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Vivo X21i: 6.28-inch smartphone with Helio P60, dual 12MP-5MP primary camera and 24MP selfie camera

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If you are on the lookout for a large smartphone with great specs, then Vivo X21i comes into mind.

The lineup by Vivo is new, and it started off a couple of months ago with the introduction of the X21 UD (Under Display) with the below specs:

  • 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • FullView display
  • Fingerprint under-display sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.5", 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5MP (f/2.4 aperture), phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 12MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2018 release date
  • 3,598 Chinese Yuan or ~569 USD price tag

It was an innovation that carried some weight, and for you to unlock the X21 UD, it is as simple as putting your finger on the screen. The technology was developed through a partnership between Vivo and Synaptics. The sensor is touted to detect fingerprint in few milliseconds and can work under layers up to 1.5mm thick, including a screen protector. The downside to this is that you can’t use a thick screen protector.

Not to worry, as the smartphone will come bundled with a compatible screen protector.

The X21 UD finishes off strongly with its large 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, Fullview display, good mid-range performance with 6GB RAM, large 128GB internal storage and the latest Android Oreo 8.1.

Now then, let’s turn our attention to the X21i for now:

  • 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • FullView display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G72 MP3 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.5", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5MP primary camera with (f/2.0 aperture), phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 24MP secondary camera
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3425 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2018 release date
  • 2,698 Chinese Yuan or ~420 USD for 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 2,698 Chinese Yuan or ~420 USD for 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage

A quick glance through X21i, you can see there are some differences with the X21 UD – but nothing too big though. For starters, the X21i has no Fingerprint Under Display technology. But the 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED with Fullview display makes a return.

Under the hood of the X21i is also in the mid-range territory. It is equipped with the Helio P60 chipset paired with a fast octa-core processor, good graphics and an option to go for either 4GB or 6GB RAM.

Camera-wise, the X21i is also powered by the same dual 12MP+5MP primary camera. This way, you can capture lots of interestingand high-quality photos complete with bokeh effect. An exciting upgrade is on its 24MP selfie camera, now with twice the fun.

In terms of storage, you get to choose either 64GB or 128GB of space. This can then be easily expanded all the way up to a maximum of 256GB via the expansion slot.

Moving on to the battery side of things, the X21i features a 3425 mAh battery upgrade. It surely can easily last you for a full day of charge, without any hiccups.

Perhaps the biggest difference is on its price tag. The X21i shaves a cool 25% off the X21 UD price tag, and still maintaining a good overall experience.

Conclusion:

Vivo X21i seems to be offering a cheaper alternative to those wanting a large smartphone with all the bells and whistles that you expect out of a mid-range smartphone. The camera part of it is simply amazing, and you won’t want to miss out on it.

Vivo X21i had just been released in China for 2,698 Chinese Yuan or ~420 USD for both options: 4GB RAM + 128GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. There are three colours for you to choose from Black, Aurora White and Ruby Red.

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