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Vernee Apollo is a better choice over Oneplus 3T says Vernee

by Dimitris Economou 22

Since OnePlus 3 came to the market, it gained a cult following thanks to its all metal body, powerful specifications, Dash Charge and competitive price. Recently, OnePlus launched the slightly upgraded version of this model, the OnePlus 3T. However, as the smartphone industry has a highly competitive environment, it’s not that easy for OnePlus to stay ahead with only one or two models. There are many other phone makers who would challenge those renowned brands like OnePlus. Among those brands is Vernee, with its new model Vernee Apollo aiming exactly at OnePlus 3T. Let’s see how Vernee Apollo does against the OnePlus 3T.

Design and Build Quality

Vernee Apollo

Both Vernee Apollo and OnePlus 3T sport all metal body with up to 98% metal coverage on the back except the antenna bands. Besides, the two models are also similar in industrial design, both taking on relatively square shape and showcasing the unique texture of metal.


Moreover, the two models are representative of two different product design, marketing strategy and targeted users.

OnePlus 3TVernee Apollo
CPUSnapdragon821 (quad-core, 2.35GHz)Heilo X25 (deca-core, 2.5GHz)
GPUAdreno™ 530Mali-T880
Front Camera16.0MP8.0MP
Rear Camera16.0MP21.0MP
Screen5.5 inches, 1080P, AMOLED display (Pentile alignment)5.5 inches, 2K LTPS IPS display (standard RGB alignment)
Quick Charge20W Dash Charge18W Vcharge
Retail Price439USD299USD (with VR box)

Against the SD 821 SoC beast, MTK Helio X25 has its own advantages. It can easily run 3D heavy games and play 2K/4K super clear videos. Besides, thanks to the three-cluster deca-core framework, it can provide a more efficient allocation of tasks for optimum performance and extended battery life. In daily usage, you actually don’t need that much performance. So even Snapdragon 821 scores higher than Helio X25, you won’t feel an obvious difference between them.

Then let’s compare the specifications of this two models. OnePlus 3T comes with 6GB RAM, higher than the 4GB of Vernee Apollo. But renowned flagships like Samsung Note 7 and S7 edge still run on 4GB RAM. Unless you are crazy about this aspect, 4GB RAM is enough for everyday operation. The RAM difference between 6GB and 4GB won’t influence the user experience at all.

Both devices support quick charge. OnePlus 3T comes with 20W Dash Charge while Vernee Apollo supports 18W Vcharge. The two models have almost the same charging efficiency, with OnePlus 3T charging a little faster.


Display Technology: Vernee Apollo vs OnePlus 3T

As for the display, OnePlus 3T has 1080P AMOLED screen, which however, is exactly its weakness. The common 5.5″ LCD screens have 401PPI density. OnePlus 3T, due to the Pentile alignment of AMOLED display, has only 323PPI. When you are viewing the display closely, you can still see the roughness of the words. However, Vernee Apollo features a 2K display which features standard RGB alignment with 541PPI. Even when you magnify the picture, it still shows clear details.

Vernee Apollo Vernee Apollo

Meanwhile, Vernee Apollo focuses on VR experience and comes with a VR box in the package. Coupled with the 2K display of Vernee Apollo, it will let you enjoy wonderful Virtual Reality experience.

Vernee Apollo

OnePlus 3T no doubt sports powerful performance. While Apollo doesn’t feature high AnTuTu score, which is superficial, it is more practical when it comes to overall balance and functionality. And Apollo has one great advantage – 2K display, which makes VR experience possible.

Lastly, there is the cost factor. OnePlus 3T is priced at $439 and Apollo $299. The former is suitable for those who don’t care about price as much as they care about performance. While Apollo is ideal for those who want cost-effective handsets and those who would like to try VR with a 2K display.

And one last thing: Vernee is holding a Christmas Big Deal offer for the Apollo. You can find all the details here.

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  • Saku

    Ugh, what a hopeless and desperate statement. I haven’t used a Vernee yet, but OP3T is a beast to be reckoned with, that can go against the pricy flagships just fine. I just hope the 128gb version comes out soon so I can make a purchase. Viva, 13th month pay. 😁

  • Albino

    I really want to see reviews of this smartphone.

    Also, have to read more about Vernee smartphones, heard they are no so good.

    • They are a lucky man’s Elephone.
      Meaning that they have almost the same shitty ROM and UI, and about 1/100 devices would be well optimized, in Elephone’s case though, you can add a couple zeroes to that denominator. That’s no joke, I’m not even exaggerating… the real joke here are their devices.
      In the looks and design aspect, Vernee are way up there with some of the best, but the main features and performance points are nowhere to be found.
      Battery performance is below par, camera is average at best, and the fact that the Lite version and the full Apollo do not have many differences – apart from VR which isn’t really a USP nor all that unique.

      • Albino

        So, you don’t recommend Elephone, Vernee and any other brands?

        Which brands should I be looking for? Have in mind that a heavy customized ui it’s a downside for me.

        • Elephone does have a stock Android for the most part, but it is not optimized at all. The most common apps like WhatsApp, imo, etc., at times, are not kept in memory which is the least you’d expect from a 3-4 GB RAM smartphone. Also, their phones are just not good ‘phones.’
          The phone app fails when answering calls or in-between calls, triggering a very annoying restart.
          Where do you live, if you don’t mind me asking? Because some brands are just not available for shipment to some specific countries.
          360 is a more reliable smartphone manufacturer, rolling out some updates every now and then, and a lot of their phones have a decent UI even when there is customization. You can find some reviews (albeit in Chinese/Russian) on YouTube, you’d find their phones to be very premium.

          • Albino

            I’m brazilian.

            I’m asking because i was quite interested in those brands, and i don’t like heavy customized android roms.

          • lildwell

            Best thing you can do is find a phone with good build quality that has had sources released for it. Then, head over to XDA developers or the phones manufacturers forums and get a clean CyanogenMod/mokee/AOSP ROM and be set. The Le Max 2 is pretty good. The Vernee Apollo Lite is getting some community support. Some of Xiaomi’s Snapdragon phones have good support

          • I’d advise you as someone who’s already suffered the wrath of owning an Elephone device… don’t trust them or invest your hard-earned money in one of their devices.
            Other companies you shouldn’t really bank on are Vernee, UMi, and I’d add Ulefone to this list after seeing them launch every new device far worse than their last one. They’ve had nothing going for them other than the Power and the Vienna.

            Companies you CAN trust though, highly depends on the device you choose to buy, but they are
            Xiaomi – can’t go wrong with their Qualcomm phones, but their X20/25 phones are great as well. A lot of customization but you can use Google Now Launcher to feel at home for most of these brands’ devices.
            Meizu – everything is Mediatek which is annoying but the unreleased Exynos 8890 powered device seems promising. They are expensive though.
            Doogee’s Y6 & F7/Pro are pretty okay phones, they are also very affordable.
            OnePlus/Vivo/Oppo – same parent company, similar build quality and research & development. All devices are superb, with a few exceptions. All very expensive, especially Vivo.
            LeEco – superior build quality and hardware, arguably the best and most affordable of the lot. Lack of microSD & 3.5mm jack support make it a deal breaker for almost everyone.
            360/Qiku – good phones that are very hard to get. Hint: AliExpress has them for the best price.
            Zuk – Everything is great, ROM needs some tweaks, will get fixed with Android Nougat, I guess.
            Bluboo/Oukitel – low/mid-rangers which work brilliantly as an everyday device, but not as durable and lasting as you’d think. My U10 fell from my waist height and shattered completely, it’s a hunk of useless metal right now. Sad.

          • Tadej Brunsek

            Well, I don’t think that Vernee is on the same list as Ulefone or Elephone. Umi and Vernee are kinda different type of manufacturers who are really focusing on what they do, and does not just release a new models, but also provide some support for old models. Vernee however is far from the manufacturers, who are trying to win some audience. They give them some effort, before releasing the phone and also releasing the optimized software!

            However I will strongly recommend at this time other products such as Leeco, Xiaomi, Meizu, Lenovo – ZUK, Lenovo – Moto, Oneplus, Vivo, Oppo and others.

          • I have a ZUK Z2 right now, other than the screen size and some ZUI quirks, I have no complaints.

            And I have nothing against Vernee, I haven’t even tried any of their products yet, but they seem to pay the highest attention to build quality and almost none to optimization of the phone.
            Apollo Lite, while having a very premium build, randomly picked units never seemed to have a uniform-range of battery life, which indicates poor quality-control.
            The camera is basically on life support in the form of OTA updates, it’s still not fully optimized.
            Full potential of X20 is not utilized, N4S/Le 2 Pro/F7 Pro/Redmi Note 4/Redmi Pro did much… muuuuch better in terms of performance!

            So what I meant was that they need to up their game in order to be competitive. Nobody wants devices that just look good but aren’t functional and efficient – which is very true for their second device, the Mars. It is yet again a well-built hunk of metal and glass but not worth that price tag at all. Very poor time of release, especially when their first device was doing well at the time.

            Anyways, I’m almost done with Mediatek SoC’s, they just aren’t that power-efficient. So I’m hoping they do come through with their first Snapdragon phone, which will be very interesting to say the least.

  • In comparing these phones, it would have been nice to have added LTE Bands and global versus Chinese ROM information.

  • johala02

    I hope to see a real review of Apollo. OnePlus 3T is a good device according to most reviews. But with a lower price Vernee might be a alternative option.

  • Wolvie

    The only problem is Vernee always using mediatek Soc (to save money so vernee can sell cheaper ???) compare to OnePlus that always using latest powerful Qualcomm snapdragon.

    If vernee start using qualcomm then i will be interested.

    • johala02

      If you see the roadmap in their website for the new planned devices Vernee will have Qualcomm to.

      • goodwill

        Well, talking about a product that is not even out yet is kinda irrelevant.

  • Rhistel

    What about NFC, Optical Image Stabilization, F/ 2,0 on Oneplus 3t vs no NFC no OIS /f 2,2 on Apollo….. camon

  • Marc Dup

    I tried the Vernee Apollo lite and it’s the worst phone experience I ever had. Problems installing OTA updates, 3g support very bad, announced 4k recording never seen, poor metal quality and a lot of bugs (ex: persistent app permission management notification impossible to disable, etc)…
    My advice : pay just a little more and buy the one plus. This phone rocks and the OS is perfect and updated regularly.

  • I’m all for promoting new and innovative Chinese phones… I bought Ecoo E04 back in April ’15 because of its specsheet and the superfast-fingerprint scanner,
    But with this statement from Vernee, this is the only legit reaction I have right now

  • Another Day_Another Ad

    The Vernee phones are trash… What a joke ad…

  • Vlad

    vernee – overpriced with ugly stock OS

  • Aaron

    I have an Apollo Lite, it’s quite powerful I must say. The battery life is long, bulid quality is good, camera is also not bad. I don’t know much about the specifications. But for every day use, it has no problem at all. And the price is much lower than other brands like Apple, Samsung.