In the #Android world, there currently is a very tough competition going on between the chinese #Smartphone makers versus giants like Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola/Lenovo, and many others. Vernee’s latest smartphone, the Thor, has been turning quite a few heads. This device has a price of $119.99, but has the specs usually seen in higher priced phones. The big question is: is the Vernee Thor worth $119.99? Let’s find out.

Specifications

  • 5" Screen Gorilla Glass 3, anti-fingerprint oil
  • 1280 x 720 (HD) IPS display
  • Android 6.0
  • 1.3GHZ Mediatek MTK6753 CPU, 64-bit, Octa core
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • GPU Mali-T720
  • 16GB ROM (TF card up to 128GB)
  • Bluetooth V4.0
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, WiFi, GPS connectivity
  • 2800mAh battery, 5v2.0 Quick Charge
  • 5 MP front camera 13 MP back camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 7.9mm thick body, 140g, titanium alloy body

Design

While the Vernee Thor is a bit on the small side in a world full of phablets, it does have a screen-to-body ratio of 80% and gets some additional protection thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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This is an HD display, but keep in mind it is also just 5-inches diagonal, which means it is still pretty pixel dense. The frame is plastic, but it is the soft-touch plastic material, which is good for a few reasons. One, and probably the most important reason, is that it gives you some extra grip for holding onto the device. It also doesn’t leave many fingerprints on the back. Finally, it allows Vernee to keep the cost down, while still adding better internal specs.The Thor is fairly thin at 7.9mm and does feel good in hand.

 

Hardware

Thor is equipped with a 64-bit MTK6753 chipset and a 1.3GHZ Cortex-A53 Octa-core processor. This phone has 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM along with 16GB of storage, which made it run smoothly throughout all our tests. Graphics processing are taken care of by a Mali T-720 GPU.

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The Thor also includes proximity, light, accelerometer, and fingerprint sensors. Along with GPS and A-GPS for location tracking, and a 802.11 b/g/n WiFi card. We must say that the fingerprint scanner on this device is not the best we've tried. More often than not, you'll have to unlock the phone with your pattern instead of your finger, becaise 8 out of 10 times, the scanner doesn't recognize it. This is something that even the HomTom HT17 (that costs half the price) does so much better.

Camera

As we already mentioned, this phone has two cameras: 5 MP in the front and 13 MP with LED flash in the back. The camera app interface isn’t that feature rich as we would have liked. When it’s given enough light, the camera can make colorful and detailed photos, but keep in mind the device we're talking about and don't forget its price. You'll get to record some memories, but don't expect to win photography prizes.

Pros

  • Dual SIM LTE + Micro SD
  • Anti-fingerpint screen
  • Good battery life
  • Very good quality/price ratio

Cons

  • No LED notification
  • Low quality fingerprint scanner
  • No support for US Carriers

Verdict

For this to be a perfect budget phone, it only misses a decent fingerprint scanner and a good camera (accompanied by a good camera app).

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In terms of build quality and performance we can only recommend it. At this price -- sub-$150 range -- you can find in the market a few good candidates (there are actually countless handsets to choose from), such as the Xiaomi Redmi 3, the UMi Touch, the Elephone P8000 and the Ulefone Power.