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Vernee Thor Test - Smartphone

by 18. July 2016
The Vernee Thor is one of the budget smartphones that I was particularly looking forward to. On the datasheet, this low-priced smartphone looks damn good and even in this country rather unknown manufacturer "Vernee" promises a lot. To what extent the Vernee Thor beats in practice, you will learn in this review.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

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Product

ments Thor

Specifications

Display diagonal: 5 inches
Display resolution: 1280x720 pixels
Other: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

SoC: MTK6753 64bit Octa Core
GPU: Mali-T720
RAM: 3GB
Memory: 16GB
Memory extension: Yes

Main camera: 13 megapixel, f / 2.0 f / LED flash
Front camera: 5 megapixel

Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM: micro SIM

OS: Android 6.0
Other: WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth
Sensors: proximity sensor, acceleration sensor, brightness sensor

What's in the box

1x Vernee Thor Smartphone
1x USB cable
1x Charger (5V 2A)
1x user manual
1x UBER Sticker

First impression to the Vernee Thor

First of all: I have the smartphone with the current ROM "Thor_20160623235053" tested. Many bugs have been fixed with this version, so my review may differ from older reviews.

What's in the box

Delivered is the Vernee Thor in a typical smartphone box, in addition to the smartphone still a Quick Charger (5V 2A), USB data or charging cable and multilingual user manual includes. A Screen Protector was already carefully put on the screen of the smartphone by the factory. Surprisingly, the smartphone was also a "UBER" promo sticker attached. Why the manufacturer adds something to the scope of delivery, more on that later.

Design & appearance

Externally, the Vernee Thor convinced me. The smartphone is compact design and lies through the SilkTouch surface pleasant in the hand. The back of the device is removable and closes well. The smartphone also makes a lot of difference visually. The Silktouch surface does not just provide for one good grip, but also enters the Vernee Thor simple, black-matt appearance.

Physical control buttons the smartphone has a total of two. On the right side of the case are the Power, as well as the Volume rocker, Three additional capacitive buttons are located below the 5 inch display. Although they are not lit, they are well accentuated by the white color scheme.

At the lower edge of the housing is the micro USB socket for data transmission or for charging the smartphone. To the left is also the Microphone, On the reverse, the Vernee Thor has one Fingerprint scanner and a 13 Megapixel main camera with LED flash.

My first impression of this device is very positive. The workmanship is good and the design is also appealing.

Display

The screen diagonal of the Vernee Thor is 5 inches. The Resolution is 1280 × 720 pixels with a Dot density of 294 PPI, Individual pixels can only be recognized by a very close look. The display is protected by scratch-resistant and unbreakable Gorilla Glass 3 from Corning.

The color reproduction succeeds the Vernee Thor well. The colors are strong and the black value is full, Also the Viewing angles convinced. Even with a very high viewing angle, the display remains easy to read and the color display remains constant. The maximum display brightness could be a bit more intense for my taste. Although the display of the Vernee Thor already comparatively bright, but especially in direct sunlight, I occasionally had problems to read the display accurately.

If you do not like the color reproduction, the sharpness or the contrast of the device, you can change the display of the display below the setting point "Miravision" individually adapt later. In addition, you can choose between two predefined profiles. The Multitouch compatibility lies with 5 fingers.

Performance

The Vernee Thor uses one MediaTek MT6753 64bit Octa-Core SoCclocking with 1.3GHz. Regarding the memory This smartphone has a lot to offer, because with 3GB RAM, this low budget device is comparatively lavish. Of the Internal memory is 16GB and is in addition with a micro SD memory card expandable to more 128GB.

In everyday life, the Vernee Thor by a smooth operation convince. The delivered with the device Android 6 Marshmallow runs smoothly and multitasking is no problem for this smartphone. Apps open quickly, the browser renders quickly and the file accesses are done in no time. Only compute-intensive games can be a problem for this device. The Mali T720 GPU Although it copes well with the usual applications, if you want to play graphically demanding games you either have to forego rich graphic detail or look for a current smartphone with Helio SoC.

User Interface

This is delivered Vernee Thor with Android 6 Marshmallow, The system is oriented as far as possible Stock Android, ie the user interface was not defaced by any theme and can be measured on the "original Android". The settings were only slightly extended. Here you can find the already mentioned "MiraVision", or the "Turbo-Download" mode.

What immediately catches the eye is already pre-installed app "UBER", Due to a cooperation with the controversial driving service, this app has been pre-installed in addition to the aforementioned UBER sticker. This is not permanently integrated into the system and can be uninstalled via the App menu. Other "bloatware" is not on the smartphone. Even a scan with different virus scanners was negative.

Also interesting is the update policy of the manufacturer. Since the release of Vernee Thor, several updates have been released that have eliminated most of the bugs. To what extent "Vernee" retains this rhythm is questionable. Updates can be OTA (Over The Air) install on the device. As soon as a new version is available, you will receive a notification directly to your smartphone.

camera

Little is known about the cameras of the Vernee Thor, but the images can be quite impressive for a device from the low-price segment. The main camera releases with a total of 13 Megapixel on. The f-number is f / 2.0, The manufacturer of the image sensor, as well as the "real", native resolution are not known.

The recordings convince by a strong color representation, The picture noise is to be judged as very low. Depending on the lighting conditions, however, the picture noise increases. Shooting in the dark succeed with the LED flash quite well. Although no strong, dual LED flash was installed, the power of the flash is sufficient. Improvement is above all the triggering time. It takes a comparatively long time before the main camera of the Vernee Thor triggers. The autofocus works a bit slow, but accurate.

There are also only a few details about the front camera. The maximum resolution is included 5 Megapixel, Pictures taken with the front camera are too pale, to my taste. Even a picture noise is clearly visible.

Fingerprint scanner

A fingerprint scanner is no longer a rarity for a low budget smartphone. The scanner of Vernee Thor can be described as a nice encore, but could not really convince in the test, Various finger profiles can be quickly stored. The unlocking of the device by means of the finger but was rather torture in the course of the test. The finger must be meticulously placed exactly on the scanner. Even the smallest inclination of the finger was not accepted. The Entsperrzeit is in need of improvement.

Telephony, Bluetooth, WLAN

The Vernee Thor supports both 2G, 3G, as well as 4G, All used in this country LTE tapes are available. The call quality is good. I was able to fully understand my interlocutors in the test phase, which lasted several weeks, and I was well understood. The reception quality is average good. The transfer of data over the mobile network succeeds the Vernee Thor.

A big plus is the Dual-SIM function with simultaneous memory expansion option, Thus, there is no need to dispense with the memory expansion or even the dual-SIM function. The SIM slots are compatible with micro SIM cards.

The transmission by means of Wifi could not be better. The device convinces by a high reception range and a constant reception quality. Dual Band, so the additional 5GHz network is not supported. Also the connection over device convinced by a pleasant range and transmission quality.

GPS and sensors

The GPS fix was found within a few seconds and overall the GPS works exactly. Even within urban areas, I could navigate easily. The sensors are an approach sensor, an acceleration sensor and a brightness sensor. A gyroscope or even an e-compass were not installed.

Accumulator

The battery has according to the manufacturer Capacity of 2800mAh, With a USB multimeter, I could understand this value about (2736mAh)but the charging current is much lower than expected. The delivery includes a 5V, 2A charger. The maximum charge current during the test was only with 0.95A, Only after 3 hours was the Vernee Thor completely charged.

The runtime is good. In normal everyday use, the smartphone had to be recharged only after about 36 hours. Especially in standby, the Vernee Thor consumes very little battery, which speaks for a very well-tuned system.

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Final Words

rating
Positive

Workmanship and design
powerful
Android 6
Good main camera
Very good feel
Good display

Negative

front camera
No fast charge
"UBER" app
Bad fingerprint scanner

First impression
8.5
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application
8.5
-
Design
8.5
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Display
7.5
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Performance
8.0
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User Interface
7.0
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camera
7.5
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Fingerprint scanner
3.0
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connectivity
8.0
-
GPS & sensors
7.5
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Audio
7.5
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Accumulator
7.0
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Summary

The Vernee Thor offers excellent value for money. The smartphone offers a solid hardware with optimally tuned operating system. The distribution is good and also the design is more than appealing due to the used Silktouch surface.

The display convinces with a good color representation and a high viewing angle stability. Only the maximum display brightness is in need of improvement. The main camera shoots noise-free and colorful pictures. The front camera is suitable for video telephony, but is too weak for useful selfies. The battery and the preinstalled Android 6, harmonize and enable a very good battery life. To complain about is the lack of fast-charge possibility.

With the Vernee Thor, the Chinese manufacturer "Vernee" had a decent debut. You can already look forward to the mid-range model "Vernee Apollo Lite"!

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Dieter
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Dieter

Sounds like a solid smartphone at a good price. Those who do not want to spend more money will find more and more such smartphones nowadays. For example, ZTE is a manufacturer that is becoming better known here in Germany.

Why more and more smartphones on dual SIM set, I am questionable. Sure, there are people who are looking for such an addition, but that can not be the masses.
One thing I do not quite understand: the manufacturer puts a quick charger (5V 2A), but the phone does not support Fast Charge? How senseless is that?

Timo
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Timo

The Thor supports "Quick Charge", but the software is not optimized properly. The manufacturer has already announced, however, to submit a speedy software update.

Gerd
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Gerd

the UBER app is integrated, only deactivation is available, no de-irrigation option.
bought the Thor in December 2016.

Escaped
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Escaped

I bought my Vernee Thor 2016 in June. Only now do I get problems with the battery. That is, the battery tells me at a capacity of 53%, he was empty and goes down. A restart does not allow it. If you clamp the phone in this situation to the charger and immediately turn it on, it shows again half full level. The battery only reaches between 12 and 24 hours - depending on the application.
Even if the battery is supposed to be permanently installed, you can replace it as an inexperienced user yourself. For this there are videos that show very well how to disassemble the phone into the components and build together again .. For this it does not need soldering (as with some other mobile phone manufacturers), because of the uncomplicated slots. I have been satisfied with 99% since my purchase and I am still an avid user.