Vernee X is the latest phone released by Vernee, a new company (founded on 2016) that so far has left us impressed with their phones.
On paper this phone looks really impressive thanks to it’s exciting spec sheet.We have a remarkable full screen design combined with a huge 6-inch display (hence the company calls this phone a phablet). We also have a Helio P23 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and a huge 6200mAh battery which holds up really well and should last you for days. At the time of this review the phone costs $249 / 210€ but I will leave you discount code link to at the end of the review.
There a few things that I like and some things that I don’t about Vernee X.
So let’s move into the full review to see if this phone is worth buying.
|Operating System||Android 7.1|
|Processor (CPU)||MTK6763 Octa Core 2.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||Mali-G71 MP2 770 MHz|
|Display||6.0 inch FHD+ screen, with a resolution 2160x1080 pixels|
|Expandable Storage||With MiscroSD|
|Cameras||16.0MP + 5.0MP dual back camera and 13.0MP + 5.0MP dual front camera|
The first thing you’ll notice about the Vernee X is the impressive 6 inch screen. It has a 18:9 aspect ratio, which is quickly becoming the norm and is packing 2160×1080 HD+ resolution.
The screen looks very nice with colors which are deep and saturated. Reading news or viewing media on this device will be a delight.
Maximum brightness tops at 450 nits. This is adequate, but in bright sunlight you are not going to be able to see the screen very clearly.
One more disadvantage of this phone’s screen is that there is no Gorilla Glass and there isn’t actually any mention of any kind of protective glass on the display at all, which means that you should be really careful with how you handle this phone (keep it away from your keys).
The processor used in Vernee X is the very strong MediaTek P23 MTK6763, which is the same chipset used in the Ulefone Power 3.
The graphics are taken care by the processor, since the phone sports the intergrated GPU of MTK6763, the Mali-G71 MP2.
In terms of gaming I expected a bit better overall performance.
While you will be able to play all the games on the highest graphics, you should expect a few skipped frames here and there which is really disheartening.
Given the powerful internals of this phone I expected a smooth gaming performance, like with Ulefone Power 3.
This is a sub $200 phone after all thankfully the Vernee X does not have any overheating issues.
This is a field where Vernee X is shining. With 6GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM, it is absolutely insane. I can store so many videos, so many TV series and movies on this phone without even using a TF card. Also, you don’t have to worry about finding storage to install your favourite apps. Go ahead and install as many apps as you like, since you will have to try very hard to fill those 128GB of storage.
A huge 6000 mAh battery is inside Vernee X. Now if you compare it to the 11.000 mAh battery of Oukitel K10 that we reviewed last week, then it suddenly doesn’t seem THAT huge. However if you compare it to the popular phones that are on the market right now, it’s a huge number.
Under my usage I could get a whole 17 hours of screen on time and I still had about 25% left which is really notable. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the phone with the supplied fast charger, which is also a great thing.
The Vernee X has dual lenses for both the main rear camera and also the selfie camera on the front.
There is an annoying software bug in the camera app sometimes that the app shows that the images out of focus once you’re taking the picture but it’s actually in focus.
I was actually able to bypass this issue by using a third-party camera app the overall image quality is mediocre as most of the pictures lack details and sharpness.
As far as the quality of the pictures go, it’s very good actually. The main, rear cameras can, in fact, take sharp and crisp photos. The selfie cameras, while not so good, are still very acceptable.
Here are some sample photos from the camera of Vernee X:
There’s also a portrait mode that takes ok-ish looking pictures.
Night image quality is just mediocre.
Video quality if 1080p and will satisfy your basic needs.
Now, a problem that I faced is that videos recorded using the selfie camera sound out of sync, which can be really annoying.
However, this is a software problem and I do hope Vernee fixes it as soon as possible.
Before going into the build quality, let’s talk about some subtle features of this device.
There is a fingerprint scanner which I found to be accurate. The scanner is placed on the backplate of the device. However I wish it was a little bit faster (I am used to the insanely fast fingerprint sensor of the OnePlus 5T and Mi Mix 2).
Although unlocking your phone with your face was part of Android for a long time, Apple’s introduction of Face ID has prompted many Android manufacturers to focus on facial recognition once again. Vernee X also has a Face Unlock feature and it works quite well.
There is no earphone jack
Audio quality is definitely decent. I really like the clarity and separation between tones coming from the speaker however I do think that the speaker lacks some bass. Volume is pretty average is definitely not loud enough to listen to in super loud environments which is more important now that there is no headphone jack, but if you are not in an extremely loud and noisy enviroment you can hear it pretty well.
I didn’t have any connectivity issues with this device as the call quality and signal reception were pretty good.
the phone has quite a few sensors including a gyroscope so you’ll be able to use this phone with VR headsets.
Finaly, there is a notification LED light, to all those whom it may concern.
Regarding the build quality, the phone is solid, the buttons are nice and the phone does not feel cheap at all. It is metal-made, giving you premium feel when holding Vernee X.
If you decide to buy the phone, you can use the discount code: “GBMBP” for a 9% off (note: if there is a flash sale going on, the coupon will not work).
Closing off, here is a video unboxing of Vernee X.