Vernee Mix 2 is a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 clone and the first tri-bezel-less smartphone by the manufacturer. Recently, Vernee could surprise its users several times and presented 2 good devices with Vernee Mars Pro and Vernee M5. Vernee Mix 2 costs 160$ or 180$, depending on its storage (4 or 6GB of RAM). The device houses a middle-class Helio P25 processor by MediaTek. 64GB main storage, a 6-inch full-HD display, a 4200mAh battery and an Android 7 system sound promising as well. But specs are just one side of the coin. If Vernee Mix 2 was also convincing in daily use you’ll find out in the following review.
Design and build quality
Right after unboxing Vernee Mix 2 and removing the plastic film you’ll simply think: WOW! The double-glass design with a metal frame is right away convincing visually as well as in terms of haptics. Build quality is perfect and there are no sharp edges. The power and volume control buttons are firmly attached to the right side and have a nice feedback. The weight of 211g is rather conspicuous, but it also gives you a high-quality impression.
Vernee economizes on accessories, as the smartphone definitely should have a protective cover in the scope of delivery. Besides the quick-charge adapter, the scope of delivery only contains a SIM ejection tool and a standard Micro-USB cable.
The bezels left and right are 3.5mm each, at the top the bezel is 5.5mm and at the display’s bottom it’s 14mm. Considering that below the display there’s just the front camera, the manufacturer could have easily included a home-button. Vernee Mix 2 is operated via on-screen buttons, which is not a problem at all, thanks to the 18:9 ratio. For a 6-inch smartphone, Vernee Mix 2 is not too wide with 75.5mm, but with a length of 158mm, the smartphone results quite long. The smartphone is sufficiently slim with 8.6mm. As a comparison, Elephone S8 is significantly wider with 80mm but also shorter (153mm) and thicker (9.5mm) than Vernee Mix 2.
An RBG notification LED can be found at the top and pulsates in different colors. The rear camera only juts out minimally. At Vernee Mix 2’s bottom, you find the Micro-USB port and 2 holes, 1 for the speaker and 1 for the microphone. The fingerprint scanner worked perfectly in the test and unlocked the phone within 1 second from standby. You can insert either 2 Nano-SIMs or 1 Nano and 1 Micro-SD card for storage expansion in the SIM tray.
Vernee Mix 2 is a high-quality smartphone with a double-glass design. Vernee even provides a headphone jack, which I consider very positive. But they should have used a USB Type-C port as well. I really like the 6-inch display in the slim casing. Operating the phone works without any problems and is fun as well. The rather heavy weight is not disturbing for the daily use but is worth mentioning. However, why Vernee did not use the free space below the display will forever be Vernee’s secret.
The 6-inch FHD display has an 18:9 ratio with a 2160*1080pixels resolution, resulting in pin-sharp 402ppi. It is simply impossible to detect any single pixel. The display is bright enough to be used outside, color representation is accurate and contrast is alright for an IPS display. Vernee provides one of the most beautiful displays among the Mi Mix clones, and even automatic brightness regulation works perfectly. Solely the lowest brightness level is too bright for me in the dark. MiraVision (for customizing the display) is missing as well.
The 10-point touch screen registers all inputs fast and extremely precisely. Fast typing persons will be satisfied. Because of the 18:9 ratio, all contents with 16:9 ratio will contain thick black bars (7.5mm). On the other hand, on-screen buttons can be displayed without loss of space. The display glass, as well as the rear, passed our scratch test with the screwdriver, although Vernee does not mention Gorilla Glass explicitly.
Operating system and performance
Vernee Mix 2 houses an Helio P25 octa-core processor by MediaTek. It is supported by a MALI-T880 GPU and either 4 or 6GB of RAM. As the internal storage of the 6GB RAM version is 64GB, the advantages of the 6GB version should be limited. Multitasking works well on both version, considering that Vernee’s system leaves 2.3GB of it free. The P25 provides 8 Cortex-A53 cores with a maximum clock rate of 2.4GHz each. The 64GB storage has a reading/writing speed of good 105/122 MB/s. The RAM has a speed of nice 4.5GB/s. The internal storage can be expanded via a Micro-SD to up to 128GB. Compared to the MT670, which is also often used in lower-middle-class smartphones and especially in Mi Mix clones, the Helio P25 makes a significant difference in performance. Even if it’s not so obvious in the benchmarks, you definitely notice the difference in daily use.Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result 3D Mark Result
On Vernee Mix 2, even the most demanding 3D games run smoothly, only when playing Asphalt 8 you have to reduce the graphics settings a little. Navigating through the bloatware-free Vernee VOS system happens fast and without delays. System performance is just excellent and is on a similar level as Meizu M6 Note or Xiaomi Mi A1. Heat development is kept within limits and after 1 hour of gaming, the phone reaches maximum 38°C.
Vernee’s operating system (VOS) remains close to Stock-Android (unchanged Android), but it provides some small additional features. For instance, you can customize the status bar and activate some gestures. Some Google apps and Dura-Speed are preinstalled on the smartphone, but you can uninstall the latter. The smartphone gets updates directly via OTA and the system already runs very stable. During a 10-day long test phase, there were no crashes or other restrictions. Those looking for a clean and fast system, similar to Stock Android, are well-served by Vernee Mix 2.
Vernee Mix 2 houses a dual-camera and the manufacturer advertises with a good Sony IMX257 sensor – which however wasn’t adopted in the smartphone. Vernee also claims that Mix 2 has an optical image stabilization (OIS), but it isn’t there either. According to a system APP, Vernee uses an AR1335 13MP sensor and a second fake sensor (for dual-camera marketing reasons) for the rear camera. The fake sensor recognizes at least when you’re covering it and an error message occurs. The double-zoom is only a digital zoom and bokeh-shots are created via a blurry circle that can be expanded or reduced. Both happen independently of the second sensor.
In good lighting conditions, the main camera takes decent photos, which correspond to a 150$-smartphone camera. Colors appear a bit faded and the pictures are blurry towards the edges. In terms of number of details and sharpness, the Vernee device cannot keep up with a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X. Nevertheless, the camera occasionally takes decent snapshots. Trigger time is minimal and the focus works precisely and fast with enough light. Macro shots have a nice quality as well. Have a look at the pictures and decide for yourselves if the quality is sufficient for you. Videos can be recorded in FHD, but they’re blurred and often overexposed. The 8MP front camera occasionally takes nice pictures, but sometimes all you get are overexposed blurry photos. It depends on your luck whether you get good results or not.
Connectivity and communication
Vernee Mix 2 supports all the following frequencies:
Nevertheless, you can still use the device. However, those having already problems with their WiFi should be careful. Voice quality is important when talking about Mix phones, but the Vernee device does a good job. The voice is transmitted clearly and you can understand the caller well, too.
As soon as it is connected, the Bluetooth module works well. Unfortunately, I had to re-connect Vernee Mix 2 several times in the car, no matter which setting was chosen. I had to re-start Bluetooth, otherwise, the device wouldn’t connect to my car.
Besides acceleration, proximity and light sensors, the phone also houses a gyroscope and a compass. Unfortunately, the compass does not work reliably and it often has to be re-calibrated. GPS has also its problems. It is not possible to get a GPS fix inside, and outside it takes about a minute. Car navigation was not possible because the signal was lost completely again and again. Pedestrian navigation didn’t work either. Those in need of a smartphone with GPS should definitely not choose Vernee Mix 2. The phone also supports an FM radio as well as OTG.
According to the manufacturer, Vernee Mix 2 houses a 4200mAh battery. As Vernee already cheated on the battery capacity with its Apollo X, we tested the battery 3 times and got 3500mAh at maximum. In addition, we removed the battery and check the signature, which corresponds the manufacturer’s claim: 4200mAh – 3.85V: 16.17wh. (Update: our second testing device arrived and got 4000mAh in the battery test!) In the PCMark batter test the smartphone lasts for solid 7 hours. In daily use, you’ll get through the day with 5-6 hours DOT (display-on time), but nothing more. Vernee Mix 2 is fully charged in 2 hours.Battery lifetime Result Unit: hours