Vivo X21

Features

Another phone with a 6.28 inch FHD+ display with an AMOLED screen, notch and chin. The most exciting feature of this phone is an in-display fingerprint reader, which is a first apparently for commercially available phones. It must be noted that an in-display finger print reader is slightly slower compared to the conventional readers.  It uses a Snapdragon 660 processor, hence priced much higher than the other SD 636 phones. The X21 has dual rear camera (12MP+5MP) and a 12MP selfie shooter. The second sim slot is a hybrid slot– sim or memory card. The 3200 mAh battery should last a day. There is still no clarity regarding the presence/absence of an NFC sensor.

Pricing

In India, it is available exclusively on Flipkart at a price of INR 35,990 right now. 128/6 GB version is the only one available. Considering the One Plus 6 64/6 GB (with SD 845) version priced lesser than the Vivo X21 right now, it appears as if we would be paying a premium largely for the in-display fingerprint reader.

Verdict

Although the phone it self looks gorgeous, performs well in real life conditions, allows for up-gradation of memory, it would have made more sense if it was priced around the 30k mark in India; at 36k, OP6 seems to be a better buy.

There’s a notch, after all!

I was eagerly awaiting the release of the much hyped mobile phone from Lenovo– the Z5.

Well, it was officially announced in China today at 2pm local time. I was sorely disappointed to see that it does in fact have a notch and a chin as well! Far from the bezel-less beauty all of us were promised and expecting. It also does not have 4TB of memory or 45 days battery backup.

It will be competing against the likes of Redmi note 5 pro and Nokia x6. All these phones come with the same Snapdragon 636 processor and 6 gigs of RAM.

If you get over the initial sore disappointments, it is a decent mid segment phone priced competitively (in China at least). Global availability was not announced.