Vivo stunned everyone last year by launching the first smartphone, the Vivo X21 UD with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It was then demoed at the CES event earlier this year and was officially launched for the Chinese market in March. Today, at an event held in New Delhi, Vivo has launched the Vivo X21 UD as Vivo X21 in India.
It is the costliest Vivo smartphone in India and is priced at Rs. 35,990. The phone will be exclusively available via Flipkart starting today itself. To recall, the pre-bookings for the device were already active since the last week.
Design & Display
The phone conforms to the notch trend and comes with a bezel-less display on the front. The screen to body comes somewhere around 85% which is very impressive. It is available in only black colour and looks quite appealing in it. The major highlight of this smartphone is that its fingerprint scanner is placed below the display.
Coming to the display, it has a Full View display, Vivo’s nomenclature for bezel-less. There is a 6.28-inch display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display produces a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels making it a Full HD+ display. Given the size and resolution, the viewing experience of the phone promises to be quite immersive.
Vivo is popular for its cameras and the ones in X21 won’t disappoint. The phone packs in a dual-rear camera setup combining a 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor with a 5-megapixel sensor.
On the front, there is a similar 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor for clicking selfies and making video calls. There are a bunch of software features packed into the phone including Bokeh mode, Live mode, AI Face Beauty and much more.
Performance & Storage
Underneath its shell, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor manufactured by Qualcomm. This is a powerful and efficient processor that is capable of handling most daily tasks and games without breaking a sweat. However, phones in this price range come with way better processors such as Snapdragon 845 or similar. So, we can expect the processor to perform great with the Vivo X21 as well. To compliment the chipset, Vivo has also included the Adreno 512 GPU and 6GB of RAM to aid in graphics performance as well as smooth multitasking. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box but it is customized with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.1. Also, it is among the first few phones to receive the beta build of the Android P.
On the storage front, the phone packs in 128GB of internal storage which should suffice for most users. In case that proves insufficient, you can also expand the storage through a microSD card up to 256GB. It must, however, be noted that the phone supports a hybrid SIM slot, so if you’re looking to expand storage, you will have to sacrifice the second SIM.
Battery & Connectivity
In terms of connectivity, the phone checks all the right requirements off with support for 3G, 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth and Dual-band WiFi. In addition to that, since the phone runs the latest Snapdragon 660 processor, it also offers support for Dual-VoLTE. This means that if you’re not looking to expand storage, you can run two VoLTE SIMs simultaneously.
The Vivo X21 is powered by a 3200mAh battery back which honestly feels a little on the smaller side considering the large display that it needs to power. Nonetheless, the power efficient processor should make up for the power hungry display to some extent. Realistically, the battery should last you through a day with moderate usage. If you do happen to use the phone for more intensive tasks like gaming, you’d run out of juice much quicker.