Vivo V21 5G: we have tried it, did we like it?

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Today we are going to focus on the analysis of a very surprising mobile device. The mid-range continues to surprise and this time it is the vivo brand that has lent us one of its great bets for this course, the vivo V21 5G. We were already lucky enough to analyze the vivo X51 5G and we got very good results. Will the V21 be able to match it? Well, read on to discover everything it has to offer in the different fields of this review.

One of the best designs on the market

From the first moment we had direct contact with the vivo V21 5G we realized that it was a different mobile. Without a doubt, it has one of the most groundbreaking designs on the market, whatever the range. Not only is it beautiful, but it is very practical thanks to the differential factor in its size and weight. The vivo brand has sought to create a device that is as comfortable as possible, and with measures of 159.68 x 73.9 x 7.29 mm, and a weight of only 175 grams, the truth is that they have succeeded. We are facing one of the lightest and thinnest mobiles that can be found, so using it is very rewarding.

As for the buttons, on the metallic plastic edges we can find the unlock button and volume up and down on the right side, nothing on the left, a stereo microphone above, and another microphone below, the USB type C, a speaker and the SIM card. With all this, we are facing an exquisite work in terms of design and the problems that can be put to it are almost nil.

The importance of color

The thing does not stop there, since the materials used give it a modern and shiny touch. Be careful with unexpected slips as soft touch plastic can have these kinds of problems, although a silicone sleeve comes in the package for this. Still, it’s a shame to put it, because one of the most important aspects of design is its incredible appeal through color. We have the clear version, with pink and purple colors that make the mobile change color depending on the light exposure to which it is subjected. You can also find the dark blue version that has a similar V21 5G

Basic display in the mid-range

If the design stood out for being groundbreaking and differential, the vivo V21 5G does not stand out for having a special screen. It follows the standard established by the market of having a screen with good resolution and color reproduction, but little else. Is a AMOLED with FHD + resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. Size is ok, with 6.44 inch You can see any type of content without any problem, although it loses a little useful space because the front camera takes up a lot of space.

The refresh rate is 90 Hz, far from what other brands are implementing, since most are already at 120 Hz. But this is not the biggest problem, since it feels very fluid and with 90 it is more than enough to be able to make a good use of the screen. The real problem that we have been able to detect, and that we usually see in mobiles of this range, is the difficulty of seeing the screen in conditions of high light exposure. It is very uncomfortable and, in the long run, we can hurt our eyes, taking into account that, in addition, it does not include blue light protections.

Some cameras above average

Analyzing the cameras in depth, the most general analysis is that it has core sensors well above what the competition is offering. Although it is also true, that they are accompanied by much more limited sensors that we will use in very specific moments without great results.

vivo V21 5G

We start with a 64 MP general sensor with OIS stabilizer, this will allow us to take general photos at a very high quality, taking into account its wide power. It is the one that we will use the most and we will quickly realize that it is very gratifying as it captures the images and their colors. We continue with a 8 MP wide angle, a classic in this type of device and that allows landscaping, especially with good light exposures. And to finish off the rear module, the 2 MP macro, which is supposed to allow us to do detail, but the truth is that it falls very short.

Refering to frontal camera, It is 44 MP with OIS stabilizer, which makes it one of the best on the market, at least in gross power. You can tell from the first selfie that this camera is different and we love the level of detail it can achieve. All these sensors are accompanied by a series of photography modes that are nothing to write home about, but that more than meet what a mobile phone of this range needs to impress and be useful. Here is a gallery with images captured with this mobile:

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New in performance and internal memory

The performance of the V21 5G is quite good considering the price range we are in. The processor is from Mediatek, specifically the Dimensity 800U 8-core, a high quality component that makes the mobile perform up to your expectations. The brand itself set the goal of improving the results achieved in the last generation of its devices, which is quite a detail. The RAM is 8 GB with the novelty that an extra 3 GB of external memory can be used for RAM, which greatly increases its performance.

vivo V21 5G

But this is not the only novelty, the 128 GB internal memory with expandability, has a system of UFS 2.2. For those who are not very focused on this issue, it would be a computer SSD memory, which seeks to speed up processes. With this, what it achieves is that navigating between applications and on the network is very simple and comfortable due to the shortening of waiting times. Another great detail of live through the differential extras.

Vivo V21 5G connectivity and battery

We expected everything that this mobile has to offer us in these sections and that does not have to be especially bad. It has everything it takes to be useful and user-friendly, and that’s great. Basic connectivity includes USB type C as wired connections, as well as the Bluetooth 5.1, WIFI 2.4, GPS and NFC like wireless connections. We miss a 3.5 mm mini jack connector, but at least the mobile comes with a built-in wired headphones along with an adapter of this type of connector for type C.

The vivo V21 5G’s battery continues the trend of including a large battery accompanied by fast charging. In this case with 4000 mAh and a fast charge of 33 W, which makes it practically impossible for us to run out of mobile at a bad time. We have gotten used to this but it is still an extra that is very worthwhile and we should take more into account.

Features of the vivo V21 5G

vivo V21 5G
Official site I live Spain
Dimensions 159.68 x 73.9 x 7.29 mm
Weight 175 grams
Colors Sunset Dazzle (Pink and purple) and Dusk Blue (Dark blue)
Technologies / Bands LTE 4G, 5G
SIM type Nano SIM (Dual SIM) / Nano SIM + microSD
Display technology AMOLED
Dimension 6.56 inch
Resolution FullHD + (2400 x 1080 pixels)
Soft drink 90 Hz
CPU / GPU Mediatek Dimensity 800U Processor
RAM 8GB + 3
Storage memory
Capacity 128 GB UFS 2.2
Extension Yes
Version Android 10 (Funtouch OS 10)
  • Main: 64 MP with OIS stabilizer
  • Wide angle: 8 MP
  • Macro: 2 MP
Frontal camera 44 MP, f / 2.45 with OIS stabilizer
Scene modes Night Mode, Portrait (Artistic, AI Makeup, Filters, etc.), AR Stickers, Slow Motion, Motion Photo, Quick Motion, Video, Panoramic, Professional, etc.
Capacity 4,000 mAh
Fast charge 33W fast charge
Connection ports
loading port USB Type C
Headphones Yes
Wifi WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz Dual Band MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1
Gps Yes, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo
Other features
Fingerprint reader Yes, screen reader
Box contents V21 5G Phone, Charger, USB-C Cable, Silicone Case, USB C Jack Adapter

Availability and price of the vivo V21 5G

In short, the vivo V21 5G is one of the best devices that can be found within the mid-range. It is clear that it has to have its light and dark and that the brand has cut in some sections. However, this does not detract at all from the great results that we have been able to obtain with the use of this device. For all this we grant you the GizAward Gold for all it has to offer, since those of you who are looking for a high quality mobile at a competitive price, this will be one of your best options.

vivo V21 5G

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  • A groundbreaking design
  • Extensive performance news
  • Above-average cameras in their range
  • Large battery and fast charging

  • Absence of 3.5 mm mini jack
  • Vision problems at high light exposures

Total score

Design and materials