Vivo X21

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In-dis­play fin­ger­print scan­ning has been in the works for quite some time with Sy­nap­tics and a few other com­pa­nies show­ing off the au­to­ma­tion at tech­nol­ogy trade shows, but the phones are few and far till now. Vivo takes the crown to be the first com­pany in the In­dian mar­ket to launch X21 that boasts an in-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sor. We take an in-depth look to see if it’s worth the hype.

It may sound gim­micky with just a few weeks with the de­vice but we’re con­vinced that if fin­ger­print scan­ning is here to stay then in-dis­play fin­ger­print scan­ning is the fu­ture. Put it sim­ply, the new fin­ger­print scan­ning tech­nol­ogy does not have the con­ven­tional fin­ger­print sen­sor that com­pa­nies used to in­te­grate with the home but­ton or at the back. In­stead, the sen­sor is un­der­neath the dis­play and we’re happy to report it works like a charm on the X21. Now, we can’t place our fin­gers any­where on the screen (not yet) to un­lock the phone but X21 of­fers a vis­ual cue, which is at the bot­tom. While ac­cu­rate, the in-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sor comes with its share of draw­backs. The phone takes twice as long to un­lock the phone com­pared to con­ven­tional fin­ger­print sen­sors. Ad­mit­tedly, the dif­fer­ence is mil­lisec­onds but con­sid­er­ing how fast fin­ger­print un­lock­ing has be­come in to­day’s phones, it’s easy to no­tice the dif­fer­ence. Se­cond, and more im­por­tantly, if you use a screen pro­tec­tor to pro­tect the dis­play, it may hin­der the phone’s abil­ity to ac­cu­rately de­tect the fin­ger­print to un­lock the phone.

As far as rest of the hard­ware goes, the X21 fea­tures a 6.28-inch Full HD+ Su­per AMOLED dis­play that sup­ports an as­pect ra­tio of 19:9. The colours look vi­brant with deep blacks due to the OLED panel but if you’re look­ing for some neu­tral tones, there’s no way to do it as the phone does not of­fer any op­tion to ad­just the colour tem­per­a­ture.

The Snap­dragon 660 and 6GB han­dles most of the tasks fine, even the cus­tomised Fun­touch OS 4.0 based on An­droid 8.1. The cam­eras at the back have a dual sen­sor setup with 12MP act­ing as the main cam­era and 5MP as the sec­ondary one. The front fea­tures a 12MP sen­sor and both 12MP cam­eras sup­port Dual Pixel tech­nol­ogy that im­proves the over­all im­age qual­ity and low-light pictures. On the video front, the phone can record videos in up to 4K.

Vivo X21 has a lot of things to like in a phone but the one thing that is not go­ing in favour of the phone is the price that com­petes with the OnePlus 6 and even the Honor 10. At `35,990, it is ex­pen­sive than the en­try variant of OnePlus 6 and while the in-dis­play fin­ger­print scan­ning is in­no­va­tive and unique, it still does not jus­tify the high price tag. That too, with a mid-range per­form­ing pro­ces­sor.

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