Unknown to Brazilians, the Doogee brand has been around since 2013 and produces a variety of electronics, including rugged, rugged smartphones. About a year ago, our team had the pleasure of reviewing the Doogee S88 Plus, which impressed us with its chunky 10,000 mAh battery. And now we’re on one of the company’s latest versions, the S98. Is it good? Find out in a short review below!
Retail Box and Accessories
When we picked up and opened the package for the Doogee S98, we noticed special attention from the manufacturer regarding the included accessories. Unlike many brands, Doogee ships a fast charger in the retail box (later more) and an explosion-proof film (the device comes with a standard film applied at the factory). In addition, there are items such as data cable and charging cover opening accessory.
Design and Back Screen
Although similar in design to previous models, the S98 has a lighter, thinner body, making it more comfortable for everyday use. Of course, this is due to the 6,000 mAh battery, which is a much smaller amount compared to the 10,000 mAh of the S88 Plus. However, the great charm of this model is the touch screen with some interesting features. In addition, the material used gives the impression of a premium and durable product.
Returning to the back screen provides features such as answering calls, viewing time, and changing music. To access all of this, just double-click on the back screen. In addition, you can also use other clock cases that can be changed by Doogee in the phone settings menu.
Main screen and construction
Unlike the Doogee V20 that came with an OLED display, the S98 uses a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display. However, there is a “vivid mode” in the screen configurations, which gives more vivid colors and closer to an OLED. In addition, Full HD + high resolution and a brightness of 500 nits are enough for users to see their content even in the sunlight.
Speaking of construction, the S98 follows the trend of other rugged smartphones and also has Military, IP68 and IP69K certifications. In our tests, the device was able to play the video immersed in water for 30 minutes and did not suffer any damage. In addition, the company ensures extra strength on the screen with the support of Corning Gorilla Glass. Check out the water resistance test below:
Doogee has evolved in terms of the camera and it was no different with the S98. For those unfamiliar, the device comes with a 64 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide lens and a 20 MP night vision sensor. Practically speaking, the main lens captures photos with a good level of detail and good color in daylight. However, we hope to see if the night mode has improved and see you in a future update.
As for the ultra-wide lens, it works well for those who want to take a wider picture, but of course the final quality of the photos is much lower compared to the main sensor. However, the big card goes to the night vision camera, it got autofocus and even managed to take good photos without the light on. In addition, the device takes good selfies with a 16MP front-facing sensor.
Performance and System
To save money, Doogee used a MediaTek Helio G96 chip in the S98, which earns about 300,000 points in AnTuTu. Although not advanced, this processor is capable of running games and applications with good fluidity and does not cause any crashes. In addition, the device has 8GB of RAM and this helps a lot in terms of multitasking.
As for the system, the S98 is running the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android 12. Without much change, Doogee’s interface is well-optimized and lightweight, blending well with the device’s hardware. In addition, the settings are well-organized and the menus are well-positioned for everyday use.
As mentioned earlier, the S98 has a 6,000 mAh battery. Although it is smaller in number than we are used to seeing on solid devices, it does provide excellent battery life. In our tests, the model lost only 3% of its power by running a 30-minute video in mid-screen brightness. And a fast charge of 33 W raises the battery from 0% to 80% in about an hour, which is perfect for phones in this category.
But in the end, is it worth it?
Looking at the above questions calmly, we conclude that Doogee has put a lot of effort into giving the best price charged. As you can see, the S98 does well in terms of construction, design and does not disappoint in terms of screen, hardware and battery life. As a bonus, it still takes good photos and the night vision camera is a great help in times of no light.
That’s why we recommend buying this smartphone! To learn more about it and how to get it, visit the official Doogee website.