As the Philippine smartphone market becomes more intense,more tech brands are leveling up the competition by offering something new to the table and at the same time maintaining a very competitive price tag.
When Vivo entered the market, it did shake up the competition with great selfie phones with compelling prices. This time, Vivo aims to shake up the competition once more by offering their biggest gun ever, the Vivo X21.
Vivo’s X-series has been the company’s true flagship ever since. The company thinks by bringing the device here could bring some excitement to the smartphone loving Pinoys. So, let’s check out what’s inside the box!
Vivo X21 specs:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
- Adreno 512 graphics
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2280 pixels) 19:9 aspect ratio
- 12 MP (f/1.8 aperture, dual pixel PDAF) + 5 megapixel (f/2.4 aperture) with rear facing cameras PDAF with LED flash
- 12 megapixel front facing camera (f/2.0 aperture)
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth Fingerprint Scanner (on screen), Face Unlock
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,200 mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo with FuntouchOS 4.0
What’s inside the box?
- Vivo X21 unit
- USB cable
- Wall adapter
- Clear Case
- SIM card ejector
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Looking the Vivo X21 for the first time, it truly looks and feels a flagship, The chassis is made up of glass and the frame is metal. There’s some heft to it but it does not feel heavy to carry around. Since it is glass expect fingerprints and smudge will be plaguing your phone. Aside from that, because of the glass still, the phone wanders off on a perfectly leveled surface a lot causing it sometime to fall over. Lucky for us, our unit didn’t sustain major scratches and dents.
Ports and buttons:
- Top – 3.5mm audio jack and noise cancelling micrphone
- Bottom – SIM card/microSD tray, USB charging port, speaker, microphone
- Left – nothing
- Right – Power button and volume rockers
- Back – Dual cameras and flash
- Front – 6.3-inch display with on-screen fingerprint scanner, sensors, selfie camera, and earpiece
Yes fellow techies, you read it right. The fingerprint scanner is already on the screen and there’s no dedicated fingerprint scanner anymore. That tech was first developed by Vivo earlier this year through Vivo’s APEX concept smartphone. back in CES 2018. The in-display fingerprint scanner works very well. We just noticed it is not as fast as the conventional ones. It has a second or two delay. For us its understandable and this can be improved through a software update. But we really commend Vivo for this innovation.
The Vivo X21 has a long 6.3-inch 19:9 display. It is very decent, withstanding the harsh sunlight. It is very useful outdoors with less reflection. Auto brightness works very well too. As for the notch, we still hate it. But you can tweak the apps you use to hide the annoying notch. That can be found in the settings.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Just like any other Chinese-made smartphone, the Vivo X21 has a thick layer of skin called FuntouchOS. For those who have used a Vivo smartphone before, this is a familiar territory. It is fast and fluid and based on our two-week review, we never had lags. That is because the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB RAM. This is actually great for gaming. Such games like PUBG Mobile works very well here.
For the cameras, we have a dual rear set up being the second 5 megapixel camera takes depth of field for bokeh effects. Photos taken from the 12 and 5 MP combo looks great and , good color saturation, dynamic range is on point and bokeh effects are good.
Battery is above average. We mostly get around 9 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use with 25% left in the tank. On our heavy use, we do a lot of PUBG, Netflix, You Tube, I Want TV and social media. You can also get around 2 days of light to moderate use here.
That in-display fingerprint scanner is a nice new feature. We believe there’s still room for improvement if you find the 2 second delay annoying, the face unlock works very well and fast. You are getting a true flagship feel with its glass and metal combo though very slippery, Vivo has bundled a case for your phone’s protection. It has great cameras and we do love the adjustable bokeh effects. We wish we could have more time with the device but if you are out for a new phone, this one should be on the list.
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