Vivo Philippines surprised everyone when they launched the new Vivo X21 here in the country. While it sure has innovative features, people were really surprised by its ridiculous price tag.

The Vivo X21‘s asking price easily stacks it up with some of the high-end and flagship devices that are out today. One of which is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S — the company’s beefed-up smartphone that’s second to the throne of the Mi 8.

While the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S might not have all the cool new features of the Mi 8, it sure comes with all the right hardware that easily makes it a proper flagship smartphone.


Probably the obvious question here is, are the new features of the Vivo X21 enough to justify its price tag? Or are those new things just novelties and you’re better off spending your money for a real and proper high-end smartphone? Go ahead and check out our Vivo X21 versus Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S specifications and features comparison below to find out.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s - Price, Specs, Features, Availability


Vivo X21Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
FunTouch OS 4.0
Android 8.0 Oreo
MIUI 9.5
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.28-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display
2280 × 1080 resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
5.99-inch FHD+ IPS
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Processor2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
RAM6GBAdreno 630
GPUAdreno 5126GB/8GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera12-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel (f/1.8 aperture) +
5-megapixel (f/2.4 aperture)
LED flash
12-megapixel (f/1.9, wide-angle) +
12-megapixel (f/2.4, telephoto)
dual 4-axis OIS
dual-LED flash
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Others90.3% screen-to-body ratio
Always On display
81.9% screen-to-body ratio
AudioSingle loudspeaker
AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip
Single loudspeaker
WiFi 802.11 ac, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP
FM Radio
WiFi 802.11 ac, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP
USB Type-C
Dimensions154.45 × 74.78 × 7.37mm150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1mm
Fast charging
Fast charge, Wireless charging
PricePhp29,9996GB/64GB: Php27,990
6GB/128GB: PHP29,990


The Vivo X21’s in-display fingerprint scanner and other nifty features made it known across the world. However, it’s obvious that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S beats it in all the other aspects.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S seals its flagship status with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the processor of choice for most top-of-the-line handsets right now.

On the other hand, the X21 only runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. It’s midrange caliber at best, and it’s definitely not a flagship-material chipset for a smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

The Super AMOLED screen on the X21 is way better than the IPS panel found on the Mi Mix 2S. It also has a dedicated HiFi audio chip that noticeably improves the sound coming out from headphones.

The Mi Mix 2S also has a killer set of cameras. Although its 5-megapixel front camera is way inferior to the selfie prowess of the X21’s 12-megapixel front shooter. But where the Mi Mix 2S really shines is in the primary camera.

It sports a 12-megapixel (wide) and 12-megapixel (telephoto) dual rear cameras, which are both rigged with 4-axis optical image stabilization. On the other hand, the X21 only has a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual rear cameras. The secondary shooter is only used to capture depth data for the Portrait Mode effect.

See also: OPPO Find X vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S: Specs Comparison


The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S also has a larger battery with wireless charging capability. All that for a price tag of Php29,990, which is even a tad bit cheaper than the X21.

However, it’s hard to disregard the hard work that Vivo did with the X21. Its in-display fingerprint scanner gives us a peek into the feature. We’ve tested it already and it works surprisingly okay. It might not be as good as the traditional technology, but considering that it is in its early stages, it’s hard not to be impressed.

Unfortunately, there’s really a price to pay to experience something as cool as this. Vivo X21 retails for a price of Php29,999 in the Philippines.

Vivo X21 — NoypiGeeks

At the end of the day, I guess I still gotta give the trophy to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. This thing just delivers the best value for the price. But if money is not an issue, I still suggest that you skip the X21 and wait for the Vivo NEX S instead.

The Vivo NEX S has the same fingerprint scanner technology, plus a pop-up camera for a truly bezel-less display and a slew of capable and flagship-worthy hardware just like the Mi Mix 2S. On the downside, Vivo is yet to announce its official pricing and availability here in the Philippines.


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