Back in March this year, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo announced the X21, featuring a large notched display and a dual-camera setup at the rear. Alongside the X21, it also announced the X21 UD with a second-generation in-display fingerprint sensor. Less than five months after its official unveiling, the alleged X21 successor has reportedly been certified by 3C.
Vivo X21 Successor Certified By 3C in China
The 3C certification agency recently certified two unannounced Vivo smartphones carrying model numbers V1809A and V1809T. It is being speculated that both these model numbers belong to the Vivo X21 successor, which could be launched as the X23. The 3C listings for the two devices don’t tell us a whole lot. They only reveal the devices will ship with a V2323A-CN power adapter with support for 22.5W fast charging. It should be noted that V2323A-CN is the same power adapter that Vivo ships with the flagship NEX series in China.
Vivo X23: Expected Specifications, Features
According to rumors out of China, the Vivo X21 successor will come standard with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Unlike the X21, which was also available with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor in China, all X23 variants are expected to feature in-display fingerprint sensors. Apart from an in-display fingerprint sensor, the higher-end X23 version is expected to feature Vivo’s TOF 3D Sensing Technology that can capture 300,000 sensor points, ten times higher than structured light technology used in the iPhone X as well as the OPPO Find X. This means the 3D facial recognition technology on the X23 could potentially be even more secure than Face ID on the iPhone X.
As we mentioned above, rumors are suggesting the Vivo X23 will be available in two versions. The more affordable version is expected to run on a 12nm MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.5 GHz with a Mali-G72MP4 GPU. On the other hand, the more expensive version of the X21 successor will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE processor, which is manufactured on a 10nm FinFET process. The high-end version of the X23, if rumors are to be believed, will also come equipped with an insane 10GB of RAM, using 4GB and 6GB LPDDR4X modules in a dual-channel configuration. While 10GB of RAM on a smartphone does sound crazy, multiple leaksters and rumors over the last few months have claimed that Vivo will be releasing its first smartphone with 10GB of RAM sometime later this year. Vivo’s sister brand, OPPO is also said to be working on a smartphone with 10GB of RAM. Still, until Vivo officially confirms that it is coming out with a smartphone with 10GB of RAM soon, you should take this information with a grain of salt.
As for the launch date, Chinese rumors suggest the X23 may be released by the end of this month. The standard version of the X23 is likely to be priced at 3,198 yuan while the higher-end version will be priced at 3,998 yuan. Based on the current exchange rate, that translates to Rs.32,100 for the standard version and Rs.40,200 for the higher-end version. Since the X21 was launched in India, we can be fairly certain that its successor will also be making its way here soon after its launch in China.
Vivo X21: Price in India
The Vivo X21 was launched in India in late May at Rs.35,999. Launched as a Flipkart-exclusive, the smartphone competes against rivals like the OnePlus 6, ASUS ZenFone 5Z and the Huawei Nova 3. If you purchase the X21 on exchange, you can save up to Rs.18,950 along with an extra discount of Rs.1,000. Flipkart is also offering extra 5% off with Axis Bank Buzz credit cards.