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Vivo V21 in Nepal: Impressive upgrades come at a high price. Is the market ready?

Vivo V21
Photo: vivo

Vivo V21 is a mid-range smartphone from the smartphone company Vivo and is perhaps the best smartphone offered by Vivo to date in Nepal.

Vivo phones are known for their cameras and V21 also offers a massive 44MP selfie camera for the user. Though Vivo has not really been popular these past years because of the market leaders Samsung and Xiaomi, it has released a number of smartphones to mark its presence in the market. Vivo V21 is just another one with some impressive qualities; yet with a hefty price, it may lag behind the leaders.

Let us get into the details of the phone.

Specifications

Dimension Height: 159.7mm
Width: 73.9mm
Thickness: 7.29mm (Dusk blue)                    
7.39mm (Sunset bazzle)
Weight: 176 grams (Dusk blue)               
177 grams (Sunset bazzle)
Display6.44-inch AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+
SimDual sims
Resolution1,080*2,404 pixels
OSAndroid 11, Funtouch 11.1
ChipsetMediatek Dimensity 800U
GPUMali-G57 MC3
Storage128GB
SD card slotShared slot
RAM8GB
CameraFront: 44MP, f/2.0
Rear: 64MP, f/1.8              
8MP, 120 degrees (ultrawide)              
2MP, (macro)
SoundLoudspeakers 3.5mm headphone jack
Battery4000mAh, Li-Po, non-removable
Fast charging 33W
SensorsUnder-display optical fingerprint, accelerometer, compass, gyro, proximity
ColoursDusk blue, sunset dazzle
PriceRs 49,999

Design and display

Vivo phones are really good looking and the Vivo V21 is no exception. It has a beautiful design with a light body. The dazzling anti-glare matte glass finish on the back of the phone enhances the beauty of the phone. The weight and thickness of the phone differ according to the colour option. The dusk blue variant is lighter and is thinner with 7.29mm of thickness and weighing 176 grams whereas the sunset dazzle weighs 177 grams and has 7.39mm thickness.

Vivo V21
Photo: vivo

Vivo V21 features 6.44 inches of AMOLED display that supports a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ content. Since the phone features an OLED panel, it also features an under-display fingerprint sensor. The phone can reach a brightness of up to 800 nits.

Cameras

Photo: vivo

Vivo V21 features a triple AI camera setup on its back. The main 64MP one with optical image stabilisation (OIS) for stable shooting is housed together with a 120 degrees, 8MP ultrawide camera and another 2MP macro lens. An LED flash resides just below the camera panel. At the front, it has a massive 44MP camera for selfies. Both cameras can record videos in 4K resolution.

There are lots of camera features on the phone. It has features like double exposure, ultra-stable video, super night selfie mode for better selfies in low light and night time, dual-LED for spotlight selfie video and dual-view video. Vivo has really prioritised the camera in this smartphone.

Performance and battery life

Vivo V21 runs on Android 11 with Funtouch 11.1 on top. It is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset while the graphics are handled by Mali-G57 MC3.

The phone gets its power from a 4,000mAh non-removable Li-Po battery. It supports 33W fast charging and gets a 63% charge in 30 minutes. The battery backup is nothing much to brag about but should provide decent power for the users to go through the day.

Storage, connectivity and other features

Vivo V21
Photo: vivo

Vivo V21 comes only in a single variant in Nepal. The 8GB RAM variant comes with 128GB of internal storage. An interesting feature of the phone is the RAM of the phone can be extended. With extended RAM technology, an additional 4GB of RAM can be extracted from the internal storage of the phone. This will allow the use of apps at a faster speed. The storage can be expanded with a micro SD card, but there is no dedicated spot for the card though.

Another interesting feature of the phone is a dual 5G mode, which means it will support two 5G sim cards at the same time. Furthermore, it supports dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1 and USB Type-C 2.0. The phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The price of the Vivo V21 is Rs 49,999 for the 8/128GB variant.

Verdict

The introduction of dual 5G mode in Vivo V21 is a great step from Vivo, but then again, there are no 5G service providers here in Nepal till now. Nepal Telecom is in the works, but it may take a while before its operation and even if the service is operated very soon, smartphone companies are sure to bring new and better models of 5G smartphones and at cheaper prices. So, the dual 5G mode now is just an expensive option that you cannot use at all.

The Rs 49,999 price tag on the phone is ridiculous as it does not offer anything better than the smartphones that are already on the market. The only thing noticeable on Vivo V21 is its 44MP selfie camera and nothing else. It has a mediocre chipset, mediocre battery backup and a normal fast charging for this price range. Vivo always has been weirdly overpricing their smartphones when the leaders Samsung and Xiaomi are providing better alternatives. So, unless you are a hardcore Vivo fan, there are better alternatives on the market for this price range.

Also, check the best smartphone under Rs 50,000 in Nepal.

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Subba is a tech and auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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