Vivo unleashed its selfie master, or what they call “portrait master”, the Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21e into the Philippines! Let’s discuss each down separately. Going first into the Vivo V21e
The Vivo V21e is the “lite” one of the two, but even then, it’s equipped with modest specs similar to the Realme 8 Pro. The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It’s interesting that Vivo also advertised on what they call “extended RAM”, in which it takes a partition of your internal storage and then convert that into RAM. Thus you can have a total of 11GB RAM, the other three is virtual. The tech is not new though, as older PCs can do this kind of thing as well.
For the cameras, the phone comes with a triple camera setup, one of which is a 64mp main camera and 8mp ultrawide and a 2mp macro. The main camera is not the focus here though, Vivo mainly focused on the phone’s selfie camera, which also have a high MP count. The selfie camera is 44mp and is packed to the brim with features including 4K video. Other features include “Super Night Selfie”, “Ultra Stable Video”, “Ultrawide Night shots”, “Art Portrait Video” etc.
For the battery, it is packed with the usual 4000mAh, but also 33W fast charging. The battery capacity and wattage is still lower than the Realme 8 Pro, as that one has 4500mAh battery and 50W fast charging. Also, the Realme 8 Pro has a 108mp main camera, and a 16mp front camera.
The phone will ship with FunTouch OS 11.1 out of the box, that is based on Android 11. The display is a 6.44in. AMOLED with no higher refresh rates mentioned, thus it will retain a 60Hz refresh rate, like the Realme 8 Pro.
Vivo V21 5G
The Vivo V21 5G is the company’s highest end “flagship” that also has the Extended RAM feature. Let’s start first with the processor. Unlike the V21e, Vivo opted for a Mediatek Dimensity 800U processor for this one. It is an octa-core processor based on a 7nm process coupled with a Mali-G57 MC3 GPU. The phone has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and is the only option you have for it, coupled with a 3GB extended virtual RAM.
For the cameras, it offers the same deal as the V21e. A 64mp main, an 8mp ultrawide and a 2mp macro. Now, the selfies is where it is at, and where the company mainly focused. For the selfies, it is packed with the same 44mp sensor as the V21e, and has the same features as well, including the 4K video. The camera of this however, has OIS, but weirdly, no support for it for the 4K video feature.
For the display, Vivo is a little generous with it, as it uses the same FHD+ AMOLED panel at 6.44in. However, unlike the V21e, this one has 90Hz refresh rate.
For the battery, the phone uses a 4000mAh battery and 33W fast charging. Overall, nothing has changed from the V21e, except the processor it uses, and OIS. And like most of Vivo’s newer handsets, this phone will ship with FunTouch OS 11.1 on top of Android 11.
You can buy the two phones on the following sites:
Or, if you prefer going offline, you can also find the phones in multiple Vivo kiosks around malls, or in your local area; as well as partner stores!