Vernee Apollo Lite Review

Vernee Apollo Lite Review

A deca-core Helio X20 mobile with 4GB of RAM for around $220? Sounds like a deal right? Well, I put the Apollo Lite through my review paces and here it is summed up in the below Vernee Apollo Lite Review.

The ROM of the Apollo Lite is one of the best features, it’s bloat free (Very rare to see now) super quick and performance of the ROM and phone in general, doesn’t miss a beat. It’s fast, plenty of RAM and all the latest and demanding games work just fine. The build is great, a good finish with a metal unibody and a 5.5″ 1080p screen covered with Gorilla Glass 3.

Battery life is decent too, with almost 7 hours in my PCMark 7 test with the display calibrated to 200 nits. For a 3100mah battery it’s very decent.

So what’s not to like? Well as you would have heard in my video review, the voice call quality is poor and so is the 4G and wifi speeds. 4k video recording was also removed on the first OTA update this phone seems to be running as I have no 4k recording option. And 4k was something Vernee pushed, that the Apollo Lite can record 4k30 fps, only to remove it? My fingerprint reader also failed to work at times. I estimated it only worked about 7 out of 10 times. This was adding the same index finger 3 times too by the way.

Low light photos also come out very poor, a lot of noise and colors all over the place. Most mobile in this price category fail horribly at low light so it’s nothing new. And just after I posted my review, Vernee has posted on their FB page that a 2nd OTA is coming to fix the low 4G speeds and voice call quality. Shame it was out in time for my review. But they also failed to mention if 4k video recording would make a comeback?

So if Vernee can fix all the issues I faced this could be a great mobile for the price as the spec sheet is killer:

  • MediaTek Helio X20
  • ARM mali-T880 GPU
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 32GB ROM
  • Two 4G sims or one + MicroSD (128GB supported)
  • 5MP front and 16MP ISOCELL rear Samsung Camera.
  • 3100mAH battery
  • Quick charging with MediaTek’s Pump Express 3 (Very quick to charge)
  • Sharp 1080p 5.5-inch screen with a max of 471 nits of brightness.

This unit I got from Geekbuying.com here.

Here are the benchmarks shown in this video:

And some photos samples from the rear 16MP camera. (The last 3 images are low light samples)

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone. Samsungi8910omnia.com, Samsunggalaxysforums.com founder from way back.

7 Comments

  1. Chris have you tried the OTA, to see if it, indeed fixed your original complains with the phone? Or at least the most glaring ones.

    • Checking their facebook this seems to be an official changelog, but how much holds to be true? Would be nice if more people commented on their FB page, the sample is too small to draw even a general conclusion.
      https://www.facebook.com/verneeofficial/posts/1080969071984597:0

      1. Enhanced the camera performance in low light environment.
      2. Optimized the compatibility of local operators’ network.
      3. Enhanced the stability of Internet connection and improved the call quality.
      4. Addressed the problem of no response from the phone when making calls.
      5. Fixed some other bugs.

  2. Thanks for this one Chris. I’d be interested in hearing what you have to say about the Le Eco Max2 in comparision to this one. Any update on when you will review the Le Eco Max2?

    • LeEco Max two review I’m working on. In a few days I hope. I had to do a full reset for the new 16S firmware.

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