Not too long ago, Vivo launched the V20 series. The design and aesthetics of the phones appealed to many users. With the Vivo V21 5G that hit the Indian market a few weeks ago, many people expected a similar product. Vivo chose the MediaTek Dimensity SoC for the V21 5G, for when 5G is offered in India.
But its 44MP selfie camera makes it appealing to selfie enthusiasts, just as its predecessor did. Priced at Rs 29,990, the V21 5G looks to compete with a slew of devices that might offer you more performance and value. Therefore, if you were to choose between getting a jack of all trades and a master of all trades, how much would you be willing to pay? Here’s our review after using the Vivo V21 5G for over a week.
Design and display
With its compact and lightweight design, the Vivo V21 5G is an excellent choice for consumers. There are 7.3mm of thickness and 176g of weight on the phone. Despite being slightly heavier than its predecessor, the V21 5G is still a manageable weight today.
With its one-handed operation, the Vivo V21 5G is easy to use. In the Sunset Dazzle colour variant, there is AG Matte Glass on the back, which we previously discussed on the Vivo V20 Pro.
It continues to captivate the viewer regardless of the direction in which the light hits it. When laid flat, the base is relatively flat because the camera bump is not protruding.
It was strange to see a water drop notch on the front of the Vivo V21 5G. We expect punch hole designs on phones over 25K these days. So that kind of betrays the value of the phone.
The AMOLED screen panel supports a 90Hz refresh rate, but you have to manually activate it. At a higher refresh rate, one can clearly see the difference in scrolling and navigating. Battery life will be affected if it’s enabled. Under the display is a fingerprint sensor that responds quickly and without any lag.
Overall, the quality of the screen is pleasing and most people won’t find it lacking in any aspect. Colours are rich but not too aggressive, contrast levels are pleasing to the eye, and then you notice the AMOLED panel’s heavy blacks that seep out at the edges. When watching videos on a smaller screen, you won’t find it distracting.
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Performance, software and battery
We mentioned earlier that the Vivo V21 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset, which provides 5G connectivity. However, this processor has now moved down the price chain into the midrange segment.
So, I don’t understand why Vivo selected this specific SoC. Dimensity chipsets are more powerful. Although this hardware, along with 8GB of RAM, is quite capable, it still doesn’t give you the impression it can handle all your power-hungry tasks, gaming and battery requirements.
The device did not go beyond the mid settings for games like COD Mobile, and even then it began heating up. Our demands on the phone seemed excessive. As far as casual multi-tasking was concerned, no stuttering was experienced while browsing the web, watching videos, and browsing apps.
From a software perspective, the Vivo V21 5G runs Funtouch OS 11.1 over Android 11. There is still a lot of bloatware on this version, such as Dailyhunt, Moj, PhonePe, and a few others taking up unnecessary space. However, these issues still persist, despite changes in the overall look and feel.
Despite its slim size, it comes with a powerful battery of 4,000mAh. During our video loop test, with the display set at full brightness, we lost close to 20% of battery power in over three hours. We could get a full day’s worth of usage from the phone based on this estimate and our normal usage. This is why having a 33W charger in the box is a big plus, since it allows you to charge the phone in just an hour.
The Vivo V21 comes with a front and back camera. The back camera has f/2.0 aperture and the front camera has f/2.0 aperture. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is a key feature of the 64MP primary camera. The camera is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide sensor. Macro photography is possible with a 2MP sensor on the third camera.
Both the front and rear cameras can be used simultaneously with the V20. If you are interested in vlogging, this feature can be very useful. The front camera of the Vivo has also been equipped with OIS. Dual LED flashes enable you to shoot in the dark with the 44MP selfie camera. Video stabilization is also possible with this device.
Vivo V21 and V21 5G are powered by a moderate 4,000mAh battery and support 33W fast charging. Based on Android 11, they ship with Funtouch OS 11.1 and Funtouch Apps. As for connectivity, you’ll find dual-band Wi-Fi, a hybrid SIM, and Bluetooth 5.1 on the device.
There is a single down-firing speaker on the phones, but no 3.5mm headphone jack. There is an adapter included in the box of the Vivo phones, however.
Vivo V21, V21 5G Specifications:
- Display: 6.44-inches AMOLED panel, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
- Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G, 7nm Mobile Platform
- Memory: 8GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable)
- Software & UI: Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11.1 on top
- Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
– 64MP, f/1.79 primary shooter, OIS, AF
– 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor
– 2MP, f/2.4 macro lens, 4CM
– LED flash
- Front Camera: 44MP f/2.0 sensor, OIS, dual-LED flash
- Security: Optical in-display fingerprint scanner
- Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM slot (Hybrid), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, USB Type-C, OTG
- Battery: 4000mAh with 33W (11V/3A) Fast Charging
Vivo V21 and V21 5G Price in Nepal and Availability
Availability of the Vivo V21 in Malaysia begins on May 5 and the price is MYR 1,599. Accordingly, we can expect the price of Vivo V21 in Nepal to be around NPR 50,000. Currently, Vivo has not announced a price for the V21 5G.
|Vivo V21 series||Price in Malaysia||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|V21||MYR 1,599||NPR 50,000|
|V21 5G||TBA||No available|