Vivo V21 set to launch in Kenya, brings 44MP Front Camera with OIS

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Vivo is not a newcomer in the Kenyan market anymore. The Chinese OEM with ties to global brands like OnePlus, Oppo, and the newest entrant into the Kenyan mobile scene, Realme, has given us pretty decent devices over the few years it’s been around.

Early this year, we saw Vivo bringing the Vivo Y20s into the Kenyan market, a device that brought so much value to its users for a rather reasonable Ksh 20,999.

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In keeping with the same momentum, and probably in response to the ‘smartphone season’ we’ve been treated to over the past two months or so by Transsion-owned Infinix and Tecno, Vivo is set to introduce yet another device.

Reports now indicate that the Vivo V21 is coming to Kenya in the next couple of weeks.


The Vivo V21 offers quite the Android experience as demonstrated by the following spec-sheet.

Vivo V21 Specs  
Size6.44" with a 90Hz refresh rate
Resolution2400x1080 pixels
500 nits of peak brightness
PlatformOperating SystemAndroid 11; Funtouch 11
ChipsetMediaTek Dimensity 800U
CPUOcta-core (2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUPowerVR GE8320
MemoryRAM8 GB with extendable RAM capability - makes it act like it has 11GB
- UFS 2.2
NetworkTechnology4G LTE
CameraMain64MP primary, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth. Videos are recorded in 1080p at 30fps.
OIS and EIS to capture ultra-high-definition photos and videos at night.
Eye Auto Tracking technology
Artificial Intelligence Night Portrait that uses smart software to intuitively focus on faces, balance highlights, and shadows for the best photo in low-light conditions
- 4K@30fps (no OIS), 1080p@30/60fps
Front44MP with Selfie Super Night Mode
- 4K@30fps (no OIS), 1080p@30/60fps
TypeLi-Ion | 33W
ColorsSunset Dazzle, Dusk Blue, and Arctic White
FeaturesType-C charging port, Optical under-display fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.1

Perhaps the headlining feature of the Vivo V21 is the 44MP selfie shooter that has both OIS and EIS. This should, at least in theory, see the V21 produce crisp selfie shots.

At the back, the device will come with a triple camera set up, a 64MP which is also equipped with OIS and EIS to capture ultra-high-definition photos and videos at night, an 8MP wide-angle rear camera to capture the entirety of a scenic view, and a 2MP macro camera for close and personal shots to complete the V21 making it truly the camera smartphone for all occasions.

Pricing and Availability

Now, the Vivo V21 is yet to be officially launched in Kenya but the company says that we are looking at a launch date slated for later this month. It is at that event taht we shall learn more on the device’s pricing.

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That said, the device has been selling in other markets for a price of about $380. This means that we should expect a price of around Ksh 40,000 as the retail price for this device.


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