The VIVO X21 was launched in India and here is the full review. Also check the video to get a better idea. This handset is priced at Rs. 35,990 now it is a little more than OnePlus 6 so is it a better choice, watch the video or read on.

The VIVO X21 is light weight and the built and finishing is pretty good, the unique thing about this handset is the in-display finger print sensor. The finger print sensor is beneath the display, all you need to do is place the finger on the display and handset will unlock. There is also face unlock and host of other features.

Now this finger print sensor is pretty accurate and fast, however it might take some time getting used to this new technology. You need to apply a small pressure on the screen when using finger print unlock.

Inside the hood the VIVO X21 is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor with Adreno 512 GPU, that is pretty fast and can play high end games with ease. The hardware also does not heat up much, pretty much under control , max battery temperature I encountered was 36 degrees.


Screen is 6.28 inches supporting 2280 x 1080 pixels resolution, now this is 19:9 aspect ratio and it comes come with the notch on the top. Screen quality and touch response is really good (10 point multi touch).

Dual VoLTE is supported and this handset comes with hybrid slot, there is 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. Handset is running FuntouchOS based on Android 8.1.0. Overall performance was really smooth and lag free. I was able to play Asphalt 8 game in high quality mode with ease.

VIVO X21 review

Coming to the camera there is 12MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.4) dual cameras on the back with LED flash support. Front camera can shoot in 12MP resolution, comes with f/2.0 aperture. Camera quality is excellent, does shoot really good photos in bokeh mode, night shot was also pretty impressive. Edge detection is good for the rear camera but front camera sometimes does not do the job properly, you can check in sample images below.

The 3200 mAh battery supports fast charging took me 1 hour 40 minutes to charge from 7% to 100%. On full charge you can get 6 to 9 hours of non-stop usage (moderate to heavy). This means you will get one to one and a half day of battery life with mixed usage.

Watch the VIVO X21 video review (in Hindi)

Verdict and comparison with OnePlus 6

Technically the OnePlus 6 is better, more powerful, but technologically the Vivo X21 is better – this depends if you love / crazy about new technology like the in-display finger print sensor.

VIVO does really well in offline segment and there OnePlus 6 will not be that easily available, but even if it is, the offline customers are really not interested which one is powerful, which one can shoot better (especially when the difference is minimal), they really don’t care about the hardware but this in-display finger print technology will definitely catch their attention.

VIVO X21 is available for Rs. 35,990 here is the link

VIVO X21 Camera rating – 4.4 out of 5
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5

VIVO  X21 Camera samples

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -