Vernee M5 Review | Tough competitor for Budget Smartphones

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‘Vernee’ founded in first half of 2016 is a company full of enthusiastic people who tries to produce great smartphones. M5 is no exception here, its slim body coupled with a big battery and many other essential features makes it a compelling device.


Vernee M5 looks classy with its metal back and a thickness of 6.9 mm. This amazingly low thickness combined with a weight of 144 gm feels incredibly light in hand. Curves around the sides allow easy gripping for the device. Overall build quality is solid for a budget device.

All the physical buttons are on the right side of the device with Hybrid SIM tray on the left. At the bottom we have a Micro USB port and a mono speaker. In addition we have a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top of the M5. On the back we have a Fingerprint sensor which is placed below the primary camera.

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Vernee M5 sports a 5.3 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280×720 (273ppi). Display is protected by a 2.5D curved glass which provides a premium feel to the M5. Metallic body along with the display makes it easy to use the device with single hand.

HD resolutions isn’t the best you can get at this very price but M5’s display is far from being worse. It is vibrant with saturated colors in addition to it the viewing angles are also pretty good. Under sunlight visibility is okay. For daily usage its a good display at the price tag being offered.

Performance and Storage

M5 is powered by Octa Core 64 Bit MediaTek MT6570 CPU while Mali-T860 MP2 GPU which handles the graphic department. There is a single variant of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage which can be expanded using a Micro SD card up-to 128 GB.

It’s a media core CPU which provides enough horsepower to carry on day-to-day tasks like browsing web, texting etc. You can play some demanding titles at medium or low graphic settings. Multitasking is smooth as long as you are switching between light apps. Overall performance is good enough to get you through all the daily stuffs.


M5 runs on latest VOS 1.0 system which is based on the Android 7.0 Nougat. VOS comes with pre installed Google apps (Most of them). It’s nearly stock with some added features like Smart Assistance which includes Motion gestures, Intelligent assist etc. Based on Android Nougat it also include features like Data Saver to save your data plan, reply from anywhere, bundled notifications, Google Assistant and many more. Overall it’s a smooth experience.


M5 have a 13 Megapixel primary sensor with flash, in addition to it we have 8 Megapixel sensor on the front. You can record Full HD videos from its primary sensor but there is no Optical or Electronic Images stabilization so better keep your hands steady.

Images captured during ample light conditions turns out to be impressive considering the price. Enough details with natural colors are captured however during low light conditions excessive noise creeps in and the image starts degrading to a noticeable extent. Front camera is an impressive one with its high megapixel count, images captured are crisp but the low light shots are below average. There is a beauty mode to beautify your skin which will attract selfie lovers.


Vernee managed to set down a 3300 mAh non-removable battery in such a thin body. Battery backup is impressive with 5+ hours of screen on time. On moderate usage you can easily get through with 10% still left at the end of the day. MediaTek’s native fast charging Pump Express is also there to aid you when you run out of juice. Overall battery life is quite a great one.

Other Perks


On the back we have a Fingerprint scanner which is quite fast and reliable. It haa a Hybrid Sim slot with Dual SIM Dual Stand-by support. LTE support is also there. Connectivity includes WiFI, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS. Sensors include Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor.

Vernee M5 is quite an impressive device at a price tag of below $120. Make sure to consider it while searching for a budget smartphone.



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  1. Battery is super bad!!! Doesn’t last at all.
    Sound quality of speaker is super bad! Hard to understand the other person when you call. Really bad!
    Shutter sound of camera doesn’t turn off. Super annoying!
    Whatsapp hangs frequently.
    GPS not very accurate.
    2nd Sim location is same as SD… Very unpractical.
    And to have to use this mini-needle to open the Sim/SD is suuuuper unpractical!!!
    In build battery isn’t desirable too!
    You can’t find any phone cover & screen protector for this very uncommon size!

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