Review Vernee M5: Budget Phone with 4GB RAM and stock Android 7.0

Review Vernee M5: Budget Phone with 4GB RAM and stock Android 7.0

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Review Vernee M5 screen
Vernee M5 screen

New budget smartphone Vernee M5 not like the previous gadgets from the young Chinese brand. It does not have a big battery or a powerful hardware, but this device is the most balanced product for the money.

Among all features of new smartphone the company especially notes an optimizing system software. The firmware of new smartphone is based on stock Android 7.0 Nougat without any add-ons.

However, if you believe the Chinese manufacturer, Vernee M5 with Android 7.0 Nougat and 4GB of RAM works as fast as if it had 6GB of RAM. Usually, Chinese manufacturers pay very little attention to software optimization of low-end models.

Review Vernee M5: Budget with 4GB RAM and stock Android 7.0 Nougat

Key features Vernee M5

  • High speed even despite a relatively “slow” processor (MediaTek MT6750);
  • It has 4GB of RAM, which is not often seen so far among budget smartphones;
  • As many as 64 GB of built-in flash memory, while competitors have only 16/32 GB for this price;
  • Smart fingerprint scanner (response time 0.1 s) that works at any angle;
  • 5 mm audio jack;
  • Thin metal case (only 6.9 mm) and compact dimensions;
  • A decent battery of 3300 mAh with support for fast charging.

Design

Vernee M5 looks live very classic. In principle, the smartphone can be described as “another thin metal smartphone from China”, but among other devices of its price category, it almost has not competitors. As a rule, most budget smartphones have thicker bodies.

Review Vernee M5: Budget with 4GB RAM and stock Android 7.0 Nougat

The number of mechanical buttons in Vernee M5 is reduced to a minimum: only volume control buttons and Power on the right side. The frames to the left and right of the screen are present, however they are almost invisible due to 2.5D-effect of the protective glass.

Despite the slim body, the manufacturer of M5 phone did not abandon the 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and headsets. It is located on the left upper edge. On the bottom there is micro-USB ports and the holes of the main speaker and microphone. The SIM tray is located at the top left side.

On the back of the metal cover Vernee M5 everything is standard: the main camera module in the middle, under it is the fingerprint scanner, to the left – a single LED flash. Plastic inserts for antennas are very thin and stretched horizontally.

Performance

Review Vernee M5 performance
Vernee M5 performance

The Chinese new smartphone is based on a fairly common processor among low-cost phones – MediaTek MT6750. For a budget device, it has good performance, thanks to the eight cores of ARM Cortex A53.

Another feature of MT6750 CPU is an integrated modem with supporting 4G LTE Category 6 networks (download speed up to 300 Mbps).

Vernee M5 supports dual SIM-card in nano-SIM format, however the second slot is a hybrid one.

New smartphone provices as much as 64GB of internal memory. 4GB of RAM is the limit for the hardware base of M5.

Screen

Review Vernee M5 screen
Vernee M5 screen

The smartphone screen is based on IPS technology and has a diagonal of 5.2 inches with HD Ready resolution of 720 × 1280 pixels. In principle, you could have Full HD, but Vernee M5 will cost a bit more money. Moreover, few people will feel the difference at this size.

Cameras

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Vernee M5 camera

If you believe the representatives of Vernee company, then new smartphone should take photos no worse than the more expensive Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017). In terms of technical specifications it is very close to Vernee M5. The resolution of the main camera is 13-megapixel, and front camera of 8MP.

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Vernee M5 real sample photos

Demonstration photos taken on Vernee M5 look really nice, but we need practical tests. In addition, the smartphone has a single and clearly not the best flash of the main camera, while competitors use double tone flashes.

Battery

Despite the thin 6.9 mm body, new smartphone has good battery with a capacity of 3300 mAh. Also it supports fast charging PumpExpress 2.0. For comparison, the flagship OnePlus 5 with its much more impressive dimensions, received a battery of similar capacity.

The manufacturer promises 240 hours of standby time and 13 hours of continuous video playback.

At the same time, Vernee M5 battery life will be much higher. First, due to weaker processor. Secondly, due to smart optimization of system software Android 7.0 Nougat, which does not consume battery once again.

Review Vernee M5 software
Vernee M5 software

Vernee M5 Disadvantages

  • Hybrid tray for microSD memory card (although with 64GB of internal memory it is not so scary).
  • At the bottom of the display there is a significant panel, where the touch control buttons could well be placed, but the manufacturer preferred to make them onscreen. As a result, control keys occupy considerable space of 5.2-inch screen.
  • A single not very powerful flash of the main camera.

Where to buy Vernee M5

The smartphone Vernee M5 was announced on August 20.  The first shipments will be on September 20.

Review Vernee M5 price

We recommend buying a new Vernee smartphone in online store GearBest. At the moment you can order Vernee M5 for only $129.99 . The device is available in black and blue colors.

Should you buy Vernee M5?

In my opinion – definitely worth it! If you need a compact, inexpensive, easy-to-use and non-braking smartphone. In addition, in comparison with competitors, it has good battery life and supports fast charging. Also, you should remember that Vernee M5 comes with 64GB of built-in flash memory.

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