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Vivo V21 5G smartphone review - Strong cameras on both sides

Selfie queen. The Vivo V21 5G focuses on the cameras. The highlight is supposed to be the 44 MP front-facing camera, which is equipped with an OIS and dual LEDs. However, a promising 64 MP lens is also the centerpiece on the back. We took a closer look.
Vivo V21 5G (V Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 800U 8 x 2 - 2.4 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-G57 MP3, Core: 950 MHz
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR4X
Display
6.44 inch 20.03:9, 2404 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, Capacitive, 10 multi touch points, AMOLED, SCHOTT Xensation Up, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 108.89 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), 4G (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41F, 66), 5G (Band 1, 3, 7, 8, 28, 40, 41, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.29 x 159.68 x 73.9 ( = 0.29 x 6.29 x 2.91 in)
Battery
15.2 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (f/1.79, 25.1 mm, 1/1.97", 0.7 µm, AF, OIS) + 8 MPix (Ultrawide, f/2.2, 15.6 mm, 1/4.0", 1.12 µm) + 2 MPix (Macro, f/2.4, 24.9 mm, 1/5", 1.75 µm, 4 cm); Camera2-API-Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 44 MPix (f/2.0, 1/2.65", 0.7 µm, AF, OIS)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Onscreen, Earphone: XE160 (3.5 mm jack), Type-C Adapter, Power Adapter: 33W FlashCharge + Type-C to USB Cable Protective Case, Protective Film (applied), SIM Ejector, Documentation, Funtouch OS 11.1, 24 Months Warranty, Head-SAR: 0.91 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.09 W/kg, Single-Band-GNSS: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, SBAS; DRM Widevine L1, IP52, fanless
Weight
176 g ( = 6.21 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 103 g ( = 3.63 oz / 0.23 pounds)
Price
399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
ratingversion
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.8 %7
08/2021
Vivo V21 5G
Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3
176 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.44"2404x1080
83.4 %7
07/2021
Sony Xperia 10 III
SD 690 5G, Adreno 619L
169 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.00"2520x1080
80.1 %7
11/2020
realme 7 5G
Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3
195 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
82.1 %7
06/2021
Oppo A94 5G
Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3
173 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.43"2400x1080

Case, equipment and operation

The frame of the Vivo V21 5G is made of plastic, but the manufacturer uses matte AG glass on the back and the display is protected by Schott glass. The design is quite angular, but has its own charm. Only the additional black plastic frame around the display is not very appealing. The build quality is pleasing because the gaps are narrow and even. The smartphone also leaves a stable impression.

The equipment is on a standard level. USB 2.0, NFC and microSD support are included, but an audio jack or a notification LED are not on board. The latter can be replaced by the Always-On display.

Optimally, the V21 can access the data network with 5G, but it also has a wide frequency range for LTE and is inconspicuous in terms of reception. The Wi-Fi module supports Wi-Fi 5, but without MIMO antenna technology, which almost halves the data rates compared with some rivals. However, they were very stable and the range was good in combination with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12.

The Vivo smartphone supports both VoLTE and WLAN calling and can manage SIP accounts directly in the system. The voice quality is good when held to the ear, but there is a subtle, tinny undertone. The noise cancellation works very well and even with very loud background noise the speaker's voice only distorts minimally. If you switch to the speaker, you also get a very decent telephony performance, which is accompanied by a weak reverb, but makes up for this with its good microphone range.

The operating system is Android 11, which Vivo covers with its Funtouch OS 11.1 interface. A few third-party apps from Booking, Netflix and TikTok are preinstalled, but they cannot all be uninstalled, but only partially deactivated. The V21 is supposed to be supplied with updates for three years.

The 90 Hz OLED display makes navigating through the system very smooth. The optical fingerprint sensor in the display is positioned quite close to the chin. It offers a good unlocking speed and high recognition rate. Two-dimensional face recognition is also available as an alternative or supplement.

Size comparison

162.2 mm / 6.39 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs160.1 mm / 6.3 inch 73.4 mm / 2.89 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs159.68 mm / 6.29 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 7.29 mm / 0.287 inch 176 g0.388 lbs154 mm / 6.06 inch 68 mm / 2.68 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs
Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)
SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB
Sony Xperia 10 III
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
85.7 (39.6min, 44.953P1 - 101max) MB/s ∼100% +105%
Oppo A94 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.9 (25min, 79.262P1 - 92max) MB/s ∼99% +103%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0 - 88.4, n=116, last 2 years)
70.3 MB/s ∼82% +68%
Vivo V21 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
41.8 (31.2min, 38.837P1 - 45.4max) MB/s ∼49%
SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB
Oppo A94 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
37.1 (31min, 31.081P1 - 60.1max) MB/s ∼100% +53%
Sony Xperia 10 III
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
37.1 (31.1min, 31.754P1 - 48.6max) MB/s ∼100% +53%
Average of class Smartphone
  (27 - 52.3, n=116, last 2 years)
33.4 MB/s ∼90% +38%
Vivo V21 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
24.2 (18.5min, 20.754P1 - 29max) MB/s ∼65%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

0102030405060708090100Tooltip
Vivo V21 5G Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 800U, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø24.2 (18.5-29)
Sony Xperia 10 III Adreno 619L, SD 690 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø37.1 (31.1-48.6)
Vivo V21 5G Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 800U, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø41.8 (31.2-45.4)
Sony Xperia 10 III Adreno 619L, SD 690 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø85.7 (39.6-101)
Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Sony Xperia 10 III
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
504 (479min - 524max) MBit/s ∼100% +70%
realme 7 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (334min - 352max) MBit/s ∼69% +17%
Vivo V21 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
296 (149min - 310max) MBit/s ∼59%
Oppo A94 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
294 (148min - 304max) MBit/s ∼58% -1%
iperf3 receive AX12
Sony Xperia 10 III
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
554 (513min - 573max) MBit/s ∼100% +54%
Oppo A94 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
361 (180min - 366max) MBit/s ∼65% 0%
Vivo V21 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
360 (176min - 373max) MBit/s ∼65%
realme 7 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
355 (300min - 365max) MBit/s ∼64% -1%
0306090120150180210240270300330360390420450480510540570Tooltip
Vivo V21 5G MediaTek Dimensity 800U, ARM Mali-G57 MP3; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø351 (176-373)
Sony Xperia 10 III Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619L; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø543 (513-573)
Vivo V21 5G MediaTek Dimensity 800U, ARM Mali-G57 MP3; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø291 (149-310)
Sony Xperia 10 III Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619L; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø504 (479-524)

Cameras - 44 MP on the front of the Vivo V21 5G

Selfie with the Vivo V21 (without LEDs)
Selfie with the Vivo V21 (without LEDs)

The secret star of the Vivo V21 5G is the 44 MP lens on the front, which even has auto-focus and optical image stabilization. As an additional feature, there are two LEDs on the display's head side, which can be activated when needed to bathe the user in a soft light and are also available in video mode. The results are impressive and the smartphone masters even difficult light situations quite confidently. Videos can be recorded in Ultra HD with 30 FPS at best.

The triple camera on the back also offers good imaging performance. The 64 MP main sensor is supplemented by an ultra-wide-angle and a macro lens. The latter is not quite convincing, but the ultra-wide-angle has a decent image quality despite its 8 MP. Videos can be recorded in 4k with 60 FPS with the main camera.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide-angleWide-angleUltra wide-angle5x ZoomLow-Light
ColorChecker
5.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
2 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
1.9 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
4 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Vivo V21 5G: 4.55 ∆E min: 1.86 - max: 8.28 ∆E
ColorChecker
26 ∆E
40.7 ∆E
34 ∆E
31.6 ∆E
37.2 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
40.2 ∆E
28.1 ∆E
28.8 ∆E
26.6 ∆E
48.9 ∆E
49.4 ∆E
25.8 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
32.1 ∆E
36.2 ∆E
42.8 ∆E
47 ∆E
43.1 ∆E
34.2 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Vivo V21 5G: 35.17 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 49.43 ∆E

Display - Vivo smartphone with bright AMOLED

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure
OLED flickering at > 56
OLED flickering at > 56

The 6.44-inch AMOLED display of the Vivo V21 5G works at up to 90 Hz and supports HLG as well as HDR10. The panel can get very bright when the ambient light sensor is enabled and even reaches up to 894 cd/m² in the APL50 measurements. If you prefer to adjust the brightness manually, you can use up to 425 cd/m².

Due to the use of OLED technology, the panel can display a perfect black, but it flickers. Up to a luminosity setting of 56%, it flickers between 235.8 and 367.6 Hz, above that it is a constant 90 Hz. A DC dimming mode is not available.

The best color representation is given when the Professional mode is selected in the settings, in which most colors are represented without major dE deviations and the white balance is close to ideal. However, only the smaller sRGB color space is then used.

748
cd/m²
743
cd/m²
740
cd/m²
756
cd/m²
747
cd/m²
745
cd/m²
761
cd/m²
747
cd/m²
750
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 761 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 748.6 cd/m² Minimum: 2.49 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 747 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.7 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
97.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.12
Vivo V21 5G
AMOLED, 2404x1080, 6.44
Sony Xperia 10 III
OLED, 2520x1080, 6.00
realme 7 5G
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Oppo A94 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Response Times
-38%
-654%
-23%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
3.6 ?(2, 1.6)
5.6 ?(2.8, 2.8)
-56%
34 ?(17, 17)
-844%
4 ?(2, 2)
-11%
Response Time Black / White *
3.2 ?(2, 1.2)
4 ?(2, 2)
-25%
18 ?(9, 9)
-463%
4 ?(2, 2)
-25%
PWM Frequency
367.6 ?(56)
242.7 ?(61)
-34%
250 ?(42)
-32%
Screen
16%
-37%
-12%
Brightness middle
747
536
-28%
490
-34%
577
-23%
Brightness
749
540
-28%
455
-39%
586
-22%
Brightness Distribution
97
97
0%
84
-13%
96
-1%
Black Level *
0.69
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.7
1.1
59%
4.01
-49%
2.7
-0%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.8
1.9
67%
8.1
-40%
7
-21%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.8
1.3
28%
2.6
-44%
1.9
-6%
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.27 97%
2.23 99%
2.25 98%
CCT
6450 101%
6494 100%
6828 95%
6617 98%
Contrast
710
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -2%
-346% / -191%
-18% / -16%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
3.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
3.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.2 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 367.6 Hz ≤ 56 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 367.6 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 56 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 367.6 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19810 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Grayscale (Profile: Professional, Target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Profile: Professional, Target color space: sRGB)
Color representation (profile: Professional, target color space: sRGB)
Color representation (profile: Professional, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (Profile: Professional, Target color space: sRGB)
Color space (Profile: Professional, Target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Professional, Target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Professional, Target color space: sRGB)
outdoors
outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Vivo V21 5G is powered by the fast MediaTek Dimensity 800U which has access to a generous 8 GB of working memory. The integrated ARM Mali-G57 MP3 is available. The SoC ensures an appealing system performance, but it can get tighter in demanding games. Although everything from the Play Store can be played, FPS and detail levels might be reduced. However, the surface temperatures remain in an unobtrusive range at all times.

The speaker on the chin side offers a quite decent sound and can also play very loud. The V21 does not have a jack, but at least an adapter is included. Media content can be streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth, for which all current codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+ and LDAC) are available.

The 4000 mAh battery also ensures good runtimes with 90 Hz, and the Vivo smartphone supports wired fast charging with 33 watts. A suitable power adapter is included with the V21.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
606 Points ∼83%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
590 Points ∼81% -3%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
598 Points ∼82% -1%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
596 Points ∼82% -2%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (596 - 606, n=4)
600 Points ∼82% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=267, last 2 years)
730 Points ∼100% +20%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1805 Points ∼77%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
1716 Points ∼73% -5%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
1778 Points ∼76% -1%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1776 Points ∼76% -2%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (1776 - 1805, n=4)
1785 Points ∼76% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=267, last 2 years)
2352 Points ∼100% +30%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
7587 Points ∼73%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
8273 Points ∼79% +9%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
7087 Points ∼68% -7%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (7087 - 7587, n=2)
7337 Points ∼70% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=193, last 2 years)
10440 Points ∼100% +38%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
7356 Points ∼67%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
11047 Points ∼100%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (8738 - 11047, n=2)
9893 Points ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15027, n=109, last 2 years)
8529 Points ∼77%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
4377 Points ∼82%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
3122 Points ∼58% -29%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
4206 Points ∼78% -4%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
4467 Points ∼83% +2%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (4206 - 4467, n=3)
4350 Points ∼81% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 14869, n=218, last 2 years)
5359 Points ∼100% +22%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
4964 Points ∼62%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
3315 Points ∼42% -33%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
4457 Points ∼56% -10%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
5012 Points ∼63% +1%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (4457 - 5012, n=3)
4811 Points ∼60% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=217, last 2 years)
7966 Points ∼100% +60%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3095 Points ∼88%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
2593 Points ∼74% -16%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
3512 Points ∼100% +13%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3236 Points ∼92% +5%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (3095 - 3512, n=3)
3281 Points ∼93% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=215, last 2 years)
3322 Points ∼95% +7%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3365 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
2178 Points ∼65% -35%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
3146 Points ∼93% -7%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3142 Points ∼93% -7%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (3142 - 3365, n=3)
3218 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=164, last 2 years)
2343 Points ∼70% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3317 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
1992 Points ∼60% -40%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
3063 Points ∼92% -8%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3226 Points ∼97% -3%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (3063 - 3317, n=3)
3202 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=164, last 2 years)
2378 Points ∼72% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3545 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
3236 Points ∼91% -9%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
3473 Points ∼98% -2%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2881 Points ∼81% -19%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (2881 - 3545, n=3)
3300 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5262, n=164, last 2 years)
2826 Points ∼80% -20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3281 Points ∼76%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
2308 Points ∼53% -30%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
3262 Points ∼75% -1%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3291 Points ∼76% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (3262 - 3291, n=3)
3278 Points ∼76% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 13223, n=234, last 2 years)
4341 Points ∼100% +32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3304 Points ∼58%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
2120 Points ∼37% -36%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
3201 Points ∼56% -3%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3300 Points ∼58% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (3201 - 3304, n=3)
3268 Points ∼58% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=233, last 2 years)
5682 Points ∼100% +72%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3205 Points ∼92%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
3344 Points ∼96% +4%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
3497 Points ∼100% +9%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3259 Points ∼93% +2%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (3205 - 3497, n=3)
3320 Points ∼95% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5857, n=233, last 2 years)
3296 Points ∼94% +3%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1607 Points ∼51%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
826 Points ∼26% -49%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1602 Points ∼51% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (1602 - 1607, n=2)
1605 Points ∼51% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=205, last 2 years)
3142 Points ∼100% +96%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1586 Points ∼41%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
826 Points ∼22% -48%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1579 Points ∼41% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (1579 - 1586, n=2)
1583 Points ∼41% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=221, last 2 years)
3841 Points ∼100% +142%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
99.4 (1605min - 1615max) % ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
99.4 (822min - 827max) % ∼100% 0%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
99.6 (1602min - 1609max) % ∼100% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (99.4 - 99.6, n=2)
99.5 % ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (42.9 - 99.8, n=187, last 2 years)
86 % ∼86% -13%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
473 Points ∼43%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
252 Points ∼23% -47%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
470 Points ∼43% -1%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (470 - 473, n=2)
472 Points ∼43% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=182, last 2 years)
1101 Points ∼100% +133%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
461 Points ∼42%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
247 Points ∼22% -46%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
458 Points ∼42% -1%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (458 - 461, n=2)
460 Points ∼42% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=177, last 2 years)
1102 Points ∼100% +139%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
99.4 (474min - 477max) % ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
99.2 (250min - 252max) % ∼100% 0%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
99.4 (471min - 474max) % ∼100% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (99.4 - 99.4, n=2)
99.4 % ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (44 - 100, n=142, last 2 years)
85.9 % ∼86% -14%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
19 fps ∼60%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
13 fps ∼41% -32%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
20 fps ∼63% +5%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
19 fps ∼60% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (19 - 20, n=4)
19.3 fps ∼61% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=260, last 2 years)
31.9 fps ∼100% +68%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
21 fps ∼53%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
16 fps ∼41% -24%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
22 fps ∼56% +5%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
21 fps ∼53% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (21 - 22, n=4)
21.3 fps ∼54% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=262, last 2 years)
39.3 fps ∼100% +87%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
12 fps ∼53%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
8 fps ∼35% -33%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
12 fps ∼53% 0%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
12 fps ∼53% 0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (12 - 12, n=4)
12 fps ∼53% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=261, last 2 years)
22.6 fps ∼100% +88%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Vivo V21 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
8 fps ∼53%
Sony Xperia 10 III
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G, Adreno 619L, 6144
5.8 fps ∼39% -27%
realme 7 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 6144
8 fps ∼53% 0%
Oppo A94 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
8.1 fps ∼54% +1%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  (7.3 - 8.1, n=4)
7.85 fps ∼52% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=262, last 2 years)
15 fps ∼100% +88%
Vivo V21 5GSony Xperia 10 IIIrealme 7 5GOppo A94 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-5%
-42%
-8%
-13%
3%
Sequential Read 256KB
989
840
-15%
877
-11%
941
-5%
697 ?(303 - 999, n=29)
-30%
991 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=257, last 2 years)
0%
Sequential Write 256KB
474
400.8
-15%
188.4
-60%
465.9
-2%
460 ?(105.3 - 857, n=29)
-3%
544 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=257, last 2 years)
15%
Random Read 4KB
185.4
172.3
-7%
92.6
-50%
163.2
-12%
166.4 ?(89.3 - 253, n=29)
-10%
179.4 ?(13.5 - 390, n=257, last 2 years)
-3%
Random Write 4KB
176.9
210.7
19%
95.1
-46%
156.1
-12%
165.4 ?(113.8 - 213, n=29)
-7%
178.9 ?(18.4 - 503, n=258, last 2 years)
1%

Temperature

Max. Load
 33.7 °C
93 F
33.5 °C
92 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 33.8 °C
93 F
33.1 °C
92 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 34.1 °C
93 F
33.7 °C
93 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
32.4 °C
90 F
33.7 °C
93 F
33.6 °C
92 F
31.8 °C
89 F
33.1 °C
92 F
33.8 °C
93 F
30.8 °C
87 F
32.8 °C
91 F
32.9 °C
91 F
Maximum: 33.8 °C = 93 F
Average: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.1 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.1 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.8 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.436.22527.535.13121.1344023.937.15033.241.86320.338.68021.639.710025.538.812517.741.816018.246.520015.550.225015.357.231517.658.640015.760.750016.665.463014.962.680015.272.410001678.8125015.281.3160015.378.8200014.780.2250015.182.3315015.775.3400014.776500014.881.8630014.882.3800015.480.41000014.579.21250014.578.91600013.864.3SPL27.491.5N0.986.5median 15.3median 75.3Delta1.110.941.739.231.828.726.531.123.626.438.541.63031.727.627.824.52814.827.218.337.715.939.616.644.815.352.514.257.215.16114.164.412.571.314.773.915.176.514.775.914.375.914.777.514.578.514.382.114.173.714.373.714.472.714.380.114.37813.157.126.788.70.873.5median 14.5median 72.70.712.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseVivo V21 5GSony Xperia 10 III
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Vivo V21 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.4% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.2% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 43% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Sony Xperia 10 III audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Vivo V21 5G
4000 mAh
Sony Xperia 10 III
4500 mAh
realme 7 5G
5000 mAh
Oppo A94 5G
4310 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
839
809
-4%
1026
22%
1026
22%
895 ?(424 - 1953, n=267, last 2 years)
7%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 91)
13h 59min

Pros

+ bright 90Hz AMOLED
+ Fast charging with 33W
+ decent front and rear cameras

Cons

- lame microSD slot
- weak macro lens

Verdict - Good overall package in the V21 5G

In review: Vivo V21 5G. Test device provided by Vivo Germany.
In review: Vivo V21 5G. Test device provided by Vivo Germany.

The Vivo V21 5G offers a strong overall concept that is primarily aimed at selfie enthusiasts. The 44 MP front-facing camera not only has many pixels, but also scores with good picture results. It also has an autofocus, OIS and a dual LED. If you like selfies, the V21 is just right for you.

The rest of the equipment is also impressive. The MediaTek SoC in combination with the bright 90 Hz OLED ensures an appealing system speed. In addition, there is plenty of storage, which can also be expanded, as well as good battery runtimes. Furthermore, fast charging with up to 33 watts is possible. The generous scope of delivery is also positive because neither a headset, a jack adapter nor a 33-watt power supply are mandatory.

The Vivo V21 5G is a strong mid-range smartphone that stands out from the crowd with its great selfie features.

The Vivo smartphone does not have to put up with much criticism. The IP52 certification (protection against falling drops of water) is nice, but a higher protection rating would certainly have been nicer. The microSD slot also shows a very slow performance in the test. An exciting alternative is the Sony Xperia 10 III, which offers full protection against water, but scores weaker in terms of cameras. Those who simply want more speed should take a look at the realme GT 5G but this also comes at a high price in terms of camera compromises.

Price and availability

The Vivo V21 5G is offered with an MSRP of €399 (~$469). It is available at many online stores like NBB or Cyberport but also available in brick-and-mortar stores at MediaMarkt and Saturn.

Vivo V21 5G - 08/30/2022 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
51 / 70 → 73%
Weight
90%
Battery
90%
Display
91%
Games Performance
39 / 64 → 61%
Application Performance
86 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 90 → 86%
Camera
72%
Average
79%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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