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Doogee Mix Budget Bezel-less Large RAM Smartphone Review

The fact that Doogee is trying to compete with the big guys by offering affordable smartphones with premium features is old news. But hardly anyone was expecting the company to release a stunning bezel-less smartphone with a gorgeous AMOLED screen, 4K video recording, and a dual-camera setup for less than $200.

Doogee Mix

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Design

The Doogee Mix bears a striking resemblance to the now almost a year old Xiaomi Mi Mix, which is a 6.4-inch bezel-less functional prototype smartphone released to tease everyone with how mid-range smartphones from Xiaomi could look like in the next few years.

With its 5.5-inch display, the Doogee Mix is much smaller but similarly stunning. The back of the smartphone is made of a slab of Gorilla Glass 5 glass, and the front side features a fingerprint reader that doubles as a back button and a bottom-placed front-facing camera.

The Doogee Mix has dual-SIM support as well as a dedicated microSD slot for storage expansion. You won’t find a USB Type-C port anywhere on the smartphone. Instead, you get a standard microUSB port for charging and data and a 3.5 mm audio jack for audio.

Display

The edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display measures 5.5 inches and has 720 x 1270 pixels. The resolution is a huge compromise, especially considering that the Full HD resolution has become the new minimum even in the budget category. Depending on how good your eyes are, you may not notice any difference compared to higher-resolution smartphones, or it may annoy you every time you write an email or browse the web.

But if you can stomach the lower pixel count, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful colors, deep contrast, and high brightness. This Super AMOLED display is something that you would only see on expensive flagship devices just a few years ago. For example, when the Samsung Galaxy S3 hit the market in 2012, featuring a 4.8-inch AMOLED display with the HD resolution, its full price was around $600.

Camera

The rear dual-camera has a 16 MP primary sensor and an 8 MP secondary sensor. The two sensors allow you to take pictures with the bokeh effect, zoom in to capture more details, and, theoretically, take better low-light shots.

Unfortunately, we found the pictures to be only decent, at best. Perhaps it’s the fault of the camera firmware, but some parts of our pictures were always either over- or under-exposed, and colors were consistently washed out. You could improve the pictures in post-production to achieve better results, but Doogee can’t expect its users to jump through hoops just to take a well-exposed picture.

The bokeh effect turned out to be a huge hit or miss. Sometimes, the results were quite believable (but never realistic), and other times the results were downright laughable.

The front-facing camera has 5 MP and f/2.2. It’s located next to the home button, which means that you need to flip the smartphone up-side-down to take selfies. Just like the rear camera, the front-facing camera produces average pictures that hardly ever impressed with their quality.

Performance

The Doogee Mix is powered by the recently introduced premium performance chip within the MediaTek Helio family, MediaTek Helio P25. Adopting a 16nm FinFET+ manufacturing process, the MediaTek Helio P25 offers an Octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at up to 2.5GHz that delivers more power while using less energy than older MediaTek processors.

Depending on which version of the Doogee Mix you choose, you either get 4 or 6 GB of RAM, which is unusually lot for a $200 smartphone. With such premium specifications, this budget smartphone doesn’t fail to deliver excellent performance in apps and games.

The 3380 mAh battery can last a day of moderately intense use, and you can charge it to around 50 percent in 30 minutes thanks to the smartphone’s support for 5V 2A quick charging.

Software

The Doogee Mix comes with Android 7.0 with Doogee OS slapped on top of it. Doogee OS wants to be a more colorful, playful version of Android, but we’re not sure whether that’s something anyone wants. In its stock form, Android is a very polished mobile operating system that covers all the basics and offers plenty of room for customization. When smartphone manufacturers throw their own tweaks, apps, and widgets into the mix, bad things tend to happen.

In this case, Doogee added a handful of distracting animated backgrounds, a news feed app, and a floating widget with shortcuts to different smartphone modes. There’s a Game Mode that disables the menu and back key, a Read Mode that keeps the display turned on all the time, and others. We can’t help but see these modes as unfortunate traps for inexperienced users. Just imagine how confused someone who’s new to Android (or just not good with technology in general) would be if they accidentally activated the Game Mode, disabling two out of the three most used buttons on Android devices.

The good news is that Doogee OS is, at least, well optimized and runs without lags or crashes. Hopefully, as Doogee becomes more popular in the West, the company will realize that most users prefer stock Android.

Verdict

The Doogee Mix is an incredibly attractive budget smartphone with the performance of a much more expensive device. The fantastic price, however, doesn’t come without compromises. While the low display resolution and the pointless operating system customizations can be easily overlooked, the poor camera performance is a bit of a letdown. We understand the marketing appeal of dual-camera smartphones, but sometimes it’s better to play it safe and stick with an older but better-performing technology. Overall, the Doogee Mix is a great purchase for anyone who’s looking for something special in the budget category.

Doogee Mix

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Doogee DOOGEE Mix 229.9

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