Vivo launches Vivo U20 with Snapdragon 675 SoC and 5,000mAh battery in India

Sequel to a smartphone, especially in the budget and low mid-range segments, doesn’t take much of a time these days


Sequel to a smartphone, especially in the budget and low mid-range segments, doesn’t take much of a time these days to launch. Vivo launched the Vivo U10 in September this year in India, and two months after the company today unveiled its successor, the Vivo U20.

The Vivo U20 comes with a bigger display and upgrades in the processor, camera as well as the RAM capacity compared to what we get with the Vivo U10.

The new smartphone sports a plastic back with gradient finishes. It will be available in Racing Black and Blaze Blue color options. The Vivo U20 sports a water-drop notch, which is centrally aligned while the back like before mounts a fingerprint-scanner and a triple-camera setup, laid out on the top-left corner.

Aligning with the trend of budget smartphones packing bigger battery these days, the Vivo U20 makes use of a 5,000mAh battery, which is supported by 18W fast charging. However, the charge is still drawn via a micro USB port instead of a USB Type-C port.

8.9mm thick handset features a 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio resulting in slimmer bezels except for a noticeable chin. It weighs 193 grams, which is a tad heavier thanks to the beefy battery inside.

The Vivo U20 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, which is up from the Snapdragon 665 SoC used in the Vivo U10. The preprocessor pairs with Adreno 612 GPU, up to 6GB RAM, and 64GB UFS 2.1 default storage to pump power from under the hood. There is a microSD slot through which the storage can be expanded further up to 256GB.

The Vivo U20 tacks on a 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera on the front instead of an 8MP selfie shooter present on the Vivo U10. The front-facing camera also gets HDR support and 1080p video recording at 30 fps.

On the rear, in place of a 13MP primary sensor, the Vivo U20 uses a 16MP f/1.8 primary sensor as part of the triple-camera array. About the other two sensors, the 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor is now a macro sensor, while the 8MP ultra-wide sensor remains intact.

As for the firmware, the smartphone runs Funtouch OS 9.0 atop Android 9 Pie offering system-wide Dark Mode. Standard connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and traditional 3.5mm headphone jack mounted on the bottom edge of the phone.

Other notable features are reverse charging support via OTG cable and Ultra Game mode for the better gaming experience.

The smartphone will go on sale starting November 28 in India priced at INR10,990 (Approx. USD153) and INR11,990 (Approx. USD167) for the 4GB RAM+64GB storage model and 6GB RAM+64GB storage model, respectively. The Vivo U20 will lock horns with the likes of the Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 5s, which fall in the same ballpark.

Vivo is tight-lipped about the International availability of the Vivo U20. Nevertheless, the company just the other day has launched the Vivo S1 Pro with Snapdragon 665 SoC in the Philippines construed as the global version of the phone that was launched in China earlier this year with the Snapdragon 675 SoC.

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