With the Vernee V2 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer is launching its second outdoor smartphone and is sticking to a concept that we already learned to appreciate with the Vernee Active: robust but still more suitable for everyday use than the competition’s models. Helio P23, 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM are located behind a Full-HD+ display in 18:9 format, which is protected by a Gorilla Glass. Thus, the V2 Pro provides more display area than the Active, but it makes slight compromises in performance on the data sheet. Whether these show up in everyday life and how the V2 Pro compares to other outdoor mobile phones, we found out in our test.
Design & Build quality
With a weight of 260 grams and dimensions of 164.2 x 79.4 x 13mm, the Vernee V2 Pro is not a slim smartphone like the flagships of Xiaomi & Co, but is not as thick as many other outdoor phones.
Otherwise, the V2 Pro has an above-average and solid build quality. Vernee combines rubberized edges, matt plastic elements and a structured plastic rear perfectly with each other in the case, so that despite the cheap sounding choice of materials, a high-quality feeling is created in the hand. You won’t find any gaps and two aluminium elements on the respective edges of the smartphone provide an optical highlight. These are optionally available in black and red and are thus the only difference between the two colour variants available. The aluminium elements contain all the hardware buttons on the left and right sides, which could have been placed a bit more firmly.
On the bottom, next to the microphone and the loudspeaker, you find the USB-C port, which is sealed by a rubber cap. The decision for the cap may be of rational origin, but in our eyes it is not the most practical. Other manufacturers have already proven that open ports can also go hand in hand with water resistance, and there is always a fundamental uncertainty with caps. If they are not used properly or wear out over their service life, IP68 protection against water may be a thing of the past, and the smartphone may be also gone at the next bathing session. Fortunately, this was not the case in our test and the smartphone defied water and dust.
To the right of the device there is also the hybrid slot, which simultaneously accommodates either two Nano-SIM cards or one Nano-SIM and one Micro-SD card. It is noticeable that the slot can be easily removed by hand and no special tool is required. So you can easily insert a SIM abroad or an empty Micro-SD into the smartphone. Owners of the V2 Pro do not have to do without a status LED.
Vernee V2 Pro scope of delivery
In the packaging of the Vernee V2 Pro you find, besides the smartphone itself, a fast-charge charging adapter, a USB-C to USB-A cable and an adapter for the connection of 3.5mm audio accessories to the USB-C port. Compared to those of other Chinese manufacturers, the scope of delivery is quite feeble, but considering the robustness of the device, you can also argue about whether a protective cover or a foil is necessary at all.
As already mentioned, the display of the V2 Pro has a 2160 x 1080p Full-HD+ resolution that extends over a display diagonal of 6 inches and comes in 18:9 format. The panel reaches a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch, which means that you can’t see any individual pixels with the naked eye. Thanks to IPS technology, the representation is colourfast with a reasonable black value and hardly changes even with a stronger viewing angle. The brightness is also at a good level and enables reading contents even in strong sunlight.
Up to 10 fingers glide comfortably over the glass at the same time and are reliably detected by the digitizer. A nice detail is the rounding of the edges to the sides (2.5D glass), which allows the display to smoothly merge into the case. Thanks to Gorilla Glass, the surface is also more resistant to scratches and falls than ordinary materials and showed no weakness in contact with keys or coins in the test.
With the Helio P23 SoC by Mediatek, the V2 Pro contains an Octa-Core mid-range SoC made by the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer. The processor introduced in 2017 divides its ARM Cortex-A53 cores equally into a power-saving (1.5GHz) and a performance cluster (2.0GHz) and is manufactured in the 16nm process. An ARM Mali-G71 MP2 GPU with two cores and a 770MHz clock rate is responsible for the graphics. Of course, the performance cannot be compared with more powerful processors like the Snapdragon 845 or a Snapdragon 660, but it shows a solid performance in the V2 Pro. As already expected, the CPU masters everyday tasks without any problems, doesn’t cause any annoying delays and even games like PUBG-Mobile still run quite smoothly with the lowest graphics settings. Thus, there should be enough power available for average users. 74,000 points in the Antutu benchmark underline this impression and coincide with the results of smartphones that use the same chipset.
The eMMC 5.1 main storage has a generous size of 64GB and provides a good speed of 163MB/s for reading and 216MB/s for writing. The LPDDR4X main memory is also large at 6GB, but its speed of 5GB/s it a bit slow. Multitasking doesn’t create any problems and the user can comfortably manage background processes via the pre-installed DuraSpeed tool.Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result 3D Mark Result
System and functions
The V2 Pro again contains the in-house VOS system, which is based on Android 8.1 and at this time is provided with the security updates of April 5, 2018. Why the manufacturer had to find its own name for the UI remains a mystery to us, as the surface is 1:1 similar to that of Stock Android. The optimization rather takes place under the surface. The bottom line, however, is that the V2 Pro is on the latest software level, which will hopefully be maintained for a long time through updates. A scan for viruses did not show any results in the test. In everyday life, the system showed good optimization done by Vernee and always ran with high performance and without jerks.
The shortcut button on the left is responsible for creating screenshots by default. But even if this assignment turned out to be just as practicable for mobile phone testers, it is simply annoying in everyday life. Countless senseless screenshots were found in the album after two weeks of use, occupying valuable storage space in the long run. But even if the manufacturer itself, as actually announced, does not provide a suitable application yet, we found one after a short search and were able to reassign the button another function with the APP Buttons Remapper. Thanks to Android, there are no limits for the user and various actions can be started within milliseconds. This is a great added value, which makes sense especially with an outdoor mobile phone. Quickly start the flashlight with gloves? No problem! Of course, thanks to the APP, no function can be assigned to the button, so that no unintentional operation can take place. To address the button correctly you have to select the identifier F1 in the APP.
In terms of security, you can use a fingerprint sensor attached to the rear that quickly unlocks the device and reliably detects your finger in 9 out of 10 attempts. In addition, the advertised facial recognition also works and is still reliable, even in low light. However, since it can be tricked quite easily with a photo, you should play it safe with the fingerprint sensor. The heart rate monitor located next to the camera was not particularly reliable in the test, in direct comparison to a Xiaomi Band 2. Therefore, not much attention should be paid to the measured values.
The V2 Pro has 2 cameras on the front and 2 on the rear, but unfortunately one of them each is a dummy in reality. On the rear, the 21MP sensor is accompanied by a dual LED flash and also on the front side there is a simple LED light next to the 13MP lens.
The quality of the images made with the smartphone is unfortunately very poor overall. In good lighting conditions, only a perceptible blue cast and a somewhat overexposed HDR mode cloud the pleasure. However, the colours remain quite neutral and the sharpness and dynamics are also fine. Even under somewhat poor lighting conditions, such as a sunset, the V2 Pro does not yet reach its limits and produces usable images.
But, as soon as only artificial light is available in small quantities, the performance is almost embarrassing. The photos are extremely noisy and look as if they had been taken in dense fog. The selfie camera shows similar weak points and therefore does not deserve special praise.
Effects such as bokeh or dual zoom are also created purely digitally and are at best a nice gimmick. Video recordings at 1080p are possible with front and rear camera and reach a maximum of 30 FPS. The manufacturer does not stabilise the camera, but the recordings are still reasonably acceptable, whereas the parallel running audio recordings are not.
- GSM: 850MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHz
- WCDMA: 850MHz/900MHz/1900MHz/2100MHz
- FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20
The signal strength as well as the stability of the connection was always flawless. The V2 Pro does not have to be afraid of a comparison with significantly more expensive smartphones either. Phone calls also have a good call quality for both participants and the loudspeaker also has a very satisfactory sound quality for the price class. We had no problems during our test period with the WiFi, which supports the 2.4GHz as well as the 5GHz band and the standards a/b/g/n.
- Acceleration sensor
- Light sensor
- Proximity sensor
In combination with the well-functioning GPS, which supports A-GPS, BDS and Glonass, the e-compass also enables pedestrian navigation. The location is determined quickly and is always accurate. Last but not least, the smartphone also supports Bluetooth communication in version 4.2 and NFC. The latter also enables the use of Google Pay.
The V2 Pro houses a 6,200 mAh battery, which provided 13.5h of on-screen time in the benchmark. This is an excellent value in this price range, which is not even surpassed by some smartphones with a bigger battery. Thus, a run time of three days is easily within the realm of possibility.
If the battery level tends towards 0%, the V2 Pro is fully charged within 3 hours and 40 minutes with the help of the included Fast Charge charger. We dare to doubt whether you can still speak of Fast Charge considering the charging time, despite the size of the battery.Battery lifetime Result Unit: hours