Time to test Vernee Mars Pro – one of the more interesting smartphones of the middle class, where the manufacturer put on good equipment at a relatively low price.
Vernee Mars Pro is a well-priced phablet device, because for less than $ 700 ( costs a smartphone in GearBest ) we get powerful components enclosed in a compact enclosure. How does the phone work in practice? What are the pros and cons? Is it worth buying it? You read all about this in my Vernee Mars Pro review .
Housing and appearance
The first contact with Vernee Mars Pro reminds me of Huawei smartphones combined with solutions from the Japanese company Sony and the American Apple. Perhaps because the rear aluminum wall has been coated with a specific paint that makes the smartphone very pleasant to the touch. Unfortunately, it is also susceptible to dirt and easily collects fingerprints. The same feeling I had when testing Huawei P10. For the quality of work I do not have the slightest objection – the components of the housing were properly folded and the phone itself does not bend and crack. The frame covered with gently curved corning Gorilla Glass 3 with oleophobic coating. This operation made the Vernee Mars Pro front panel very well integrated with the metal body that is part of the rear panel.The volume control bar and switch are located on the right side of the phone, and on the left we have the drawer. The bottom edge is occupied by a multimedia speaker, a USB Type C port (standard 2.0) , and a microphone. On the top edge we have a 3.5mm mini-jack headphone connector. It is worth to pay attention to the placement of the biometric sensor, which is located under the switch, and therefore on the right side of the phone – is longitudinal and relatively wide. This solution I know very well with smartphones Sony and Huawei. I did not find a secondary microphone This is a notification light that has been very nicely incorporated into the upper frame above the screen. Vernee Mars Pro presents itself very well. A great plus for the manufacturer for using the Apple idea and the phenomenal integration of antenna strips that are almost invisible. Phablet is in the palm of his hand and does not have much trouble handling his hand with one hand.
The Vernee Mars Pro is powered by a 3500 mAh battery that supports fast charging technology. In daily use, he fulfilled my expectations and I think that will meet the requirements of most of you.The phone was always charged in the evening, but it was not necessary, because the energy was enough for a day and a half. During this time, the screen was switched on for about five hours . So much the same on one charge is working my Galaxy S7 edge and this time is enough for me. I will add that Vernee Mars Pro does better than most smartphones from a similar price range. [= "Normal"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22376" virtual = "pcmark-work-2" type = "single" product_id = "22376, 22354,22372,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc "selected =" 22376 "virtual = "Battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214,21818"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = " 4 "title =" Charging time "] [test slug =" battery "virtual =" charging-ac "order =" asc "selected =" 22376 "type =" single "product_id =" 22376,22354,22372,22230,22226 21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214,21818 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The settings have run out of additional power saving modes . Instead, this is the basic, known from the pure Android system, which automatically activates at 15%. It is also possible to use performance or differentiation mode. In this case, the first components are always running at full speed, and activating the second device determines when it is possible to save energy at the expense of performance. In terms of charging time, the Vernee Mars Pro is not unique, but it is worth bearing in mind that it offers fast charge support – the charger comes with a 9V / 2A (18W) charger. The energy up to 100% takes about an hour and a half (84 minutes). Leaving the phone for a quarter of an hour under the charger will recover 22% of lost energy (after 30 minutes it is 43%).
The Vernee Mars Pro image is displayed on a 5.5-inch screen in standard definition for mid-range devices – Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The display was provided by JDI and uses incell technology, so the touch layer is integrated with the LCD panel.These parameters are very good for everyday use. The content displayed is sharp and easy to read – it's comfortable browsing the Internet, watching videos on YouTube, or playing your favorite titles. There is also no problem with reading ebooks. According to the manufacturer, the maximum illumination of the matrix is to be 500 cd / m2. However, when measuring with our calibrator, this value is significantly lower and reaches 340 cd / m2. As a result, use on very sunny days becomes difficult and it is necessary to look for shady places. Brightness similar to Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), although in the case of the Super AMOLED is used, so in the automatic backlight mode, the luminance is much higher. Minimum illumination does not raise any objection. [Test slug = "battery-screen" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU" order = "desc" selected = "22376" type = "single" product_id = "22376,22354, 22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [test slug =" battery-screen "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "Order =" asc "selected =" 22376 "type =" single "product_id =" 22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Z Attention to the presence of the MediaTek processor, MiraVision technology has been incorporated into the display settings, with the ability to adjust contrast, color saturation and color temperature. This will make the content displayed on the screen look a bit better. There is even a filter of blue light that makes reading at dusk blind. When it comes to color reproduction, it's only at decent levels – the sRGB coverage reaches 81.7%, which means that the colors are not perfectly mapped, but overall the screen looks good, and that is most important.
Main camera – characteristics, quality of pictures and videos
Vernee Mars Pro is equipped with a 13MP F / 2.0 camera and also (theoretically) fast focus mode – PDAF, which will focus on the subject in just 0.1 seconds. If we add two more LED diodes to this, we get a pretty decent set for the medium – especially on paper. However, the practice has shown some shortcomings that result from interfering with the software (or lack thereof). While the detail of the photo is decent, I have reservations about color reproduction – in my opinion they are gently pale. But I think this is due to the fact that I used to use Huawei smartphones and Samsung very recently, and the cameras in these devices have brighter colors. Vernee Mars Pro in its class goes well . As for the work of the machine it usually chooses the appropriate parameters, but sharpening in my opinion too long. >>> See sample photos in full resolution Vernee Mars Pro offers video recording in many popular modes – starting from 4K, through FHD at 30, and also HD . The quality of the material is good. I have no objection to the detail of the image. The sound being recorded is quite loud, but you must be careful, because if you put your hand to the microphone, the volume on the recording drops dramatically. Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqwCjc7elSs Under noisy conditions, the picture quality is low – the noise is ubiquitous and the number of recorded details is noticeably reduced. When shooting close-up subjects, a dual illumination diode is useful. Some shortcomings can be improved by activating HDR mode, although it is worth bearing in mind that the shutter speed is then increased.
Front camera and photo application
Selfie can be made with a 5MP camera with aperture of the F / 2.8 lens. Due to close-up shooting, the light of the lens does not negatively affect the quality of the photographs – the photos are decent. The front camera is also capable of video recording, but only at VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). The photo application is easy to use, thanks to its highly simplified interface. We can find HDR in it, control the diode, switch between shooting and video recording, filters, and camera switch. The shooting modes are suddenly two: normal (auto) and panorama. Other settings – electronic image stabilization, anti-shock, scene mode, light sensitivity, white balance, resolution, and RAW files are hidden, limiting the ability to select the appropriate parameters in a short time.
Performance and system
There are not many manufacturers in the industry who manage less than $ 700 to offer a relatively efficient device. Nevertheless, Vernee introducing the Mars Pro model has one goal – to be cheap and as efficient as possible. And what is important is that this assumption has been fulfilled, as the MediaTek helio P25 is available with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM . MediaTek helio P25 It consists of an eight-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and Mali-T880MP2 @ 900 MHz graphics. This is a new generation SoC, manufactured in a 16nm process technology, and therefore is more energy efficient and more efficient than the competition systems made at 28nm. This is a direct competitor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (14nm) chip, which is widely used in mid-range smartphones. It can be found in ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL), Huawei nova, nova Plus, or Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. At the same time, the MediaTek helio P25 becomes Samsung's Exynos 7880 Octa rivalry with the difference that Koreans are more energy efficient. (14nm). So we get a very decent set . The one that translates into the proper working culture of Vernee Mars Pro. During everyday use I have not encountered any slowdowns or downtime. The system remained stable even during longer loads – playing games, opening multiple applications. There is simply no shortage of computing power. If we add yet another good RAM management – switch between open processes is fast and no problems when working on two windows, then we get a really well optimized device, which for less known Chinese brands is not so obvious. Type = "single" product_id = "pcmark-android-work" type = "4" title = "PC Mark" 22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" AnTuTu "] [test slug =" android-antutu-6 "Order =" desc "selected =" 22376 "virtual =" antutu-total-6 "type =" single "product_id =" 22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 " [Wptab style = "4" title = "3DMark"] [test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "22376" virtual = "3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total" type = "Single" product_id = "22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "T-Rex"] [test Slf = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22376" type = "single" virtual = "t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140, 22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22376 "type =" single " virtual = "m Anhattan-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The GPU is a model known only from last year's Korean flag. It is in poorer configuration – it consists of two graphics cores, and in Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 edge we have twelve of them. Through such MediaTek movement, in tests and in the use of the GPU is on a similar level with the ARM Mali-T830MP2 and it goes from at least ARM Mali-T830MP3. At this moment there is no problem – the graphics chip is coping well with most of the games available in the Google store . I am pleased that Vernee has done very well with the warming up of the Mars Pro construction – phablet is not particularly warm even in long sessions. Vernee Mars Pro works under the control of nearly the pure Google Android version 7.0 (Nougat 7.0) with the security level of July this year . The system from Google has been enhanced with several additional features, including the ability to change the layout of the navigation buttons and add a button to eject the notification bar. The software also includes gestures, night mode, or the ability to work on two windows simultaneously. The manufacturer, by adding these solutions, decided to name the software VOS.
Dual microSIM + nanoSIM card couplers, using the LTE Category 6 modem, offer fast data rates up to 300 Mbps with dual band aggregation. However, it is worth remembering that this is a hybrid SIM card slot, so you can use two SIM cards or one and a microSD card reader. This is a dualSIM type standby . Communication facilities are also a dual band WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) WiFi module – works steadily and Bluetooth version 4.0 works seamlessly with a wide range of accessories. The equipment also includes GPS with GLONASS, which responds quickly and efficiently fixes. There is even an FM radio, but it runs out of NFC , which means that there is no ability to make proximity payments and fast pairing devices. On board the device is USB Type C (standard 2.0) with OTG support – it is possible to connect peripherals and pointers. Phablet pleasantly surprised the quality of conversations, as the sound coming out of the speaker is very clean and loud enough. However, the absence of a secondary microphone is noticeable – especially in highly acclaimed locations. Vernee has decided to equip the Mars Pro with 64 GB of built-in memory – about 53GB available for the user. This over-arched memory is sufficient to accommodate music, photos, games and applications without the need for further expansion. However, if the need arises, then the hybrid microSD reader mentioned above. If there was no multimedia speaker I would not be offended, although I would probably feel a huge discomfort using this device. However, the Vernee Mars Pro speaker is definitely below the level of the competition smartphones even from the lowest segment. The sound is very metallic and irritating at the same time. However, it is a guide to the forthcoming event.When I plugged in the headset (I plugged in, it was out of order), I felt relieved after a tedious multimedia speaker. I expected flat sound, and I heard quite good sound, for a low-budget smartphone. You can complain gently to maximum volume, which is a little too low. We come to a biometric security that is not quite as great as the manufacturer claims on graphics. Unlock does not take place in just 0.1 seconds. I feel that it is rather about 0.3 seconds – from the moment of recognizing the print to wake up the screen there is visible downtime. In addition, I'm not exactly satisfied with the accuracy. It is possible that this is due to the location of the sensor and the need to unlock the thumb.
Summary and evaluation
The first contact with Vernee Mars Pro made me very positive emotions and I willingly went for his testing, but after a long time some shortcomings appeared. Vernee Mars Pro deserves your attention if: you are looking for a very well done phablet , perfectly lying in your hand and nice by your simplicity. Design is not all that, because buying Mars Pro will give you a powerful enough smartphone that without much trouble can compete with last year's and this year's average, exceeding even the speed of operation. This definitely merits a lot of RAM. Also worth noting is the large built-in memory for the user, the hybrid SIM card slot as well as the good working time on one charge cycle. I can safely include the sound on the headset.For the first time, the brightness of the lighter display was less than perfect, which could be operated comfortably in all lighting conditions. You also can not forget the lack of a secondary microphone, slow fingerprint reader, camera problems, or NFC . However, if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages or they are just less important for you, surely Vernee Mars Pro should come to your liking, even more so since the price in the GearBest online shop is really nice – at the moment the hardware you buy for About 650 PLN (not including any additional costs associated with the international call). [Temperature2 product_id = "22376"]