- Vivo has launched the V21 and V21 5G worldwide.
- The phone centers around a 44MP optically stabilized selfie camera.
- You’ll otherwise find modest specs that include a 90Hz screen and a MediaTek chip.
Vivo has made a point of including stand-out camera technology in its phones, and that includes its latest budget phones. The Chinese mobile giant has introduced the Vivo V21 and V21 5G, both of which revolve around an unusually powerful selfie camera that might just beat the one in your current phone.
The two V21 variants include a 44MP optically stabilized front cam that, according to Vivo, provides high-quality selfies with the help of a “groundbreaking light sensor.” You might just snap a nighttime self-portrait or TikTok video that isn’t a blurry mess, to put it another way. An AI Night Portrait mode can help when hardware isn’t enough.
You can also expect competent rear camera photos on the Vivo V21 through the combination of a 64MP optically stabilized main sensor as well as wide-angle and macro cams.
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Vivo otherwise equipped the V21 phones with decidedly budget-oriented specs. The MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip won’t make you rethink plans to buy a flagship phone, but the 90Hz AMOLED screen and 33W fast wired charging could make these devices more compelling. Full details of the two models weren’t immediately available.
Android Authority was still waiting on price and availability for the Vivo V21 as of this writing. You can find the V20 for under $300, though, so it won’t be surprising if its sequel hits a similar price point. That could make it a good step up from rivals like the Realme 8 5G, although it might not fare as well against a Snapdragon 765G-toting rival like the OnePlus Nord.