As the Vernee Apollo was erased and designed from scratch during the year (which postponed its release), let’s take a look at its manufacturing process. Since it is the current flagship of the company, the industrial design and technology behind it should be premium.
Vernee Apollo front panel
Apollo features a relatively square shape. There is no other openings or button on the touch panel except for the receiver and camera. The black display shows great unity with the metal frame. Coupled with 2.5D glass, it delivers a very nice off-screen viewing effect. The screen is a little narrower than the frame, which is similar to the solution of OnePlus One. This design not only makes phone look slimmer, but also decreases the possibility of the screen contact with the ground in case of falling, which lowers the crack rate.
Backcover and Frame
Both the back cover and frame are treated with No. 220 fine Zircon and 360° sandblasting, which makes the surface feel smooth. The same technique is used by many other manufacturers. In this case, the back curve fits your palm pretty well. The simplistic antenna band decreases the band coverage by nearly 40% and overcomes the flaws of the traditional three-part design. The metal ratio reaches up to 98%, making the phone look elegant and strong-built.
“The devil is in the detail”
Even in the detail, Apollo is well-designed. The whole body including the SIM card slot is firmly colored via double anodizing process. And there is an anti-glare filter and CD pattern in the camera area. The dual tone flash, fingerprint sensor and volume keys are all processed via CNC cutting. From these details, we can see how much attention the designers put on the build quality and industrial design.
To conclude, the Vernee Apollo is a very well made device and thankfully, the company managed to maintain a balance between quality, performance and price tag. As we have seen many times, manufacturers overprice their models (take HTC for example). This is not the case here. With an official price of $299.99 and a presale campaign that brings the price down to $249.99, you get a very well balanced flagship from a company that seems to have great aftersales support so far.