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Watch: vivo V21 5G and V21e are surprisingly good for gaming!

In this video, we are going to be playing games using the vivo V21 5G and V21e. We are testing their performance on COD: Mobile and Genshin Impact.
Watch: vivo V21 5G and V21e are surprisingly good for gaming!
vivo V21 series

vivo V21 5G and V21e are surprisingly good for gaming!

Both devices have a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen. The V21 5G has a 90Hz refresh rate while the V21e has a 60Hz refresh rate. 

Inside, the vivo V21 5G features the 2.4GHz 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 800U octa-core processor with Mali-G57 MC3 GPU while the vivo V21e has a 2.3GHz 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor with Adreno 618 GPU.

Both devices have 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable storage, and a 4,000mAh battery with 33W FlashCharge.
AnTuTu benchmark results for V21 5G and V21e respectively
AnTuTu benchmark results for V21 5G and V21e respectively

For the gaming test, we went ahead and tried the vivo V21e. In Call of Duty: Mobile, the V21e was able to provide a smooth gaming experience in both the default settings and maximum framerate settings. The screen is very responsive to our touch resulting in a fun and smooth experience. After a few rounds, the V21e did not experience any thermal problems as well.

In Genshin Impact, the graphics settings defaulted to the lowest settings with a max framerate set of 60FPS. In-game, the game was able to run competently at the beginning. Running around we were able to notice some texture pop-ins and stuttering. In fights, we noticed some frame drops especially when there are a lot of effects happening like in spells and fire. What's noticeable is that even after 5 minutes in Overclock mode the temperature is still cool. It only warmed up a bit after 12 minutes.

Now we have the vivo V21 5G. The V21 5G defaulted to Medium quality and medium framerate. We took it to High framerate to push the hardware. We believe that COD: Mobile is not yet optimized for the Dimensity 800U since there is no option for max framerate to take advantage of the 90Hz screen.

In Genshin Impact, the game defaulted to Lowest at 30FPS. We shifted the settings to Medium at 30FPS. The game ran more consistently with stutters only happening during times when the enemies spawned in. The audio is a bit clearer compared to the V21e. The V21 5G is also a lot cooler in Overclock mode compared to the V21e.

Our thoughts

After the tests, both phones proved very capable of playing games like COD: Mobile and Genshin Impact. Both remained relatively cool to the touch while delivering a smooth gaming experience. Both have responsive screens as well. Yes, there were framerate drops in Genshin Impact but since this is a very heavy game it is expected. We can say both are highly recommended devices.

What do you guys think?
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