Vivo V20 set for Kenya launch

Smartphone brand vivo is set to introduce one of its latest smartphones, the vivo V20, in Kenya soon.

According to a statement from the company, the vivo V20 will be available in the Kenyan market “before Christmas” which is to say that we should expect a launch in just under a fortnight.

The vivo V20 was announced about two and a half months ago and should, at least in the local market, be the natural successor to the vivo V19, a smartphone we reviewed (and loved) back in August.

The vivo V20 is being touted by its maker as to be offering “extraordinary photography and videography solutions”, a claim we can only confirm if and when we lay our hands on the device.

For now, what we know going by its paper specifications is that it packs a signature 44-megapixel selfie camera which can shoot up to 4K “selfie video” with add-on front-facing camera-specific features like the ability to shoot slow-motion video and remove all the shakes that are far too common especially on vlogs. There is also a “Dual-view” feature which works with the back cameras for back and front viewing at the same time. Superior selfies at night are also promised with the dedicated Super Night Selfie mode.

The back of the vivo V20 sees a tri-lens setup comprising a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel multi-function sensor and a 2-megapixel mono sensor.

Other specifications are as follows: a 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 pixels) with a water-drop notch, an in-display fingerprint sensor, a Snapdragon 720G chipset from Qualcomm, 8GB RAM, up to 256GB onboard storage (we might get the 128GB variant), a 4,000mAh battery unit that charges from 0 to 65% in just half an hour thanks to Vivo’s proprietary FlashCharge tech and, of course vivo’s custom take on Android as FunTouch OS.

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This will be the first time that the Chinese brand is offering a smartphone running on Android 11 in the local market as the vivo V20 is powered by FunTouch OS 11, vivo’s take on the latest version of Android.

When it arrives in a few days’ time, the vivo V20 is also likely to be one of the few upper mid-range smartphones with NFC, something that should excite those looking to become the life of the party this festive season in their homes as several home audio systems do come with ready support for tap and play functionality, enabled by wireless technologies like NFC and Bluetooth.

The vivo V20 comes in several colours “inspired by nature”: Sunset Melody, Moonlight Sonata and Midnight Jazz. Only the Midnight Jazz and Sunset Melody colour options are making their way to Kenya.

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