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vivo X21s announced: A bigger, longer lasting vivo X21 is here

Who says you should choose between in-display fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack? Certainly not vivo...

Published onNovember 9, 2018

The vivo X21s.
  • The vivo X21s has been announced by the Chinese brand.
  • Vivo’s latest phone is largely identical to the X21, but offers a slightly bigger battery and larger display.
  • The new phone will retail for ~$361 in China, putting it squarely in the mid-range price bracket.

The vivo X21 was a landmark device for the company, coming as part of the first wave of phones with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The brand then followed up with the MediaTek-powered vivo X21i, and the variants aren’t stopping just yet.

vivo has just launched the vivo X21s (h/t: MySmartPrice), and it’s mostly identical to the standard model. That means a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and a 12MP+5MP (f/1.8 and f/2.4) rear camera setup. The phone also retains the X21’s in-display fingerprint sensor.

There are a few key differences though, such as a 3,400mAh battery, a 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera, and a 6.41-inch full HD+ AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch. By comparison, the vanilla X21 offers a 3,200mAh battery, a 12MP selfie shooter, and a notched 6.28-inch full HD+ screen. Additionally, the new phone is only available in a 128GB variant, as opposed to the X21’s 64GB and 128GB options.

Fortunately, the vivo X21s has a headphone jack, but it seems like the device is still using the older microUSB port rather than USB Type-C. As for software, the new phone packs Android 8.1 powered by vivo’s FunTouch OS — no Android Pie just yet.

The vivo X21s is set to retail for 2,498 yuan (~$360), which means it’s one of the cheaper devices with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s not the cheapest one though, as the recent OPPO K1 offers an in-display scanner for ~$231. 

It seems like the new phone is only available in China right now, but you can check out the store listing via the button below.

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