Vernee Apollo Lite Review- More Than Faster

Vernee Apollo Lite Review- More Than Faster

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Vernee Apollo Lite Review- More Than Faster

Specifications

General
Brand Vernee
Model Apollo Lite
Color Moonlight Silver/Space Gray
System
Operating System Android 6.0
CPU 64-bit Helio X20 MTK6797 Deca core 2.3GHz
GPU ARM Mali-T880 MP4
RAM 4GB LP DDR3
ROM 32GB
Extended Storage 128GB
Display
Screen type Capacitive touch screen, OGS display screen Sharp ultra-narrow border Screen
Screen size 5.5 inch
Screen resolution FHD 1920*1080 Pixels 401ppi
Network
Wireless connectiveity GSM, 3G, 4G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
Frequency 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1
WiFi Yes, Dual Band WIFI, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes, GPS, A-GPS
Camera
Camera type Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera samsung s5k3p3 16.0MP back camera with flashlight and auto focus,exposure compensation, white balance, beauty, touch screen pictures,  gestures, digital zoom, etc
Front camera 5.0MP
Video recording 4K 2K@30fps 1080p@60fps
Connectivity
SIM card slot Dual SIM, Dual standby
TF card slot Yes
Micro USB slot Yes
Audio output Yes (3.5mm audio out port)
Microphone Supported
Speaker Supported
Media
Video format 3GP, MP4, RMVB
Audio format WAV, AMR, MP3
Image format GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG
FM radio Yes, earphone needed.
Language&Feature
Language Afrikaans, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Estonian, English, Spanish, Filipino, French, Croatian, Isizulu, Italian, Swahili, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Nederlands, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Slovenian, Slovak, Finnish, Swedish, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Amharic, Hindi, Bengali, Thai, Burmese, Cambodia, Korean, Japanese, Traditional/Simplified Chinese
Sensor Gravity sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor
Additional features 4G, WIFI, GPS, FM, Bluetooth,Gesture Sensing,Smart Wake, Ebook, Email,Messaging, wallpapers, calendar, calculator,clock, camera, Play Store, LED notification,tethering & portable hotspot, LED light, smart wake, cast screen, Hotknot, TOUCH ID, etc
Battery
Battery type li-polymer
Capacity 3180mAh built-in
Standby time About 2~3 days
Charger USB, travel charger
Dimension & Weight (Main Product)
Dimension  152*76.2*9.2mm
Weight  175g
Package Contents
1 × Phone
1 × Built-in Battery
1 × USB cable
1 × User manual
1 × Power adapter (A right AC Adapter will be sent as your shipping country)

What’s in the box

Vernee Apollo Lite Review

Vernee Apollo Lite is inside a stylish, rectangular, dark gray box, with the brand’s and model’s name on top and on the side and with some details Vernee Apollo Lite Review about the specifications on the bottom. The smartphone is placed in a special compartment and is wrapped in white foil. As a standard packaging, there is a plastic cover on the screen, which is placed on a pre-applied anti-scratch display protector – we usually remove both in order to show off the Vernee Apollo Lite Review  display better. The back is protected by a plastic cover as well. Below the device are placed a user manual and an OTA update card, a fast charger, a micro USB to USB Type-C cable, and a pin for the SIM tray.

Design, build and controls

Vernee Apollo Lite will appeal to those of you who like the subtle elegance of business class devices. From the very first touch and after looking into the details of its build, it is obvious that it has been made of premium materials with Vernee Apollo Lite Review  attention to detail. The smartphone has been meticulously crafted and features a metal body made after the CNC process. It has been perfected with 3D polishing and anodizing to achieve this eye-pleasing matte texture and Vernee Apollo Lite Review  touch experience. The only area made from a different material is the antenna one. The body is rectangular with rounded corners. The 3D back cover has a 30% bevel angle and its edges are delicately chamfered. The edges of the front of the devices are slightly chamfered as well and meet perfectly the Vernee Apollo Lite Review  2.5D curved edges of the top glass layer of the screen. Vernee says that the Apollo Lite has been “designed for best handling experience” with “perfect length-to-width ratio”. With a waistline of 9.2 mm, we could easily say that this is one of the thickest smartphones in the 5.5-inch class. However, it does look slimmer thanks to its dual C chamfered design and according to Vernee, the visual thickness Vernee Apollo Lite Review  is only 6 mm. The device is not very tall – 152 mm and has an average width for its size class – 76 mm. Its weight measures 175 grams, including the battery. The device is available in moonlight silver and space gray colors. We are reviewing a space gray unit and it is really a solidly build, visually pleasing, well-made device. An interesting feature of Apollo Lite is that it has two separate SIM card slots Vernee Apollo Lite Review  positioned on the left hand side of the smartphone. When you open them for the first time, you’ll see a plastic card inside, which is just place there to help you understand, which type of card goes where. It should be removed when you want to place a SIM or SD card. So the upper slot is for a micro-SIM card and the lower one is for a nano-SIM or a microSD card. Both open up with one and the same pin. On the right hand side of the device are the volume rocker and the power button. The bottom frame  Vernee Apollo Lite Review  houses a USB Type-C port with two speaker grilles on both sides, only the right one houses an actual speaker. The top frame is reserved for a 3.5 mm jack. On the front of the device, above the display you can see the selfie camera and earpiece, while on the back are placed a dual-tone LED flash accompanied by the rear camera module to its right and below the camera is the fingerprint sensor. Both are rectangular, with rounded edges. The navigation bar is an on-screen Vernee Apollo Lite Review one and from the corresponding section in the Settings you can choose for it to hide or not as well as choose its appearance, so it suits your needs better.

Main Features

Vernee Apollo Lite Android 6.0 4G+ Phablet 5.5 inch Screen MTK6797 ( Helio X20 ) Deca Core 4GB RAM 32GB ROM Fingerprint Sensor Type-C Corning Gorilla 3
Display: 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 2.5D Arc Corning Gorilla 3 Screen
CPU: MTK6797 Deca Core ( Helio X20 ) 64bit
System: Android 6.0
RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM
Cameras: Front SAMSUNG S5K5E2 5.0MP + Rear S5K3P3 16.0MP f/2.0 AF with flash
Bluetooth: BT4.0
SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby. ( Micro SIM + Nano SIM )
Network:
2G: GSM 850/900/1800MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

Display

Vernee states that it has “established deep cooperation with Sharp for customized IGZO screen” for the Apollo Lite. IGZO stands for indium gallium zinc oxide – the name of the elements, which create the semiconducting Vernee Apollo Lite Review  material used in this type of displays. It has 20-50 times the electron mobility of amorphous silicon used in standard LCD displays, coupled with the low off current, it is also more power efficient, besides being lighter and thinner. The screen of Apollo Lite has a 5.5-inch diagonal size and an FHD resolution (1080 x 1920). According to the specifications, it covers 95% of the NTSC color space, has 450 cd/sq.m. peak brightness and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. It employs two technologies for better viewing experience – BluLight Defender and Chameleon Display, which let you adjust the screen’s warmth/coldness for more comfortable reading and allow the screen to Vernee Apollo Lite Review adapt intelligently to the surrounding light conditions. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D curved edges. There’s a pre-applied Vernee Apollo Lite Review screen protector, but we have removed it. All in all, it is a good, responsive screen. In case you want to tweak your viewing experience, you can the MiraVision options and in order to optimize the power efficiency of the screen, you can manage the Daydream function behaviour to suite your usage patterns at best.

Vernee Apollo Lite Review

The display of Apollo Lite has good white values with the peak brightness being 445.2 cd./sq.m. However, the black values are not that impressive, so the contrast ratio cannot exceed 980:1, which is the top value from Vernee Apollo Lite Review all five brightness levels tested. In addition, by default the temperature of the white point is cold with values almost reaching 10000 K. You can tweak the display from the Display settings by using the MiraVision tech, which lets you manage the picture mode (color saturation), dynamic contrast, and the BluLight Defender, which increases/decreases the blue light emitted from the screen in order to protect Vernee Apollo Lite Review  your eyes, if you happen to spend long hours working with the device. Color deviation in the blue and red range is within normal limits, but is a bit higher in the green range as seen from the CIE diagram below. The viewing angles are Vernee Apollo Lite Review  not impressive. Color reproduction is OK, but the display loses brightness when viewed from a side.

Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 445.205 cd/m2 0.460 cd/m2 968 : 1 9926 K
75 % 348.978 cd/m2 0.359 cd/m2 972 : 1 9820 K
50 % 249.957 cd/m2 0.261 cd/m2 958 : 1 9800 K
25 % 134.768 cd/m2 0.139 cd/m2 970 : 1 8462 K
0 % 20.585 cd/m2 0.021 cd/m2 980 : 1 9895 K

Networks, calls and connectivity

Vernee Apollo Lite supports tri-band 2G GSM (900, 1900, 2100 MHz), dual-band 3G WCDMA (900 and 2100 MHz) and quad-band 4G FDD-LTE (800, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz ) networks. Aida64 revealed that our review Vernee Apollo Lite Review  unit also supports TDD-LTE at 2300 MHz (B40). The device is equipped with two separate, side-mounted SIM card trays. Both cards work on a dual standby principle and support 4G, respectively. The first slot is for a micro SIM card, while the second can house either a nano SIM or a micro SIM or a microSD card. We had some difficulty opening one of the slots at first because of the pre-inserted plastic demos of cards, but once they are removed, everything works fine. The smartphone did not have any problems connecting to the three types of networks, with the reception being steady and strong at all times. Call quality is good, no side noises or anything Vernee Apollo Lite Review  else of that matter that interferes with the conversation. The model supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Both work perfectly. We always test Bluetooth connection with earphones and a laptop – the smartphone managed to pair with both without problems. Wi-Fi reception is excellent even in areas, where the signal is generally weak. A Turbo Download feature is on board as well for transferring files larger than 20MB by using Wi-Fi and Mobile Data connections simultaneously. In case you need to watch content from your smartphone on a larger display Vernee Apollo Lite Review  you can cast it via the corresponding function, suffice you have a compatible adapter for your monitor or TV. The model can also be used a Wi-Fi Hotspot. It also features a USB Type-C, which provides OTG support, but can also be used with compatible headphones for listening to music with lossless quality (like the CDLA headphones from LeEco). However, Vernee opted to retain the 3.5 mm jack, so if you’re using standard ear-/headphone, there won’t be any need of a suitable Vernee Apollo Lite Review adapter. As long as it concerns satellite navigation, Apollo Lite managed to detect satellites from both GPS and Glonass systems and to allocate them with great accuracy.

Cameras

Vernee Apollo Lite arrives with a 16-megapixel Samsung S5K3P3 ISOCELL primary camera and a 5-megapixel Samsung S5K5E8 CMOS BSI front-facing snapper. This is almost the same camera setup of the Ulefone Future, which we have reviewed lately, the only difference being that the selfie camera is a Samsung S5K5E2 one. Ulefone’s primary camera did not perform well during our test, so we’ve been wary about the Apollo Lite one. However, a camera module is not only a Vernee Apollo Lite Review  sensor, it includes a lens architecture and software optimization, which might turn out to provide better results. According to Vernee, the main camera of the smartphone has a dual ISP with the second processor being MediaTek’s ImagiQ for dynamic depth of field. The sensor is coupled with an RWB filter and has 1 μm pixel size. The lens has a blue light filter and the whole setup is aided by a dual-tone Vernee Apollo Lite Review   LED flash. You can check the image quality of the primary camera from the sample images below. It can record 4K videos @ 30fps, so we’ve uploaded a sample video as well. The camera app is pretty standard you get all the usual settings for changing the shooting mode, ISO, white balance, exposure and so on.

Primary camera

Secondary camera

Display

Vernee states that it has “established deep cooperation with Sharp for customized IGZO screen” for the Apollo Lite. IGZO stands Vernee Apollo Lite Review  for indium gallium zinc oxide – the name of the elements, which create the semiconducting material used in this type of displays. It has 20-50 times the electron mobility of amorphous silicon used in standard LCD displays, coupled with the low off current, it is also more power efficient, besides being lighter and thinner. The screen of Apollo Lite has a 5.5-inch diagonal size and an FHD resolution (1080 x 1920). According Vernee Apollo Lite Review  to the specifications, it covers 95% of the NTSC color space, has 450 cd/sq.m. peak brightness and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. It employs two technologies for better viewing experience – BluLight Defender and Chameleon Display, which let you adjust the screen’s warmth/coldness for more comfortable reading and allow the screen to adapt intelligently to the surrounding light conditions. The Vernee Apollo Lite Review  screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D curved edges. There’s a pre-applied screen protector, but we have removed it. All in all, it is a good, responsive screen. In case you want to tweak your viewing experience, you can the MiraVision options and in order to optimize the power Vernee Apollo Lite Review  efficiency of the screen, you can manage the Daydream function behaviour to suite your usage patterns at best.

The display of Apollo Lite has good white values with the peak brightness being 445.2 cd./sq.m. However, the black values are not that impressive, so the contrast ratio cannot exceed 980:1, which is the top value Vernee Apollo Lite Review from all five brightness levels tested. In addition, by default the temperature of the white point is cold with values almost reaching 10000 K. You can tweak the display from the Display settings by using the MiraVision tech, which lets you manage the picture mode (color saturation), dynamic contrast, and the BluLight Defender, which increases/decreases the blue light emitted from the Vernee Apollo Lite Review screen in order to protect your eyes, if you happen to spend long hours working with the device. Color deviation in the blue and red range is within normal limits, but is a bit higher in the green range as seen from the CIE diagram below. The viewing angles are not impressive. Color reproduction is OK, but the display loses brightness when viewed from a side.

Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 445.205 cd/m2 0.460 cd/m2 968 : 1 9926 K
75 % 348.978 cd/m2 0.359 cd/m2 972 : 1 9820 K
50 % 249.957 cd/m2 0.261 cd/m2 958 : 1 9800 K
25 % 134.768 cd/m2 0.139 cd/m2 970 : 1 8462 K
0 % 20.585 cd/m2 0.021 cd/m2 980 : 1 9895 K

Vernee Apollo Lite Review

Battery

Vernee Apollo Lite is equipped with Vernee Apollo Lite Review  a 3180 mAh Li-Polymer battery coupled with MediaTek’s Pump Express 3.0 technology. It arrives with a fast charger that provides 5V, 7V, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A output power. Due to the quick charging tech, it takes only 30 minutes to charge the battery from 0 to 50% and 10 minutes of charge ensure 1 hour of talk time. The battery’s performance is optimized via several channels. The hardware one is using a power-efficient IGZO display and a power-efficient chipset. The second one is software Vernee Apollo Lite Review  and includes the Doze mode, built in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the battery optimization software loaded on the device, which includes the standard status monitor, battery saver, battery optimization and scheduled power on and off. During our test period the Apollo Lite battery charged from 0% to 100% in 1 hour and 58 minutes. It needed 28 minutes to reach 30% of charge and another 21 minutes to double it to 60%. 7 additional minutes were needed to reach 70% and the rest to 100% Vernee Apollo Lite Review needed almost a whole hour. The PCMark work battery life test showed a result of 7 hours and 50 minutes, which is an excellent result for a device with a 3180 mAh battery. It has been performed with the display’s brightness calibrated at 200 nits as per Futuremark’s recommendations.

 

Performance

Vernee Apollo Lite is the third smartphone we review that packs a MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) chipset. The other two devices are Zopo Speed 8 and LeEco Le 2 (X620). Apollo Lite scores higher than both in all benchmark tests and more specifically, it hits 93030 points in AnTuTu and 5484 points Vernee Apollo Lite Review  in multi-core Geekbench. PCMark’s score, which provides very real life results, is 4586 points – which, however, is less than the rivals’ results. It looks like Vernee has made a good use of the specific tri-cluster architecture of this system-on-chip, which includes 2x 2.3GHz Cortex-A72 cores, 4x 2GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and 4x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores. It also includes the powerful four-core Mali-T880 MP4 GPU Vernee Apollo Lite Review  clocked at 700MHz. The chipset is aided by 4GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 933MHz and it really helps not notice the number of apps running in the background. The built-in memory measures 32GB and can be expanded with Vernee Apollo Lite Review  up to 128GB. The Androbench test reveals reading and writing speeds that are close to those of the Zopo Speed 8, which are excellent for a eMMC 5.1 memory. The model is equipped with a proximity, light, and Hall sensor, an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The latter has Vernee Apollo Lite Review  a third generation pressure-type fingerprint sensor. Together with the optimization of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and chip-level protection, you will be able to unlock your device in just 0.1 second. It provides a 360-degree recognition, has a FIDO certification, and can unlock the device even when the screen is off. There’s a secure and independent ISP for the fingerprint sensor, which ensures its intelligent Vernee Apollo Lite Review  learning and adjustment over time. Saving a fingerprint ID is very easy and unlocking the device does happen in a snap.

Audio

For our audio tests we use the RightMark Audio Analyzer software and the TASCAM US-2×2 audio interface. Vernee Apollo Lite Vernee Apollo Lite Review  scores Very good as a total result. It excels only in frequency response, while the THD + Noise is rated as Good. To put it simply, the device Vernee Apollo Lite Review  has a standard audio setup and quality, so you can’t expect impressive audio experience.

Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB +0.07, -0.06 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -94.3 Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A) 94.2 Very good
THD, % 0.0070 Very good
THD + Noise, dB (A) -80.0 Good
IMD + Noise, % 0.0095 Very good
Stereo crosstalk, dB -81.6 Very good
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.017 Very good
General performance Very good

Networks, calls and connectivity

Vernee Apollo Lite supports tri-band 2G GSM (900, 1900, 2100 MHz), dual-band 3G WCDMA (900 and 2100 MHz) and quad-band 4G FDD-LTE (800, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz ) networks. Aida64 revealed that our review Vernee Apollo Lite Review  unit also supports TDD-LTE at 2300 MHz (B40). The device is equipped with two separate, side-mounted SIM card trays. Both cards work on a dual standby principle and support 4G, respectively. The first slot is for a micro SIM card, while the second can house either a nano SIM or a micro SIM or a microSD card. We had some difficulty opening one of the slots at first because of the pre-inserted plastic Vernee Apollo Lite Review demos of cards, but once they are removed, everything works fine. The smartphone did not have any problems connecting to the three types of networks, with the reception being steady and strong at all times. Call quality is good, no side noises or anything else of that matter that interferes with the conversation. The model supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Both Vernee Apollo Lite Review  work perfectly. We always test Bluetooth connection with earphones and a laptop – the smartphone managed to pair with both without problems. Wi-Fi reception is excellent even in areas, where the signal is generally weak. A Turbo Download feature is on board as well for transferring files larger than 20MB by using Wi-Fi and Mobile Data connections simultaneously. In case you need to watch content from your smartphone Vernee Apollo Lite Review  on a larger display you can cast it via the corresponding function, suffice you have a compatible adapter for your monitor or TV. The model can also be used a Wi-Fi Hotspot. It also features a USB Type-C, which provides OTG support, but can also be used Vernee Apollo Lite Review  with compatible headphones for listening to music with lossless quality (like the CDLA headphones from LeEco). However, Vernee opted to retain the 3.5 mm jack, so if you’re using standard ear-/headphone, there won’t be any need of a suitable adapter. As long as it concerns satellite navigation, Apollo Lite managed to detect satellites from both GPS and Glonass Vernee Apollo Lite Review  systems and to allocate them with great accuracy.

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