Vernee Mix 2 Full Review – Decent 18:9 Screen but the Camera is just so so

The Vernee Mix 2 is a budget Xiaomi Mi Mix Clone that offers a 18:9 screen but actually does it right.

SpecsVernee Mix 2
ChipsetMediatek MT6757CD (Helio P25) Octa Core 2.5GHz
GPU: Mali-T880
MemoryRAM: 4 GB
ROM: 64 GB eMMC
Expansion: Support up to 128 GB microSD
Display6.0 inch IPS 18:9 Aspect Ratio
2160 x 1080 pixels
Rear CamerasDual Rear Sony IMX258
Front Camera8.0 mp
NetworkDual Nano SIM
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
PositioningGPS/A-GPS
SensorsAmbient Light, E-Compass, Gravity, Gyroscope, Proximity
IO2x Nano SIM (Hybrid Dual SIM)
1x MicroUSB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Port
Dimensions157.8 x 57.7 x 8.2mm
Weight: 210g
Battery4200mAh
Fast Charging Support (12V 2A)

 

Decent 18:9 Screen but the Camera is just so so

The Vernee Mix 2 overall is a good budget phone, especially for the price. Vernee actually made a well worth it 18:9 Screen Smartphone, and using this for a couple of days, my experience has been rewarding. But you should know, it isn’t bezel-less, also the front facing camera location is a pain, which I think shared by most users. Nevertheless, Performance is what I expected from a mid-end Smartphone, but the High Resolution screen does bottleneck the CPU on gaming, causing more frequent fps drops and stutters. I also commend the Clean and slick UI performance from Vernee but could have wished they improved the Camera UI a bit more. And speaking of the Camera, it does offer a 13 mp SonyIMX258 CMOS Sensor and a secondary lens, which upon my test, only offers average image quality and video. The blur effect also isn’t as useful in practice, as it doesn’t work that well. Furthermore, GPS I think is its biggest blunder, which I can’t get a fix to test the accuracy. Wireless N performance isn’t the best when it comes to range.

Anyway, probably my favorite experience of this Smartphone is going to Split screen mode, and the high resolution screen and huge 6.0 inch size, makes web browsing and watching youtube videos a bit more entertaining. So, you can see that it isn’t all glimmers, and for a budget phone, you are bound to see issues, blunders and sacrifices. But my use of the Vernee Mix 2 was quite good actually and I personally did not expect a lot going through this review.

Where to buy?

Vernee Mix 2 (6+64gb) at $199 (price until Nov 27)

PROS:

  • Dual Glass Build (Heavy but well built)
  • 18:9 Screen is good, vibrant colors and great for web browsing
  • Split screen on this Smartphone is enjoyable
  • Screen is also bright and very usable outdoors
  • Decent Performance and multitasking
  • Satisfactory Gaming Performance, screen bottlenecks the CPU and does have fps drops on Asphalt 8
  • Good thermal Performance, does not overheat on prolong use
  • Supports Memory Expansion (it detected my 64 GB Kingston MicroSD)
  • 6 hours and 42 minutes Battery Life
  • Comes with Fast Charger (9-12V 2A Charger) – can charge the phone in less than 1 hour
  • Accurate Rear Touch ID (Fingerprint Scanner) but not the fastest in recognition
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Support 4G LTE Works fine
  • 3.5mm Audio Offers better quality

CONS:

  • Questionable GPS Performance
  • Wireless N Range is a bit short
  • Loudspeakers could have been a bit louder
  • Camera UI is barebones
  • Camera Performance overall is average
  • Glass surface is a Fingerprint Magnet
  • Front Facing Camera Placement is annoying
  • No USB Type C

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