Earlier this month, Vivo announced the global debut of the X21 smartphone with an under-display fingerprint sensor. The company is now planning to launch the smartphone in the Indian market by the end of this month. While Vivo is yet to officially confirm its plans of bringing the X21 UD to India, the invite sent by the company does seem to suggest that it will indeed be the X21 UD that will be making its India debut on May 29.
Vivo X21 UD: India Launch Date Set for May 29
Vivo has sent out invites to a media event in India on the 29th of this month. The invite seems to highlight the letter “X”, basically confirming that the manufacturer plans to launch a new X-series smartphone at the event. As the Vivo X21 UD was announced for international markets earlier this month, we don’t expect the company to launch the standard X21 without an under-display fingerprint sensor or the Vivo X20 Plus UD to debut in India on May 29.
Vivo X21 UD: Expected Price in India
In China, the Vivo X21 UD is priced at 3,598 yuan, which converts to roughly Rs.37,000. Earlier this month, the smartphone made its debut in Singapore at SGD 799 (Rs.39,900 approx.). While the official pricing for the Indian market will be confirmed only on the 29th, we expect the Vivo X21 UD to be priced somewhere around Rs.40,000, which would put it head-to-head against the upcoming OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 smartphones. However, it should be noted that the Vivo X21 UD isn’t a flagship-grade smartphone like the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10. Instead, the Vivo X21 UD packs mid-range specifications.
Vivo X21 UD: Features, Specifications
Announced in China in March this year, the Vivo X21 UD features a 3D glass body with a notched display on the front. Thanks to the notch on the top, Vivo could achieve an impressively high screen-to-body ratio of 90.3%. The AMOLED display measures 6.28-inches diagonally and offers 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Of course, the other key highlight of the display panel is that the fingerprint sensor is embedded under the display panel.
Under the hood, Vivo X21 UD runs on Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz with an Adreno 512 GPU. The smartphone comes with 6GB of RAM and two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. Unlike the company’s new Vivo V9 smartphone, the X21 UD does not include a dedicated microSD card slot. Instead, it uses a Hybrid Dual-SIM configuration for further expansion up to 256GB.
Moving on to imaging, the Vivo X21 UD features a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup on the back. While the primary 12MP sensor is coupled with an f/1.8 aperture lens, the secondary 5MP sensor is paired with an f/2.4 aperture. The camera app offers AI scene recognition feature that is capable of detecting up to 17 scenes. On the front is a 12-megapixel selfie snapper with an f/2.0 aperture lens. For perfect selfies, the front-facing camera has AI beauty recognition and can also output up to 24-megapixel resolution selfies. Vivo’s mid-range smartphones always impress in terms of audio quality and the X21 UD is no exception. The handset is equipped with an AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip for superior audio quality.
On the connectivity front, the Vivo X21 UD supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and 4G VoLTE. When it comes to battery life, the smartphone isn’t expected to be best-in-class. While it does support fast charging, the 3200mAh capacity battery isn’t very large when compared to some other mid-range smartphones. In terms of physical size, the Vivo X21 UD measures 154.45 x 74.78 x 7.37mm and weighs in at 156.2 grams. As for software, the smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0 with a wide range of A.I. features.