Vivo U20 was launched in India on Friday. The new Vivo phone is targeted at young buyers with a list of preloaded camera features and a gaming-focussed Ultra Game Mode. Key highlights of the Vivo U20 include a triple rear camera setup, Halo FullView display, and 18W fast charging support. The Vivo U20 also features the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with up to 6GB of RAM. The smartphone also has two colour options both sporting a glass back. All this makes the Vivo U20 a strong competitor against the recently launched Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5s.
The Vivo U20 price in India is set at Rs. 10,990 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option comes with a price tag of Rs. 11,990. Both variants come in Blaze Blue and Racing Black colour options. Moreover, the smartphone will go on sale in the country starting November 28.
In contrast, the Redmi Note 8 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The Xiaomi smartphone also has the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option that is priced at Rs. 12,999. Both variants come in Moonlight White, Neptune Blue, and Space Black colour options and are available for purchase through regular sale rounds via Amazon India, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores in the country.
The Realme 5s price in India is set at Rs. 9,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option, whereas its 4GB RAM + 128GB storage model carries a price tag of Rs. 10,999. The smartphone comes in Crystal Blue, Crystal Purple, and Crystal Red and is set to go on sale starting November 29.
The Vivo U20, Redmi Note 8, and Realme 5s, all three phones have dual-SIM (Nano) support and run Android Pie. However, there are custom skins on top to distinguish the experience to some extent. Vivo has provided Funtouch OS 9 on its handset, while the Xiaomi phone runs MIUI 10 and the Realme offering comes with ColorOS 6. On the display front, the Vivo U20 has a 6.53-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 8, on the other front, comes with a 6.39-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) display with 19:9 aspect ratio. However, the Realme 5s sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720x1600 pixels) display with 20:9 aspect ratio.
Vivo has provided the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC on the U20, along with up to 6GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 8 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, coupled with up to 6GB of RAM. This is similar to the Realme 5s that has the same Snapdragon 665 SoC, but with 4GB of RAM.
For photos and videos, the Vivo U20 has a triple rear camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel Sony IMX499 primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens. The camera setup also includes an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a wide-angle f/2.2 lens and 120-degree field-of-view (FoV) as well as an 8-megapixel tertiary sensor with an f/2.4 lens. In contrast, the Redmi Note 8 has a quad rear camera setup that houses a 48-megapixel primary camera, coupled with an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel sensor with a macro lens. The Realme 5s, on the other side, has a quad rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GM1 primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a wide-angle 119-degree lens carrying f/2.25 aperture. The camera setup also has a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens and a 2-megapixel portrait sensor with an f/2.4 lens.
On the part of selfies, the Vivo U20 flaunts a 16-megapixel camera along with an f/2.0 lens. This is unlike the 13-megapixel selfie camera featured on the on Redmi Note 8 that comes along with an f/2.0 lens. The Realme 5s also has a 13-megapixel selfie camera, paired with an f/2.0 lens.
The Vivo U20 has 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, has up to 128GB internal storage that supports expansion via microSD card (up to 512GB). The Realme 5s also has up to 128GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
Connectivity options on the Vivo U20 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Redmi Note 8 also has similar connectivity options but comes with USB Type-C port instead of dated Micro-USB. However, the Realme 5s also has Micro-USB over USB Type-C.
Sensors on the Vivo U20 include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. These are all similar to what's available on the Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5s.
The Vivo U20 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W Dual-Engine fast charging technology. In contrast, the Redmi Note 8 has a 4,000mAh battery with 18W charging support. The Realme 5s includes a 5,000mAh battery with the typical 10W charging technology.
Vivo U20 measures 162.15x76.47x8.89mm, while the Redmi Note 8 measures 158.3x75.30x8.35mm and the Realme 5s measures 164.4x75.6x9.3mm. The Vivo phone weighs 193 grams, whereas the Redmi Note 8 is weight at 188 grams and the Realme 5s weighs 198 grams.
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|Model||U20||5s||Redmi Note 8|
|Release date||November 22, 2019||-||August 29, 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||162.15 x 76.47 x 8.89||164.40 x 75.60 x 9.30||158.30 x 75.30 x 8.35|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000||5000||4000|
|Colours||Racing Black, Blaze Blue||Crystal Blue, Crystal Purple, Crystal Red||Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black|
|Screen size (inches)||6.53||6.50||6.30|
|Resolution||1080x2340 pixels||720x1600 pixels||1080x2280 pixels|
|Protection type||-||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256||256||512|
|Dedicated microSD slot||-||Yes||Yes|
|Rear camera||16-megapixel (f/1.78) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)||48-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.6-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.25) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)||48-megapixel (f/1.79) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|Rear autofocus||Yes||Phase detection autofocus||Yes|
|Front camera||16-megapixel (f/2.0)||13-megapixel||13-megapixel (f/2.0)|
|Operating system||Android 9||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
|Skin||Funtouch OS 9||ColorOS 6.0||MIUI 10|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes|
|Number of SIMs||2||2||2|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||-||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||-||Yes||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes|