The Vivo Y-series has always prized itself on bringing feature-rich smartphones at affordable price points. Promising long-lasting battery life, speedy performance, and irresistible camera specs, the Y30, Y50, Y19, Y12, etc. were highly sought after phones in their respective price ranges. Following a delay after the COVID pandemic, Vivo was finally able to launch its latest smartphone in the Y-series line somewhere around late August. A little over a month after its international release, it has made its way to the Nepali market as well. Vivo Y20 equipped with an enormous 5000mAh battery and a smart side-mounted fingerprint sensor, the Y20 seems geared to capture a fair spot in the Nepali mid-range market for itself. In this article, we will see the new Vivo Y20 smartphone and figure out whether or not it’s worth the rupee you drop on it.
Vivo Y20: More Power More Fun
Display and design:
The Vivo Y20 comes with a solid 6.51″ Halo FullView Display. With an elongated 20:9 cinematic ratio and HD+ resolution, the screen features a V-shaped notch instead of the much-in-trend punch-hole notches blazing in popularity right now. This might be due to their choice in using an IPS LCD panel instead of an AMOLED one, but the front design looks very neat nonetheless. The colors on this display look quite vivid and clear, too although the colors (especially the blacks) don’t look as deep as they would on an AMOLED panel.
The rear design of the Vivo Y20 is clean and minimalistic, while still retaining the “Vivo sparkle” in its design. The polished 2.5D body is specially curved to refract light in an angle that makes it look like light rays are shooting out of the camera panel. The rear comes shaded with a single color only – without any dual-color gradient color design like so many other Vivo phones. The color options Obsidian Black and Nebula Blue will be available through Daraz.
On the side, we have the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, placed on the top of the power button. According to Vivo, this side-mounted sensor is capable of unlocking the phone in as little as 0.22 seconds. If this really performs as snappily as they promise then this is going to be real handy, as all you have to do to then unlock your phone is to press the power button.
Vivo has never been one to compromise on camera quality or specs, after all, it is a “Camera Phone“. The rear of this phone houses a camera panel with an AI-powered triple camera setup. With a 13MP primary wide-angle camera, 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens to top things off, the camera setup supports a wide range of features like Face Beauty, Portrait Light Effects, Close-up capture, etc. While this might not be as megapixel-heavy as some of the other phones in its price range like the Redmi Note 8, the photo optimizations that Vivo uses never fail to make pictures look natural and crystal clear.
The 13MP primary camera clicks elegant shots with an emphasis on face detection and filters.The depth sensor lens delivers pretty accurate and sophisticated results, thanks to Vivo’s bokeh algorithm. The macro lens opens up an entirely new close-up world for the mobile photographer, delivering quality shots from as close as 4cm. On the front, we have a 8 MP camera with various modes like wide selfie, Selfie Light Effects, etc.
Hardware and Performance:
The Vivo Y20 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor(11nm). With an octa-core Kryo (4×1.8 GHz + 4×1.6 GHz) CPU and a majestic Adreno 620 GPU handling graphics, the Y20 can handle most games and heavy apps with relative ease. Add 4 solid gigs of RAM and 64GB internal storage on top, and you have a pretty decent smartphone, however seeing as how many other phones in this price range boast better chipsets we’re a bit disappointed in the choice to use the Snapdragon 460 as it doesn’t bring much better performance on the table.
The overall feel and performance of this phone is very smooth. Running Funtouch OS 10.5 on top of Android 10, multi-tasking and gaming are amazingly smooth, thanks to numerous software optimizations and the Multi-Turbo 3.0 mode: a responsive AI Turbo that predicts and resolves system abnormalities (often caused by third-party apps) before they happen. This can help the phone deliver better network performance, rapid cooling when needed, to smooth AI functions and gameplay, etc.
The Vivo Y20 comes equipped with a large 5000mAh battery that provides 16-hours of online HD movie streaming, or up to 11 straight hours of intensive gaming*, thanks to its AI power-saving optimizations. The phone comes with an 18W FlashCarge fast charger as well, providing as much as 70% charging (from 0%) in as little as 69 minutes. Reverse charging is also supported, so you can charge other phones if need be. However, reverse charging requires an appropriate OTG cable, which unfortunately needs to be purchased separately.
Vivo Y20 Full Specifications:
|Release Date||2020, August|
|Display||6.51″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Rear Cameras||13 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF|
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
with LED flash, HDR; 1080p video @30fps
|Selfie Camera||8 MP, (wide)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM4250 Snapdragon 460 (11 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 240 & 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 240)|
|Internal Memory||64GB 4GB RAM|
Dedicated SD card slot
|OS||Android 10, Funtouch 10.5|
|Battery||Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable|
Fast Charging 18W, Reverse charging
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity|
|Color and Build||Obsidian Black, Dawn White|
Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame
Price in Nepal and Availability:
The Vivo Y20 price in Nepal at the time of launch has been set at Rs 20,990 and comes in two sparking color shades: Obsidian Black and Nebula Blue. It will be available for sale exclusively through Daraz starting from the 25th of September. As this is an exclusive sale, it won’t be available for sale through any other portals, although they will begin hitting shelves for Vivo showrooms starting from the 2nd of October.
|Vivo Phone Model||Price in Nepal|
|Vivo Y20||Rs. 20,990|
The Vivo Y20 is set at a very bargain price. If you want a phone that focuses on cameras and you’re willing to accept a slight compromise on performance, the Vivo Y20 is definitely something you should consider the next time you’re out looking for a phone.