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Watch: Revisiting vivo V20 Pro 5G - Sleek 5G phone with great selfie cameras!

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Today, we are revisiting the vivo V20 Pro 5G. We first unboxed this device back in October and out of the box we were impressed with it.
Watch: Revisiting vivo V20 Pro 5G - Sleek 5G phone with great selfie cameras!
vivo V20 Pro 5G

Let's check if the vivo V20 Pro, with its beautiful looks, nice display, and capable back and front cameras, is the device for you.


Watch: Revisiting vivo V20 Pro 5G - Sleek 5G phone with great selfie cameras!


Build/Design

To recap, the vivo V20 Pro 5G is a handset boasting a shiny, gradient AG Matte Glass material at the back with a rectangular-shaped camera hump housing a triple camera setup. The main highlight here is the big eye-like main camera. It has a slim body featuring a plastic frame with splash resistance, a USB-C port, and a speaker grille at the bottom.

Multimedia Experience

6.44-inch AMOLED screen
6.44-inch AMOLED screen

Upfront, it has a large 6.44-inch 2.5D curved AMOLED panel with 2400 x 1080 FHD+ resolution and 409 ppi pixel density. It does have slim bezels but it has a bigger notch similar to the older 2018 standard. This is because vivo needed it to fit a 44MP main shooter and an 8MP ultra-wide secondary camera. It also has  Gorilla Glass protection.

In terms of picture quality, it is not the sharpest around and it does not have a high refresh rate. It is still a good FHD+ AMOLED panel with punchy colors, good contrast, and a great viewing angle. It has a good touch response as well as an accurate In-Display fingerprint sensor.

For audio, it has a single down-firing speaker. In terms of sound quality, it isn't the finest around but it can be classified as average. There's a bit of bass present but a bit of oomph for it is needed. At max volume, the audio will be a little distorted while the sound stage won't be as wise as other phones with a stereo setup. For us, it is stuck in the middle of good and bad.

If you want a wired audio experience, you will need a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle. Fortunately, vivo was kind enough to include one in the box already. With wired audio, you get a fuller and clearer sound with a bit of a warmer sound signature. Driving power here is strong with no need to crank up the volume past 70 percent.

For wireless audio, when using a high-quality TWS earphone, you can expect a stable connection via Bluetooth 5.0. Call quality is also generally okay. The phone's microphone are also great for calls and recording. There's also a third microphone at the back for 3D audio and audio zooming features.

Cameras

For cameras, it uses a triple-camera setup with 64MP f/1.89 Motion AF, Eye AF + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle w/ 2.5cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 + dual-tone LED flash. It also has a 44MP f/2.0 w/ Eye AF + 8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide-angle dual selfie camera setup.

The camera UI may require a bit of a learning curve but it is fairly intuitive. Modes and features like HDR, different types of sensors, aspect ratio options, and camera features are mostly a swipe or touch away.

It also has a Pro mode with manual controls for ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed, Focus, and Exposure. Aside from the Pro mode, there the High-Resolution Mode, Panorama, Live Photo, Slo-Mo, Time-lapse, AR stickers, Document mode, and Double Exposure.

The vivo V20 Pro 5G impressed us with the image quality of the pictures it took. It has plenty of details, good exposure, a good dynamic range, and accurate colors overall. Even when you use the ultra-wide-angle camera, the results will be as impressive as well. In terms of 2X zoom shots, the results are good as well but there's no Super Zoom.

Indoors, the main camera was able to retain the same impressive results as when shot outside in daylight. You can see that the colors, contrast, details, and dynamic range were retained even under less ideal lighting. The edge detection works well in Portrait mode even indoors.

The Night Mode in the V20 Pro 5G is one the most refined we've used. We were able to take night shots that were not overly bright and processed. We were able to take impressive night shots both with the main camera and ultra-wide-angle sensor.

For the selfie, the main 44MP selfie camera takes photos with great details, rich colors, and a nice dynamic range. The 8MP ultra-wide-angle selfie camera is great as well. You can even get impressive selfies in dim light and night since you can use the Night mode.

You can take steady videos as well at 1080p using the Ultra Steady mode. For selfie videos, you can take ultra-wide videos using the 8MP secondary camera. You can also take Slo-Mo videos both using front and back cameras.

Performance

AnTuTu score of V20 Pro 5G
AnTuTu score of V20 Pro 5G

The vivo V20 Pro 5G uses a 2.4GHz 7nm EUV Snapdragon 765 octa-core processor, Adreno 620 GPU, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, and a 4,000mAh LiPo battery with 33W flash charge. It also has 5G connectivity. It's as fast as the OnePlus Nord but not as fast as the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and POCO F2 Pro. It is better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite though. It falls as average in our opinion and it is not bad for a style and camera-centric device.

It can run most apps at ease and even provide fast gaming performance at medium to high settings with minimum frame drops. The benchmark scores we got were not bad for the price as well. You can check out the NBA 2K20 gameplay at Max Settings as well to see the performance yourself.

The 4,000mAh battery lasted our normal day of work from 8AM to 6PM with 25 percent battery remaining. Our workload includes Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and browse the internet. Using 5G and playing online games will affect that but you can easily charge it with the 33W fast charger. It can charge the device to 70 percent in just 30 minutes.

5G connectivity works in areas where the signal is available. It may not be as fast as the higher-end 5G devices. It is a future-ready device once the rest of the country is 5G-enabled. The dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, messages, and calls wors great as well.

The UI of the vivo V20 Pro 5G is a huge upgrade from the iOS-inspired UI of the past. It is much sleeker and prettier now. It also has a dedicated dark mode and gesture controls. Bloatware is mostly removable as well. One gripe we have is that it has unwanted notifications coming from the V-Appstore.

Pros - Stylish build, comfortable to hold, speedy performance, nice display with fast In-Display fingerprint reader, good battery life, strong camera performance
Cons - No high refresh rate, no expandable storage, the notch is not for everyone 

vivo V20 Pro 5G Specs

Display: 6.44-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass protected AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi
CPU: 2.4GHz 7nm EUV Snapdragon 765 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 620
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1
Back Camera: 64MP f/1.89 Motion AF, Eye AF + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle w/ 2.5cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 + dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 44MP f/2.0 w/ Eye AF + 8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide-angle
Battery: 4,000mAh LiPo w/ 33W FlashCharge
OS: Android 11 w/ FuntouchOS 11
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, triple-mic, Vapor Chamber Liquid Cooling, USB-C, Colors: Midnight Jazz, Moonlight Sonata, Sunset Melody
Dimensions: 158.82 x 74.20 x 7.39 mm
Weight: 170 g
Price: PHP 24,999

Verdict

Our verdict, if you are sleek-looking, a camera-centric smartphone with 5G under PHP 25K? 

The vivo V20 Pro 5G is a strong contender. Overall, we are impressed with a slim and stylish design, great main cameras, superb selfie cameras, 5G-ready, average performance, great battery life with fast charging, and improved UI.

What do you guys think?

Build/Design - 4.25
Multimedia Experience - 4
Cameras - 4.5
Performance 4.25
Average - 4.25/5
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