Vernee Apollo – 2K Display and Built for VR

Vernee’s latest Flagship packs a Mediatek Helio X25 Chip and a whopping 2K Quad HD Display and built for VR experience.

SpecsVernee Apollo
ChipsetMediatek Helio X25 Deca Core 2.5GHz
GPU: Mali-T880
MemoryRAM: 4 GB LPDDR3 (933MHz)
ROM: 64 GB eMMC 5.1
Expansion: TF Card support up to 128 GB
OSAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Display5.5" 2.5D IPS LTPS 95% NTSC gamut
2560 x 1440 pixels, 538 ppi, 500 nit brightness
1500:1 Contrast, Sunlight/Night Readable
Rear Camera21 MP SONY IMX230, 1/2.4 CMOS Exmor RS 0.1s PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), f/2.2 Aperture, Dual Imagiq ISP, Close loop, 6P Lens, 4K Video Recording
Front Camera8.0 MP SONY CMOS, 84 degree wide angle
Special FeaturesRear Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsLight, Gravity, Gyroscope, Hall, Proximity, Fingerprint
NetworkDual SIM (Micro+Nano)
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
Cat6 LTE (300Mbps)
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 ac/b/b/g/n/a, Dual Band WiFi 2.4/5GHz)
USB Type C
IO1x Sim Card Slot (Dual SIM)
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
1x USB Type C
AudioDual Channel Stereo Effects
Dimensions152 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 188 kg
Batterybuilt in 3180mAh (Quick Charge)


Helio X25, Mali-T880 and 2K Quad HD Screens

I own the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, and it comes equipped with the same Mediatek Helio X25 chip and Mali-T880. It is technically not a Flagship chip, more of a High Midrange category, and along the lines of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652. I do worry if the Mali-T880 chip can keep up with the Ultra High Pixel Quad HD Display. As per experience,  It does have some hick ups rendering 3D intensive games at just 1080p. What more if it is twice the resolution.

In terms of raw performance on Quad HD Screens, the LeTV LeeCo Le2 Max seems to handle it beautifully, and I think Adreno is more of a better choice here. Snapdragon 820 and Adreno 530 is a better fit for Ultra High Pixel screens.

3180mAh battery and Quad HD Screens

Similar to the LeTV LeeCO Le2 Max that I have tested, it has close to or similar battery configuration. Battery life isn’t its biggest strong suit. 2K Displays is power hungry and I am sure, battery life would be a question here.

Highlights of Vernee Apollo

  • 2K Retina Display (perfect for VR)
  • Powered by Helio X25 Chipset with Mali-T880 GPU
  • 102233 Antutu Score
  • All Aluminum Build
  • 21 MP SONY IMX230, PDAF, with 4K Video Recording and Dual Imagiq ISP
  • 8.0 MP Sony Front Camera and 84 degrees wide angle
  • Runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (supports Expansion)
  • Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Cat6 LTE (up to 300Mbps)
  • USB Type C (also supports Audio Out via Adapter)
  • Rear Fingerprint Scanner
  • 3180mAh battery with Quick Charging

Possible Limitations:

  • The Mediatek Helio X25 isn’t really powerful enough to handle 2K Quad HD screens
  • Frugal Battery Life

Where to Buy?

Vernee Apollo retails at $199 (price until Sept 4)

You may be interested: Smartphone Deals

Not really a Flagship but a High Midrange Smartphone with VR Capable Screen

Paying attention to the main features of the Smartphone, I think the 2K Quad HD Display and VR Experience will be its biggest selling point. And at its price range, it would be a great choice. Looking at the specs, the phone on paper also offers some pretty awesome features. One such is the 21 MP SonyIMX230 camera, which I think is similar to the camera of the LEECO Le2 Max. Also the USB Type C option to use it for Audio Out feature even with a 3.5mm Audio Port still available seems to be welcome addition (similar to CDLA).

One Comment

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *