Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Simultaneously introduced with the V7 Plus, the Vivo X20 is one of the latest smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer. The larger version of the Vivo X20 Plus, however, does not offer as much power as the frameless smartphone in Vivo. But what can Vivo X20 do? Find the answer in our review.

Vivo X20 4G Phablet Global Version

Price: $429.99

6.01 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 3240mAh, OS: Android 7.1.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Vivo X20 4G Phablet Global Version

Price: $429.99

6.01 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 3240mAh, OS: Android 7.1.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

The Vivo X20 was officially launched in early September and was soon available in China for about $430, in the black or golden version with 64 GB of ROM in 2018.

Vivo X20: Specifications

Display: 6.01 inches Super AMOLED with 2160 x 1080 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz
GPU: Adreno 512
RAM: 4GB
Internal memory: 64GB
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Cameras: 12.0MP + 5.0MP main and 12.0MP front camera
Connectivity: 802.11 B / G / N / (2.4Ghz/5GHz),3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS
Battery: 3250mAh (9V/2A)
OS: Android 7.1.1
Connections: Micro USB and TF card slot
Weight: 159 grams
Dimensions: 155.9 x 75.2 x 7.2 mm
Price: $430

Vivo X20: Design and Appearance

The design of the Vivo X20 leans closer to the iPhone 8 Plus. Aesthetically, the new smartphone is really nice, especially in black, it looks very noble.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

As usual today, Vivo also combines metal with front and back glass surfaces. Vivo also shows in Vivo X20 that they do not need to look jealous at other manufacturers – the workmanship and materials are superb.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

The rounded edges are also used here, which ensures a safe and pleasant grip of the bezel-less smartphone.

We don’t find the home button below the screen, as a fingerprint sensor located on the back that proves to be fast and reliable in everyday use in 2018.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

To the right and left of it are the typical Android capacitive buttons. The Vivo X20 can also handle two SIM cards at the same time, the use of a MicroSD card is not provided.

On the back of the Vivo X20, there is dual camera finds its place and sits in the upper left in a horizontal orientation.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Unfortunately, the camera is slightly over. It is equipped with a dual LED flash. The disadvantage of the glass surface: In everyday life, many fingerprints accumulate here. Those who value cleanliness must use a cleaning cloth several times a day in 2018.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

The dimensions of new handset have 155.9 x 75.2 x 7.2 mm. The frames on the sides are limited, but there is no question of a frameless design like the Mi Mix 2.

Overall, the design of the Vivo X20 in our analisis can be seen without really surprising. It feels good in your hand, but you should stay alert because it is a bit slippery.

Vivo X20: Display

The Vivo X20 in our test comes to a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD Plus resolution (1080 by 2160 pixels) and a pixel density of 402ppi. It is covered with Gorilla Glass 4, unfortunately not 5, to give him some more protection.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

With AMOLED screen and Full HD Plus resolution, the display of the Vivo X20 was very comfortable to use with 18: 9 aspect ratio screen in 2018.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

The luminosity is sufficient for indoor and outdoor use – unless the sun shines directly on the smartphone.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Also, one can say the same about the contrast, this one should have been more pronounced.

In this area, an AMOLED panel shows significantly better values. The viewing angles are good and the colors true to nature.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

In normal mode, the screen may seem a bit too blue to one or the other, but a warmer-color mode is available.

Vivo X20: Hardware and Performance

With a smartphone like the Vivo X20, you should not expect the most powerful processor, as one is often used to in Vivo’s smartphones.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

The technical data are nevertheless quite good. Under the hood of the Vivo X20 in the review is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor (8 Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores) with 4 GB of RAM.

In this processor, Qualcomm switched from the 28nm manufacturing process to the 14nm, which theoretically reduces power consumption and increases battery life in 2018.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

On paper and in practice the Vivo X20 is missing nothing. The performance is really good.

Apps open quickly and even the change between the same goes smoothly from the hand. The 4GB of RAM and the graphics processor are outstanding.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018 antutu test

Even power users who value a lot and fast multitasking, come here to their taste. Need for Speed No Limits, for example, is really fun and always ran smoothly.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

In terms of benchmark results, the Vivo X20 can therefore even keep up quite well with high-end smartphones and achieves good scores in Antutu or GeekBench 4 tests. In the following photos you can see the averages of our tests:

Vivo X20: Software

The problem with the import of Vivo X20 smartphones, which are not sold in some country Europe, is usually the software.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

It simply is not tailored to the European market. Also, in this case, I can only warmly recommend an early change to an international firmware.

Installing the firmware is even offered as a service by some importers. With the new software, the languages can be set and the Google services become usable.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

If the provider does not offer this service, but you can also relatively easy to play the new firmware.

Our test model in Vivo X20, which was sent to us by a dealer from France, directly installed the international firmware based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

The security patch is from September. The Google services such as the Play Store and the Google Play Services were preinstalled.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

The Vivo interface is still reminiscent of iOS, for example, there is no app drawer. If you need it, we recommend installing an alternative launcher.

The app icons are also based on Apple’s surface and come in square design, therefore. Vivo also installs a few apps of its own.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Overall, however, we find little bloatware and the interface always reacts fluently and quickly.

Only the somewhat aggressive management of background applications is striking. These are then thrown out of the cache pretty quickly.

Vivo X20: Speaker andĀ Audio

The large screen of the bezel-less Vivo X20 is ideal for all sorts of multimedia applications. Vivo provides another positive argument with the stereo speakers.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

The speakers sit at the bottom next to the Micro USB connector. The sound quality is very good at Vivo X20 in our analisis.

The sound is clear and does not distort at high volumes. Also, the quality of the audio output, which turns out to be satisfactory, is nothing to complain about. The smartphone is also equipped with Bluetooth 5.0.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Also with the calls, the quality is very good. I had no problems with understanding and understanding with my counterpart.

Vivo X20: Cameras

Vivo also follows the current trend and relies on a dual-camera setup. There are 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors with dual LED flash are used. As with many other smartphones in 2017, you can also use the Vivo X20 with a bokeh effect to brighten your portrait pictures in 2018.

In good lighting conditions, both indoors and outdoors, the camera on the back of the Vivo X20 in the test does a good job.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Autofocus is fast and the camera app is easy to use. The colors remain true to reality and the contrast is right.

The details are still rich enough. The saturation of the colors is a bit disappointing when the light is more intense, but maybe I am a bit too demanding.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

The second sensor is really only for the bokeh effect. For normal pictures, you should always use only the main sensor.

If the lighting conditions are poor, the picture quality also decreases. Noise occurs, but the rendering remains pretty clean.

As far as the bokeh effect is concerned, Vivo offers a fully automated mode that does the job for you. The result will be satisfactory for most users, but I find it regrettable that it is not possible to adjust the blur.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Videos can be recorded with the Vivo X20 with a 4K resolution.

The 12-megapixel front camera is at a similar level to the main camera. For a few selfies, it is quite enough.

The colors are well reproduced and the pictures are sharp. In our gallery with the test pictures of the Vivo X20 you can make your own sample photos:

Vivo X20: Battery

The phone Vivo X20 in our review is powered by a 3240mAh strong, built-in battery. How does the X20 impact on everyday life?

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Well, the battery life is pleasingly long on average. It’s not the most durable smartphone, but under normal usage conditions (WhatsApp, Snapchat, SMS, some phone calls, videos, etc.) it easily lasts one and a half days without being charged.

In our battery test, which is carried out with PCMark, the Vivo X20 achieved a full display brightness and active mobile network with a runtime of 6 hours and 25 minutes.

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

In this battery test, PCMark simulates a typical everyday life and measures the time that elapses until the battery has fallen from 80 percent to 20 percent.

Unfortunately, the Vivo X20 does not support wireless charging, but it does support battery charging 9V/2A. This allows the smartphone in 1 hour and 30 minutes once fully charged.

Vivo X20: Conclusions and Reviews

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018

Finally, the smartphone Vivo X20 in our reviews is a solid mid-range smartphone that is even capable of reaching high-end levels in some areas.

The design is not original or frameless or bezel-less, but very elegant and the smartphone convinces with its good features in 2018.

Vivo X20: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

Now you can already buy a phone Vivo X20 at an interesting and low price for $429.99 with free shipping. The Vivo X20 is at the price called a really good smartphone.

Vivo X20 4G Phablet Global Version

Price: $429.99

6.01 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 3240mAh, OS: Android 7.1.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Vivo X20 4G Phablet Global Version

Price: $429.99

6.01 inch with 2160 x 1080 pixels AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, Battery: 3240mAh, OS: Android 7.1.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Vivo X20 Review: Native Mid-Range Phone with Snapdragon 660 in 2018 was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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