REVIEW - Vernee Mars | Mid range with Android 7.0 Nougat!

After Thor e Apollo Lite, ments has launched a third device that is going to be placed in the fierce mid-range market segment. ments Mars, this is the name of the new smartphone of the young Asian company, is presented with excellent build quality (already already seen on the other devices presented), a good hardware and Android 7.0 Nougat.

Curious to know if what has been highlighted just enough to make it a valid purchase between the wide choice of smartphones of this end 2016? I will not tell you anything else and I invite you to follow us, point by point, in ours Full review!

Vernee Mars, the review of GizChina.it

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Vernee Mars - Unboxing

The package in our possession, in white hardcover with the manufacturer's logo and the model shown on the upper and side faces, contains the following accessories:

  • Vernee Mars;
  • charger with European socket from 5 / 7 / 9V 2A e 12V 1.5A;
  • USB Type-C cable;
  • pin for removing the SIM slot;
  • user manual in English.

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Vernee Mars - Design and construction quality

Il device is characterized by a metal unibody body and with a design of the plastic bands for the antennas, both the upper and lower, in the style of the iPhone 7, very aesthetically pleasing. Excellently crafted, ments Mars It is available in two colors: Silver e Gold. The only slight negative note concerns the SIM trolley, as I can say that I have encountered difficulties in closing with both cards inserted and the fact that, once closed, it is not perfectly flush with the left edge of the device.

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In terms of size, the device shows a body of 151 x 73 x 7.6 mm for a weight of 161 grams. Although the weight is not among the lightest, the smartphone is very compact, despite being faced with a device with a 5.5-inch diagonal display. This causes the phone to be pleasant to hold in your hand and well balanced in weight.

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Along the right profile are the Power button, the volume rocker and the fingerprint reader. This choice, although it improves the aesthetics, has made the classics volume keys e are in a higher position than usual, which is less comfortable in daily use.
On the left side, instead, we find one slot capable of containing one SIM in Micro format and one in Nano format, or one SIM and one micro SD, to expand the memory up to 128 GB.

On the lower profile we find, centrally, the connector USB Type-C, while on the sides there are the single speaker of system and the main microphone. On the upper profile, however, only the entrance is placed mini jack da 3.5 mm.

Integrated in the rear body we find, in the upper left corner, the camera, equipped with a sensor 13 mega-pixels combined with an LED flash dual tone.

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Frontally, the device has the ear capsule at the top, the Notification LED not customizable, the brightness / proximity sensors and the front camera from 5 mega-pixels.

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At the bottom, finally, we do not find physical buttons, as these are integrated via software and are customizable in the position thanks to a dedicated menu, located within the settings.

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Vernee Mars - Fingerprint reader

In the "security" menu there is the entry for the configuration of the not always immediate unlock via fingerprint.

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I find that the chosen solution, i.e. positioning the sensor laterally, is valid both stylistically and functionally. Unfortunately, however, it lacks reactivity, not guaranteeing a high speed in unlocking.

Overall, indicatively, of 10 Attempts to unlock 7 are successful.

Vernee Mars - Display

The device is characterized by a panel IPS LCD with Incell technology from 5.5 inches diagonally, with resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, PPI 401, multi-touch to 10 points and protected by a Corning glass Gorilla Glass 3 with curvature 2.5D.

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- viewing angles are good and it is well balanced la color calibration. Furthermore, it is possible to intervene on the color temperature through the appropriate menu Miravision, always placed in the settings. Although the blacks are not particularly deep, we did not notice any changes to the increase in the viewing angle.

La brightness is very good under the sunlight and there are no problems in the use of multimedia content. Thanks to good surface treatments of the glass, there are no details problems di reflectivity and oleofobicità. Discount the operation of the brightness sensor.

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Vernee Mars - Hardware and performance

Il ments Mars It is moved by a SoC MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10, which is a CPU octa-core with ARMv8-A architecture in 64 bit, consisting of 2 cluster: 4 x 2.0 GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0 GHz A53.

This is flanked by this 4 GB of RAM L dual channel from 933 MHz e 32 GB eMMC 5.1 type internal memory, expandable via micro SD to 128 GB.

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The mid-range hardware sector, thanks to the large amount of RAM available, guarantees a good user experience, without any particular jamming or lag in the use of every day.

As noted above, thanks to the amount of RAM on board of Vernee Mars, there are no problems in the management of the multitasking also with many open apps. Positive, then, the possibility of expanding the internal memory, with the only drawback of having to give up the use of a second SIM card.
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La GPU aboard the Mars is an ARM Mali-T860 MP2, with clock a 700 MHz, which guarantees good performance. Particularly heavy games, such as Real Racing 3, are loaded with details at most, without highlighting frame rate drops during the gaming sessions.
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No problem related to browsing sessions, the device is fast in uploads and fluid in the interaction with web content. Regarding the browser for web browsing, we find installed by default Google Chrome, always reliable and now a guarantee from this point of view.
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Regarding video playback, ments Mars supports viewing them up to the maximum resolution 4K.

Vernee Mars - AnTuTu Benchmark

Vernee Mars - Cameras

Regarding the photographic sector, we later find a sensor Sony IMX258 Exmor RS from 13 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.0 and focus PDAF, combined with a dual LED flash dual tone; frontally the sensor is a Samsung S5K5E2 da 5 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.2.

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Unfortunately, even on this device by Vernee, theinterface it is the classic one of MediaTek, now dated, absolutely not customized by the manufacturer.

In hours daytime or, in any case, in good light conditions, the shots taken can be considered sufficient but nothing more. The focus, in most conditions, is slow, as well as the shutter speed. Evident details reduction and noise increase in photos taken in low light conditions.

As mentioned above, the front camera has a 5 mega-pixelsSamsung S5K5E2, equipped with opening f / 2.2. The shots, already in the presence of a good light, can be considered of mediocre quality and, with the decline of brightness, unfortunately there is also a clear decline in overall quality.

Il LED flash, of type dual tone, though of discrete power absolutely does not improve the situation during night shots or in the presence of low brightness, due to incorrect synchronization.

Vernee Mars - Full HD Video Test

ments Mars allows you to record videos up to a maximum resolution Full HD to 30 fps. Focusing, when changing frames between close and distant subjects, is slow and often requires tap to focus.

We also report theassenza area of optical stabilization while i digital zoom It is available up to a maximum of 4X.

Vernee Mars - Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, we find the support Dual SIM (a Micro SIM and a Nano SIM), stand-by type, and the 4G LTE Cat.4 with the presence area of  20 band.

During these days of use I found a certain fluctuation between the 3G and 4G connection, as well as continuous switches between one network and another. Due to this problem, in some cases, I had to restart the device to restore 4G connectivity. Furthermore, the quality of the audio in call is not excellent, which is low both in reception and in call.

Stable ed free from problems the connection Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n Dual Band, il Bluetooth 4.0 and satellite navigation via GPS / A-GPS.

Present the FM radio, while it is absent connectivity NFC.

Vernee Mars - Software

On board the home device ments we find the latest version of the green robot, that is Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Practically absent any type of customization from the manufacturer. Much more important, from this point of view, the innovations introduced by Nougat on this device. In fact, the new multitasking management, thanks to which the split screen will be possible, managing two applications simultaneously in the display area.

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Convenient, then, the function that, through a double tap on the multitasking button, allows the quick switch between the last two applications open. Also revised the notification curtain with the double stroke to open the main quick toggles with a first swipe and all the rest with a further swipe.

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Finally, it is convenient to set two main system languages, for a quick change between one and the other.

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Vernee Mars - Autonomy

Present, inside the device, a non-removable battery from 3000 mAh. Regarding the autonomy values, although good, I would have expected something more. I have achieved, with medium intense use, poco more than 4 hours and 30 minutes of active screen. The device was turned on, with 100% charge, around 07:00 in the morning and took me until around 18:30.

Present support for quick charging VCHARGE, which guarantees to recharge the battery 0% to 50% in about 30 minutes, reaching the 70% in 45 minutes and the full charge in 85 minutes. The supplied battery charger has outputs a 5 / 7 / 9V 2A e 12V 1.5A.

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Vernee Mars - Final considerations

Mars is the third device presented by ments and we can say that, from the point of view of construction and constructive quality, it can be considered unexceptionable. The dimensions are well optimized and the frames along the edge of the display are really very thin. Good choice to equip the device with 4 GB di RAM that allow, both in daily operations and in those of more extreme multitasking, to enjoy a pleasant user experience.

We have reservations, however, on the connectivity department which has left me more than a few perplexities, as well as on the photographic sector, which is rather lacking. Poco The choice, valid in itself, of equipping the device with the latest operating system of the green robot, is understandable, while maintaining applications, such as the camera or the music player, now obsolete and anachronistic.

ments, for its part, supports its devices through constant updates, which we hope will be able to fix the problems I encountered during use. Also, we are waiting for it to see the light YOUR, which is the operating system customized by ments always on a base Android, which could give these devices a larger space in the aggressive sector of smartphones.

That said, if you are interested in buying ments Mars, is available on The Amazon at the sale price of approx 260 €.

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