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Vivo X21 for Rs 35,990: In-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 660 – A Quick Round-up

Vivo X21 is the first smartphone in the world with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

After unveiling in China a few months ago, Vivo has finally brought the X21 to the Indian shores. Known to be the first smartphone in the world to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, one can buy it in India officially for a price of Rs 35,990. The X21 will be exclusive to Flipkart.

The X21 is Vivo’s flagship offering for the Indian market. The smartphone’s headlining features is the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner that sits in the bottom half of the display. The sensor uses optical technology to read the fingerprint and authenticate unlock requests. Just like conventional Android smartphones, the fingerprint sensor can be used to unlock the phone as well as apps. Vivo has also baked in the Face Wake facial recognition system that relies on an IR fill light as well as 3D depth sensing front camera to unlock even in darker conditions.

The Vivo X21 is made out of a glass-metal combo. The smartphone is built around the Snapdragon 660 chipset accompanying 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. It runs on Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. There’s a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display in an aspect ratio of 19:9, with a notch on top. Funtouch OS 4.0 also brings several navigational gestures, getting rid of the buttons.

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When it comes to optics, the X21 sports a 12MP+ 5MP dual camera setup with PDAF. There’s a 12MP front camera that can shoot selfies in bokeh mode, depending on AI algorithms. The smartphone is kept alive by a 3200mAh battery, which supports fast charging through a micro USB port. The smartphone also supports Bluetooth 5.0.

The Vivo X21 is officially supported by Google for testing the Android P Developer Preview.

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