Vivo X20 Plus
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About the Phone
- It features a well-built design.
- It has a big 6.43-inch capacitive touchscreen for an expansive viewing experience.
- The 4GB RAM ensures a smooth and lag-free multitasking experience.
- It has a dual camera module.
- The overall performance is smooth for the most part.
- It runs on a dated Android version.
- It has no Gorilla Glass display Protection.
- It has no IP certification.
- It has a hybrid SIM slot – you cannot use both the SIM cards and microSD card together.
If you consider the price of the Vivo X20 Plus, you cannot help but feel like you’re paying more for a device with mediocre specs and features. Also, the backdated Android version and the sub-par camera performance do not help its cause.
The Vivo X20 Plus features a 6.43-inch screen with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It runs on Vivo’s custom FunTouch OS 3.2 based on Android v7.1.1 (Nougat). An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor fuels the core.
The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB. It has a 3905mAh non-removable battery. As for the cameras, the Vivo X20 Plus has a dual camera setting on the rear – 12MP + 5MP sensors. At the front, you get a 12MP selfie camera.
It has sensors like Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, and Compass.
There are three colour variants for the Vivo X20 Plus – Gold, Rose Gold, and Matte Black. In India, the price of the Vivo X20 Plus ranges somewhere around Rs. 31,990.
The Vivo X20 Plus has been designed in keeping with the contemporary trends, that is a large display. The top and bottom part of the front display feature thick bezels. While the top bezel houses the earpiece, the selfie cam, and other sensors, the bottom part is devoid of anything. Like most smartphones in the market now, the Vivo X20 Plus also has a Facial Recognition feature. The built-in Facial Recognition can detect as many as 128 facial features!
The rear panel of the phone has a neat design. The metal back flaunts a 3D curve design with an injection moulding. The rounded corners allow for a comfortable grip. On the top left corner, you find the dual camera module aligned horizontally, along with an LED flash. The fingerprint sensor rests on the top middle portion of the rear panel. The positioning of the fingerprint sensor is perfect. The back panel has a matte-like finish.
The power button and volume rockers lie on the right side of the frame, and the SIM card slot lies on the left. At the bottom, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, a micro-USB port, and a speaker grille.
The top part of the casing holds a single microphone for noise cancellation purposes.
The display is one of the key selling points of the Vivo X20 Plus. It sports a massive 6.43-inch Super AMOLED FHD display with a pixel density of 376 PPI. Sadly, there’s no Corning Gorilla Glass protection to protect the screen from accidental drops and scratches. The screen looks vibrant – while the colours look well-balanced and vivid, the text and icons appear sharp and crisp. Also, the viewing angles are decent. Outdoor legibility is fair enough. However, you might have a little problem while viewing the display content on extremely sunny days.
Performance-wise, the Vivo X20 Plus is average at best. And that shouldn’t be a surprise because Snapdragon 660 is a mid-range SoC. In AnTuTu, Vivo X20 Plus scores about 120K, which is nearly identical to Qualcomm’s 8-series scores. In GeekBench single-core test, it scores 1622, which is also not bad. Overall, the phone delivers lag-free performance. Although it is not the most powerful SoC out there, you will never face any lags whatsoever while performing routine tasks. Even multitasking is a breeze. As for gaming, the experience is enjoyable for the greater part. While the phone can very well handle lightweight games, for graphics-intensive games like PUBG and Asphalt, it is best to keep the graphics settings to medium.
Today, most mid-range smartphones flaunt a dual-camera setup, and the Vivo X20 Plus is no exception. It has a 12MP primary sensor (that can be interpolated to 24MP) coupled with a 5MP secondary sensor. You also get an additional DSP image chip with 256MB RAM. There’s also a DCP chip does is that it allows you to capture multiple snaps simultaneously. The DCP chip comes in handy during low-light photography – it turns on automatically to adjust the light setting of each snap.
In daylight conditions, the camera can capture impressive shots with nearly accurate colour reproduction. The photos also pack in a lot of detail. However, in low-light settings, camera performance suffers. Captured images end up looking grainy and out of focus. Also, they depict a significant amount of noise. When it comes to the 12MP selfie camera, the performance is the same as that of the rear cam. It can perform well in favourable light settings, but then it struggles to perform in low-light conditions. However, provided that there’s sufficient light, it can capture decent selfies to cover your social media needs.
The Vivo X20 Plus comes with a 3905mAh battery. Considering the size of the phone, the battery capacity should be enough to suffice for an entire day on a single charge. Although, you must know that the battery charge continues to drop faster than usual for power-hungry tasks like extensive gaming, video streaming, and binge-watching. Thankfully, it has fast-charging support.
Connectivity options on the phone include WiFi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, Mobile Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth v5.0, FM Radio, micro USB port, and 2G/3G/4G support.
To conclude, the biggest selling points of the Vivo X20 Plus are its ergonomic design and classy appearance, its performance, and reliable battery mileage. While it does have a few missing points here and there (no NFC, no USB C port, and mediocre cameras), it makes up for these backlogs with its performance. However, there are much better phones in the same price bracket, including OnePlus 7, Oppo R17 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S8, Vivo Nex, Vivo V15 Pro, and much more.