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Vivo V20 SE vs V20 vs V20 Pro – Which Is the Right Phone for You?


The number one smartphone brand in the Philippines is back and they have three new devices for you to choose from. Known as the V20 Series, the V20 SE, V20, and V20 Pro are unlike most phones today when it comes to design. Vivo carefully balanced the best features you can have in a smartphone while keeping a design that’s trendy and manageable to the hands. What’s more, one of them comes with 5G capability that ensures your phone is ready for the next wireless generation. 

What Are the similarities of Vivo V20 SE, V20, and V20 Pro?

Whether you’re looking for a huge, slim phone or a striking design, all three are capable of providing both for ease-of-use. They also don’t go over 7.8mm in thickness, which is impressive for what you get as most phones today come in at around 9.0mm. Another thing worth noting is that they clock in at a very light 171g. These easily make Vivo V20 Series as one of the lightweight packages you can get.

The sole difference, however, is the finish and material used to construct the phones. Vivo V20 SE features an all-plastic build but with a glossy finish that resembles glass material. On the other hand, both V20 and V20 Pro are using matte glass that’s a bit more comfortable to hold and is more resistive to scratches and fingerprint smears. Additionally, they come in Sunset Melody, Midnight Jazz, and Moonlight Sonata colors, while the V20 SE is available in Gravity Black and Oxygen Blue.

If you’re looking for the best display, all three are equal in the spec sheet, featuring 6.44″ FHD+ AMOLED. Only the V20 Pro has the advantage of displaying deeper blacks and brighter colors, thanks to the help of HDR10 compatibility. Due to the panel being AMOLED, all three again feature in-display fingerprint scanners. Vivo was also generous enough to keep 33W fast charging available across the lineup for faster top-ups for the 4000mAh battery (4100mAh for the V20 SE). 

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Why Choose V20 SE?

If you want the most affordable of the bunch, the V20 SE can be purchased for only Php15,999. You can get the most out of your money if you are to pre-order until October 29 as it gets you a 10000mAh power bank and six months screen warranty for free. But, what you’re really paying for is a good screen, longer battery life than the other two V20 models, and good enough cameras for 2020.

The main camera is using a 48MP f1.8 sensor on the back, along with an 8MP ultrawide and 2MP depth lenses. They are good enough for photos, but you may want to steer away from videos as they can only record up to [email protected] Why? That’s because the detail quality isn’t as good as the other two devices due to the lack of a 4K option. Selfie-wise, the 32MP camera is plenty enough to make you look good in both photos and videos. Combine that with Vivo’s plethora of AI enhancements and you have a phone that hardly will make you look bad on social media. 

Although there’s plenty of memory for you to use — 8GB RAM and 128GB expandable storage — there’s not enough room for the most intensive apps. Vivo V20 SE is using Snapdragon 665 for the chipset, and it’s a year old chipset that struggles to compete with other phones with, say, for example, Snapdragon 730 or even Helio G90T. 

If most of your time is spent on social media, Vivo V20 SE will suit you the best.

Why Choose V20?

With Vivo V20, the specs get a bit of a bump to suit other competitively priced phones in 2020. You’re now looking at a more capable Snapdragon 720G, which is still a solid chipset for mid-intensive gaming. It’s still paired with the same 8GB/128GB configuration, but at least, you have the option to expand via a dedicated microSD slot. 

The main camera is now using a 64MP sensor that not only captures more detailed photos than the 48MP but also allows for up to [email protected] video recording. There’s even EIS in tow to keep videos stabilized as you record whatever you want to record. What’s more, all of these also apply to the 44MP selfie camera. 

Vivo V20 is also a nice pair for those who want a better audio experience since the audio can playback 24-bit audio files. Interestingly, it’s the only phone with Android 11 out of the box. However, it’s still running on Funtouch 11 like the rest of the two.

As a step up to the V20 SE, the V20 is made for those who play around with videos a lot. If you want to get some of the nicest video quality in the V20 Series, you have to spend Php19,999 that also gets you a gift set worth Php4,599 when you pre-order. This includes six months screen warranty and noise-canceling wireless earbuds.

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Why Choose V20 Pro?

For Vivo V20 Pro, it’s a phone made to give yourself longevity that can keep you from upgrading next year or even the year after that. The reason for that is the use of Snapdragon 765G, which already supports the budding 5G network in the country. Though we think you shouldn’t buy this phone solely for 5G, you do have that option in the future should you stick with the V20 Pro for the next couple of years.

Aside from improved performance, the V20 Pro’s display is a bit special due to the addition of HDR10. When watching online, any HDR10-compliant videos will playback with deeper blacks and brighter colors. It practically makes the viewing experience significantly better. But take note: it only works with HDR10-compliant videos which are mostly found on Netflix and Amazon Prime, among others.

As for the cameras, it has the same setup as the V20 but with the addition of an 8MP ultrawide selfie lens. If group selfies are important to you, then that may make you purchase the V20 Pro more over the other two. 

There are two things to take note of if you do plan to get the V20 Pro — the use of a bigger notch on the screen and the lack of headphone jack. We’re guessing that the latter got omitted to keep the device as light as possible.

Getting the V20 Pro means shedding Php24,999. However, you get a gift set worth Php7,999. This includes a JBL Go 2 Bluetooth Speaker, noise-canceling wireless earbuds, and six months screen warranty. 

Vivo V20 Series is available for pre-order until October 29th. You can purchase them on Vivo’s official Shopee store to get the aforementioned freebies.

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Specs Vivo V20 SE Vivo V20 Vivo V20 Pro
Display 6.44″ FHD+ AMOLED 6.44″ FHD+ AMOLED 6.44″ FHD+ AMOLED HDR10
Design all-polycarbonate matte glass back matte glass back
Dimensions and Weight 161 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm, 171g 161.3 x 74.2 x 7.4 mm, 171g 158.8 x 74.2 x 7.4 mm, 170g
CPU/Chipset Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
/ Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) / Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
/ Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 618 Adreno 620
Storage 128GB UFS expandable via dedicated microSD slot 128GB UFS expandable via dedicated microSD slot 128GB UFS non-expandable
Main Camera
  • 48 MP, f/1.8, 25mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, AF
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • video up to [email protected]
  • 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, AF
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • video recording up to [email protected] with EIS
  • 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, AF
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • video recording up to [email protected] with EIS
Selfie Camera
  • 44 MP, f/2.0, (wide), AF
  • 8 MP, f/2.3 (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
  • video recording up to [email protected] with EI
Connectivity & Ports 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, audio jack 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, audio jack 5G, 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C
Security face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner
Battery 4100mAh(33W) 4000mAh(33W) 4000mAh(33W)
Audio mono speaker mono speaker, 24-bit mono speaker, 24-bit
OS Android 10, Funtouch 11 Android 11, Funtouch 11 Android 10, Funtouch 11
Colors Gravity Black, Oxygen Blue Sunset Melody, Midnight Jazz, Moonlight Sonata Sunset Melody, Midnight Jazz, Moonlight Sonata
Price Php15,999 Php19,999 Php24,999
Release Date October 2020 (Philippines) October 2020 (Philippines) October 2020 (Philippines)
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