Vernee Mars is now official: 5.5" FHD display, stock Android Marshmallow, ultra affordable price

This story is sponsored by Vernee. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

While quality comes at a price, there's no denying that nobody wants to spend a whole fortune on a smartphone. Fortunately, this is no longer a requirement if you want to get lay your grubby mitts on a handset that offers exceptional bang for the buck, bounce for the ounce, value for money, and a whole slew of other cryptic idioms.

Meet the Vernee Mars, a recently-announced 5.5-inch beaut' that won't break your piggy bank. Launching at $249.99, the handset is definitely a bargain, but why should you consider getting this one? Here follow a few reasons.

Employing a dual-anodized full metal body, the 5.5-inch Mars is a sleek designed phone with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 81%. Vernee proudly reveals that the side bezels of the Mars are just 1mm thin. What's also notable is that the fingerprint scanner of the affordable Mars is positioned on the right side of the phone, just below the power button. The sensor is a pressure-based one and will reportedly unlock the device in 0.1s.

The 5.5-inch full HD display at the front reportedly uses the same in-cell technology that the iPhone 7 uses, and Vernee claims that the touch accuracy of the display is superior to that of other smartphones.

Inside the Vernee Mars, we find an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset, paired with 4GB RAM, and 32 gigs of eMMC 5.0 native storage. The hybrid SIM slot allows you to throw in two SIM cards or a SIM card and a microSD card.

There's a 13MP F/2.0camera with dual tone flash at the back, which uses Sony's IMX258 sensor and boasts phase-detection autofocus. At the front, there's a 5MP selfie snapper utilizing a Samsung camera sensor. Powering the whole shebang is a 3,000mAh battery, which comes with Vernee's Vcharge 9V1.5A quick-charging solution and provides up to 50% of battery charge in 30 minutes of charging. Oh, and there's a USB Type C port at the bottom of the phone.

Finally, and most importantly, the Vernee Mars runs stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This will likely appeal to fans of stock Android, just like it appeals to us! Hopefully the device will get updated to Android Nougat in the near future, but Vernee keeps hush on the matter.

The global presale of the Mars has already commenced, and while the phone will normally retail for $249.99, its current presale price is $229.99. The presale will last until October 7. Additionally, willing buyers can use the "vernee8Mars" discount code during the checkout, which will further knock another $30 off the price, meaning that you can score the device for $199.99 at the moment. Now, how neat is that?

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34 Comments

1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Wow , they copied the antenna lines from the iPhone 7. Tch Tch !!!

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

*cough* Meizu Pro 6 *cough*

5. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

yeah they made that phone in one week ;)

9. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Prototype of the iPhone 7 are here since the start of the year. Shouldn't be too hard to make a phone in 6 months.

11. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Apple simply copied Meizu's Antenna designs. Which was available way before those prototypes....

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Though this Vernee is great for it's price, it still isn't the best bang for the buck in the ~300$ price tag.

23. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Just use Helio x25 even at 300$. It's become much better. Gaming performance of Helio P10 is pure sh*t.

29. atro860

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

You can get SD820 from the Zuk Z2 @ $240 and the Le Eco Le Max 2 for $223. IMO those phones will have a better overall experience with the 820 processor, over the x25.

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Where all these phone keep coming from ?!

6. Fona13A unregistered

Oh, look, a headphone jack!

7. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Is this a joke? Worse brand than xiaomi. Inferior SOC than RN3. SD650>P10. Smaller battery than RN3. Even after all the discounts etc 199$ is still more than Xiaomi RN3. RN3 sells for around 180$. So why the heck would anyone want to buy this? Hell im quite sure nexus 5x is not too expensive than this. Should be around 250. Zuk z2 with SD820 is avail for 270$. This seems like a pathetic option. Ultra affordable by what means?

12. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

But you don't have the iPhone design with RN3 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL !!!

30. atro860

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Zuk Z2 is actually only $240...not to mention the 820 powered Le Eco le max 2 @ $223

8. GoGoGalaxyNexus

Posts: 81; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

a lot of people missed the "This story is sponsored by Vernee. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!" Thanks PhoneArena for making this clear, this phone is far from decent

10. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Yep i missed it. My bad. I was so busy laughing.

15. monoke

Posts: 1173; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Now this is what iphone 7 should've looked like. Thin bezels and finally someone with side finger thing other than sony. On screen buttons, stock, cheap, almost checks everything except Meditatek, not sure bout that. Great job! Know what I mean Vern.

19. ssanders2k7

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

What LTE bands does it support?

20. 09halu

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

25. ssanders2k7

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

I need a little more specific, like Band 12 for T-Mobile.

26. 09halu

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

no, it won't work on T-Mobile LTE. oh, I hate Chinese phone :(

21. 09halu

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

Wow, this is piece of art, much bettter that that Is**t. I wonder should i buy or not because I already bought S7 Active for me and give my mother S6 Active as a Christmas gift( she was using the big heavy tablet all these times :( ) Edit: just check with willmyphonework.net, it is not compatible with Fido, sorry I have to let you go :((((

22. stephenju

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 08, 2013

This phone has absolutely zero support for North America networks. Not even 2G. You may not even be able to make simple GSM call since it doesn't list 1900Mhz.

28. johnh3

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Wrong. For GSM it support 850/900/1800 and 1900 Mhz. Scroll down and see:http://www.devicespecifications.com/en/model/0ef93e6a

24. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Another sponsored article ON TOP OF all the annoying ads and auto play video ads - seriously THIS WHOLE SITE IS BECOMING SPAM. I had an ad blocker on but then removed it about a month ago to try and support the site like a good loyal member. So now I have to stomach lots of ads AND a sea sponsored articles? Getting too greedy PA, way too greedy. It's not as if you guys do a lot of deep investigative research either - 70% of articles are just re-blogs from other sites!

27. johnh3

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Vernee using stock Android so thats one reason to buy them. And they also announced Vernee Apollo during the event they showed Mars. For the band frequences check here:http://www.devicespecifications.com/en/model/0ef93e6a

31. OscarHUGar

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

I mean ... its kinda tricky. With chinese models can be a gamble... sometimes even more well knowd brands as Huawei, vernee, etc can fail and others like Agm can surprise you :S

34. ajuliusdota

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

Oh yeah!  they announced the X2 ! In the current market, there is space for all kinds of devices with different options in specifications and design: Agm is for an audience that really needed comfortable ruggeds and now they are becoming really potent :)

32. OscarHUGar

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

I mean ... its kinda tricky. With chinese models can be a gamble... sometimes even more well knowd brands as Huawei, vernee, etc can fail and others like Agm can surprise you :S

33. ajuliusdota

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

This Vernee sounds great :D ! i just love that China is trying to overcome that old reputation of "simpy bad products"; but in mobile phones to me their best is AGM : i mean... great specs AND Rugged phones? Hell yeah. PS: have you seen the annoucement of the X2 ?

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