vivo, which has stayed out of Australia until recently, made its first foray into the country with a 5G model, the $999 X50 Pro, in August.
This time, it has launched two mid-range models – or rather one budget model and one mid-range device. Along with the Y20s, the company has also released the Y70, with somewhat better specs and a price to match
Taken in somewhat overcast conditions on a cold Melbourne morning.
The first thing that is notable about the Y20s is the price: $299. One can't get away from that at a time when other manufacturers are drowning the market in models that cost at least in the low four figures.
The 18W FlashCharge technology means that charging from zero to 100% takes at least an hour. The connector is USB-C.
The Y20s is built atop a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC and has 4GB of memory and 128GB of storage, more than adequate for all normal tasks.
Plenty of detail in this shot, despite the poor ambient conditions.
Unlike many other models in the same price bracket, it has both facial recognition and a fingerprint scanner which is side-mounted. There is no NFC.
Given the plethora of Android devices in the market, every brand looks to distinguish itself in some way and vivo is no different. The company has its own modified version of Android, known as FunTouch OS, which is plastered on top of Android 10.
There is no crapware that comes pre-installed; many phones come with an enormous number of apps, most of which are the result of marketing deals. This is one thing that is a major irritant for some people and the Y20s' almost religious avoidance of this is great to behold.
The device has an AI triple camera with portrait mode (13MP + 2MP + 2MP) plus an 8MP front camera and comes in two colours: Obsidian Black and Nebula Blue.
The sound is remarkable for a device of this price and the supplied earphones — there is a headphone jack — are the first I have encountered which do not pop out from my ears even when I am eating.
An indoor shot taken in poor light.
Whether that is down to the the styling of the buds or the peculiar shape of my ears is difficult to pick.
The sides of the Y20s are not rounded and serve to prevent the device from slipping from one's hand; there is no case supplied with the phone.
The camera provides decent pictures in all conditions; Melbourne was in one of its gray moods when I ventured out to take the pictures in this review.
All in all, the Y20s is a good buy as a Christmas gift for some younger member of the family; it will not break the bank and will also not result in complaints.
The Y20s has been selling instore and online at JB Hi-Fi, Big W, Officeworks, Mobileciti and Amazon since its launch last month. Harvey Norman has also started selling the device recently.
Update, 9 November: One little thing I neglected to mention at the time of posting; vivo is reminding any would-be buyers that it has access to Google's proprietary apps, by the word "GooglePlay" on the packaging of the Y20s, a not-so-subtle dig at Huawei, the biggest selling smartphone in China which cannot use the Google apps due to American sanctions.
Battery 5000mAh (TYP)
Colours Obsidian Black and Nebula Blue
Operating System Funtouch OS 11
Fast Charging 18W/10W（TR）
Touch Screen Capacitive multi-touch
2G GSM B2/3/5/8
3G WCDMA B1/2/4/5/8
4G FDD-LTE "B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/ 20/28"
4G TDD-LTE B38/40/41
Card Slot 2 Nano SIM + 1 Micro SD
Standby Mode Dual SIM and Dual Standby
Camera Front 8MP / Rear 13MP+2MP+2MP
Aperture Front f/1.8 (8MP), Rear f/2.2 (13MP) + f/2.4 (2MP)+ f/2.4 (2MP)
Flash Rear flash
Scene Modes Portrait, Photo, Video, Panorama, Live Photo, Slo-mo, Time-Lapse, Professional
Hi-Fi Chipset N/A
Audio Playback WAV, MP3, MP2, AMR-NB, MIDI, Vorbis, APE, FLAC
Video Playback MP4, 3GP, AVI, TS, MKV, FLV
Video Recording MP4
Voice Recording Supported
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz /5GHz
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
USB Micro USB (USB 2.0)
Location GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo
Ambient Light Sensor Supported
Proximity Sensor Supported
IN THE BOX
Model name Y20s
USB Power Adapter Supported
SIM Ejector Supported
Protective Film (applied) Supported