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Vernee shares pricing details of its ten-core, 6GB RAM Apollo smartphone

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Vernee shares pricing details of its ten-core, 6GB RAM Apollo smartphone
A couple of weeks ago, we got our first look at the Apollo smartphone from emerging Chinese brand Vernee. What makes this device rather significant is the fact that it houses a gargantuan 6 GB of RAM, which, to our reckoning, is only second handset after the Vivo Xplay 5 do so. Alongside the copious supplies of RAM, this behemoth is packed to the gills with high-end specs, and now, we know that it will cost $399 upon release.

Though the bigger brands like Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG have long been dominant forces in the smartphone arena, China has hit us with a deluge of powerful devices in the past few years. In the early days of the smartphone as we know it, the vast majority Chinese handsets were vastly sub-par compared with those of more established firms. While plenty of these cheaper models still align with traditionally poor build quality and performance, it's no longer difficult to source a refined, flagship-level device for a fraction of an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy's cost.

Until we've had a chance to try out the Vernee Apollo, we can't say much for its standard of build and usability. But the unibody metallic design does sound promising, as do the specs beneath. As we noted in our initial coverage of the Apollo, it runs with Mediatek's powerful Helio X20 SoC, and there is, of course, 6 GB of RAM. You get Sony's 21-megapixel IMX230 (with dual-tone flash) as a very capable main camera, while the 8-megapixel snapper at the front will take care of your selfie needs.

The display is a quad-HD, 1440 x 2560 offering over a 5.5-inch canvas, and like most other top-level smartphones, you get a fingerprint sensor for added security. There's 128 GB of storage on board, and the Vernee Apollo ships with Android Marshmallow out of the box.

It remains to be seen whether smartphones with 6 GB of RAM are to be the next step forward, or whether we're looking at overkill. A recent clip of the Vivo Xplay 5 showed the device outpacing the iPhone 6s in side-by-side comparisons, so perhaps there's more to this emerging trend than pure marketing one-upmanship.

There's no word yet on when exactly the Apollo will grace us with its presence, but it will arrive at some point next month. At the $399 and with these impressive looks and specs, are you interested? Let us know of your take via the comments.


source: Vernee via Neowin

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posted on 26 Mar 2016, 11:14 3

1. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 294; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Awesome

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 21:04

9. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Efin sake super sexy.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 11:25 1

4. Shubham1221 (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


looks cool but how good is the user interface and s/w optimizations of this phone.I think its the software front where many emerging chinese phones were lacking.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 11:30 7

5. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Yeah, because we need more RAM and cores. I guess we reached the point of diminishing returns after 2 GB RAM; but you can't brag with those specs I guess.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 18:43

13. GTNavy (Posts: 44; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


Yes, people need 10 cores and 6 GB of RAM to play Clash of Clans. /s Unless software developers start porting PC games to phones, this level of specs isn't needed yet.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 12:56 3

7. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 857; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


design is a copy of huawei ascend mate 8

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:08 1

8. Adsr14 (Posts: 96; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


Why yes Doggydangerous, yes it is. And honestly for it being cheaper than the Huawei mate 8 its a good viable alternative.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 09:52

10. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 857; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


mate 8 is a beauty to hold, but it is meh in camera quality. Huawei is always bad in camera.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 17:10

11. techman82 (Posts: 39; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Probably will still lag numbers mean nothing without proper software optimization

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 17:11

12. techman82 (Posts: 39; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


The market is totally saturated with phones

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 10:17

14. isprobi (Posts: 653; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Not bad overall. I would like a memory card slot even with 128 GB built in. If it had a screen closer to 6 inches I would be tempted. But ultimately I think my Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is still the one for now.

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