Another Doogee smartphone comes in our grasp and it is none other than the X6. Carrying a price of just $70, Doogee X6 promises impressive features in accordance with its price tag but it is a worthy investing for a smartphone with mid-ranged specifications? Looks like our review will be the judge of that.
X6: Design and appearance
Doogee X6 sports a very clean design, showing that despite its low price tag, the company managed to keep the smartphone’s appeal to resemble that of a high-end device. If we were to compare other mobile products with this one, then we will definitely consider Doogee X6 to be an absolutely gorgeous smartphone to look at and we will tell you why when we move on to the other categories. Metal chauffeur surrounds the side of the smartphone, which not gives it a slight amount of appeal, but increases its weight as well, giving us the impression that the device also features a high-amount of durability.
When we gripped the smartphone for the very first time, it was slightly heavier than other devices that we have reviewed in the past that feature a screen size of 5.5 inches (it weighs in at 182 grams, so it obviously means that there is a lot of stuff present inside it). Here is another interesting thing you will notice about Doogee X6; its bezels are less than its competitors out there, and while it will be easier to grip thanks to its reduced size, it is recommended that a screen protector and a durable case is attached to the device as soon as you purchase. Those who are not used to handling large screen devices before will find it much easier to do so thanks to its reduced size.
Unfortunately, if aesthetics were the only factor that was required to purchase a smartphone, then we believe that Doogee X6 would be sitting right on top of the table right now. However, there are several more things that need to be take into consideration, and we will be detailing them right here.
Doogee X6: Button placement
Button placement is by far the least important category of this review but if you will be upgrading to Doogee X6, then chances are that you will have to get used to that button placement, which is going to be quite different from your previous handset. Doogee X6 has an unusual button placement, and not in the way that its buttons has been placed, but their overall shape. This is a rather new feature that we have seen in a Doogee smartphone, and its looks pretty neat, so we hope that the company retains the same design for its future devices. As for the remainder of the features, there are no physical buttons present on the bezels of the smartphone, but rather capacitive ones.
We were hoping to see ‘on-screen buttons’ since they do not interfere as opposed to capacitive buttons since we accidentally kept on pressing those buttons accidentally. Another real handy thing that we noticed was that the battery was removable, and underneath the hood, we found a variety of features that we found will definitely cater to your needs. First off, there is a microSD card slot, which should be present since the smartphone itself only has 8GB of storage. Also, you can attach not one, but two SIM card slots, so we are expecting that all users who carry around two numbers are going to use this feature to the best of their capabilities.
The capacitive buttons illuminate when you tap on any one of them or when you wake up your Doogee X6 from sleep mode. There is a microUSB 2.0 charging port present at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack present right at the top. We were hoping for a USB-C port, because we like to transfer large capacity files from our smartphone to other machines. However, we doubt that 8GB of internal storage will provide us with sufficient levels of speed so it was probably a good idea that they we compelled from retaining the microUSB port.
Doogee X6: Display and resolution
No doubt the smartphone is enormous in size and width and looks better than the other smartphones that compete along with it in this price range, but for its price tag, we were surprised positively that the company used a 720p display instead of a resolution with a smaller amount of pixels.
Despite its resolution being on the low-side, Doogee X6 has some terrific viewing angles, even though you will easily be able to notice the difference in display quality thanks to its 5.5 inch screen. The pixel per inch density of Doogee X6 is relatively low, which will degrade the overall quality and experience of the user, but eventually you will get used to it.
Regardless of the low resolution, having more battery life is always a welcome addition to any smartphone and Doogee X6 will deliver exactly that.
Doogee X6: Interface impressions
Doogee X6 might have had a disappointing display, but our mood quickly turned upside when we discovered that the smartphone came running with Android Lollipop 5.1 as soon as we took it out of the box. While this yet to be confirmed, we are sincerely hoping that a compatible update of Android Marshmallow is made available for it later on in the year because the update is officially available to download and install on your device (at least for the Nexus lineup).
The interface was much smoother than the other devices we have seen up till now, which was really surprising given the fact that it is running MediaTek’s MT6580 chipset which has a quad-core processor and not an octa-core one. We will give credit to Google where credit is deserved and if a mid-ranged chipset running a quad-core processor can run this smoothly on Android Lollipop 5.1, then we are definitely hoping that Doogee X6 gets updated to Android Marshmallow, since that will drive up performance and improve the overall experience for all owners.
For users that want to purchase Doogee X6, but are afraid that the device’s interface will be presented in the Chinese language, there are several languages to choose from and depending on your location and of course your native language, you can switch to that from the settings menu.
Doogee X6: Performance (Processing and connectivity)
Now let us come to the core segment as to why consumers want to purchase a smartphone in the first place? Raw performance. We fired up AnTuTu and Geekbench to see how the device would fare when pitted against the remaining competition and we have to say that the smartphone might have missed its mark, but it is still able to achieve a satisfactory score, as you can see in the image below.
Despite the fact that Doogee X6 has an MT6850, and a quad-core Cortex-A7 running at 1.3GHz, the smartphone was surprisingly able to score a respectable position in both Geekbench and AnTuTu. Now, don’t get us wrong, performance is definitely not the strongest attribute of this smartphone right here, but then again, Doogee X6 is not intended to target those with a thicker wallet and who demand performance over everything else. It will cater to the requirement of those users that are on a strict budget and rightly so, with those scores, we think that the price is perfect with the level of performance we are getting from it.
The great thing about having an MT6580 present in it is that even mid-performing chipsets feature a 3G modem, which is terrific since once upon a time, only the most expensive of smartphones featured a 3G chip. Now, consumers who do not have sufficient funds to own a high-end smartphone can experience these features with a mid-ranged product, which shows that the market is slowly bringing high-end features to low-priced devices.
Doogee X6: Battery life measurement
For most of you out there, high amount of battery life is a very crucial feature to have in a smartphone. In Doogee X6, its large form factor is big enough to accommodate a 3,000mAh cell so we decided to take it for a battery test. We tested out the smartphone with its screen brightness set to 100 percent. In this way, you will be able to experience the worst case scenario when you purchase Doogee X6.
Having a larger battery is always a great thing to have, and this was witnessed from Doogee X6 when we were able to rake out slightly over 12 hours while connected to Wi-Fi, and 8 hours on 3G. Keep in mind that we carried out some casual browsing tasks and occasionally, we streamed high-resolution videos. We did this to give you an idea on what kind of battery life will you experience should you decide to carry out similar tasks as well.
Doogee X6: What features make this smartphone stand out?
Doogee X6 is a great Android powered handset, especially if you are on a strict budget. There are several features that make it feel that a premium quality smartphone and we would like to point out those features right now. Additionally, we will also point out what we felt could have been added to Doogee X6 in order to make it even better than before. Hopefully the company will be reading this so that they will be able to release an even better device in the future.
Things that we liked about Doogee X6
- Has a price below the $100 mark
- Its large screen size
- Ability to accommodate two microSIM cards and one microSD card (keep in mind that if you have a full sized SIM card, then you will have to reduce it to a microSIM form factor)
- A 8MP rear camera sensor
- 3,000mAh battery despite its small price tag
- Running Android Lollipop 5.1 (It is possible that the smartphone could receive an update for Android Marshmallow, which will result in more performance, and more features)
Things that we thought could have made the smartphone much better
- Having an octa-core processor instead of a quad-core CPU that is 64bit capable (Cortex-A7 is not a 64bit capable processor)
- Having a higher resolution (720p is definitely on the low-side)
- Having a USB-C port (the earlier phone that we reviewed, UMi Hammer S had a USB-C port and was priced much lower than this)
- More internal memory (8GB if far too low)
- More maximum capacity when inserting a microSD card (on top of 8GB of internal memory being far too low, the phone does not do justice to consumers by only providing them with enough space for a 32GB memory card)
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6580
- Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A7 at 1.3GHz
- RAM: 1GB
- Memory: 8GB (supports a microSD storage card up to 64GB)
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- Display size: 5.5 inch
- Screen resolution: 1280 x 720
- Charging port type: microSIM
After looking at each and every aspect of Doogee X6, we have summarized the following scores below:
- Build Quality: 8 out of 10
- Appearance: 8 out of 10
- Button placement: 6 out of 10
- Interface experience: 9out of 10
- Display quality: 7out of 10
- Price/performance ratio: 8 out of 10
- Battery performance: 7 out of 10
For its price of $70, we highly doubt that you will find anything better than Doogee X6, although we have to say that we were quite disappointed by the fact that the smartphone only features a MediaTek’s MT6580, which is running a 32bit processor and not a 64bit one. This could have been done in order to keep the pricing of the smartphone very competitive, but we are of the opinion that there should have been a smartphone running 64bit capable cores such as Cortex-A53 since they are much more efficient compared to Cortex-A7 and deliver much more performance.
We would like to point out that since Doogee X6 has a microSD card slot capable of accepting a maximum card capacity of 32GB, do not go down the easy road and purchase an inexpensive one since those are the ones that will sacrifice both speed and reliability for a low price tag. Instead, spend a little more money and purchase a microSD card from reputable brands such as SanDisk or Samsung and trust us, you will not regret your purchase. Cheaply priced storage cards will eventually get corrupted and you will lose an abundant amount of data, not to mention that it will take a very long time for the data to be recovered, if it can be retrieved at all.
In all honestly, Doogee X6 is a terrific smartphone if you are looking for a device that is retailing for less than $75. However, if you want to experience more firepower, then you will obviously have to invest more cash in your purchase.