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Vivo X21 UD with under-display fingerprint sensor likely to launch in India on May 29

Vivo has sent out media invites for a launch event on May 29, where it is expected to launch the X21 UD smartphone.

  • Published: May 11, 2018 2:47 PM IST
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Vivo launched the X21 and X21 UD in China earlier this year. Now it seems to be planning on bringing the smartphone to India. The Chinese company has sent out media invites for a launch event in India on May 29.

The invite sent by Vivo doesn’t explicitly mention the X21 UD smartphone. Instead, it depicts a large ‘X’ on a dark background, and mentions the May 29 launch date. This timeframe falls in line with earlier reports about Vivo launching its new smartphone in India towards the end of this month.

It is too soon to say whether Vivo plans to launch a brand new X-series or rebrand the X21 UD as the V9+ for the Indian market. Vivo already sells the V9 and V9 Youth smartphones in India, and V9+ could become unique thanks to its in-display fingerprint sensor. It is also unclear if Vivo will launch the standard X21 smartphone with a fingerprint sensor placed at the back.

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The Vivo X21 UD’s talking point is no doubt its in-display fingerprint sensor. The sensor has been developed in collaboration with US-based Synaptics. In this setup, the display is illuminated to read the unique pattern of a fingerprint for authenticatication. The display is essentially placed between the glass and OLED panel, while the actuating PCB is placed underneath the OLED display.

Vivo X21 UD specifications, features

As far as specifications are concerned, the Vivo X21 UD flaunts a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. There’s also a notch at the top that houses the selfie camera and IR fill light. This setup is essential for 3D mapping one’s face for the Face Wake 2.0 feature.

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC paired with Adreno 512 GPU, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB storage. For photography, there’s a dual-camera setup (12-megapixel+5-megapixel) at the back. For selfies, there’s a 12-megapixel snapper up front.

The smartphone is backed by a 3,200mAh battery with fast-charging support. On the software front, it runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Funtouch OS 4.0 layered on top.

Vivo X21 UD prices

In China, the smartphone is priced at RMB 3,598 (Rs 37,000 approximately). As per reports, the India price is expected to be similarly high, and Vivo will justify the price tag with the new technology. Buyers will be able to choose from Ruby Red and Black colors.

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  • Published Date: May 11, 2018 2:47 PM IST