Instagram and TikTok, it seems like most young people these days really enjoy taking photos and videos of themselves. And so it’s surprising that Vivo is the only brand with a phone line whose entire shtick is catering to the selfie generation. Ever since the Vivo V5 in early 2017, which was billed as the “perfect selfie phone,” the Chinese company has pumped out a V phone two to three times a year, and they all usually feature sort of bland design — plastic back and muted colors — but highlighted by a selfie camera that packs more pixels than most phones’ main cameras.
The new Vivo V20 series brings the same selfie-focused feature again — this time the top two variants of the phone pack a whopping 44MP front-facing camera — but for the first time in a V series, the devices look and feel good. It helps that Vivo gave them glass backs and a matte, gradient coating. The rear camera module also has one of the cleaner designs in my opinion.Still, the highlight of the series is that front-facing camera — well, that and the standard V20 somehow beat Google to shipping a device with Android 11 — and so for this piece I’m going to put the Vivo V20 Pro’s 44MP shooter to the test against some high-profile devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy S20 FE, and iPhone 11 Pro.