Vivo V23e vs Vivo V21 5G: Selfie Phones Comparison

started to release devices with amazing selfie cameras and it is bringing them even to the global market. Earlier this year, the company launched the Vivo V21 5G coming with one of the best selfie cameras ever which includes OIS and a front-facing flash. Now, the Chinese giant came up with the first phone from the V23 series and it has another awesome selfie camera: we are talking about the Vivo V23e. While the Vivo V21 5G is a higher-end variant of the V21 series, the V23e is the entry-level model from the V23 lineup. So which one is better? This comparison between their specifications will hopefully let you find out.

V23e vs Vivo V21 5G

V23e V21 5G
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 160.9 x 74.3 x 7.4 mm, 172 grams 159.7 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm, 176 grams
DISPLAY  6.44 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), AMOLED  6.44 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), AMOLED
PROCESSOR Mediatek Helio G96, octa-core 2.05 GHz Mediatek Dimensity 800U, octa-core 2.4 GHz
MEMORY 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD slot
SOFTWARE   11, Funtouch OS   11, Funtouch OS
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS
CAMERA Triple 64 + 8 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
50 MP f/2.0 front camera
Triple 64 + 8 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
44 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 4050 mAh, fast charging 44W 4000 mAh, fast charging 33W


The designs of these handsets do not differ too much. If we look at the front panel, they are almost impossible to distinguish from each other. But the V21 5G has a higher screen to body ratio, as well as slightly smaller dimensions. On the rear side, the only important difference regards the camera module: on the Vivo V23e, the cameras are arranged vertically, while the Vivo V21 5G has a more similar placement to the latest iPhones, more square-shaped and with cameras sporting different dimensions. Both the phones are built with polycarbonate and they do not offer premium materials, but they are very thin and lightweight.


Do not get fooled by the fact that V23e is a more recent model: the best display belongs to the Vivo V21 5G. It is equipped with an AMOLED display sporting a diagonal of 6.44 inches, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and the HDR10+ certification. The Vivo V23e has an AMOLED display as well, but its refresh rate is standard and you do not get certifications indicating that its image quality is improved. Vivo V21 5G and V23e come with Full HD+ resolutions and an in-display fingerprint reader. The display diagonal is the same but, as said above, the V21 5G has a higher screen to body ratio that means narrower bezels around the display.


These phones are both mid-rangers, but the best hardware setup is provided by the V21 5G. The Mediatek Dimensity 800U found on the V21 5G is actually superior to the Mediatek Helio G96 of the V23e in terms of CPU and GPU performance. Further, it supports the 5G connectivity, while the Helio G96 does not. The RAM goes up to 8 GB, but you can get more internal storage if you choose the Vivo V21 5G: up to 256 GB of UFS 2.2 native storage which you can furtherly expand through a micro SD slot. Both the handsets run 11 out of the box, but the Vivo V23e comes with Funtouch OS 12 providing more features and renewed look, while the V21 5G is still based on Funtouch OS 11.1.


The rear cameras of these two devices are exactly the same: a 64 MP main sensor with an f/1.8 focal aperture, an 8 MP ultrawide lens, and a 2 MP macro camera. But the Vivo V21 5G is able to provide a better photo quality because it has OIS improving the stabilization. The Vivo V23e has a more powerful dual-LED flash, but having OIS is a more important added value, even in low light conditions. The most important aspect of these phones is the selfie camera. With the Vivo V21 5G, you get a whopping 44 MP front camera with OIS and a front-facing dual-LED flash. The Vivo V23e has an even more interesting sensor with a 50 MP resolution, but it lacks OIS and front-facing LED flash. Despite being older, the Vivo V21 5G wins the selfie comparison.


The Vivo V23e has a slightly bigger battery with a capacity of 4050 mAh (against just 4000 mAh), but the Vivo V21 5G can still provide a longer battery life because its processor is built with a better 7 nm production process. On the other hand, the Vivo V23e has a faster charging technology with 44W power, but you still get a high speed while charging the Vivo V21 5G thanks to a power of 33W.

Vivo V23e vs Vivo V21 5G: Price

The starting prices of Vivo V23e and V21 5G in the Asian market roughly translate into €330/$370 at the actual change, but the V21 5G has a wider availability and is available with better street prices because it is older. That is the reason why the Vivo V21 5G wins the value for money comparison while still providing a superior hardware and camera department.

Vivo V23e vs Vivo V21 5G: PRO and CONS

Vivo V23e


  • Faster charging
  • Funtouch OS 12 out of the box
  • Better rear flash LED


Vivo V21 5G


  • 5G
  • Superior display
  • Better front camera
  • Front-facing LED flash
  • Wider availability


  • Older software


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