Vivo will launch its one-of-its-kind X21 UD phone in India on May 29, sources have confirmed to India Today Tech. The Vivo X21 UD, although it comes with what you can mid-tier hardware, belongs to the first wave of smartphones to feature an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This means, there’s no dedicated physical home button with a fingerprint scanner up-top, on the X21 UD. Instead the whole of the screen — a dedicated part of it actually — will serve as a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.
Vivo has sent out an invite that shows a big X in the background hinting that an X series phone is coming to India. The release also has a message, ‘see you on May 29 2018’ which confirms that the phone will launched on May 29.
The X21 UD is notably Vivo’s second phone to feature an in-screen fingerprint scanner — not counting the concept Apex here — after the X20 UD. Vivo is not launching the regular X21 and there’s a slight possibility that it may sell the X21 UD in India as simply the X21. The phone is likely to be priced at around Rs 35,000 which means that it would compete directly with the likes of the OnePlus 6 as well as the Honor 10 which will be launching in India in the days to come as well.
The X21 UD, apart from its futuristic in-screen fingerprint scanner, comes with rather mid-tier specs. It comes with a 6.28-inch near bezel-less screen — with a notch — with a 19:9 aspect ratio albeit with a full-HD+ resolution. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which is also expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS.
Interestingly, the Vivo X21 is one of the select few third-party devices to be eligible for Google’s Android P Beta program, along side the Pixel phones. This means you can download and install Android P Beta on the Vivo X21 the same day that it’s rolling out for the Google Pixel phones.
On the optics side, the X21 UD comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and another 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The dual camera system is assisted by PDAF and LED flash. On the front, the X21 UD comes with a 12-megapixel camera.
The X21 UD is backed by a 3,200mAh battery with support for fast charging although Vivo is using a standard micro-USB port here.