Every once in a while someone asks to send an item that I’m very interested in, but ultimately have no real idea how to properly review. Such is the case with this review item. I’m excited to have it, have enjoyed using it, but generally I don’t know how to test it. So this is a review/preview with mostly personal impressions of the Doogee X70.
|OS VERSION||Android 8.1|
|SCREEN SIZE||5.5 -inch|
|TOUCH SCREEN TYPE||Capacitive|
|CPU CORES||Quad -core|
|CPU ARCHITECTURE||ARM Cortex-A7|
|MICROPROCESSOR MODEL||MediaTek MT6580|
|Sensors & Inputs|
|CAMERA(S)||Front & back|
|MAIN CAMERA RESOLUTION||8MP + 5MP|
|SECONDARY CAMERA RESOLUTION||5MP|
|SENSORS||Ambient Light Sensor / G-sensor / Proximity Sensor / Fingerprint Sensor|
|FREQUENCY BANDS||GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 900/2100MHz|
|USB PORT TYPE||Micro-B|
|SIM CARD SLOTS||2|
|SIM CARD TYPE||Nano SIM|
|Power & Batteries|
|BATTERY CAPACITY (MFG RATED)||4000 mAh|
|POWER ADAPTER INCLUDED||Yes|
|MAXIMUM EXPANSION MEMORY||128GB|
There are three color options, but internally they’re all the same. There’s Blue (seen here), Black, and Gold.
Price and Coupon
These are currently going for $78.23 at FastTech.com
This has been a nice little cell phone. I primarily use it for flashlight testing, and it’s been great for that. If you’re looking for an inexpensive phone to snag for such things, this is a good one. It also boasts some nice up-to-date features like a fingerprint sensor and face recognition. It also has an unusual dual SIM slot, and overall is a very nice looking device.
- Doogee X70 Mobile phone
- Charge connector (Eurpoean wall plug to USB)
- Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
- Case for the back
- Screen progector for the front
- Manual and paperwork
Package and Manual
The package is of course superior, since it’s very orange. If only the phone was too!
The phone is displayed prominently when the box is opened.
A protective sticker covers the screen:
The manual is a long booklet, and thorough. It’s in English, too.
Build Quality and Disassembly
To get some idea of what phones I’m used to handling, I can say that my primary phone is an Apple iPhone, and has been for a number of years. I also have a phone by Mi Max – more of a phablet, and a few other random Android-experiences, too.
The X70 is essentially on par with those devices technologically – probably ahead of them in fact – the fingerprint sensor seen below is a bit unusual. (At the very least, unusual in it’s placement on the phone.) And dual SIM is ahead of Apple (last I checked). So there is some tech in this phone.
It does lack a certain extreme quality feel that the iPhone and even my Mi Max phone have. The case is plastic and feels plastic. It’s a tad thick, and then rounded edges don’t end up being all that appealing.
An easily removable sticker on the back give instructions for installing the SIM cards. I found installing them to be easy, but removing them to be not without difficulty.
The fingerprint reader is in the center, toward the top on the back. This placement is ideally suited for my index finger, the way I hold a phone naturally. It’s convenient, yes, but slow enough that I almost exclusively used the log in Unlock Pattern. I found this faster (and fun, to be honest.)
Below, see the back again but with the clear case installed.
The case is ok but adds a good measure of thickness, and is probably not all that much more protective than just the (easily replaceable) plastic back.
Below: Case off, back of phone off, and screen are shown.
Back removed, showing inside of phone. The battery is a large 4000mAh lipo. Also see the SIM slots.
The battery must be removed (ie hard power down) to install or remove either SIM card. One of those slots (SIM2) will also hold a TF card. That’s TransFlash, which is similar to microSD, but apparently not the same. The product literature at Fasttech says it’ll work with microSD as well, and I find that to actually be more likely than TF.
Model details are under the battery. This includes IMEI numbers, etc.
The SIM slots have reliefs to help with insertion and removal of the cards. I still found it to be beastly, but there’s a little metal tab (far right of the actual slot, almost white in the photo) that should help remove the cards. This metal tab slides out like a drawer for removing the SIM card.
I’ve covered it mostly already, but the X70 supports two SIM cards. This feature should be useful for frequent international travelers, allowing them to switch between SIMS seamlessly.
Below is a shot of the metal “tray” fully extended.
From within the software itself, it’s possible to select which SIM should be used. I don’t have two SIMs for testing, so I didn’t test any further in this regard.
The caseback of the phone itself is (in my case) blue, but available in a couple other colors. The back has a fairly good feel, but not a solid metal feel like other devices.
Size and Comps
|PRODUCT WEIGHT||167 g|
The X70 is slightly bigger than an iPhone 7.
The display is a 19:9 ratio, U-notch IPS display
The display quality is actually extremely good, and I’d call it a “very rich” display. The aspect ratio is long, but useful.
The X70 is powered by a 4000mAh lipo cell. This cell ships with the green contact protector (seen below), which you’ll need to remove before the phone works. Ask me how long I had the device charging before I realized….
Also included is a wall plug fit for EU use. The phone charges by microUSB (type B), so this is just an accessory that’ll go into a bin somewhere for me. The X70 doesn’t care from what the microUSB power comes.
User Interface and Operation
There are no actual buttons on the X70 – it’s all capacitive. Even the fingerprint sensor on the back is capacitive (best I can tell), and doesn’t click.
I have to say, I really miss something to click, but the onscreen (Android style) capacitive “buttons” are easy enough to get accustomed to.
Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….
What I like
- Dual SIM – useful for those who will need that feature
- Ability to sideload, for using apps like CelingBounce
- Great price, at ~$73, for such high-end features
What I don’t like
- Could feel like a higher quality device
- Just a bit slow on the common everyday tasks
In the end for me, this will probably be a device that I throw some games or movies on, and hand off to some younger generation. I don’t expect this will be my main device, but at such an inexpensive price, it’s a solid and capable emergency backup.
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