Slightly over two weeks ago, vivo revealed its intention to bring the selfie-camera-centric V20 in Kenya, with notable selfie camera capabilities and a top-notch AMOLED display panel. The firm has finally announced availability of the device to Kenyan consumers looking for a mid-range smartphone with superior selfie-camera capabilities. The most highlighted feature on the device is a stunning 44MP eye autofocus selfie sensor that can take videos and photos with the vibrancy and clarity we only get with rear sensors.
Front-facing 44MP selfie camera
And while the Vivo V20 packs some interesting specs underneath, its not cheap by all means with a price tag of Ksh. 45,999, which is way over what an average Kenyan can spend on a smartphone. Most average consumers would most likely go for a device that’s less than Ksh. 20,000; but that’s not to say the V20 will struggle to sell in the country, it has clearly marked its expected fan base. Consumers looking to capture professional level selfie photos or videos such as vloggers are most likely to go for the device given its unique front sensor.
Aside from it’s massive megapixels, the front camera incorporates software tweaks to achieve unique capabilities such as tracking and focusing moving objects, taking 4K selfie videos in normal and slow-motion modes. This will play in tandem with what Vloggers expect from a professional level smartphone when capturing videos with their devices.
Speaking on the launch, Vivo Kenya brand manager Mr. James Irungu said the company was always looking for ways to innovate with the consumer in mind. Irungu further acknowledged that Vivo V20 was developed after having deep insights on what consumers were looking for. He concluded by saying the V20 was aimed at young consumers who often take photos and record videos on their devices.
Even though we get a one-of-a-kind selfie camera, Vivo V20 packs a somewhat not so good rear camera setup. It comes with a triple camera setup comprising of a 64MP, 8MP and 2MP sensor, which is not at par with Quad-camera setup that’s become industry standard for devices within its price range.
The display panel is however on another level; instead of a cheaper IPS panel, V20 comes with a 6.44 AMOLED panel with all the goodness associated with OLED tech such as vivid colors, better contrast ratios with deeper blacks and importantly low power consumption.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 720G processor with an 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM, expected to deliver a smooth performance for applications and games. The battery maxes out at 4,000mAh with vivo’s 33W FlashCharge technology enabling fast charge capability. The device will retail in the country for Ksh. 45,999 and users will have two colors to choose from; Midnight jazz and the Sunset melody.