REVIEW - VERNEE APOLLO | Better the Lite variant?

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Normally, smartphone companies present their top-of-the-range device and subsequently a named version "Quarrel", with lower level technical specifications. This is not the case of the manufacturer ments which launched its superior model only after several months from the less performing variant. More than six months after our full review of the Ments Apollo Litetherefore, the time has come to test its variant "top".

The technical sheet, compared to the variant Lite, presents some improvements and moreover, also from an aesthetic point of view (although the form factor is almost identical) there are differences. At this point one might ask: on which of the two variants of the device orientate? You just have to follow us in the Full review di ments Apollo to find out!

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Vernee Apollo - Unboxing

The packaging in our possession is in black hardcover, with generous dimensions and with the writing of the manufacturer and the model on the top and side. This contains:

  • ments Apollo;
  • Vernee VR visor;
  • loader with European socket from 5 / 7 / 9V 2A e 12V 1.5A;
  • USB Type-C cable;
  • lapel pin to extract the SIM slot;
  • User Manual in English.

Unfortunately, there is no such adapter USB Type-C / mini jack, necessary to be able to test the technology lossless audio integrated in the output USB Type-C.

Vernee Apollo - Design and construction quality

Il device is characterized by a metal unibody body, interrupted by two plastic bands, one upper and one lower, to guarantee the transmission of the antennas. ments Apollo It is available in two color variants, one gray (the one at our disposal for the review) and one gold. Nothing to object with regard to the construction and assembly, really excellent, which return a touch and feel at the most expensive range top device levels.

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In terms of size, the device measures 152 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm for a weight of 188 grams. The weight and thickness are certainly against the daily portability; despite this, the phone grips quite well, although the metal finish of the back shell is extremely slippery, so much so that I feel I recommend using a protective cover if you don't want to see your smartphone slip from your hands like a bar of soap .

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Along the right profile are positioned the Power button and volume balance, solid and with a good ride. On the left side, instead, we find two slots, one for the the first SIMs. format microphone and a second hybrid, which may contain the second SIM format dwarf or memory expansion via micro SD to 128 GB.

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On the lower profile we find the connector centrally USB Type-C, while the sides are present the single speaker of system and the main microphone. On the upper profile, however, we only see the entrance mini-jack from 3,5 mm.

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The rear body, finally, provides centrally, at the top, the camera, slightly raised compared to the level of the body, equipped with a sensor to 21 mega-pixels combined with a flash LED  dual tone. Poco further down, below the main camera, is the fingerprint reader. Both the camera and the fingerprint sensor have a pleasant circular design.

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Frontally the device presents, at the top, the ear capsule, the Notification LED not customizable, the brightness / proximity sensors and the front camera from 8 mega-pixels.

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Below, finally, i soft keys they are integrated into the display and are customizable in the position through a dedicated menu, within the settings.

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Vernee Apollo - Fingerprint reader

Inside the security menu, in the settings, there is the voice for the configuration of the unlock via fingerprint.

The same, in fact, results Quick in the release, although sometimes not particularly accurate in taking the finger. Either way, it felt better than the one seen on Apollo Lite, both in unlocking speed and accuracy. We could say that, indicatively, of 10 Attempts to unlock 7 are successful.

Vernee Apollo - Display

The device is characterized by a panel AUO IPS da 5.5 inches diagonal with resolution 2K 2560 x 1440 pixels and an exaggerated density, equal to well 538 PPI, multi-touch a 10 points and protective glass Dragontrail Glass with curvature 2.5D.

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The display of this ments Apollo guarantees vouchers viewing angles and a color calibration with a good balance. Typical of devices Mediatekthen, the possibility of intervening on the color temperature through the appropriate menu Miravision, placed inside the settings. We did not notice any changes in the angle of view.

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Furthermore, the definition of the display guaranteed by the high number of PPI. The brightness è good under direct sunlight and the oleophobic treatment is also good, as is the level of reflectivity. No problem, then, about the operation of the brightness sensor.

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Vernee Apollo - Hardware and performance

Il ments Apollo It is moved by a SoC MediaTek MT6797T Helio X25, which is a CPU deca-core with ARMv8-A architecture in 64 bit and 3 cluster format: 2 x 2.5 GHz A72 + 4 x 2.0 GHz A53 + 4 x 1.4 GHz A53.

To this we find side by side 4 GB of RAM L dual channel from 933 MHz e 64 GB eMMC 5.1 type internal memory, expandable via micro SD to 128 GB.

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The hardware compartment is rather performances, reaching around 90.000 points on the benchmark test Antutu, without particular jamming or lag in everyday use.

Thanks to the CPU and the amount of RAM on board theApollo there are no problems in the management of the multitasking even in the most extreme use. Compared to the version Lite of the device we see increased the available internal memory, which passes to 64 GB. Useful to be able to expand the internal memory, although in this case you have to give up using the second SIM card.

La GPU on board theApollo Lite it's an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 with clock a 850 MHz, which guarantees good performance. Particularly heavy games, such as Real Racing 3, are loaded with details at most, although there are some micro lags and some frame rate drops during heavy use.

Good experience in browsing sessions, quick uploads and fluid interaction with web content. In addition, we point out that in addition to being installed a stock browser, there is always the reliable VPN extensions for Google Chrome.

Regarding video playback, ments Apollo supports viewing them up to the maximum resolution 4K.

Vernee Apollo - AnTuTu Benchmark

Vernee Apollo - Cameras

Unlike theApollo Lite, ments Apollo it relies entirely on photographic sensors produced by Sony, both for the rear camera and the front one.

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In fact, at the rear we find a sensor Sony IMX230 Exmor RS da 21 mega-pixels, with opening f / 2.2 and focus PDAF, combined with a dual LED flash dual tone; frontally the sensor is the Sony IMX219 from 8 mega-pixels, opening f / 2.4 and wide angle from 85 degrees.

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Once again we find ourselves in front of the "historical", not to say old, graphic interface typical of the devices Mediatek. Absent any kind of customization by the manufacturer.

In daytime shots, with a strong amount of light, these are good, thanks also to the 21 megapixel available, which guarantee a high amount of detail. The shutter speed is pretty good (better than Apollo Lite), although it slows down especially in low light conditions.

  • Photos during the day and / or in good light conditions:
  • Night photos and / or low light conditions:

The front camera has a sensor from 8 mega-pixelsSony IMX219. The shots can be considered sufficient in conditions of good light while, with the decline of light, unfortunately there is also a clear decline in overall quality.

  • Selfie:

Vernee Apollo - 4K and Full HD Video Test

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Unlike Apollo Lite, we found no problem uploading the video in resolution UHD su YouTube. Too bad that, anachronistically, the format used to save the videos shot is still the .3gp.

Absent la optical stabilization but a digital zoom is available up to a maximum of 4X.

Vernee Apollo - Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, we find the support Dual SIM stand-by type (a micro SIM and a Nano SIM) 4G LTE Cat.6 with the presence area of  20 band.

During these days of use, we did not find any critical issues in this sector: Quick thehooking and change cells, as well as no problem whatsoever in the use of content during the 3G / 4G connection.

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Stable and without problems the connection Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n Dual BandBluetooth 4.0 and satellite navigation via GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou.

Present the FM radio while it is absent connectivity NFC.

In fact, the connectivity compartment turns out to be exactly the same asApollo Lite.

Vernee Apollo - Software

On board the home device ments we find the penultimate version of the green robot, that is Android 6.0 Marshmallow but the company has announced a short upgrade to nougat.

Practically absent any type of customization from the manufacturer, if not for the option "Turbo download", capable of increasing the download speed by simultaneously exploiting the data connectivity is that Wi-Fi.

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From a graphic point of view the use of icon that refer to versions rather dated of Android and that probably will disappoint the end users: in this regard we recommend, at least, theuse of a third-party launcher to overcome this problem.

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Vernee Apollo - Autonomy

The integrated, non-removable battery has a capacity of 3180 mAh. You can cover without any problem a whole day with a medium intense use and reach 4 hours e 30 minutes di active screen.

Present support for VeeCharge quick charge by Vernee. This 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 caribatterie supplied with Apollo provides for exits a 5 / 7 / 9V 2A e 12V 1.5A.

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Vernee Apollo - Final considerations

Considering the price itself if for which it is proposed on the various online stores, ments Apollo offers a lot at a low price. But if we compare it to his younger brother Lite, we have an almost identical user experience, going to save not poco on the purchase price.

There is a software on board, practically stock, which if in some ways makes the user experience fluid and streamlined, for others it offers a graphic and a dated interface (see that of the camera) that to date, considering the evolution of the "Material design", on Android is not eligible.

The hope is that ments can release its operating interface as soon as possible YOUR, thanks to greater customization and optimization for our devices. That said, it is possible to buy ments Apollo at the sale price of 228.91 € on the online store GearBest taking advantage of the shipment Italy Express free and exempt from customs duties.

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