In recent years, mobile phone companies are focusing on promoting their series, aiming to offer different models of the same smartphones at different price tags. Along with Apple, other smartphones are releasing regular and pro models of the phone. Vivo has already launched the Pro models of its smartphones but now the first time, Vivo has come up with a special edition or SE with the launch of Vivo V20 earlier this month. The smartphone is placed below last month's regular model of Vivo V20 with modest hardware specs while playing big on design and camera.
The Vivo V20 SE is going to cost you Rs. 20,999 which makes it a direct rival of Poco X3, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Realme 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M51, and even the Vivo V20. The phone looks great just like the other phones in the series. The V20 SE features a plastic body and a mirror-like rear panel which is way too reflective and looks expensive. This also makes the rear a fingerprint magnet. The smartphone comes in two color options - Gravity black and Aquamarine Green. The Vivo V20 SE back panel houses a triple camera setup within a thin module.
You get two physical buttons for power and volume rocker on the right side of the phone. The SIM tray slides on the top and a 3.5mm headphone jack rests at the bottom part of the phone. When it comes to color variations and brightness, the SE didn't compromise a good and did a great job in both areas. The display is sharp and bright. Although there isn't much configuration option for display refresh rate.
The phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset processor, which is usually found in low-priced smartphones in 2020. The phone comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further extended to 1TB using a microSD card. With this smartphone, Vivo isn't surely promising you a powerful phone but it is one of the smartphones available in the market that does what it is supposed to do.
The phone has a triple rear camera system with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera sensor. The phone is powered by a 4,100mAh battery bundled with a 33W flash charge charger.
With all that's going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries and the iPhone 7's somewhat disappointing unveiling, there is a perfect market for LG to introduce its flagship V20 smartphone to the consumers now. The chances of LG seeing a much better sales number with the V20 than it did with the V10 or the G5 is pretty high because at least a portion of the consumers looking to buy a new flagship device would be tempted to try out a premium device from a reputed company that has kept the 3.5mm jack and doesn't blow up while charging (hopefully!). Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the smartphone's availability, except the fact that it is expected to be released near the end of 2016.
This has been confirmed that the LG V20 will be the first smartphone in the world to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Have a look at some of its other prominent features and decide for yourself if you should hold on from upgrading for just a little while longer.
Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS panel
Dual rear cameras: 16mp sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.
Front camera: 5mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture
Audio: Quad DAC technology for enhanced audio output via the speakers and the bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones
Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion battery that's removable
Chipset and RAM: Qualcomm MSM8996 (SD 820) with 4GB of RAM
The only two things we did not like about the V20 so far are the 3200mAh battery which could have been slightly larger and the lack of water-resistance that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 has. Other than that, the LG V20 looks to be a solid smartphone and it might be a smart move if the Korean OEM pushed the device a little earlier than rumoured.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The LG V20 is indeed coming and it is coming on September 6, when the successor to the LG V10 will be unveiled at an event in San Francisco. This is official news and not a leak as LG Mobiles confirmed these facts on their own just recently. Additionally, we now have some high quality renders, leaked by @OnLeaks that shows us the LG V20 in vivid details.
Apart from the most obviously striking dual camera bump at the back of the V20, we can also see that they may have done away with the dual front camera setup at the front, as is found on the V10. There's also the secondary display on top of the main display and the volume buttons have been shifted to the left of the smartphone. The power button on its back will also act as the fingerprint sensor and the modular, removable bottom seen in the G5 is going to be there in the V20 as well. Keep in mind that there is a bit of controversy regarding whether the modular bottom will really be there or not in the V20, but if this render is accurate, then the module release button at the right does confirm it.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)