Vernee Apollo X: This is why they went with an Helio X20


Vernee Apollo X

The upcoming Vernee Apollo X will be featuring some relatively powerful hardware, including a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, 4GB of RAM,  64GB storage (expandable up to 128GB), 13MP Sony IMX258 camera and a 5.5-inch Full HD IGZO display.

That said, Apollo X’s own predecessor — the Vernee Apollo — came with the more powerful Helio X25; this made us wonder, why did they choose to go with the Helio X20? Which advantages does it bring to the table? Well, let’s find out!

The MediaTek Helio X20 is the first 10-core CPU featuring a three-cluster framework. While the processor comes with ten cores, two of them are Cortex-A72 clocked at 2.5Ghz, four are Cortex-A53 clocked at 2.0Ghz and four are clocked at 1.4Ghz.

With this technology, light apps like Gmail will only use smaller cores, video playing (and similar apps) will take advantage of small and mid sized cores, meanwhile heavier apps like games and so on will use the more powerful cores to achieve better results. This allows the phone to use about 30% less power compared to previous MediaTek SoCs.

As far as GPU goes, the Helio X20 is equipped with a Mali-T880 MP4 clocked at 780Mhz, which provides about 40% improvements over past generations. This means you can play 4K videos and play 3D games without hiccups, the Apollo X also scores about 100K in AnTuTu, if you care about benchmarks.

MediaTek’s Helio X20 supports LTE Cat 6 protocol, all-band networks and dual SIM cards. MediaTek’s homemade SilkSwipe also provides a faster response (45 milliseconds) to touch than A8 chip on iPhone 6 Plus (55 milliseconds).

These are pretty much all the reasons Vernee choose to go with the Helio X20 on the Apollo X. It’s powerful enough to run apps or games and its tri-cluster technology makes you save battery. Not to mention this CPU will bring costs down, making the Apollo X a very cost-effective device.

The Vernee Apollo X is not yet on sale but you can subscribe to their mailing list to receive a $40 off coupon. In addition to that, you can also win an Apollo X in the giveaway they’ll soon launch. Phone’s presale will kick off on April 5th. Click here to know more.

 

Do you guys agree with Vernee’s choice to use a less powerful CPU, thus saving power and bringing costs down? Let us know in the comments below!

Bonus Video: Vernee Apollo X Introduction

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14 Comments

  1. leecole2
    March 31, 2017

    Apollo lite is much cheaper and better phone, it has 16Mpix camera for example. Also Leeco Le 2 X620 gives better value for the money, it has been only 119 euros in offer.

    It is sad that Xiaomi and others sell weaker hardware with more money. I miss Xiaomi mi4C that was 100 euros only couple of months ago. No similar phones available now.

  2. Ben Liu
    March 31, 2017

    No one has beaten the Lenovo ZUK Z2 in price point to performance ratio as yet. Keep waiting..

    • leecole2
      April 2, 2017

      Zuk Z2 has 13 Mpix main camera and it is plastic, Cheaper Leeco Le 2 X620 has 16Mpix Omnivision camera and metal body.

      • Faisal Shaharyar
        April 3, 2017

        zuk z2 plus has a glass back. its not plastic.

        and again its not about mega pixels… Samsung S7 uses 12 MP sensor from Sony. they have 3rd best camera smartphone on the market

  3. Guest
    April 1, 2017

    Apollo lite is much cheaper and better phone, it has 16Mpix camera for example. Also Leeco Le 2 X620 gives better value for the money, it has been only 119 euros in offer.

    It is sad that Xiaomi and others sell weaker hardware with more money. I miss Xiaomi mi4C that was 100 euros only couple of months ago. No similar phones available now.

  4. Ben Liu
    April 1, 2017

    No one has beaten the Lenovo ZUK Z2 in price point to performance ratio as yet. Keep waiting..

    • Guest
      April 2, 2017

      Zuk Z2 has 13 Mpix main camera and it is plastic, Cheaper Leeco Le 2 X620 has 16Mpix Omnivision camera and metal body.

    • Faisal Shaharyar
      April 3, 2017

      zuk z2 plus has a glass back. its not plastic.

      and again its not about mega pixels… Samsung S7 uses 12 MP sensor from Sony. they have 3rd best camera smartphone on the market

  5. Michael
    April 1, 2017

    Does the Helio X20 support dual sim voice calls on 4G +3G simultaniously on both cards?

    • leecole2
      April 2, 2017

      In the days of e-mail, whatsapp etc, talking on a phone is so yesterday. I have no clue how to test dual talking with my Helio X20. Usually the operating system forces you to use eitehr sim card.

  6. Guest
    April 1, 2017

    Does the Helio X20 support dual sim voice calls on 4G +3G simultaniously on both cards?

    • Guest
      April 2, 2017

      In the days of e-mail, whatsapp etc, talking on a phone is so yesterday. I have no clue how to test dual talking with my Helio X20. Usually the operating system forces you to use eitehr sim card.

  7. johala02
    April 1, 2017

    Apollo Lite is a nice device. But the X model got a bigger battery at 3500mAh versus 3180mAh on the Lite model.

    And the X model also support VoLTE (voice over LTE) so I think its a good value phone. Especially when they do some flash sales/campaign at GearBest for it now.
    You can get it for $189.99

    It also support all the band frequencies my phone carriers using here in Sweden. Many of the Xiamoi devices I have checked miss some bands.

    Also a important factor if you looking at Chinese phones.

  8. johala02
    April 1, 2017

    Apollo Lite is a nice device. But the X model got a bigger battery at 3500mAh versus 3180mAh on the Lite model.

    And the X model also support VoLTE (voice over LTE) so I think its a good value phone. Especially when they do some flash sales/campaign at GearBest for it now.
    You can get it for $189.99

    It also support all the band frequencies my phone carrier using here in Sweden. Many of the Xiamoi devices I have checked miss some bands.

    Also a important factor if you looking at Chinese phones.