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Vernee Mars Review – A Thing of Beauty!

by Linus 17

After reviewing some previous phones made by Vernee, I have the impression that the company can make some quality phones at affordable price. This time around we have the Vernee Mars, which has an outstanding build quality, good specs and more. Learn more in our full review.

Vernee Mars Review: VIDEO REVIEW

Vernee Mars Review: UNBOXING

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In the box, you can find a fast charger, USB-C cable, SIM ejector pin and some paperwork.


Vernee was also kind enough to send me a very nicely-made wood smartphone cradle.

Vernee Mars Review: SPECS

5.5″ 1080p (Full-HD)
Mediatek Helio P10, 64-bit, octa-core (up to 2GHz)
5MP Front/13MP Back
Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, dual-SIM.
3.000 mAh (non-removable)
15.10 x 7.30 x 0.76 cm / 165g
Android 6.0
32GB (expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB)

Vernee Mars Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY


The very first thing you are going to notice is an outstanding build quality of the device. It is made entirely of metal and I absolutely love the design of the antenna inlays.


We have a 5.5” 1080p display, which is sharp and vibrant but it could be just a tad brighter.


Just above the display, we have a 5MP shooter, which sits next to the notification LED light.


The phone just looks and feels premium in the hand. Also, the buttons do not rattle and they are tactile.


As for the camera, we have 13MP shooter coupled with a dual tone dual-LED flash and PDAF.


We have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is convenient to use. It is pretty accurate and it unlocks the phone 8/10, and it can do it straight from the standby mode.


The loudspeaker is placed on the bottom but the sound is kind of tinny and a little flat.

Vernee Mars Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE


When it comes to hardware, the phone ships with an octa-core Mediatek Helio P10 chip with the clock speeds of 2.0GHz, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Helio P10 chips when it comes to gaming and the Vernee Mars is no exception. You should expect quite a few skipped frames and stutter if you want to play games like Asphalt 8 on the highest graphics. On the other hand, playing this game on medium graphics is much better and you may have some enjoyable gaming experience.

Vernee Mars Review: BENCHMARKS

Vernee Mars Review: USER INTERFACE


The Vernee Mars ships with the pretty much stock-looking Android 6.0.

There are not too many features to talk about except for the fact that there are some customization options like the ability to switch the position of on-screen navigation buttons.

Most importantly, I didn’t have any issues with the phone’s daily performance even after installing quite a few apps and I would say that the Vernee Mars is a pretty fast performer.

Vernee Mars Review: IMAGE QUALITY


When it comes to the image quality, the Vernee Mars can take some decent-looking images in daylight. I took most of the pictures in the cloudy day and they look quite good but there could be a little more detail. Also, some of the shots look under-exposed and the colors look washed out. Finally, the camera does not really impress in low-light as there is quite a lot of noise and grain in the pictures.

As for selfie camera, the image quality could be better. The selfies could look a lot sharper and there could be more detail.

When it comes to the 1080p video, it is kind of mediocre as the footage could look sharper. Also, there is no continuous auto-focus on board. See the video review for a video sample.

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Vernee Mars Review: CONNECTIVITY


The phone comes with a hybrid dual-SIM card tray, which can take either 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM and the microSD card.


When it comes to connectivity, I didn’t have any issues with the signal reception. Also, the wifi and the call quality are pretty good. The GPS signal may not be the best, but it may get the job done most of the times.

Vernee Mars Review: BATTERY LIFE


The phone ships with a 3000mAh battery that performs quite well. I could get around 4 or even 5 hours of screen-on time, depending on the usage.


In case you need to re-charge it, the supplied fast charge will do that in around 2 hours.

Vernee Mars Review: CONCLUSIONS


The Vernee Mars is yet another sub-$200 phone from China that aims to bring a lot of value to the table.

I have to say that it succeeds in quite a few ways since the device has a premium all-metal design, excellent build quality, and nice and sharp display.


Also, the Vernee Mars is a pretty fast performer when it comes to the day-to-day use and the battery life is pretty good.


However, the camera department is where the phone struggles. Sure, you can take some decent daylight images but the camera falls short in lower-lit or more challenging situations like cloudy days.


In addition, you have to know that the Helio P10 chip allows you to play the latest 3D games only on medium graphics.

At the end of the day, Vernee Mars is still a pretty solid smartphone for the price but you have to consider if the previously mentioned shortcomings are important to you or not.

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  • xploratorul

    Mars is more expensive than RN4 and quite weaker at camera and SOC.

  • Tremaine Underwood

    Unfortunately for Vernee, there are several options with better specs at that price point.

    • lildwell

      Yeah. One of them is their own freaking phone.

  • Saku

    You can buy Mi Max in that price and you can have an OIS camera feature, better processor in SD 650, bigger screen that is readable at direct sunlight… etc.

    Also, I’d rather get Apollo Lite in the same price bracket. It’s a no brainer.

    • goodwill

      Agreed. I don’t understand how Vernee decides on its pricing. Apollo Lite being the stronger phone is being sold at the same price as the Mars which is riding on a much lower P10.

      • lildwell

        I think its more to do with mediatek if anything. This isn’t the only overly expensive p10 phone.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          thought MTK was supposed to beat Qualcomm BASED ON CHEAP PRICING … ironic

          • lildwell

            Well it seems as though mediatek values the p10 more than the x20. This is actually on the cheaper end of p10 phones. They still beat Qualcomm on price. The sd650 is more of an outlier thanks to the redmi note 3 pro.

          • goodwill

            There are cheaper branded options still tho for a P10 setup such as the lenovo k5 note, meizu note 3 and the flash plus 2. As for how the manufacturers are dealing with the pricing, it makes more sense to spend on a X20 rather than a p10 i guess

          • lildwell

            But along the pricing scale, the x20 seems to be deemed lower than the p10. Its stupid but hey.

          • lildwell

            When you look at Verne’s phone line up it looks like this.
            From top of the line to bottom

            Apollo – x25
            Mars – p10
            Apollo Lite – x20
            Thor – 6753

            Now to us this seems stupid but it looks that this is mediateks chip hierarchy. Personally I would have them scrap the p line altogether.

  • Lucas Rodrigues

    Beautiful phone, Really… I just dont like the specs….I Would buy it But I Need a Better specs and CAMERA. Sad about that

  • goodwill

    NIce review Linus. The phone looks good but idk If I would pay $199 for a P10 chipset phone tho. X20 and SD650 phones are available at that price range.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    camera spoiled it … THIS was going to be a FANTASTIC phone but for the crap cam !

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  • Abdullah Habibullah

    Vernee smartphones are not good as Uhans because i checked videos and specification and price.
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  • Boudewijn

    nobody has been able to tell me if the notification light is RGB and can be manipulated with somthing like “light flow app”. Somebody said it was only blue. Does anybody here know?