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vivo V20 SE Unboxing and First Impressions


A month after it became official in Malaysia, vivo V20 SE is now in the Philippines! 
Say hello to vivo V20 SE!

This new handset is launched in the country along with its higher-end brothers, the V20 Pro and V20. The vivo V20 SE boasts a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch, HDR10 support, and a 20:9 aspect ratio.

It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, 8GB RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,100mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Enough with the overview, let's now unbox the vivo V20 SE!


Box inclusions
Box inclusions

vivo V20 SE arrives in an attractive classic blue box. Inside are the smartphone itself, 3.5mm earphones, 33W fast charger, USB type-A to USB Type-C cable, clear case, documentation, and SIM ejector tool.

vivo simply put everything you might need inside the package.

Build Quality/Design

Look how the back panel 'changes' when it's facing the light
Look how the back panel 'changes' when it's facing the light

vivo V20 SE's design is definitely striking, thanks to its mirror-like, glossy, polycarbonate frame. The back panel is made of glasstic material while the front panel is made of glass. 

The SIM tray placed on the top of the handset has slots for two nanoSIM cards and a microSD card. 

In front, vivo V20 SE features a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch as mentioned in the overview above with a 20:9 aspect ratio. At first look, vivo V20 SE's display is vibrant and bright with deep blacks as I expected it to be. 
Binge-watch on vivo V20 SE
Binge-watch on vivo V20 SE

The back panel is a fingerprint and hairline magnet, though. It's my pet peeve so if you don't want to wipe the back panel all over again, I suggest that you put on the provided clear case right away. The triple camera setup along with flash is also on the back with the vivo branding at the bottom left side.

On top you can find the triple slot tray and the first mic out of two. Meanwhile, at the bottom, are the three window grille speakers, secondary mic, and 3.5mm headphone slot. 
Top and bottom
Top and bottom 

vivo V20 SE's left side is empty while the right side has the volume rocker and power buttons. 

Overall, vivo V20 SE is easy to hold and doesn't give me the uneasy feeling of 'the phone might slip out of my hands'. 
Left and right sides
Left and right sides

At the back are the 48 MP, f/1.8, main rear camera, 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm ultrawide camera with 2 MP, f/2.4 macro camera and LED flash. The camera app has the following modes: night, portrait, photo, video, panorama, live, slo-mo, time-lapse, pro, AR stickers, document, and AI 48MP. 

The photo mode also has extra features of bokeh, super macro, and super wide-angle modes.

We'll be sharing camera samples in a separate article soon.

vivo V20 SE Specs

Display: 6.44-inch 2.5D curved AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 610
ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.8 w/ AF + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle w/ macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth camera + dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 32MP f/2.0
Battery: 4,100mAh LiPo w/ 33W FlashCharge
OS: Android 10 w/ FuntouchOS 11
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, Colors: Gravity Black, Oxygen Blue
Dimensions: 161 x 74.08 x 7.83 mm
Weight: 171 g
Price: PHP 15,999

As of the moment

Perfectly rests on hands
Perfectly rests on hands

Even at first look, vivo V20 SE is already a stunner on its own although being the affordable brother to its premium counterparts. 

Out of the box, this smartphone features an impressive powerhouse package of AMOLED display, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and 4,100mAh of battery with 33W fast charging!

It's even equipped with triple rear camera setup of 48 MP f/1.8, main rear camera + 8 MP f/2.2, 16mm ultrawide camera + 2 MP f/2.4 macro camera with LED flash. 

We'll be reserving our judgment until vivo V20 SE announces the price in the Philippines. 

What do you guys think?
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