Vernee Mix 2 Review - A Cheap Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Clone?
The Vernee Mix 2 carries the two in the name, but is the first "tri-bezel-less", so almost borderless smartphone of the Chinese smartphone maker "Vernee". In a test lasting several weeks, I took a closer look at the Mix 2.
Vernee Mix 2
Processor and memory
CPU: MediaTek Helio P25 (MTK6757CD)
RAM: 4GB / 6GB
Internal memory: 64GB
Memory extension: Yes
Display Type: IPS
Display diagonal: 6 inches
Display resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels (18: 9)
Main Camera: 13 Megapixel AR1335 + Galaxycore GC0310 VGA
* Aperture: f / 2.0
* LED flash
Front camera: 5 Megapixel Galaxycore GC5025
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: 2x Nano SIM
2G: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
3G: WCDMA 2100 / 900 MHz
4G LTE 2100 / 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 900 MHz
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n /
* Proximity Sensor
* Brightness sensor
* Fingerprint Sensor
Battery: 4.200 mAh
Operating system: Android 7
Size: 157.8 76.2 x x 8.2 mm
1x Vernee Mix 2
1x Silicone Protective Case
2x glass protection film
1x MicroUSB cable
1x user manual
Foreword: Vernee Mix 2
And every day, the almost-borderless smartphone from China greets you! The Vernee Mix 2 is an 18: 9 smartphone that was announced at the end of September 2017 and since October 2017 is also available. Despite the confusing version number 2, it is the manufacturer's first "tri-bezel-less" smartphone. A Vernee Mix (1) was never released. Presumably, this is a "joke" of the manufacturer, with a view to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
Design, workmanship and delivery
After about 10. China smartphone in the so-called "Tri-bezel-less" Look, this design type is no great peculiarity anymore. Typically, the, towards the upper edge of the case, particularly low precipitating distance. The smartphone belongs to the tri-bezel-less devices in which this Distance with 5.5 mm not very slim. The tested only a few weeks ago Elephone S8 For example, only 4 mm is used. Also the lateral distances fall with 3.5 mm rather modest. The Overall dimensions of the smartphone is 157.8 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm. Das Weight is 195g.
The Vernee Mix 2 is constructed as follows:
The front side forms on the one hand 6 inches big and in 2K resolution display. The front camera is due to the design below the display. The 15 mm wide and used only for the front camera distance between the display and the case frame stands out in the eye. Instead of placing capacitive buttons or even a home button, Vernee simply left the area unused. Pity! Above the display is the narrow center earphones, Links below it is the Proximity sensor, Again, Vernee has one Notification LED accommodated, which is however not individually adaptable.
The metal and also black case frame includes on the right side of the frame the typical Power button and one underneath Volume rocker, In the upper part of the right side of the frame is the SIM tray accommodated. This can with two nano SIM cards be equipped. A 3.5 mm audio jack is present and is located in the upper frame section. The frame bottom typically forms a central one MicroUSB jack, an adjoining one Loudspeakers and the Microphone, Unfortunately, Vernee has decided against the current USB-C standard.
A real eye-catcher is the glass back the Vernee Mix 2. At the same time, however, it is also particularly susceptible to fingerprints. Once held in the hand and already the back does not shine so beautiful. The haptic perception is positive. The rather slim smartphone can be easily grasped and lies securely in the hand despite the rather smooth glass back. Other features of the smartphone back are one dual main camera with adjoining LED flash, a circular one Fingerprint scanner and the printed manufacturer's logo and model reference.
The build quality is not objectionable. Unsightly gaps between the frame, display and back are in vain. Power button and volume rocker sit firmly in the case and have a pleasant pressure point. Of the Scope of delivery includes the smartphone, a silicone protective case, a charger, a MicroUSB cable, another screen protector for front and back (a front screen protector is also already on the smartphone), as well as a multilingual user manual.
As expected, the display is clearly in the foreground with this smartphone as well. The IPS display The Vernee Mix 2 has one Diagonal of 6 inches and solve it with you 2160 1080 x pixels on. As a result, the smartphone comes on one Dot density of 402 PPIwhich results in a pin-sharp representation. The aspect ratio is 18: 9. In contrast to conventional 16: 9 smartphones, the device appears much more elongated and at the same time narrower. Many apps and videos are not yet adapted to the 18: 9 format, which leads to ugly black bars on the edges.
Screen-to-body ratio the manufacturer states with 93.07%. Calculated, the result is a screen-to-body ratio of only 77.3%, As so often, you should not rely on manufacturer information in the field of China smartphones! To used screen protector Vernee is silent.
The Color rendering the display is comparatively cool, Colors are largely natural and not over saturated. A subsequent representation adjustment is not possible due to lack of MiraVision. It really stands out good contrast of the display. Nor is that Viewing angles to complain. Colors, brightness and contrast are well preserved even at different viewing angles. The maximal luminance the panel is enclosed 440 cd / m², In sunshine, the display is still easy to read. The automatic brightness adjustment works only a few seconds delayed and recognizes changing lighting conditions precisely.
The Touchscreen supports up to 10 simultaneous inputs, All inputs were detected accurately and without delay during the test phase. Unintentional Ghost Touches did not occur.
When choosing the processor, Vernee has introduced 2017 for starters MediaTek Helio P25 (MTK6757CD) decided. The processor consists of this 8 Cortex A53 processor cores, the maximum with 4 x 2.5 GHz and a 4 x 1.6 GHz overclock. For the graphic processing power is the Mali-T880 GPU responsible.
The Mix 2 is available with an optional 4GB or 6GB large memory, The eMMC5.1 internal flash memory has one for both models Storage capacity of 64GB, In addition, the internal memory by means of a MicroSD memory card be extended. If you want to use the memory expansion option, must because of the Hybrid SIM slots However, to dispense with the dual SIM function.
The MediaTek Helio P25 is usually a rock-solid mid-system-on-chip, which convinces above all by a good performance and at the same time also good energy efficiency. In everyday life, however, the Vernee Mix 2 could not quite convince. Compared to other smartphones with the same features, the Mix 2 showed signs of partial overload. Apps opened in part only delayed and in general, it seemed as if the system would not always run smoothly. Under full load, there was also a, albeit slight, Thermal throttling noticeable. Of the random access memory reached in the test one Speed of 4613.96 MB / s, which speaks for a DDR3 memory. The internal one eMMC5.1 flash memory reached one Write speed of 132.65 MB / s and Read speed of 106.51 MB / s.
Like the everyday performance, also shows the Gaming performance Signs of a not quite smooth running system. Although many mobile games can be played quite fluently, if you dare to play graphically demanding games, you will see more and more picture breaks.
Operating system of the Vernee Mix 2 is called "VOS" and is based on Android 7.0, In contrast to many other manufacturer user interfaces, VOS is based largely on Stock Android, Among other things, there are additional features such as a gesture control, the system optimization tool DuraSpeed, as well as the shortcuts in the status bar to customize. Bloatware or third-party apps are not preinstalled. Various Google Apps are in turn already on the smartphone.
Updates will Over-the-Air (OTA) receive. How do you mix 2? Upgrade to Android 8 is not known.
Wrong advertising pledge are not uncommon for China smartphones. It is often lied that the beams bend, especially in terms of hard-to-understand hardware features. Even Vernee leads the customer by the nose with the Mix 2. The smartphone was announced with a dual main camera, consisting of two Sony IMX258 image sensors and an optical image stabilization. In fact, Vernee has completely different sensors, one of them Fake installed. Also, the optical image stabilization, which seemed unbelievable even with the announcement of the smartphone, has never really found its way into the device. Nevertheless, Vernee still advertises the smartphone with an "OIS" and funny way in connection with "Telephone lenses", which probably meant an optical telephoto zoom (which does not exist either).
The truth used Image sensor of the main camera is a 13 Megapixel AR1335 1 / 3.2 inch CMOS from ON Semiconductor. The cover gives Vernee f / 2.0 at. The additional Fake sensor is, judging by the driver, a Galaxycore GC0310 VGA image sensorr. A conventional one LED flash is available.
The Recording quality of the main camera is just what you can expect in the price range for 150 €. In good lighting conditions, reasonably acceptable picture recordings are possible. On a high level of detail and a high image sharpness you should not, however, set. Image recordings are partly very noisy and tend to a slight blur towards the edges of the image. The automatic white balance does not work satisfactorily, which results in strongly distorted pictures.
The Autofocus gives satisfactory results. The focus is precise and, at least in good lighting conditions, comparatively fast. In low light conditions, however, it becomes increasingly sluggish. The trip time is still acceptable, if not very fast. The promised one Telezoom is a purely digital 2 zoom. A optical image stabilization definitely not.
Features of Camera app are in addition to the conventional photo and video recording mode, a FaceBeauty mode, a blur mode, a mono mode, a panorama mode and a pro mode. The Blur mode offers one artificial bokeh effectwhich is created by prescribed a circular blur mask. Pro mode is a manual recording mode that provides settings for white balance, ISO, and light level.
Videos takes the main camera maximum FHD (1080p) resolution on. The maximal refresh rate is at 30 images-per-second. In low light conditions, however, this reduces to less than 9 pictures-per-second, resulting in very jerky and barely usable video recordings. Of the recorded sound is acceptableeven if it sounds slightly dull.
The front camera form one 5 Megapixel Galaxycore GC5025 Image Sensor and f / 2.8 aperture, Due to the position of the front camera below the display, you should turn the smartphone accordingly before each selfie. Taking useful selfies becomes tormenting with this front camera. The shot shots mostly show a clear image blur and also appear washed out in color. After all, if you have taken a reasonably clear picture, it is usually completely overexposed. Videos takes the front camera with maximum 480p resolution on.
Im Mobile can the smartphone with at the same time two nano SIM cards operate (Dual-SIM), The usual in this country 2G, 3G and 4G frequency bands are supported. Also with LTE band 20 understands the Vernee Mix 2 well. The reception quality convinced both in the telephony, as well as mobile surfing. Spoken words are transmitted clearly and clearly.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
For wireless data transfer is the smartphone with a Dual-band WiFi module (802.11 a / b / g / n /) equipped. Bluetooth will with version 4.0 unterstützt. The reception quality in the WLAN falls below average. Hardly a stable connection to a 5 GHz network could be made in the test. In the 2.4 GHz network, the reception strength was sometimes so low that a stable connection could only be established in the router room. In the Bluetooth network, the Mix 2 works again as expected.
GPS and sensors
Point deductions are also available when determining the position via GPS / GLONASS. The smartphone has such an outdoors miserable satellite reception which is trumped even by other smartphones in the building interior. Accordingly, it takes forever, until even a GPS fix is found. If a GPS fix is found, it usually gets lost quickly. The smartphone is simply unsuitable for navigating. The sensory equipment amounts to a proximity sensor, a gyroscope, an acceleration sensor, a brightness sensor and an e-compass.
The Fingerprint scanner Unlocks the smartphone precisely. 10 unlock attempts detect 9 correctly on average. However, it takes 2 seconds to land on the home screen after successful unlocking.
The Battery of the Vernee Mix 2 owns one Capacity of 4200 mAh, which also corresponds approximately to the measured value. One battery charge is enough to get through the day during normal use. The average Screen-on-Time lies between 6 and 7 hours.
Ensures a fast charging of the smartphone Pump Express Plus, The included charger also supports this feature. Already after 1 ½ hours the battery is over 75% loaded, On complete charging needed on average 2 ½ hours, If you charge the smartphone with a non-PE + compatible charging device instead, charging takes about 4 hours.
►Good build quality
►Beautiful design with glass back
►Precise touch screen
►Precise fingerprint scanner
►Sauberes Android OS
►Good mobile behavior
►Comparably wide bezel
►Worthy system performance
►False sensor data with main camera
►Undusable front camera
►Unter average Wi-Fi reception
►Catastrophic GPS reception