Vivo V20 SE is the recent addition to the Vivo V series, positioning itself as a affordable version of the Vivo V20 launched last month. With the V20, Vivo has focused on design and cameras, and you can see a similar approach with the Vivo V20 SE. However, in order to achieve a lower price, the V20 SE had to accept a cost reduction, which led, among other things, to camera sensors with a lower resolution and a different processor. Is the Vivo V20 SE still something special or has Vivo gone a bit too far? Let’s find out.
Vivo V20 design
Vivo says that the focus has been on the design of the Vivo V20 SE, which is obvious. The smartphone is thin, and the weight is easy to handle. Vivo has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display like the Vivo V20 (test) with a dewdrop notch on the top and thin edges surrounding it. You get a Full HD + resolution with an aspect ratio of 20:9, which means that the screen is large and narrow.
The sides of the smartphone are rounded, which makes it comfortable to hold. The frame of the V20 SE is made of plastic and all buttons are located on the right. I found the power and volume buttons easily accessible. They also had clicking comments, so I didn’t have to guess the push of a button.
The left side of the V20 SE is empty because Vivo placed the SIM tray on top. You get two Nano SIM slots as well as a dedicated microSD card slot that allows for memory expansion. The top and bottom of the V20 have BECOME flat. There is a USB Type-C port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a speaker and a microphone at the bottom.
When you turn the phone over, the triple camera setting of the V20 is displayed. The camera module is located in the upper left corner and is slightly raised. Vivo offers two color options, aquamarine green and Gravity black. I had this for this review, and I found the glossy finish on the back vulnerable to fingerprints and stains. I used the included cover to avoid frequent swiping of the smartphone. Vivo also includes a 33W flash charger in the box, designed to quickly charge the 4,100 mAh battery.
Vivo V20-se Specifications
While Vivo calls this a special edition (SE), the specifications are diluted compared to the Vivo V20. The power supply of the V20 SE is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory. There is only one configuration of the V20 is for sale in India. although you get decent amounts of RAM and memory, the processor is not very powerful given the price. Exactly the same processor can be found in much affordable smartphones, such as The realme Narzo 20A and Nokia 5.3 (review).
The V20 SE has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a fingerprint scanner on the screen, just like the Vivo V20. The screen has good viewing angles and gets pretty bright on the outside. You also have the option to optimize the color profile and temperature of the panel.
Unlike the Vivo V20, Android 11 does not run immediately on the V20 SE-instead you get Android 10.it still has the new user interface of FunTouch OS 11, and Vivo promises to launch a software update for Android 11 soon. My device was running the September Android security patch, which is pretty new. The user interface looks good on what you get on the V20, and there is some bloatware preinstalled. I have Facebook, Flipkart, PhonePe, Snapchat and Spotify on my device. Vivo also has its own V appstore, which is an alternative to the Google Play Store. There is also a theme application that allows you to customize the interface up to the fonts.
The V20 SE allows you to customize the powered and unlocking animations. You can also use THE Amoled panel and enable an always-on display mode. There is an Ultra game mode that allows you to turn off incoming calls and notifications while playing, similar to what I have seen on Vivo smartphones that I have tested in the past.