Vivo V21 5G phone review

The Vivo V21 5G’s 44MP front camera with OIS is a selfie lover's dream

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Vivo V21 5G is a midrange phone with one main goal – to be the ultimate selfie lover’s choice, and for the price, you won’t find better. While it isn’t the best smartphone across the board with its mid-powered processor and plastic design, and its main camera doesn’t always nail the shot, it’s a fun and welcome option for selfie fans, has a punchy AMOLED screen and a sleek design.


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    Excellent selfie camera

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    Good looking 90Hz AMOLED screen

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    In-display fingerprint scanner


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    Midrange processor

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    Primary camera isn't best-in-class

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    Mediocre mono speaker

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If the V21 5G is the first smartphone you’ve heard of from Vivo – you’ve missed some cracking devices. The Chinese brand’s been making great strides in mobile photography with its smart gimbal technology and Zeiss partnership in the Vivo X60 Pro 5G, and more recently, the X70 Pro Plus.

With its 6.44-inch display, the V21 5G looks like a very run-of-the-mill midrange phone on first impression, however, this phone has a superpower – it wants to be the best selfie camera in the world. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.