vivo Y21 review

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vivo Y21 review

Vivo is one of the companies that has its niche in the market. It produces smartphones with an unusual design of the back panel and an exciting main camera, without considering what the competition does. In 2021, this policy continues. Vivo Y21 is a worthy representative of its family and is aimed at consumers with a limited budget. It was created for loyal customers who already know the V21 and like its design. And what is he? It's very similar to the iPhone - as we know it until the iPhone 12 era.

vivo Y21 Specifications

  • Release date: 2021, August 20
  • Colors: Diamond Glow, Midnight Blue
  • Dimensions: 164.3 x 76.1 x 8 mm.
  • Weight: 182 g.
  • Screen: 6.51" in, 720 x 1600, IPS LCD
  • Camera : Dual, 13MP
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
  • Battery: 5000, Li-Po, non-removable
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Operating system: Android 11, Funtouch 11.1
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

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In appearance, Vivo Y21 creates a feeling of massiveness and austere style. Its body is 8 mm thick, which suggests that there is a large battery under it. The fingerprint scanner is side-mounted - typically in the spirit of Xiaomi's low-cost models.

As IP67 or IP68 protection is not provided, dropping the Vivo Y21 into water is not a good idea. However, it is resistant to water splashes and can be safely used on a rainy day.


Vivo Y21 has a stylish 6.52-inch display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 269 inches. The matrix is ​​IPS type. In the menu you will find the mode "Eye protection" and "Color temperature adjustment". You should also evaluate the adaptive brightness positively. As for the maximum, it is 480 nits - enough to read from the screen while on the beach.

The screen refresh rate is 60 Hz - a good indicator for a smartphone of the Vivo Y21 class.

At the top of the display you will find a teardrop-shaped slot for the front camera. The area around it is a slight blackout, which makes the camera even more invisible.

Always on Display technology is not supported.


In this model of Vivo is based on a single-chip system MediaTek Helio P35, implemented by 16-nm process technology. The zipper is divided into two clusters. The processor is not new. It was introduced about 3 years ago. PowerVR Rogue GE8320 is responsible for the graphics.

You will find Vivo Y21 on the market in two configurations - with 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage. This amount of memory is standard and sufficient for everyday work.

The smartphone comes with Android 11 operating system and Funtouch OS 11.1 interface. In the settings you will find a useful mode for gamers, which supports various parameters relevant to the use of games. We will mention 4D vibration, sound quality, improving the vision from a bird's eye view and more.

Gesture-oriented special features remain available to the user.

It is noteworthy that Vivo has not worked seriously on upgrading the interface. However, there are good adjustments in a positive direction. The functionality of the Vivo Y21 is ever greater than before.


In the Vivo Y21 you get a dual rear camera, whose main module is 13-megapixel. It is complemented by a 2-megapixel macro sensor. As for the front camera, it is single and standard for this price range.

Among the shooting modes you will find a basic variety - portrait, video, panorama, live photos, timelapse, professional mode and more. You can also adjust the color temperature, start an eye-friendly mode, and more. No stabilization is provided - neither optical nor electronic.

In daylight, the main camera Vivo Y21 will delight you with good shots. They will be above average. If you decide to shoot against the sun, the contrast is serious.

The maximum approximation of the picture is four times. For fans of the bokeh effect, it is important to note that the artificial blur of the background looks good. The transition between the subject and the background is smooth and impressive.

The auxiliary camera can shoot objects up to 4 cm. It will provide you with photos with a good level of detail.

Since night mode is not provided, you will need to show the best of your photographic capabilities with the tools available.

Autonomous work

The Vivo Y21 has a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh. Autonomous work does not impress with who knows what results. They are typical for this class of phones. In normal operation, you can reach for the charger in a day and a half or two. For more active use, it is advisable to recharge the same day.

Vivo has provided fast charging support. The power level is 18W. You can recharge your Vivo Y21 from 0 to 100% in less than an hour and a half.


Vivo Y21 looks interesting and offers a modern set of options. Among its advantages are a large battery, which after updating the system has the potential to provide you with even better battery life. Its main camera, although not at a super level, offers decent quality photos and videos. In addition, we must note the high contrast and detail.


  • Excellent rear panel design
  • Beautiful display
  • Memory card support


  • Weak processor
  • No infrared port

vivo Y21 video review

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the vivo Y21 and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by vivo.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor

Hello, I am Richard Taylor, a technology expert and journalist from the UK. I have a degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham. My passion is the latest technology, especially smartphones. That's why I chose to test, analyze, and write expert reviews about them. My technical expertise, combined with a deep passion for technology and years of experience, has made me a trusted source of information. Over the years, I have written reviews for various sites, but for quite some time now, I have been writing exclusively for PhonesData. You can see more about me here or read all my smartphone reviews here.

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