Review and Test: Vernee V2 Pro: The Rugged 18:9 Smartphone

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We tested the Vernee V2 Pro “rugged” smartphone, whose main objective is to provide a super-resistant Android phone that can be used in any environment.

With the V2, therefore, we are not faced with a model that is chasing the highest possible performance. It’s also very different from a “normal” smartphone aesthetically.

The model has features that place it in a particular class, such as the Android operating system: Oreo (where most rugged smartphones are with Nougat).

That’s not all. The Vernee V2 Pro also has four cameras, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage space, an octa-core processor and a screen in 18:9 format. Let’s find out more together, starting with the specifications

Technical Specifications

DISPLAY5.9 inches IPS, 18: 9, FHD + (2160 x 1080). Protected by Corning Gorilla glass
MAIN CAMERADual: 16 MP (SW 21MP, f/2.0) + 5 MP
FRONT CAMERADual: 8 MP (SW 13 MP) + 5.0 MP
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
PROCESSORMediatek Helio P23 (MTK6763), Octa-core 12.0GHz.
GPU: Mali-G71-MP2
MEMORY6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage space. Expandable via SD up to 128 GB
BATTERY6200 mAh
CONNECTIVITYWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.
2G: GSM 1800MHz,GSM 1900MHz,GSM 850MHz,GSM 900MHz
3G: WCDMA B1 2100MHz,WCDMA B2 1900MHz,WCDMA B4 1700MHz,WCDMA B5 850MHz,WCDMA B8 900MHz
4G LTE: FDD B1 2100MHz,FDD B12 700MHz,FDD B17 700MHz,FDD B2 1900MHz,FDD B20 800MHz,FDD B3 1800MHz,FDD B4 1700MHz,FDD B5 850MHz,FDD B7 2600MHz,FDD B8 900MHz,TDD B19 800MHz
DIMENSIONS164.2 x 79.4 x 12.1 mm
WEIGHT259 grams

 

Pcakaging

The Vernee V2 Pro is presented in a decidedly premium package for a rugged phone. The box is made of white cardboard and is very minimalist – with just the Vernee logo on the front.

Inside the packaging we have:

– Charger

– USB Type-C cable

– Instruction manual (in English)

– USB TypeC / Audio Jack adapter

Design

Although the Vernee V2 Pro is a rugged phone, and therefore built to withstand pretty much anything, it does not resemble other robust smartphones on the market (see models like the Snopow M10, the Caterpillar CAT S30 or the Snopow M5).

The design not only offers the maximum possible strength, it is also nice to look at.

It must be said that the Vernee V2 Pro is a LARGE smartphone (its thickness reaches 12.1 mm) and it’s heavy (259 grams). You can put it in your trouser pocket, but it’s definitely not one of the thin smartphones we’re used to. But that is not the point.

The V2 Pro is produced for those who work in the field, and for those looking for something more than a robust cover or a certain resistance to water. A phone that can survive falls, scratches, dust, water and extreme conditions.

For these purposes, the body of the Vernee V2 Pro is in polycarbonate with metal plates screwed on the side. The back of the phone, made of sturdy rubber, is covered with many small points to improve handling and prevent it from slipping or falling:

The side keys are protected and finished in plastic; the only negative is that it might be difficult to press them with gloves on, because they are not very large. On the right side, you find the volume and the power buttons. On the left side, there is a special button to activate the battery saving function and the slot for the 2 SIM cards.

Even the USB port is protected from water and dust, and supports the speaker holes:

On the back, the Vernee V2 Pro has a dual camera sensor, flanked by the flash and fingerprint reader. The sensor for heart rate detection is very interesting, positioned right next to the camera. At any time, just place your finger on the sensor to receive information on your heart rate.

The V2 Pro is available in two colours: completely black (like ours), or black with red trim on the sides.

Resistance

The Vernee V2 Pro has an IP68 certification, which provides dust and water resistance (up to 30 minutes and 1.5 meters).

Furthermore, it can also work at extreme temperatures: from -30 ° C to 60 ° C.

Display

The Vernee V2 Pro features a 5.99-inch Full HD Plus display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and a density of 403 pixels per inch.

The display is slightly curved along the edges, and the Corning Gorilla glass protects it from scratches or sudden bumps. Vernee have also managed to significantly reduce the side edges of the screen, and the top and bottom bezels, with an 81.3% phone display to body ratio.

The colours are excellent and the brightness is particularly powerful, even if outside in direct sunlight it is not very clear. But overall, it’s a really good display for this particular model.

Hardware and Performance

The Vernee V2 Pro has a MediaTek Helio P23 (MTK6763) processor and 6 GB of RAM – more than enough for multitasking. The storage space is 64 GB (expandable up to 128 GB with an SD Card), of which 10 GB is system memory. The memory that can actually be used is therefore about 50 GB.

In addition to classic sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, light and proximity), the Vernee V2 Pro also has GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS, step counter and floor counter:

In the graphics department, we have a Mali-G71 MP2 GPUs at 770MHz.

Our V2 Pro received 60939 points on AnTuTu and 2720 points on the Geekbench multi-core test:

The Vernee V2 Pro works on Android 8.1 Oreo with VOS UI. In addition to the Google package and standard apps like YouTube and Facebook, there are some pre-installed apps (eg DuraSpeed) that we recommend you uninstall because they continue to work in the background and send annoying notifications.

In terms of connectivity – in addition to Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC – V2 Pro supports the following bands:

  • 2G: GSM B2, 3, 5, 8
  • 3G: WCDMA B1 / 2/4/5/8, TD-SCDMA: B34 / 39
  • 4G: FDD-LTE: B1 / 2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20, BC0 / BC1, TDD-LTE: B34 / 38/39/40/41

Camera

If you’re looking for a phone that takes great pictures, the Vernee V2 Pro is not for you. Despite having 4 cameras (Dual rear and front cameras), the quality of the photos is acceptable only during the day or with sufficient lighting.

Going in to more detail, the main camera has a main 16MP sensor (which reaches 21MP via software interpolation) and a 5.0MP auxiliary. The focus is a bit slow, but if you wait a second or so you can take clear pictures with a good range of colours:

If there is little light however, the noise is quite evident; and this is to be expected really, because this model is not designed to take excellent shots, but to be resistant.

The front camera is also doubled: 8MP (SW 13MP) + 5.0MP.

The video recording is not bad. In fact, the results are slightly better than expected considering that the Vernee V2 Pro does not have a stabiliser.

Battery

Being a smartphone designed to withstand, the Vernee V2 Pro is equipped with a large 6200 mAh battery (9V / 2A non-removable) that certainly does a good job. It lasts for more than 15 hours in video mode and, when used normally it can work for more than 25 hours without any need for recharging. Once plugged in, the battery takes about 2.5 hours to fully recharge thanks to the fast charging.

Where to get one

The Vernee V2 Pro is available online on the main e-commerce sites. We remind you that with GearBest, the recommended shipment is Italy express and through this link you can see average delivery times:

We also advise you to make the purchase through PayPal, which guarantees a full refund in case of non-delivery of the goods or a defective / non-compliant product.

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