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Vivo launches the V20 series with the promise of an upgrade to Android 11

The Vivo V20 series. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo V20 series. (Source: Vivo)
The V20 Pro is the Snapdragon 765G-powered flagship for Vivo's latest smartphone series that the OEM now pitches at "various regions". The devices run on Android 10; however, they were also linked to a planned upgrade to its successor. They also all have the same 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, but differ otherwise in terms of specs.

Vivo has officially launched the V20 series on a multi-market basis, the first of which will be Southeast Asia. The series has similar form-factors, 8/128GB configurations and the OEM's speedy 33 watt (W) charging standard across the board. The V20 and V20 Pro also have the same triple rear 64+8+2MP camera array, as well as the same 44MP selfie camera.

These sensors are touted as packed with advanced features such as Eye Autofocus; Super Night Mode; Art Portrait Video; Bokeh Portrait and Super Night Selfie. The V20 and its Pro variant also have the same 4000mAh battery and Midnight Jazz, Sunset Melody or Moonlight Sonata colorways; however, they differ in terms of chipset: the vanilla model gets the Snapdragon 720G SoC, whereas the flagship has the 765G processor.

The Vivo V20 series also offers an SE variant, which gets Oxygen Blue or Gravity Black colorways and a 4100mAh battery. Its front-facing camera is 32MP, whereas its rear shooters are a triple 48+8+2MP arrangement. It is powered by the Snapdragon 665, in accordance with previous leaks. 

Vivo asserts that the entire new line-up "will run on the recently-launched Android 11"; however, their official product pages state they run Funtouch OS 11 based on Android 10. Nevertheless, the OEM claims it has "a plan" to upgrade the phones in line with "market conditions", something that will also apparently determine their release to their inaugural region. In other words, they are not likely to beat the Pixel 5 to the new software.

Unfortunately, this means the new phones' pricing structure remains concealed; even more worryingly, their maker notes that their specs may be subject to change depending on the particular nation in which they are sold.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-30 (Update: 2020-09-30)