The Doogee S80 is a prime example of the products the company is launching. It’s a fully featured Android 8.0 phone that’s built to take a few knocks out in the wilderness and come back working. The Doogee S80 is one such bulky smartphone but is by no means the only one currently available on the market. However, there’s a good reason why the S80 is so thick, one that might compensate for it’s less than appealing profile. It houses a monstrous battery.
Design & Appearance
The phone has that rugged look phones in this category often do. Made of a combination of glass reinforced plastic, metal, and glass, this monster has most of its ports hidden behind protective rubberized inserts to keep dust and water out (it’s IP68 rated). The phone has also been MIL-STD-810G certified, which means that the S80 can survive a drop from up to 8ft on rough concrete with only superficial damage. Screen size is measured in inches, diagonally from corner to corner. The 5.99 inches IPS capacitive touch screen with 1080 x 2160 px resolution is multitouch capable.
Although it’s not the most attractive-looking phone out there, the Doogee S80 is quite powerful. It’s based on a MediaTek Helio P23 which is an octa-core processor that can run up to 2.5GHz. The phone ships with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on board, which is extendable to 128GB via the microSD card slot. This setup is able to deliver a pretty reliable performance. Opening apps, browsing or switching between apps is a pretty fluid affair on board of the Doogee S80.
Where the Doogee S80 excels is in the battery life department. We found that the 10,080 mAh battery could last for up to 7 days on moderate use and around 5 days with more intense usage. This is indeed superior to most smartphones on the market, who can only provide up to 1 full day of use on a single charge.
Like most smartphones in the market today, the S80 features a dual-camera setup on the back which is comprised of a 12.2MP main sensor and a 5MP secondary one. At the front sits a 16MP selfie snapper which takes relatively good selfies, albeit they are bit overexposed, even if the sun is not shining brightly in the background. As for selfies taking in low-light environments, they tend to come out looking quite noisy.
Given that this is a phone developed for active users who like going on adventures, the S80 comes with a lot of extra tools to help outdoorsy types make out the most of their trip. The phone features NFC, GPS, a G-sensor, proximity sensor, Coulometer, as well as Barometer. Strangely, it does not have a gyroscope on board. It can be turned into a walkie-talkie. The handset takes advantage of DMR or Digital Mobile Radio technology with a wide range of frequencies between 400-480 MHz range and is effective up to distances of 10km.
The Doogee S80 runs a stock-like version of Android, which is good news for a lot of people. It’s the older Android 8.1 Oreo which on board of this rugged monster features very few alterations.
The Doogee S80 is a phone build for survivalists and explorers. Alternatively, professionals like construction workers or first respondents might make look at this phone as a piece of essential equipment.