Vernee Apollo, the first MTK flagship “built for VR”, carries deca-core Helio X25 SoC which features up to 2.5GHz main frequency. And it comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, 8MP front-facing camera, 21MP rear camera and a 2K display. Besides these powerful specs, it also contains a VR box in the package.
Since it is called “Flagship”, the industrial design and technology behind it should be premium to match this name.
Apollo features a relatively rectangular 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 wonderful screen-off viewing effect.
Both the back cover and frame are treated with No. 220 fine Zircon and 360° blasting sand, which makes the phone feel smooth and comfortable. The back curve fits your palm pretty well. The simplistic antenna band decreases the band coverage by nearly 40% and overcomes the shortage of traditional three-part design. The metal ratio reaches up to 98%, making the phone elegant and strong-built.
Meanwhile, 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 slim, but also decreases the possibility of the screen contact with the ground in case of falling, which lowers the crack rate. What’s more, after CNC cutting process, the unique metal texture is better showcased and the handling experience is improved a lot.
Even in the detail, Apollo is well-designed. The whole body including the SIM card slot is firmly colored via 2 times of 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 those details, we can see that Vernee designers attaches great importance to the appearance and industrial design of this model.
In fact it’s very hard to make a perfect product priced at 299USD range. How to balance the design and performance is a big question for most phone makers. However, Vernee seems to offer a great answer to this question, which is enough to show its honesty towards its users.