Vivo V21 5g Review
If you make videos or know someone, you already know the importance of selfie video design. In other words, more and more people – especially young people – prefer phones that better focus on taking selfies and selfie video content. This is great at an affordable price Vivo V21.
What’s worrying, however, is that even the popular primary tier, some devices actually offer more in terms of selfie camera enhancements.
Enter Vivo V21 Doubles. His calling to fame is undoubtedly the 44MP, f/2.0 selfie camera with autofocus and OIS. Not that you see every day. Not by a long shot.
Now that the V21 5G is ready for review, it is interesting to note that it is similar in density to the vanilla Vivo V21. which houses the 800 U5G chipset. We think they removed the 5G antenna only for the 4G model. A pretty unusual approach, but we won’t complain. the regular V21 gets all of the same stuff as its 5G sibling.
Space Vivo v21 at a Glance
Powerful selfie camera aside, the V21 Duo doesn’t let the rest of its glass down. It’s a surprisingly slim phone measuring 159.7 x 73.9 x 7.3mm and measuring 176 grams. While houses a 4,000mAh battery.
At their center is the midrange MediaTek Dimensity 800U, paired with 8GB of RAM. Front and center is a punchy and sleek 90Hz AMOLED panel with HDR10+ support.
The rear camera setup isn’t too bad, with a base 64MP snapper, 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro.
All things considered, the V21 is a solid midrange to be had on paper. However, its MSRP above Euro 300 makes the 5G model we’re reviewing here vulnerable to a lot of competition. This competition is often offered by some of the things Vivo omitted, such as entry protection, a stereo speaker system, a 3.5mm jack and NFC. However, having on the V21 is the obvious Spotlight feature in setting up the selfie camera. So, the real question is how well it is implemented in practice and whether it is enough to attract a stylish crowd of customers interested in social networking.
Vivo v21 Unbox
The V21 has a surprisingly rich retail package. Of course, this doesn’t happen in every market, but our unit has all the essentials in the box and then some.
Starting with the charger, Vivo has its own Flash Charge 2.0 technology. With the V21 and V21 5G, it can charge up to 33W max. It is rated to output 5V @ 2A, 9V @ 2A or 11V @ 3A. Vivo X60 Pro+ has Super Flash Charge 2.0, which can go up to 55W.
As far as we can compile, both use a similar proprietary charging technology, using higher voltages. Such as Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, then the more consistent Ember such as VOOC. and its descendants. There is some lack of information on the matter. But it means that Flash Charge 2.0 can operate at a full 33W or run close to them with the standard USB Type-A to Type-C cable included in the box. You need to make sure that it is of good quality. We explain this because since it’s a plus in supporting Vivo. You don’t have to worry about always having the cable right on hand.
Also in the box of the V21 – a pair of white earrings with the Vivo brand, along with a microphone and inline controls. It is worth noting that these are not Type-C, but are usually 3.5 mm thick. To connect to the phone, you can get a small Type-C up to 3.5mm dongle. A versatile system for using relatively decent-sounding buds on another device and plugging other headphones into the V21.
Lastly, you also get a nice clear TPU case in the box. It’s a flap-a-stud attempt to seal the Type-C port on the phone, not a substitute for the actual gasket and without a proper penetration protection rating.
Design and Content Vivo v21
The appearance will always be physical, but it’s hard to deny how beautiful and clean the Vivo V21 is. It seems that it is the design language that catches up to the X60’s bigger siblings, in particular, the Vivo line, along with the V21 line.
With the two-piece rectangular camera island and various accents, there is something about the room and general arrangement that is somehow reminiscent of old “business” and “serious” designs. This is especially true for the Twilight Blue color of our review section. It’s a very dark blue, almost colored steel border. Which works well with the bright and slightly contrasting blue/steel colors on the middle frame.
Speaking of the frame, it really matches the color of the back of the camera and the island. A nice touch that suits the whole design. If “serious” isn’t important to you, you can go for the more vibrant shades of Sunset Dossier or Arctic White. It looks like the previous Vivo will only be available in the 5G version of the V21.
The Vivo V21 is a sleek device which is actually 7.3mm thick. It’s a little different because of the flat surface design of the central frame. There is a kind of iPhone vibration in the frame, which is not noticeable.
Overall, the Vivo V21 feels very premium. In the area of appearance, of course, the intermediate price is above the bracket. It tastes good and tastes good.
As far as we can see, both the rear and center frame on the V21 is made of plastic. However, the plastic feels a little different. At the rear, our twilight blue unit is almost soft to the touch – feels premium to the touch, but not easy to keep clean. The frame is sleek and sleek.
The glass on the front is not Gorilla Glass, otherwise, Vivo would have boasted. There’s also a pre-used factory screen protector – it’s thin and fits well.
Speaking of the front-end, the bezels around the 6.44-inch AMOLED display are thick. But their size is still a dead giveaway for the V21’s intermediate ancestor.
While there is no official entry protection rating on the Vivo V21, it should be noted that the SIM tray has a clear, bright red gasket. We suspect there is dust and splatter protection in place.
Display Vivo V21
Intermittent or not, the Vivo V21 does not shrink in the visual field. It has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display. Quite smooth at the time with a 90Hz refresh rate. Like the icing on the cake, HDR10+ support has also been added to the mix.
In terms of brightness, Vivo delivers a respectable 500 nits of steady output. That’s right because, in our standardized testing, we rated 467 knots mixed with a light slider. V21 In bright light conditions, the bright window may shine in max auto mode. We measured a maximum of 761 knights. This makes this particular OLED panel completely usable outside.
In terms of colors, the Vivo V21 5G comes with a total of three color schemes: Standard, Professional and Bright. The first default and appears to target the DCI-P3 color space. That’s great, but there’s more to like.
The professional target appears to be the sRGB target. It’s better than Standard mode, but the V21’s display color can’t be considered accurate. It is definitely good enough for regular use.
It’s bright enough to magnify colors beyond the standard model. This often leads to the kind of “punchiness” associated with OLED panels. In the process, we tested to see if the display was really bright, but it wasn’t.
Vivo V21 brings HDR10+ support. In fact, the software suggests the same thing – HDR10+, as well as HLG support. Dolby Vision is no more. There’s also the WhiteWine L1 certification. This means you’ll enjoy higher resolutions, which is enough to complement the phone’s Full HD+ display with services like Netflix. At the time of writing this review, the Netflix utility has confirmed WhiteWine and offers FullHD streams, but not HDR. However, this is not strange, as Netflix has its own licenses to allow this feature, so support may be available.
The Vivo V21 5G packs a decent 4,000mAh battery. Considering that its body is just 7.3mm thick, it is not very sleek. True, 5,000 mAh is estimated, but Vivo has specific design goals to achieve. Furthermore, we report that the Vivo V21 5G performed very well in our battery endurance test, representing a 123-hour rating.
It is always good to compare battery results with other similar handsets. We haven’t tested many phones with 800U density, but the RealMe 7 5G and Xiaomi Redmi Note 9D have. Remember yourself with both, a 5,000mAh battery and an LCD display. However, the Vivo V21 5G fits in the middle of the pair considering that the Redmi battery didn’t do much in testing.
It is pertinent to mention that the Vivo V21 5G manages long video playback despite the smaller battery. It’s even better when playing a 16:9 video with letterboxing and multiple dark tones. Using the OLED display’s energy efficiency, which is easily portrayed by its OLED panel.
In contrast, web browsing doesn’t get that boost because most web pages have a white background. Which can consume more battery in OLED than, in some cases, LCD. But, we went.
Note that especially in the case of Vivo V21 5G, our browser test could not run at full 90Hz. This isn’t entirely representative of normal use, because if you don’t scroll all the time. The panel will automatically drop to 60Hz. Web testing and video playback testing were both done at 60Hz.
Like its predecessors, the Vivo V21 5G is equipped with the company’s own Flash Charge 2.0 technology. Which delivers up to 33W charging. This is not the best efficient technology as it can go as far as other Vivo 55W like X60 Pro+.
There isn’t a lot of technical information available on Flash Charge. But as far as we can gather, it uses a similar approach to Quicarge than VOOC and its derivatives. This means it uses a higher voltage than the standard 5V at high amber. The included V21 is rated for a 5G charger, for example, 5V @ 2A, 9V @ 2A or 11V @ 3A. I mean, really, reminiscent of QuickCharge, though not both.
Until we gathered, FlashCharge didn’t require a proprietary cable, and unlike some of its competitors, it had to add an extra (mostly 5th) pin to the USB Type-A port to negotiate billing speeds. You still have to stick with a good quality cable that is capable of carrying these streams, but using the USB Type-A to Type-C cable that comes with the V21 5G box is completely mandatory. is not.
Vivo claims to run the V21 5G from 0% to 63% on the charger for 30 minutes. Our unit was able to get up to 64% off at that time. Requiring an additional 35 minutes with a full charge. We will say that it is in error and will call the confirmed advertisement numbers. With the older Vivo V20, we were able to do a little better with the same charger and battery capacity.
Camera 64MP with OIS
The Vivo V21 5G has a camera system similar to its predecessor, the V20. The main game is a 64MP quad-bay, 1/1.72″, 0.8µm unit that sits behind the f/1.8 lens – a bit brighter in this generation. OIS is another new addition to this game. The 4.0″, 1.12µm unit behind the one f/2.2 lens. Unfortunately, the Ultrawide doesn’t have autofocus, which was the case with the Vivo V20 earlier. Lastly, on the back – a 2MP, f/2.4 focused macro camera.
The selfie system is a unique feature of the Vivo V21 5G. At its heart – a 44MP, f/2.0 camera, complete with autofocus, as well as one that lacks OIS – the V20. In an effort to add more to the selfie experience, Vivo 5 has added two LEDs on the front of LG for lighter selfies and selfie videos. More than that bit.
Before we move on to the model, a few words about the camera used on the Vivo V21 5G. Unfortunately, it appears to be based on the old UI, as seen on the Vivo V21, as opposed to the new ones in the Vivo X60 family. This means that one of our pet peeves that have been fixed in the X60 line will return to the V21. Name, a unique way to change cameras, in which you can get ultraviolet or macro by clicking a separate lens icon in the camera UI. Returning to the main camera from there is probably annoying because you have to press a small “x” on it.
You get a more regular “x” style zoom picker. This applies to the main camera and switches between 1x and 2x digital zoom. Up to 10x, can be carried forward with a pinch. High-resolution mode, or full 64MP shooting of the main camera, as well as a document scanner and Pro mode are available in menu selector modes.
Talking about Pro Mode, it has a nice tweak. Exposure compensation can range from -3 to +3, ISO from 100 to 3200, and shutter speed from 1/2000 to 32 seconds.
The main and selfie cameras have different portrait modes. Along with a “Style” menu with color filters, it offers a slotted slider to simulate bokeh and is one of the most feature-rich and comprehensive aesthetic methods I’ve ever seen.
The Face Beauty submenu has enough sliders to make a modern RPG character-maker blush. There is a wide selection of cosmetic options and last but not least, there is a “pose” set. It creates an overlay in the camera UI that you or your friends can follow to decorate the photo. You can go online and download many poses from online repositories. They are classified for your convenience. Vivo is really trying to make it available to the younger crowd on the social network. Very successful, we might add.
For a quick rotation tour in the Camera app, we have a basic video capture mode that complements both a random lens changer and a zoom in the main camera to get UltraViolet. The main camera also features Ultra Static Transition which allows for some additional EIS over the existing OIS.