their budget pocket. Many even do not consider the resolution as a key element to buy a phone. I do prefer a screen size as large as not above 6-inch. That certainly would make the 720p resolution a sharper look.

However, 720p resolution on 6.51″ screen size making a pixel density of 270ppi is not that bad, frankly. You can still have a sharp visual experience on Vivo Y20. Specially when we are talking about a phone that costs Rs. 26000. Watching videos and playing games was pretty good on this screen.

The phone has a glass-like plastic finish on the back. The frame is also built of a plastic but it has a matte finish that leaves you with a handful grip of the phone.

Vivo Y20 Review - Design Handling

I personally like the designs and the build quality of Vivo smartphones. Vivo Y20 is no different in that case. It’s simple but elegant as well as crafted carefully for handling.

The Vivo Y20 features an 11nm Snapdragon 460 chipset which is a successor to Snapdragon 450. The phone has an octa-core processor with 8 Kryo 240 cores. Four of them are clocked at 1.8GHz and other four are clocked at 1.6GHz. There is an Adreno 610 graphics rendered.

With Snapdragon 460, the Vivo Y20 is still an underpowered smartphone when compared to other phones in this price with MediaTek Helio G70 chipsets. Coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, the phone offers a moderate performance in regular usage, social media consumption and watching videos or movies.

Vivo Y20 Review - Performance

With this phone, you can sure enjoy gaming. Such as PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty in a smooth way with recommended settings. However, it’s not that great experience as you may have with other budget phones powered by Helio G70.

If you are looking for a heavy weight gaming device in this price, you must look for some other, such as Infinix Note 7, Tecno Spark 6 and Realme C17.

Battery is a gift with Vivo Y20. The 5000 mAh battery is going to give you a good backup time of a day easily. Thanks to power efficient processor and 720p display – both will help conserving the battery for other important tasks.

But 10-watt charging is there to frustrate you for 3 long hours to get the battery up at 100%. Vivo must have added at least an 18-watt fast charging support, like in its 6GB variant in India.

Vivo Y20 Review - Battery and Charging

The phone features a triple rear camera setup with a 13MP main shooter coupled with a 2MP depth sensor and another 2MP super macro camera. On the front, we have an 8MP selfie camera.

These dual, triple, and quad-camera setups in mid-range smartphones are usually the gimmicks to attract consumers. Vivo Y20 is no different but thanks to the mobile camera evolution that we have ever-improving mobile photography.

Still, Vivo Y20 will not give you some stunning shots but it delivers much better picture quality in its price category. Colour reproduction is dull in most conditions and you won’t have vividness in shots. The phone also struggles with the dynamic range but the HDR feature comes in handy for that problem.

Bokeh mode is also good as well as the super macro camera captures good detail in the close-up shots. But I’d prefer an ultra-wide-angle camera instead of a macro camera.

Outdoor Samples

Portrait/Bokeh

Super Macro

HDR OFF/ON

With Vivo Y20, you can record 1080p videos at 30fps but it does not have any kind of stabilization. There is also 120fps slow-mo mode that records video at 720p resolution. Selfies on the other hand are no different in quality from the main camera.

Conclusion

Vivo Y20 will certainly sell for its brand name. Sure the design and build quality will sell itself but from within, there is no doubt that better performing smartphones in this price category are available. It always depends on personal choice when it comes to brand and value for money. The brand name itself has its value, and Vivo is now among the top brands in the country. So they have a right to sell their brand value.

No doubt, Vivo Y20 is built up with quality and premium finish. It’s a much better choice than other competitors at this price. So it’s up to the customer, what they choose to buy – a brand name with a quality product or a less brand value with a performing smartphone.

What do you think about this phone? Let us know in the comments section below. Also, watch the review in great detail on our YouTube and subscribe to our channel for updates about future videos.

Vivo Y20 Review (Video)

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