Vivo has upped its innovation game lately. It opened the year with a bang by showcasing a technology that puts the fingerprint sensor under the screen. That was at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. Now, for the first time, a Vivo smartphone with that feature has been made official in the Philippines, three months after it was launched in China. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Vivo X21.
It’s the company’s second device with an on-screen fingerprint reader after the Vivo X20 Plus UD. The handset also unlocks by scanning your face using the front-facing camera, similar to recent Vivo releases such as the V7 and its Plus variant.
The unlocking solution used here, plus the absence of physical navigation buttons at the bottom of the display, leads to a front panel with a high screen-to-body ratio of 90.3 percent. A tall aspect ratio of 19:9 and a high, 2,280 x 1,080 resolution makes the Vivo X21 ideal for media consumption. It does have a controversial feature in the notch, where the sensors and front-facing camera are housed.
Speaking of which, the X21 sports a 12-megapixel front camera with A.I. enhancements, while the rear-facing setup pairs a 12-megapixel main sensor with a 5-megapixel one for capturing depth information in Portrait Mode.
Under the hood, you get an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB expandable storage. The Vivo X21 runs a heavily skinned yet well-optimized user interface layered on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Powering the entire assembly is a 3,200mAh battery that supports fast charging over the standard microUSB port.
In the Philippines, the Vivo X21 is priced at P29,999, or roughly $561 and will be available starting June 22. To find out if it’s worth the money, be sure to check out our full review.
Vivo X21 specs
- Face unlock (3D facial scanner)
- Fingerprint reader (in-display)
- 6.28-inch AMOLED display, 2,280 x 1,080 resolution (19:9)
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB expandable storage
- Dual 12- and 5-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash
- 12-megapixel front camera
- 3,200mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
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