Vernee announces the Apollo Lite: an affordable metal beauty

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It's a great time we live in when a cool metal construction and a fingerprint scanner lock aren't limited to just the most expensive of smartphones. Fierce competition and aggressive pricing from various up-and-coming manufacturers have raised the bar, and a smartphone can't hope to sell well unless it packs a respectable hardware and the looks to boot. Smartphone slinger Vernee shows that it understands these unwritten rules with its recently-announced handset – the Apollo Lite.

Design


Wrapped in metal, with a Gorilla Glass 3 panel at the front that is arched at the corners, and an ergonomically curved back, the handset looks decidedly modern. The screen is built with Sharp IGZO technology and has a 5.5-inch diagonal and a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. Thanks to an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 72%, its footprint is still fairly manageable, measuring at 5.98 x 3 x 0.35 in (152 x 76.2 x 8.9 mm). The Apollo Lite has a set of sleek-looking hardware buttons on its right — a power key and a volume rocker. There are no capacitive navigational controls on the front, since the phone utilizes Android's own virtual buttons. There's a fingerprint sensor at the back, which also has the capability of waking the screen, and can unlock the phone for as fast as 0.1 seconds.

Hardware and camera


On the inside, it's powered by MediaTek's own Helio X20 SoC with with 10 cores split in three clusters, each designed to handle a different type of workload (Tri-Cluster technology). It has 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, which can also be expanded via microSD of up to 128 GB. The handset's USB port is of the reversible Type-C variety and also supports digital audio output, if you happen to own a pair of Type-C earplugs, but there's also a standard 3,5 mm audio jack to be found at the top. The device comes with a pure, untampered with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but if you want a Vernee signature experience, you will be able to download the company's own VOS operating system from its support forums.


The phone's non-removable battery has a capacity of 3,180 mAh, which can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes, thanks to MediaTek's Pump Express 3 quick charging technology. 

For its main camera, the Apollo Lite utilizes Samsung's 16 MP S5K3P3 sensor tucked behind an F2.0 aperture lens. The sensor utilizes Samsung's ISOCELL technology, which places physical barriers between individual pixels to eliminate color crosstalk. The snapper is assisted by phase detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash, while on the inside, a pair of image signal processors take care for the picture quality. On the front, we have a 5 MP selfie camera with Samsung's 5E2 sensor — one that Sammy uses on its own midrange smartphones.


As always, if you are planning on buying an exotic smartphone, you need to make sure that it supports your carrier's bands. The Vernee Apollo Lite supports WCDMA 900/2100MHz for 3G, FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz for 4G, and GSM 850/900/1800MHz for some good-old 2G telephony.

Price and launch


Vernee currently has the phone up for pre-sale, posted on the pages of various 3rd party retailers (officially endorsed at Vernee's own "Buy now" page). It's available in "Space Grey" or "Moonlight Silver", priced at $229.99, and there's a $30 discount coupon offered if you participate in a giveaway by sharing the company's page. The pre-purchased handsets are meant to ship out on July the 20th, after which date, the Apollo Lite will be available for instant purchases.

Official pre-sale website: Vernee Apollo Lite

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14 Comments

1. KingSam

Posts: 1450; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I like how they use such asbestos with the ability to download their custom OS

2. TerryTerius unregistered

I... I don't think a phone with asbestos could possibly be a good idea.

3. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

I'm starting to hate all this metal phone craze.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I guess it's very hard to come up with original design

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, just much variation can you do with those rectangle shape... at this rate, its just like comparing pug to another pug.. and someone will call that pug is more handsome just because some minor distinction.. while most human wont even care, its just pug (and even if some manufacturer bring its own original design, like asus predator tab, oukitel K10000, or vertu.. people still call it ugly, lol)

9. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Just like we saw you calling the unnanounced moto z phones augly some days ago

6. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I think it was Nokia we can call safely that they brought the original designs back. I dont think there is still any scope or creative left for the current generation of the smartphones. The next smartphone design In my opinion will be fully curved. but not sure if we have reached that far yet.

7. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Why the mediatek SoC? They screwed their phone. How much more would a qualcomm SoC have costed each handset? $5-$10 more? Use a 625 or 650 and sell the phone for $15 more!

8. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

For the price and construction, the X20 isn't bad. The problem I have with it is the GPU but for everyday tasks it's excellent. And if anything the 652 would be better than the 650.

10. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Too bad the network band on this phone will not cover North America network. 4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

11. Elfmonster unregistered

Thank you. Phone arena, could you please state very clearly in each phone article whether the lte will suit T-mobile etc here? Each phone story needs specs, price, and if it's US-lte-friendly.

12. jimberkas

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

total bummer. according to willmyphonework, this phone will only get 2G on the ATT towers in the US. I had the phone in my cart with the $30 off code. Seems like a great phone for $200

13. offerworld

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 31, 2015

i like this phone but price high for me so i decide to buy Bluboo Maya, this is amazing phone that comes with decent specs and according to Bluboo, brings high-quality Sony IMX sensor camera and price only at $69.99

14. OscarHUGar

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Ok: its not BAD. Simply: its not for me. I strongly prefer to invest a little more in more compact phones ( i like them durable); so in that line… Agm got it best this time, sorry Vernee ....

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