P29,999 Vivo X21 is the first widely available smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor

Vivo is officially the first to bring to mass market, with upper midrange pricing, an in-display fingerprint sensor smartphone, the Vivo X21. Technically, the $2,000 Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the first to have an in-display fingerprint sensor – but the sensor was either redundant (as there’s also a rear fingerprint sensor) or unreliable. The Vivo X21 is more affordable and its in-display fingerprint sensor is more reliable. The P29,999 X21 will be available nationwide starting June 22. It will also be available at Shopee and Akulaku.

Photo by Peter Icogo of GizGuide.

Vivo X21 Specs

6.28-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2.5D curved glass
– FHD+ (2280 x 1080 resolution) with 402 ppi
– Gorilla Glass 3 protection
2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor
– with Qualcomm AIE Artificial Intelligence Chip
Adreno 512 GPU
6GB RAM | 128GB storage up to 256GB via micro SD card
Rear Camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4
– with Dual Pixel PDAF and LED flash
– shoots 4K video
Selfie Camera: 12MP f/2.0 with A.I. Face Beauty
3,200mAh Battery with fast charging
Android 8.1 Oreo w/ Funtouch OS 4.0
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
WiFi, 4G LTE w/ VLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Face Unlock, AK4376A HiFi DAC
Comes in Black, Aurora White, Ruby Red
154.45 x 74.78 x 7.37 mm | 156.2 g
Price: PHP 29,999

Photo by Anjie de los Reyes of Teknogadyet.

Unlike other smartphones, the Vivo X21 has no physical rear or bottom-chin fingerprint sensor, and instead allows its user to rely, for unlocking the phone, on the in-display fingerprint sensor or face unlock. Apart from relying on A.I. for improved selfies, the X21’s A.I. also learns your phone use habits and adapts optimally, and has A.I. Game Mode that eliminates distractions so you can focus on your game. Also, the Vivo X21’s AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip gives users super clear sound.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.