Vernee Apollo Lite – Affordable new Deca Core Smartphone

The Vernee Apollo Lite is the latest affordable Smartphone to offer Helio X20 Deca Core Chipset, aside from that, it also boasts Powerful 4K capable Camera, and the new CDLA Audio via USB.

SpecsVernee Apollo Lite
ProcessorMediatek MT6797 Helio X20 Deca Core
GPU: Mali-T880
MemoryRAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
ROM; 32 GB (eMMC 5.1)
MicroSD support up to 128 GB
OSVernee OS (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
Display5.5" Sharp IGZO IPS, 2.5D
1920 x 1080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Main Camera16 mp SAMSUNG S5K3P3, PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), Dual ISP, ISOCELL RWB, 6P lens, f/2.0 Aperture, Dual LED Flash, HDR, Anti-shake, 4K video
Front Camera5.0 mp SAMSUNGS5K5E2, Face beauty
NetworkHybrid Dual SIM (Micro + Nano)
2G: GSM 850/900/1800MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
Data Speed: CAT-6 300/50 Mbps
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
Dual Band WiFi (2.4G/5G)
USB Type C (also Audio Out)
Special FeaturesPressure-type Fingerprint ID, USB-Host OTG
SensorsAmbient Light, Fingerprint, Gravity, Gyroscope, Hall, Proximity
AudioCDAF (Continuous Digital Lossless Audio) USB Type C
Dimensions152 x 76 x 9.0 mm
Weight: 175g (CNC Unibody)
Batterybuilt-in 3180mAh (4.35V)
Quick Charge PE 3.0 (Pump Express 3.0)

Vernee Apollo Lite bares the new Mediatek Helio X20, the latest to offer the Deca Core Chipset. It is a step up from the Helio X10 which was unveiled in 2015, and now the new Helio X20 on paper offers vastly improved performance especially in terms of multitasking. However, we all know, that these numbers only stay true on Benchmark purposes. More so, the handset also comes equipped with 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32 GB eMMC storage with room for expandable storage via MicroSD. It will also run Vernee UI, a customized version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which Vernee has reiterated that it will be clean and optimized.

What other features are also worth noticing?

The Vernee Apollo Lite not only boast the new Chipset, but also revers some advance features, here are some of them:

  • CDLA (Continuous Digital Lossless Audio) Technology – moving away from the standard 3.5mm Audio Port, the USB Type C Port on paper offers no static interference and much better audio quality.
  • 16 MP SAMSUNG Sensor Camera, also features Dual ISP, PDAF (Phase detection Auto Focus), 4K video recording. Interesting to see if this is much better than SONY Sensors which have been the mainstream. But looking at the advertising page of Vernee, the camera seems to be one of it’s biggest asset. 
  • CAT-6 LTE Speed. Supporting up to 300/50Mbps data speed
  • IGZO type Screen, 1080p, also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Pressure Type Fingerprint Scanner
  • Pump Express 3.0 – Quick Charging support, made available via the USB Type C (reversible connector)

Here is also showcasing the power of the new Deca Core Chipset, Antutu Scores it close to 95000 points, the highest so far for a Midrange Smartphone. You get the idea of how fast the phone can be, but we all know that Benchmarks aren’t everything, anyway, the Benchmark is a clearly a great indicator.

Highlights of Vernee Apollo Lite:

  • Powered by Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 Deca Core
  • 4 GB RAM and 32 GB Storage (supports MicroSD)
  • 5.5″ IPS IGZO Display, 1080p
  • Vernee OS (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • 16 mp Samsung S5K3P3 Sensor, PDAF, Dual LED Flash, Dual ISP
  • CAT 6 LTE speed
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Support
  • USB Type C
  • 3180mAh battery (Quick Charging Support)

Availability (Updated July 7, 2017)

Vernee Apollo Lite retails at $149 (price until July 12)

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An nice entry to the Deca Core Market and a great leap from the mainstream Midrange Standard

The Vernee Apollo Lite clearly isn’t your ordinary Midranger, if that is still the case here. On paper, the handset shows power and advance features you normally see on more expensive handsets, and probably within the category of Flagships. Personally, I would categorize it as “High Midrange” the impressive specs speaks for itself and clearly a great entry to the market. Early benchmark scores put it directly against other more expensive Flagships in the market, making it a must have. Other things you should also watch out for is the new CDLA features, which goes away from the traditional 3.5mm Audio Port.


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