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Vivo X20: Pros and Cons

Android OS v7.1.1 (Nougat)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8976 Plus
Adreno 512
4 GB / 64 GB
5.8 inch (1080 x 2160 px)
24 MP, 5632 x 4224 px, autofocus

Vivo announced the launch of the X20 smartphone in 2017. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5.8 inch Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8976 Plus SoC, and 4 GB of RAM. The X20 comes with Android OS v7.1.1 (Nougat) pre-installed. The AMOLED display provides deep blacks, vibrant colors, fast response times. This phone has only one rear-camera (24 MP, 5632 x 4224 px, autofocus) on its back for photos and videos. Is the cost justified by its features? I'll strive to answer that by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Vivo X20 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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Vivo X20 specifications

BrandVivo
NameX20
ModelX20
Release date2017

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.61 oz
Colorsblack, gold, rose-gold
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of the Vivo X20 is still considered to be lightweight and portable. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a subscriber identity module (SIM), which is a chip card.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v7.1.1 (Nougat)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8976 Plus
CPUQuad-core, Dual-core 2.2 GHz Kryo, Dual-core 1.8 GHz Kryo
GPUAdreno 512

The Vivo X20 comes with Android OS v7.1.1 (Nougat) out of the box. Google regularly releases new versions of Android. They have new features, improvements, and security updates. The quad-core mobile CPU can provide fast and efficient performance for mobile games. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

Display type, size, resolution

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Screen size5.8 inch
Resolution1080 x 2160 px
Multitouch supportyes

The X20's AMOLED display has deep blacks and vibrant colors. It also has fast response times and features like Always-On Display. The 5.8 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

Memory, storage

RAM4 GB
Internal storage64 GB
Memory card slotno

The Vivo X20 comes with 4 GB of RAM, which is considered to be sufficient for most users' needs. The needed RAM amount for good performance depends on factors. These include the OS, the apps, and the services you use. 64 GB of storage is usually seen as good for a smartphone. It should be enough for most users. The internal storage of the Vivo X20 (4 GB) cannot be expanded.

Cameras, flash

Main camera24 MP, 5632 x 4224 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera24 MP

You may have budget limits. Or, you may prioritize other features over a multi-camera system. If so, this single camera setup can be a good choice. The X20 comes with a basic camera setup and lacks any advanced features.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCno
FM radiono
USBUSB Type-C
Headphone3.5 mm jack

Worldwide, people use 4G networks. They have become the standard for mobile networks in many countries. The X20 supports the latest Wi-Fi standards. You can use Bluetooth to connect your X20 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. The X20 has a GPS receiver. Many fitness and activity tracking apps rely on GPS. It is used to accurately measure and record outdoor activities. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Po 3500 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Po 3500 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is a light-weight, rechargeable battery. The X20 does not have a removable battery, it integrates the battery into the phone's design.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, fingerprint, gyroscope, hall, light, proximity
SpecialsDual SIM, Fast charging, Funtouch OS 3.1

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The X20 smartphone has an accelerometer. The fingerprint reader is a biometric security feature found in X20 smartphones. The light sensor is a type of sensor in a smartphone. It lets the phone measure light intensity around the device. Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use. With fast charging, you can get a significant amount of battery life in a few minutes of charging.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Vivo phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display
  • adequate memory
  • Dual SIM support

Cons

  • non-expandable storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • low-capacity battery
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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