We were impressed with what Vernee was able to offer with its Apollo Lite at under £200, but arguably more so with the Mars. While this octa-core smartphone isn’t as fast as the deca-core Apollo Lite, it has a great build at this price point.
Right now both the Vernee Apollo Lite and Vernee Mars are on offer at GearBest, which offers free shipping to the UK. We recommend selecting the option to buy the Vernee Mars from the EU warehouse, because although you’ll pay more upfront you won’t be liable for any import duty, so there won’t be any nasty surprises. From the EU warehouse the Vernee Mars costs £198.01 ($246.99).
By comparison, there is currently no EU warehouse option for the Vernee Apollo Lite, so you must buy from China. The price is lower at £144.30 ($179.99), but with import duty on top the difference will be much less.
Both phones are sold SIM-free, and support all three 4G bands used in the UK. With a hybrid SIM slot they can support either microSD (up to 128GB) or a second (Nano-) SIM. The primary SIM is a Micro-SIM, although an adaptor is supplied in the box.
CPU: Helio P10 Octa Core 2.0GHz
GPU: Mali-T860 MP2 700MHz
System: Android 6.0
RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM
Camera: Back camera 13.0MP with AF and flashlight + front camera 5.0MP
Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Sensor: G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Hall sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope
SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, one is micro SIM card, the other is nano SIM card
2G: GSM 850/900/1800MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz