vivo V21 5G Review: The Good and the Bad of the Smartphone

vivo has decided to launch its new mid-range device that aims not only to be able to promote itself in the Eurocup or the next Qatar 2022 World Cup, but also to improve performance with a function that is gradually tracing in the terminals: memory expansion RAM.

We have evaluated the vivo V21 5G for a few weeks and, in addition to its fairly clean design, it has left us several things that we will explain to you below. Is it a good idea to buy it? Get to know him in this review.

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With a matte plastic finish, the vivo V21 5g is quite smooth and feels good in the hand. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

DESIGN

With a matte plastic finish, the vivo V21 5G it is quite soft and feels good in the hand. This model makes fingerprints do not end up sticking to the body of the smartphone, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it every so often.

In it we also locate an island of cameras that does not protrude too much from the body, thus preventing the body of the vivo V21 5G wobble in case you place it on a flat surface. Also, the terminal has measures ranging from 159,68 x 73,9 x 7,29 mm and has a fairly light weight, of nothing less than 175 grams and carries a fairly extended 6.44-inch screen.

The vivo V21 5G weighs 175 grams and carries a fairly extended 6.44-inch screen.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
The vivo V21 5G weighs 175 grams and carries a fairly extended 6.44-inch screen. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

Another interesting thing about the device is that you can insert up to two Nano SIMs or a MicroSD, it also has USB Type-C port, where you can also connect the headphone jack that comes in the box, pull-down, and thus use the headphones you want. We also have an on and off button that acts as a fingerprint reader and the volume buttons.

Although the full body of the vivo V21 5G has a plastic finish on both the edges and the rear area, its components give it an upgrade that, visually, is quite beautiful, especially when taking it out on the street. Elegant wherever you look at it.

The smartphone structure is quite simple and comfortable. vivo does not want to add more elements to its cell phone, because the ones it has are enough and, I believe, that it does not need the Jack 3.5 port either, because by supporting bluetooth connectivity, in an age where wireless things are on the rise, you can enjoy of all your music.

Another detail that you should take into consideration is that the vivo V21 5G It has an unlocking by fingerprint quite fast than you imagine. His job is that you just put your finger on the button and you can access your documents, photos or apps.

SCREEN

The display of the vivo V21 5G is 6.44 inches, to it is added a 90 Hz refresh rate, the same ones that are manifested not only in team animations, but also in video games.

How beneficial is the refresh rate? Well, it makes the graphics appear almost close to what the human eye perceives. So it will go a long way to helping people avoid eye strain now that it is so common.

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On the other hand, the colors that the vivo V21 5G are well composed and contrasted when you are under shade or roof; However, there may be certain reflections when you are on the street, causing you to use full brightness so as not to lose your notifications from WhatsApp, Facebook or Messenger messages.

The display of the vivo V21 5G is 6.44 inches, it is added a refresh rate of 90 Hz. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
The display of the vivo V21 5G is 6.44 inches, it is added a refresh rate of 90 Hz. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

Also, in the Chinese cell phone you can play videos with a quality of 1080 pixels, knowing that its resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels in a ratio of 20: 9 ratio.

Also, the keystrokes are quite fast, since its customization layer prevents the terminal from ending up hanging when you want to do several things such as writing or playing at the same time. Responsiveness is good, but you will waste a bit more power if you use 90Hz forever. To take it into account.

Its resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels in a 20: 9 ratio.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Its resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels in a 20: 9 ratio. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

PROCESSOR AND PERFORMANCE

There are words that can qualify this team: there are no lags or hangs when you are playing or running design applications, even rendering a video or uploading clips to your favorite social networks. This is thanks to the fact that in the vivo V21 5G can extend your RAM memory.

The terminal’s RAM capacity is 8 GB, but you can use an extra 3 GB of the 128 GB internal storage to improve the performance of the equipment.. However, these only improve the responsiveness of the team, but not when you play.

The RAM capacity of the terminal is 8 GB, but you can use an extra 3 GB of internal storage.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
The RAM capacity of the terminal is 8 GB, but you can use an extra 3 GB of internal storage. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

For this, vivo has developed a function called Ultra Games Mode, which allows you to control and adapt all the functionalities of the terminal so that it does not suffer or there are no stops when you are in the most interesting of your game.

We were able to install FreeFire, Pokémon Go or Pokémon Unite, but we had no luck with Fortnite. But the graphics have given the bell, improving significantly when using 90 Hz this thanks to the processor MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G.

Its body has a MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G processor.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Its body has a MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G processor. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

Secondly, The terminal arrives Android 11 and will be updated to Android 12, it is also accompanied by a Funtouch 11.1 customization layer, the same one that has received security patches during the trial period.

The best of all is that vivo does not tend to fill the memory of the terminal with pre-installed applications that, many times, are not used or end up saturating the computer. Nor does it make the absolute modification of the functions, leaving Android to dominate and there is no slowness in between.

The terminal arrives Android 11 and will be updated to Android 12, it is also accompanied by a Funtouch 11.1 customization layer.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
The terminal arrives Android 11 and will be updated to Android 12, it is also accompanied by a Funtouch 11.1 customization layer. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

The access menu to all applications is quite friendly and it is not necessary to have to walk through various parts or unknown areas of the mobile to find a task. And best of all, it can be used with just one hand.

CHAMBERS

One of the things that I liked about vivo V21 5G, in addition to bringing a 64 megapixel lens, is that it has an optical stabilizer that allows your photos not to be shaken in case you want to take a shot in seconds.

The shots come out, with good lighting, quite correct. Even artificial intelligence helps a lot when taking pictures, allowing you to activate its parameters in case you are backlit or simply there is not much light

Secondly, When activating the HDR we have noticed that some images are quite colorful, a bit transgressing reality, but the scene can be optimized by deactivating it and only using the manual mode of the terminal.

Night mode of the vivo V21 5G.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Night mode of the vivo V21 5G. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Night shot with the vivo V21 5G.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Night shot with the vivo V21 5G. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

Although there are details that we can see with much improvement when we use the main camera, especially when enlarging the image on the computer, it turns out to be a bit artificial. Missing an update?

On the other hand, the wide angle that is 8 megapixels has an optimal job. The images come out a bit cold, although several details are lost when you zoom in on the photographic result. However, at night, the product falls, producing images that are excessively burned or with some appearance of noise.

Photo with HDR and artificial intelligence with the vivo V21 5G.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Photo with HDR and artificial intelligence with the vivo V21 5G. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Photo taken with the vivo V21 5G.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Photo taken with the vivo V21 5G. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

On the other hand, the blur lens works fast, as long as you have to press the screen a bit to achieve the effect. It surrounds objects well, details such as the cobweb that surrounds a plant or the inscriptions of a padlock are not lost.

Photo taken with the vivo V21 5G.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Photo taken with the vivo V21 5G. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Selfie taken with the vivo V21 5G.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
Selfie taken with the vivo V21 5G. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

In the case of the camera for selfies, which also offers an optimizer, it is 44 megapixels and, although the beauty mode is deactivated, sometimes the face tends to come out a bit pastel.. At night, there is a greater presence of light and, even though you are in poor lighting in a room, the sensor for self-portrait optimizes the scene so that you go out correctly.

BATTERY

Currently, mid-range devices are giving clues that they are terminals with good autonomy, a characteristic that people always look for. The vivo V21 5G has a 4000 mAh battery.

The terminal can easily last up to 2 days on in case you do not use it more than to answer messages or simply play the odd game. In case you are demanding with social networks, or recording videos, it can last between 10 to 12 hours on.

In case you are demanding with social networks, or recording videos, it can last between 10 to 12 hours on.  (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)
In case you are demanding with social networks, or recording videos, it can last between 10 to 12 hours on. (Photo: Rommel Yupanqui)

The good thing about vivo V21 5G is that it has its 33W charger in the box, so you can have 60% of the complete terminal in around 35 minutes. While for 100% you will have to wait an hour.

CONCLUSIONS

  • The vivo V21 5G is a mid-range terminal that has entered into strong competition especially in terms of its performance, speed and simplicity in finishing the design.
  • The device is quite fluid thanks to the fact that you can activate the expansion of its RAM memory, something that few terminals still can.
  • The cameras work well together, but I think that Vivo should optimize its sensors a bit more so that they do not generate distortion in the colors or do not generate too much contrast.
  • The battery is another point in favor and I liked the performance of the equipment, especially when charging.

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