/Vivo X21 Review: An Elegant Trendsetter

Vivo X21 Review: An Elegant Trendsetter

Vivo has always surprised its users with its wide range of products and always thrive towards giving something new to keep the attention of the users towards itself. Vivo phones are mostly renowned for their cameras and it is one of the first companies to give selfie cameras the priority. The company is yet in talks due to its latest launch, Vivo X21 featuring fingerprint sensor into the display glass. This review of ours will emphasize on what the new Vivo X21 has to offer to the users and to stand different from other smartphones.


Vivo always takes in to consideration the matter of beauty in smartphones and due to which it tries to carve its phones in such a manner that they should grab the attention of the users in a single go. The new Vivo X21 is also a pretty looking smartphone with a beautiful front glass display and has metal frame and glass back giving premium look to the phone. The phone has tall screen looks with curves around it edges but not too much curvy. The body of the phone is easy to hold and operate as the weight of the phone is very light. The front fascia of the phone has the amazing 6.28 inch glass display and the fingerprint sensor is also lying within the display. Above the display lies the selfie camera of the phone. The back side of the phone has dual camera sensor followed by single LED flash all placed in vertical manner. At the right side of the phone lies the power button and the volume rockers while the left side is nil. A 3.5mm headphone jack is lying at the top side of the phone. The bottom of the phone has hybrid SIM slot, micro USB port, and a speaker grille. The absence of Type-C port is quite disappointing to see in the new Vivo X21.


vivo x21 display

The new Vivo X21 has 6.28 inch full HD+ AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display of the new Vivo X21 is totally amazing providing wide viewing angles and complete satisfaction of anything being viewed on the screen. The screen has resolution of 1080×2280 pixels with 402ppi density. The phone has 85.2 percent screen to body ratio. The new X21 even has FunTouch OS 4.0 which gives soothing touch experience while working on the screen. The screen of the phone is being protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which offers high resistivity to the screen.


vivo x21 Platform

Vivo X21 has the latest version of Android operating system which is Android 8.1 Oreo. The processor on board in the new Vivo X21 is powerful as well capable of dealing with any task without breaking a sweat. The X21 has Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 processor with octa-core CPU with eight cores where 4 cores are clicked at 2.2GHz Kryo 260 and other fours clicked at 1.8GHz Kryo 260. The RAM is of 6GB in the new Vivo X21 which can handle any workload without causing interruptions while multitasking. The RAM and processor of the phone have perfect synchrony dealing with every task keeping the device cool and stable. One can play any games without the worry of the phone getting over heated. Internal storage of the phone is impressive as well which is of 128GB and with such storage size one doesn’t need to use microSD card but still there is option if you want to expand then you can by compromising one of the SIM slot in the hybrid SIM tray.


The cameras present on the phone are truly brilliant delivering mesmerizing images. The most powerful attributes of Vivo smartphones are their cameras and the new Vivo X21 is taking that legacy one step ahead. The new Vivo X21 has primary camera of dual sensors. One sensor of the rear camera is of 12 Megapixel with an aperture of f/1.8, 1/2.5. The second sensor is of 5 Megapixel with an aperture of f/2.4. The shots captured are brilliant in every condition as very minute detail is being taken into consideration and the colour preservation is brilliant as well. The shots captured at night are well clear and crisp as well thanks to the LED flash. The rear camera has phase detection autofocus and various other modes as well like HDR, panorama etc.  The selfie camera is impressive as well with 12 Megapixel and an aperture of f/20. The selfies captured are really very well detailed and the natural colours are kept intact which highlights the ability of the selfie camera. The phone lacks the front LED flash and to compensate this absence the display brightens up while clicking selfie during dim lighting conditions allowing you to have selfies which you can cherish later. The absence of front LED flash id quite evident when you have to cover a little bit of area more while clicking the selfie which remains dark due to absence of the front LED flash.


The new Vivo X21 has non removable battery of 3,200 mAh. While testing the battery we found out that it can easily stand out throughout the day in a single full charge. With such battery power the phone will never let you get bored and you can enjoy long hour of fun and entertainment and still you will have some battery power left to make to your house comfortably. Despite having micro USB port the phone do support fast charging which is one of the good things present in the Vivo X21.

Full Specifications


Vivo certainly deserves applause for being the first to incorporate in-display fingerprint sensor into its smartphone while setting trends for others to follow, although its bit slow in response. The Vivo X21 is a slim, gorgeous looking, light weight smartphone with good chipset performance, expected camera outputs and sustainable battery. Yet, it’s priced on the higher side at Rs 35,990, when it’s compared with OnePlus 6 having QS 845 and Honor 10 with Kirin 970 at lesser cost.

Haider is an active writer in technology who loves to dwell deeper into new innovations. He holds a degree in English Journalism from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Besides that he likes to travel and explore new places.

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