vivo V21 5G & V21e 4G: Which one is for you?
vivo recently launched in the Philippines two smartphones, the vivo V21 5G and the vivo v21e 4G. Although under the same series, the two devices are different devices to cater to different types of users. The two devices are also priced differently, so you might be asking, which one is for you? We’ll answer that question below.
|vivo V21 5G||vivo V21e 4G|
|6.44-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED display, 90Hz, 409ppi||6.44-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) AMOLED display, 409ppi|
|MediaTek Dimensity 800U 2.4GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G 2.3GHz octa-core CPU|
|Mali-G57 MC3 GPU||Adreno 618 GPU|
|8GB + 3GB extended RAM||8GB + 3GB extended RAM|
|128GB storage||128GB storage|
|microSD card slot (hybrid)||microSD card slot (dedicated)|
|Triple rear cameras:||Triple rear cameras:|
|• 64MP F1.79 (main)||• 64MP F1.89 (main)|
|• 8MP F2.2 (ultra-wide)||• 8MP F2.2 (ultra-wide)|
|• 2MP F2.4 (macro)||• 2MP F2.4 (macro)|
|44MP F2.0 front camera||44MP F2.0 front camera|
|5G, 4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)|
|WiFi 802.11 ac||WiFi 802.11 ac|
|Bluetooth 5.1||Bluetooth 5.1|
|GPS, BEIDOU, GALILEO, GLONASS||GPS, BEIDOU, GALILEO, GLONASS, QZSS|
|Fingerprint scanner (in-display)||Fingerprint scanner (in-display)|
|USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)||Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)|
|4,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging||4,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging|
|159.68 x 73.9 x 7.29~7.39mm||161.24 x 74.37 x 7.38mm|
|Dusk Blue, Sunset Dazzle||Diamond Flare, Roman Black|
One of the first things you’ll notice about the vivo V21 series is its design. The vivo V21 5G features a straight side frame that looks industrial yet classy and premium. It measures only 7.29mm thin and weighs a light 176g. The vivo V21e 4G, on the other hand, has a smooth rounded frame, resembling a pebble. It’s also thin at 7.38mm and even lighter at 171g.
At first glance, you might think that the two devices are identical. But you can immediately tell the difference in the colors. The vivo V21 5G comes in Dusk Blue and Sunset Dazzle with AG Matte Glass, which looks like frosted glass with a nice shimmer.
The vivo V21e 4G, on the other hand, comes in Roman Black with vertical lines, and Diamond Flare with AG Glass, which projects exciting diamond patterns.
Both devices sport 6.44-inch screens with Full HD+ resolution at 409ppi and AMOLED panels. The V21 5G has HDR10+ certification while the V21e 4G HDR10. What this means is that you’re getting immersive hi-res screens that are vibrant with punchy colors and deep blacks, which is what you need if you like viewing photos, watching videos, or playing games.
Those who are looking for a smooth experience when scrolling or navigating around the UI will enjoy the 90Hz refresh rate on the V21 5G.
CPU and GPU
Powering the vivo V21 5G is a MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip with a 2.4GHz octa-core CPU and Mali-G57 MC3 GPU. The vivo V21e 4G, on the other hand, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chip with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 618 GPU.
Both are powerful configurations capable of delivering their features and handling plenty of applications including games. In addition, they’re running on FunTouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11. For its AnTuTu v8 score at Kimovil.com, the vivo V21 5G got a score of 343,150, while the vivo V21e 4G got a score of 323,000.
Memory and Storage
When it comes to memory, both have 8GB RAM and use a technology called Extended RAM. What it means is that the vivo V21 5G and V21e 4G can tap on the storage space and allocate 3GB to the current RAM. This feature allows the smartphones to have more apps and services in the background and run them smoothly.
For storage, both have 128GB. However, the V21e 4G has a dedicated microSD card slot, unlike the V21 5G that uses a hybrid setup.
The vivo V21 5G and V21e 4G pack triple-rear cameras consisting of a 64MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 2MP macro. This configuration makes the devices versatile in shooting different kinds of subjects, but there’s more to them.
The V21 5G has OIS, 4K Video, Eye Autofocus, Super Night mode, Ultra-Wide Night, Ultra Stable Video, Super Macro, Bokeh Portrait, and Multi-Style Portrait. The V21e 4G, on the other hand, has the same features except for OIS.
vivo is known for its selfie technology and the V21 series gets a high-resolution sensor at 44MP with AF, which means you’ll get really sharp and bright self-portraits.
For features, the V21 5G has Night, AI Night Portrait, Eye Autofocus, 4K Video, Ultra Stable Video, Light Filters, Kid Face Beauty, Beauty Mark Retention, Head Slimming, Double Exposure, Video Face Beauty, and Dual-View Video.
What makes it stand out more compared to other smartphones is its Dual Selfie Spotlight, which is two LED flashes embedded in the bezel so you can take selfie photos and videos in the dark.
For the V21e 4G, it has AI Night Portrait, 4K Video, Steadiface, Portrait light effect, Video Face Beauty, and Dual-View Video. It doesn’t have the Dual Selfie Spotlight but it has Super Night Selfie for brighter selfies in low-light.
Connectivity and Features
The two devices got basic connectivity features. There’s dual-SIM, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C, and SatNavs. For biometrics, we have in-display fingerprint scanners.
What will separate the two, though, is mobile data connectivity. As the name of the devices suggests, the V21 5G has 5G connectivity, while the V21e 4G connects on 4G LTE.
Both devices are packed with the same 4,000mAh battery with 33W FlashCharge to refill the battery to 63% in just 30 minutes . But the battery life could be different given the different chipset and mobile data features.
The vivo V21 5G is priced at PHP 23,999, while the vivo V21e 4G is at PHP 17,999, so you’re probably asking…
Which one is for you?
If you’re looking for a smartphone that can provide you with good performance, great rear and front cameras, and a big battery for a budget of PHP 18K, the vivo V20e 4G.
But if you have a bigger budget and want to take elevate the camera capabilities to include OIS on the rear and front cameras as well as Dual Selfie Spotlight, and 5G connectivity to get faster mobile internet speeds, go for the vivo V21 5G.
Regardless of what you choose, both devices will provide you with great cameras and good performance depending on your budget.
How about you guys, which one will you get? The vivo V21 5G or vivo V21e 4G? Let us know in the comments below.