Vivo V21 Review – 5G Ready Selfie Master | Pros and Cons

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Vivo V21 review

Vivo V21 5G is the latest smartphone by Vivo and it is the successor of Vivo V20 and V20 pro. The smartphone was launched on April 27, 2021 in the Indian market for all. We have used the devices for a week so that we can write a genuine Vivo V21 review article.  It is a mid range premium grade phone with 5G network support and some of the special features in the list. The phone is 7.29mm slim and looks awesome in the hands.

 From an impressive display, a powerful processor, a decent battery, fast charging facility to the excellent camera, the Vivo V21 5G has been equipped with almost all of the advanced and necessary features. But the specifications are not the only thing which you should consider, the performance in day to day life matters a lot.

In this Vivo V21 review article, you will get to know about the specifications, features, performance, camera quality, connectivity, display, design, battery backup, pros and cons along with the reasons to buy Vivo V21 5G smartphone. It will help you in decision making. 

Vivo V21 Pricing in India and Availability

Vivo V21 5G is a mid range consistent performer smartphone which is available in Arctic White, Sunset Dazzle, Dusk Blue and Neon Spark colour variants and We have got Dusk Blue variant for Vivo V21 review purpose. The smartphone is priced at INR 27990/- for the 8GB + 128GB variant. However, the 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at INR 28990/-. 

The phone is available to buy on leading e-commerce platforms and obviously on the official website of Vivo. You can save big using exchange offers and bank offers provided by the e-commerce stores. The promo codes available on different coupon websites help you reduce the cost of the phone. Moreover, you have great offers and deals during festivals and flash sales.

Unboxing Vivo V21

  • One Vivo V21 5G Smartphone
  • 33W Flash Charger Brick
  • USB Cable
  • Earphone
  • Earphone Jack Adapter
  • Sim Eject Tool
  • Case
  • Warranty Card
  • Quick Guide

Vivo V21 Specifications

General

Brand Vivo
ModelV21 5G
Launch DateApril 27, 2021
Dimensions (mm)159.68 x 73.9 x 7.29
Weight176 gram
ColorsArctic White, Dusk Blue, Sunset Dazzle, Neon Spark
Operating SystemAndroid 11
Warranty1 Year

Hardware

ProcessorOcta Core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
Processor TypeMediaTek Dimensity 800U
SkinFuntouch OS 11.1
GPUMali-G57 MC3
RAM8 GB
Internal Storage128GB/ 256GB
Expandable StorageYes (Up to 1 TB)
Card SlotmicroSDXC (Shared Slot)

Camera

Rear Camera64MP (f/1.79) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)
Rear AutofocusYes
Rear FlashYes
Front Camera44 MP (f/2.0)
Front FlashYes

Connectivity

Wi-FiYes (802.11 b/g/n)
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, Version 5.10
USB OTGYes
USB Type CYes
Supported NetworksAll
SimHybrid Dual Sim (Nano + Nano)
3.5mm JackNo

Display

Screen Size6.44 inches (16.51 cm)
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels
Aspect Ratio20:9
Pixel Density409 ppi
Display TypeAMOLED, 90Hz
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
Touch ScreenCapacitive, 10 multi touch points

Battery

Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Battery TypeLithium Polymer
USBType C 2.0
Fast Charging Yes, 33W
Charging Speed63% in 30 Min (Claimed)

Sensors

AccelerometerYes
GPSYes
Ambient Light sensorYes
Proximity sensorYes
GyroscopeYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-display

Pros

  • Excellent 64MP Triple Rear Camera Setup
  • Stunning 44MP Selfie Camera
  • Night Selfie and Night Camera
  • 5G Ready Smartphone
  • 90Hz Refresh Rate Display
  • 7.29 mm thick stylish design
  • 4000 mAh Battery with 33W Flash Charging
  • MediaTek Dimensity 800U Processor
  • 8GB RAM and 128GB Internal Storage
  • OIS Technology in Cameras

Cons

  • No dedicated SD Card Slot
  • No IP water and dust resistant
  • Single speaker

Design and Build Quality

Vivo V21 is a premium mid range smartphone which looks beautiful in daylight. The smartphone offers an amazing hand-feel experience. The Vivo V21 looks very similar to its predecessor V20. The slim and sleek design gathers all attention and it makes it easy for fingers to hold on the device firmly. 

The front of the phone has a U-shaped notch and the bezels are quite slim. Therefore, the gaming experience and accessing media files will be more comfortable. 

The front of the phone is glass (obviously) and the back is plastic material with a glass feel to it. The matte finish saves the smartphone from smudges and fingerprint marks for sure. The Vivo branding at the back of the phone looks cool. The phone’s plastic frame is flattened, not curved and it gives better grip and usability. 

Overall, the design of the phone looks and feels premium. V21 is the slimmest 5G smartphone available in the market.

Cameras- The USP of the Phone

Vivo V21 5G houses a triple camera setup that includes a 64MP primary snapper with f/1.8 aperture along with OIS technology. The secondary rear camera is a 8MP ultrawide snapper with f/2.2 aperture. Lastly, a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. There is no depth sensor in Vivo V21 5G. On the other side of the phone, there is a 44MP selfie shooter with AF, f/2.0 aperture with OIS technology. 

The camera of the phone is undoubtedly superb. If we talk about the rear camera setup, the 64MP sensor retains the quality, colours, contrast and detailing in broad daylight shots. For low and minimal lighting conditions, there is a night mode on features which improves the colours, brightness, contrast, autofocus etc. for night shots.

The binned mode of the devices helps you click quality pictures without the usage of the tripod or pro mode.  In the portrait mode, the primary camera detects the accurate edges and blurs the background impeccably. With the ultra wide angle shooter, you can capture ultrawide shots at 120 degrees with a little bit low quality as compared to its primary sensor. Moving on to Macro sensor, the 2MP macro sensor works very well. 

Furthermore, you have a huge 44MP selfie shooter on the front of the phone. It is a wide angle camera so you can easily cover more people in a single frame. The OIS helps the users to capture videos without any jitters and you can record 4K videos @ 30fps easily. The selfie camera has an eye auto focus that tracks your eyes for focusing. For low lighting photography with the front camera, there is a dual spotlight feature.

Performance

The Vivo V21 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U (MT6873V) Octa core (2 x 2.4 GHz  Cortex-A76 + 6 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) processor based on Android 11. Further, the smartphone is backed by Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, 8GB RAM and 128GB/ 256GB (UFS 2.2) storage that is expandable up to 1TB. 

The phone works very well and smooth in terms of day to day life activities like browsing, calling, texting, watching videos, using camera etc. The gaming experience in Vivo V21 is quite good, I have enjoyed playing free fire and BGMI games for nearly 2 hours. There are negligible lags and the device doesn’t heat so much like other cheap phones do.

Vivo V21 review

Display and Battery

Vivo V21 5G flaunts a 6.44 inch full HD+ AMOLED display with 1080 x 2404 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 409 ppi. The refresh rate of the display is 90Hz which makes the display process and update information much faster. 

The display ensures you provide the best viewing experience with different angles. You won’t face any problem reading news or viewing pictures in broad daylight. The display manages to produce vibrant colours and a good balance in different shades of the colours. The display also features an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The phone comes with a decent 4000 mAh battery and it has the ability to provide a whole day of backup with mix usage. The Vivo V21 5G sports the 33W flash charge that could charge your 63% in just 30 minutes. However, it takes more than an hour to charge the smartphone fully. The battery used in the device could have been larger.

Connectivity

Vivo V21 5G supports all kinds of networks in India, the phone is 5G ready which is a futuristic approach for the manufacturers as  the Indian ISP companies are not yet 5G ready. You get Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth version 5.1 with LE and A2DP support, USB OTG, USB Type C 2.0. However, the device lacks NFC and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone also supports BDS, Galileo, Glonass, and A-GPS. 

Vivo V21 Ratings

Experts

Performance
Camera
Display
Battery
Connectivity

Overall Rating

Vivo V21 Review: A Strong Contender In Mid-Range Segment

4.3

Why Should You Buy Vivo V21 Smartphone

As we have seen in this Vivo V21 review article, V21 5G is an Ideal phone for selfie lovers. It can be used for photography purposes also. The 64MP triple camera setup and 44MP selfie camera is the USP of the phone. The people looking for 5G phones should consider this consistent performer. The 8GB RAM and powerful processor enables a seamless user experience. The phone is slim and looks premium in hands.

Wrapping Up: Vivo V21 Review

Vivo manufactures some of the very high quality smartphones and the Vivo phones are known for its camera, so is the Vivo V21 5G. The plus point is that the phone is 5G ready and has a powerful processor. While it could have a large battery.

We hope you have liked the Vivo V21 review post and got all your questions answered. If you have any query or suggestion please write in the comment box, we will respond as soon as possible to each one. You can share this useful Vivo V21 review article to your friends or family members who are thinking of having a mid range phone.

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Vivo V21 Review: FAQs

What is Special in Vivo V21?

There are tons of features in the Vivo V21 5G smartphone among which the camera with OIS technology is special. The 5G ready phone is a consistent performer and allows you to store up to 1TB.

Is Vivo V21 best phone?

The Vivo V21 5G is definitely the best 5G phone available in the market. This 5G phone is Ideal for photography. The phone has been designed with a futuristic approach.

Is Vivo V21 a flagship phone?

The Vivo V21 5G is the successor of the V20 and V20 pro. The phone is not a flagship phone but it sports features like a flagship smartphone.

Is Vivo V21 good for gaming?

The Quad core MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor along with Mali G57 MC3 GPU makes your gaming experience smooth and lag-free. Above all, the device doesn’t heat too much on heavy usage.

Is Vivo V21 scratch proof?

For the protection of the display the company has provided a layer on the top of the display. So, the Vivo V21 is scratch proof.

Is Vivo V21 is 5G?

Yes the Vivo V21 is a 5G phone but you can not experience the 5G services unless your internet services provider is providing 5G networks.

What is the price of Vivo V21?

Vivo V21 5G is a mid range phone, currently the pricing of the smartphone is in sub-30K in India.

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