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.
|Vivo X21||Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
FunTouch OS 4.0
|Android 8.0 Oreo
|Display||6.28-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
|Processor||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core||2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core|
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel (f/1.8 aperture) +|
5-megapixel (f/2.4 aperture)
|12-megapixel (f/1.9, wide-angle) +
12-megapixel (f/2.4, telephoto)
dual 4-axis OIS
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Others||90.3% screen-to-body ratio|
Always On display
|81.9% screen-to-body ratio|
AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip
WiFi 802.11 ac, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
WiFi 802.11 ac, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
|Dimensions||154.45 × 74.78 × 7.37mm||150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1mm|
Fast charge, Wireless charging
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.
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.
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.
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.