The Oxford Dictionary called “selfie” the word of the year way back in 2013, yet many phones still suck at taking a selfie eight years later. If a terrible front camera has been the trajectory of your social network’s existence, you may be interested in what we just received in the email.
Vivo V21 5G brings serious hardware. The forward-facing module houses a 44MP sensor in high resolution, which can make expensive phones like Galaxy S21 + (10MP), iPhone 12 (12MP) and Xperia 1 III (8MP) feel bad.
And it has optical image stabilization (OIS), which none of the aforementioned flagships have. In fact, very few phones have ever had optical stabilization on the selfie camera. This should allow you to shoot walk-and-talk style videos without having to carry a gimbal.
Speaking of videos, the V21 5G can record 4K recordings with both front and rear cameras. With only 30 fps, but still the phone will take high resolution photos and videos with your beautiful mug.
And it will even perform well after hours as it has two LEDs embedded in the top frame to provide extra light. LED flashes were never large at a distance, but they work well at arm’s length.
By the way, while our device has 5G connectivity, our review also applies to vivo V21 (4G). The only difference between these two is exactly the 5G connection, the rest of the hardware is exactly the same.
Including Dimensity 800U chipset. It’s weird to see a 5G chipset in a 4G-only phone, but we’m not complaining – we’ve been pretty happy with the 800U performance, it’s comparable to the Snapdragon 750G.
Maybe it’s not fast enough to run games at 90 fps, but still the 90 Hz AMOLED screen sounds promising. It supports HDR10 +, which is a boon for previewing and editing photos and videos on your phone (it’s nice to see content too, but who would want a selfie-obsessed phone to watch Netflix?).
When you are on the go, you will understand how thin and light the V21 5G is – it weighs 176 g and measures 7.3 mm thick. Or a little more, depending on which color scheme you choose (ours is the Dusk Blue version).
You will probably also appreciate the fast charging, the 33W brick should fill the 4,000 mAh battery to 63% in half an hour. We will test it, but the V20’s 33W charger got up to 66%, so the new model should easily fulfill its promise. The V20 also sent an impressive endurance rating, so it’s also something to look forward to.
Vivo has shown some impressive advances in the camera department with its flagship X-Series, but the V20 had some tough corners. And the V21 adds even more value to its camera features.
Vivo V21 5G is already available in India starting at INR 30,000 and will soon also be available in Vietnam. The 4G version was launched in Malaysia for MYR 1,600 (again, it is pretty much the same phone without 5G).
The Vivo V21 5G retail package includes a 33W charger, USB-C to 3.5mm adapter and headphones
Our weekly poll showed that the V21 5G could attract an audience, but a positive review could further improve its outlook, keep an eye on our results.