Vivo V21 Specs, Price, and Review

Vivo is one of China’s popular technology companies and it is known for manufacturing smartphones, smart accessories, and other consumer electronics. With the absence of Huawei in the global market, other Chinese tech companies like Vivo have been able to grow big and reach higher heights. Vivo is known for making smartphones that are stacked with great features and are also relatively affordable to offer great value. Vivo has released the Vivo V21, and it will come in as one of the latest additions to the mid-range Vivo V-series.

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The Vivo V21 was launched alongside its siblings the Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21e. The V21 is perfectly placed in the middle as it is more premium than the V21e but misses out on some premium features that the V21 5G has. When looking at the Vivo V21 specs, you will see that it is a solid mid-range smartphone as it is packed with some high-end features.

The Vivo V21 comes in as the successor to the Vivo V20 which was launched a couple of months ago in the previous year. When compared to its predecessor, the V21 comes with a better overall camera system and a superior display.

In this article, I’ll share with you the Vivo V21 specs, price, and review as well as everything else you need to know about the newly released smartphone. Hopefully, this will help you make any purchase decisions. Let us get right into today’s article without wasting much of our time.

Vivo V21 Key Specs

6.44 inches 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED display
MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset
8GB of LPDDR4X RAM
128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.2 internal storage
64MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear camera
44MP front-facing camera
4,000 mAh non-removable battery
33W fast charging
4G LTE network support
Under-display fingerprint sensor
Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11.1

Display

Coming to the display, Vivo ensures that this phone is not missing out on some of the tip high-end premium features like a high refresh rate.

The Vivo V21 sports a large 6.44 inches E3 AMOLED display that has an FHD resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels with 409 pixels per inch density and a 20 by 9 aspect ratio. It has a tiny waterdrop notch at the top center with very small bezels around the screen. It has a contrast ratio of 6000000:1 so the screen displays deep blacks and very punchy colors.

The display has a 90Hz high refresh rate so users get a smooth and silky experience when scrolling or gaming. As for brightness, it has a typical brightness of 500 nits and it can go up to a peak of 800 nits under extreme sunlight. To enhance the viewing experience, there is support for HDR10+ and full coverage of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut.

Design and Body

The design has never been the primary concern of most manufacturers when making mid-range smartphones but Vivo turned that around with the Vivo V21

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The phone comes in a nice slim and light weighted body and the Chinese company day that this is a prime example of artistic industrial design. It has a thickness of 7.29 mm and weighs about 176 grams, making it a perfectly sleek and lightweight smartphone.

On the rear, there is an anti-glare glass with a matte finish which makes the phone feel comfortable in the hands. It is scratch resistant, increases grip, and reduces fingerprint smudges. At the rear, there is the triple camera setup in a bump at the top left with Vivo’s branding being at the bottom left.

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The side frame is flat which is quite similar to the approach Apple took for the iPhone 12 series. It makes the phone also look trendy and sleek.

Processor and Memory

Under the hood, the Vivo V21 draws its power from the octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset. It has two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. It is built on a 7nm fabrication process which makes the chip more power efficient and less prone to thermal throttling.

The chipset is paired with the Mali-G57 MC3 GPU which offers a decent performance when gaming and performing other graphics-intensive tasks.

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The processor is coupled with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of fast UFS 2.2 internal storage with a shared micro SD card slot for expanding the storage. As apps and games are becoming more memory hungry, Vivo adds the Extended RAM feature which adds up to 3GB of RAM using free internal storage space.

Software

On the software front, the Vivo V21 comes running on Android 11 OS with Funtouch OS 11.1 skin on top straight out of the box.

Camera

Coming to the camera department, the Vivo V21 is not lacking at all as there is a triple rear camera setup and a single front-facing camera with both of them having OIS.

The triple rear camera setup features a 64MP main camera with OIS & f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultrawide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.

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There is a 44MP selfie camera with OIS & f/2.0 aperture tucked in a water drop notch at the top center.

As for video recording, the selfie camera can record videos in 4K resolution and 1080p resolution at 30 fps while the rear camera can record 4K videos at 30 fps and 1080 videos at 30 or 60 fps. Unfortunately, when recording 4K videos on the selfie or rear camera, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) can’t be enabled so the output will not be as stabilized as when OIS was enabled.

Battery and Charging

On the inside, the Vivo V21 is backed by a 4,000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery.

When the battery eventually runs low, there is support for 33W fast charging on the phone via its USB Type-C port. Vivo claims that with it, the phone will go from 0% to 63% in only 30 minutes of charging.

Network and Connectivity

There is support for 4G LTE network on the Vivo V21 and it supports the following LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, & 41.

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It comes with dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.1 (A2DP, LE), GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS), and USB On-The-Go.

Vivo V21 Price

As for price, the Vivo V21 starts at $360 for the 8GB RAM 128GB storage model and it can go up to $400 for the 8GB 256GB storage model.

Vivo V21 Full Specifications

vivo V21

  • Processor: MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 800U (7 nm)
  • RAM:128GB 8GB RAM 256GB 8GB RAM
    UFS 2.2
  • Storage: 128GB 8GB RAM 256GB 8GB RAM
    UFS 2.2
  • Display: AMOLED 90Hz HDR10+ 500 nits (typ)
  • Camera: LED flash HDR panorama
  • Battery: Li-Po 4000 mAh non-removable

vivo V21 SPECIFICATIONS

network

  • technology technology
    GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2g bands 2g bands
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    - SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3g bands 3g bands
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4g bands 4g bands
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • speed speed
    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A

launch

  • announced announced
    2021, April 27
  • status status
    Available. Released 2021, May 05

body

  • dimensions dimensions
    159.7 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm (6.29 x 2.91 x 0.29 in)
  • weight weight
    176 g (6.21 oz)
  • build build
    Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back
  • sim sim
    Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

display

  • type type
    AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+, 500 nits (typ)
  • size size
    6.44 inches, 100.1 cm2 (~84.8% screen-to-body ratio)
  • resolution resolution
    1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)

platform

  • os os
    Android 11, Funtouch 11.1
  • chipset chipset
    MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 800U (7 nm)
  • cpu cpu
    Octa-core (2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • gpu gpu
    Mali-G57 MC3

memory

  • card slot card slot
    microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
  • internal internal
    128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
    UFS 2.2

main camera

  • triple triple
    64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
  • features features
    LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • video video
    4K@30fps (no OIS), 1080p@30/60fps

selfie camera

  • single single
    44 MP, f/2.0, (wide), AF, OIS
  • features features
    Dual-LED flash, HDR
  • video video
    4K@30fps (no OIS), 1080p@30fps

sound

  • loudspeaker loudspeaker
    Yes
  • 35mm jack 35mm jack
    No

comms

  • wlan wlan
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • bluetooth bluetooth
    5.1, A2DP, LE
  • gps gps
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • nfc nfc
    No
  • radio radio
    No
  • usb usb
    USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

features

  • sensors sensors
    Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

battery

  • type type
    Li-Po 4000 mAh, non-removable
  • charging charging
    Fast charging 33W, 63% in 30 min (advertised)

misc

  • colors colors
    Dusk Blue, Sunset Dazzle
  • models models
    V2066, V2108
  • price price
    About 320 EUR

tests

  • performance performance
    AnTuTu: 336699 (v8), 365055 (v9) GeekBench: 6516 (v4.4), 1600 (v5.1) GFXBench: 17fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
  • display display
    Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
  • loudspeaker loudspeaker
    -28.2 LUFS (Average)
  • battery life battery life
    Endurance rating 123h
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