Vivo X21 Launched as India’s First Smartphone with Under Display Fingerprint Sensor for Rs. 35,990 (~$530)

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 0

Today, Vivo has launched Vivo X21 smartphone as India’s first under display fingerprint scanner enabled smartphone through a launch event in New Delhi. In the month of March, the Chinese manufacturer had launched the Vivo X21 and Vivo X21 UD featuring an under-display fingerprint scanner in China. For India, the company has decided to launch the Vivo X21 UD smartphone as Vivo X21. Apart from in-screen fingerprint reader, the Vivo X21 has some exciting features such as notched display that offers high screen-to-body ratio and AI powered dual rear cameras.

Design, Display and In-Screen Fingerprint Scanner

The Vivo X21 that measures 154.5 x 74.8 x 7.4 mm is flanked with 3D glass on its rear and it features a metallic frame in between. The device weighs 156.2 grams.

The Vivo X21 houses a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED FullView display that produces FHD+ resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The company has claimed that the handset offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.3 percent. The display support sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamut. The X21 is also equipped with Always-On Display feature that shows notifications and time on the screen without turning on the display. The notch present at the top portion of the screen houses a selfie snapper, an earpiece and some sensors.

It goes without saying that the fingerprint sensor is the USP of Vivo X21 that is located at the lower half of the display. The company did not confirm how quickly the in-screen fingerprint scanner can unlock the phone.  The device comes with a customized screen protector that shields the in-screen fingerprint scanner enabled screen of the phone.

Performance and Variants

The Snapdragon 660 that features 2.2 GHz octa-core processor powers the Vivo X21 along with 6 GB of RAM. It features a native storage of 128 GB. For additional storage, users can up to 256 GB of microSD card on its memory card slot. The X21 receives power from 3,200mAh battery that is coupled fast charging technology.

The handset runs on Android 8.0 Oreo which is customized company’s FunTouch OS 4.0 skin. The Vivo X21 is among the selected few phones that are eligible to receive the second Developer Preview of Android P beta that was announced earlier this month through the Google I/O 2018 event.

Camera and Other Features

The LED flash enabled dual camera setup lying on the posterior of the Vivo X21 includes an f/1.8 aperture 12-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing. With AI onboard and dual pixel technology, the Vivo X21 can and amazing photos in low-light conditions through its front and rear cameras.

The AI HDR feature allows the cameras to capture images with natural colors. The other AI photography features available on the Vivo X21 include AI Face Beauty, Shot Re-Focus, Potrati Bokeh, AR stickers. The dual cameras of the X1 also supports 4K UHD video recording and slow-motion video shooting.

The IR sensor present available on the X21 brings 3D facial recognition feature for unlocking the phone. For enhanced audio experience, the company has included AK4376A Hi-Fi in the X21. The connectivity features available on the Vivo X21 includes 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-band Wi-Fi (2×2 MIMO), 5.0 Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0 and 3.5mm audio jack.

Vivo X21 Pricing and Launch Offers

In order to build hype around the Vivo X21, the company began with the pre-booking a week ahead of its launch in India. However, its pricing wasn’t revealed. Through todays unveil event, Vivo has confirmed that the X21 will be available with a price tag of Rs. 35,990 (~$530) exclusively through Flipkart and Vivo’s online shop starting from today. The handset will be available only in black color and its box package will include the new Vivo XE710 hi-fi earphones.

The launch offers for the Vivo X21 include gift voucher worth Rs. 1,000 from fernspetals, 5 percent cashback on SBI cards, no cost EMI up to 12 months and one-year device security from Vodafone along with 280 GB of additional data.