Vivo has finally announced the launch of its new 5G smartphone in India with its Vivo V21 5G. The smartphone adds to the long list of 5G smartphones that are currently available in India. However, the company has tried to stand out from the crowd by offering some segment-first features. The phone comes with a 44MP selfie shooter which is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) support.
This coupled with other interesting specs including MediaTek Dimensity chipset, AMOLED display, 64MP triple rear cameras, and more makes it an interesting option under Rs 35,000 segment. However, this particular segment is highly competitive in nature. We have some great smartphones in this segment including the Xiaomi Mi 11x and iQOO 7. So, the question here is: Can the Vivo V21 5G be able to beat the Mi 11x and iQOO 7? Let’s find out in this comparison.
Vivo V21 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11x vs iQOO 7: Price in India
The Vivo V21 5G India price starts at Rs 29,990 for the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option is priced at Rs 32,990. The Xiaomi Mi 11x is priced at Rs 29,999 for 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage option. The 8GB RAM + 128GB model comes with a price tag of Rs 31,999.
Lastly, the iQOO 7 price in India starts at Rs 31,990 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. It also comes in 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 256GB variants. The two storage options are priced at Rs 33,990 and Rs 35,990. That said, the Xiaomi Mi 11x seems to be the best value-for-money model among both the devices as you get the latest Snapdragon 870 chipset along with some other interesting features.
Winner: Xiaomi Mi 11x
Vivo V21 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11x vs iQOO 7: Design
In terms of design, the Vivo V21 5G looks eerily similar to the Vivo V20 smartphone. You get the same camera position at the rear and at the front, and almost similar gradient finish, and some specifications. The Vivo V21 5G is available in Arctic White, Sunset Dazzle and Dusk Blue colour options. The Xiaomi Mi 11x comes with a sleek design and looks premium from every angle. The smartphone is offered in Celestial Silver and Lunar White with a frost back panel and there is a Cosmic Black colour also available with a shiny back panel.
Coming to iQOO 7, it is also a bit similar to the iQOO 3 smartphone. The handset comes with a rectangular shape rear camera module and a centre-aligned punch-hole camera at the front. That said, all three smartphones give a premium design and it’s all about personal preferences, so we are going to call this round a tie.
Vivo V21 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11x vs iQOO 7: Display
Coming to the display department, the Vivo V21 5G packs a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2404 x 1080 pixels. The screen offers HDR10+ support, up to 800nits brightness, and comes with a 90Hz screen refresh rate.
The iQOO 7 is loaded with a 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The device offers a 120Hz screen refresh rate along with up to 1,300nits brightness and supports HDR10+. The Xiaomi Mi 11x comes loaded with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The phone offers a 120Hz screen refresh rate along with HDR10+ support with MEMC and up to 1,300nits brightness. All three devices come with an AMOLED screen, though it is iQOO 7 and Xiaomi Mi 11x that offers a higher 120Hz screen refresh rate and better peak brightness than Vivo V21 5G. However, you get a slightly bigger display on the Xiaomi Mi 11x and that’s why it wins this round with a margin.
Winner: Xiaomi Mi 11x
Vivo V21 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11x vs iQOO 7: Performance
The Vivo V21 5G is powered by the latest MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor that is clocked at 2.4GHz. The phone comes with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. It also runs on Android 11 with FunTouch OS 11.1 on top of it.
The Xiaomi Mi 11x and iQOO 7 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G chipset that is clocked at 3.2GHz. The Mi 11x packs up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while the iQOO 7 comes with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage option. That said, the iQOO 7 is probably one of the better options as you are getting better RAM options under the Rs 36,000 budget. The Xiaomi Mi 11x is currently the cheapest Snapdragon 870-powered smartphone in India at Rs 29,999. Hence, the Mi 11x wins this round as it offers a better value-for-money proposition.
Winner: Xiaomi Mi 11x
Vivo V21 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11x vs iQOO 7: Cameras
In terms of cameras, the Xiaomi Mi 11x packs a triple-camera setup with a combination of 48MP primary lens with f/1.79 aperture, 8MP wide-angle lens with 119-degree FoV, and 5MP tele-macro lens with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, there is a 16MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
The iQOO 7 also packs a triple-camera setup with a combination of 48MP primary lens with f/1.79 aperture, 13MP ultra-wide lens with 120-degree FoV, and 2MP mono sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, you get a 16MP shooter for selfies.
Lastly, the Vivo V21 5G packs triple rear cameras. The phone comes with a combination of 64MP primary lens with f/1.79 aperture and OIS support, 8MP ultra-wide lens with 119-degree FoV and portrait option along with 2MP macro lens. On the front, the handset comes with a 44MP shooter with OIS and a 4K video recording option. The major highlight of the Vivo V21 5G is the 44MP selfie camera with OIS support, which is a segment-first feature. Furthermore, the phone tends to offer better specs on paper when it comes to rear cameras as well. So, this round goes to Vivo V21 5G.
Winner: Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11x vs iQOO 7: Battery and Charging
Coming to battery performance, all three phones pack ultra-fast charging support. The Vivo V21 5G offers a 4,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The Xiaomi Mi 11x comes loaded with a 4,520 mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The iQOO 7 is juiced up by a 4,400mAh battery with a whopping 66W fast charging support. The winner is quite clear here, isn’t it?
Winner: iQOO 7
Vivo V21 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11x vs iQOO 7: Verdict
All three smartphones come with some premium design language and offer some interesting features. The Vivo V21 5G brings some segment-first features with a combination of 44MP selfie camera with OIS support. The handset also offers some good display and charging speeds. The iQOO 7 is probably one of the best options you can get in this segment. The company has rightly added all the ingredients that make a tough smartphone to beat.
Whether it be the Snapdragon 870 chipset or 66W fast charging support, the iQOO 7 gives you everything you need in this budget. However, it is the Mi 11x that offers the most value-for-money proposition. The smartphone is the cheapest smartphone in India that comes with the latest Snapdragon 870 processor. This coupled with a higher refresh rate and interesting camera configurations makes it a good option to consider.