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As the year coming to a close, I’d like to count the best smartphone ranging from US$100 to US$200, and a model call Thor from Vernee is in it. For the Vernee Thor what I like is its publicity and design.
What I Like
I first notice Vernee from Xda-Developers from “Vernee Releases Complete Source Code for MediaTek X20-based Apollo Lite” news. Vernee releases everything including several proprietary elements, proprietary means it’s non-free, that what interest me.
I think Vernee is really good in publicity stunt when Vernee Thor was announced around April this year, with this “Uber may cooperate with Vernee to launch world’s first “Uber-featured” smartphone, named Vernee Thor“. For me, this is nothing, just install Uber from Play Store or App Store, and use it, by the way, I’m not an Uber User so do not really know.
Vernee Thor comes with, which I think, a really nice fingerprint scanner. It has this iPhone-like fingerprint scanner, instead of located at home button, Vernee Thor has it at its back. Vernee said that Thor has a very low error rate that it meet the requirement of Fast IDentity Online or FIDO so that it can be used for fingerprint payment.
Vernee Thor loved curved. That is the best that I can describe Thor. From it side it has curved top and bottom as well as from the front of the body and its rear. One thing that I like about the display is, while the size of Thor is almost the same as iPhone 6S, it have 5-inch display compared to 4.7-inch of iPhone 6S that means it has 80% screen-to-body ratio with 2.5D arch glass.
Vernee Thor comes with 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The best thing about its camera is it have F/2.0 aperture. Just to reminds everyone, the lower the number of apertures the lower the distortion which means that the better the picture which also means that the higher the price. For me, I think that the software also takes part in order to take a great picture, just saying.
Thor comes with 64-bit Octa-core Helio X20 processor from MediaTek, 3GB LPDDR3 memory and 16GB storage that can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card. It comes with 5V2A quick charging so that it can quickly charge its 2,800mAh battery. About the battery, I think the 2,800mAh battery is quite small for a 5-inch phone. Other features are duals SIM cards standby, 4G FDD-LTE for both SIM card, and Titanium alloy for some part of the body.
Vernee Thor comes with plastique back cover, which I think makes it feel less elegant. In order to install a SIM card or two and a microSD card, we have to remove the back cover. There are two slots for SIM card one is just top left of the battery, by the way, the battery can not be removed, and one below the fingerprint scanner and the microSD card slot is top left of the battery. I think this is quite an inconvenience for most users since you have to remove the back cover to these things.
Vernee Thor come with Android Marshmallow, which is the latest, for this year and I think Vernee did a good job in continual support for its mobile phones model, in fact, by the time this post is written, Vernee Thor have received it 6th over-the-air update. Vernee also has a community forum for its users.
At The End
Vernee Thor is a good phone for users with a budget not over US$200. It has an elegant look, amazing camera, fingerprint scanner, 64-bits 8-cores processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM. Officially it comes with Marshmallow but some users have already install Nougat (unofficial) ROM. We need to remove it back cover for installation and uninstallation SIM cards and microSD is I think the only downside.
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