• Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Doogee X50 Review - iPhone X look-alike on a budget!

Introduction

Doogee X50 is an Android Go device, which means that all the applications are specifically built for the lowest class in order to run smoothly on the phone. Android Go is becoming popular with mainstream manufacturers as well, so why wouldn’t Doogee have it.

When it comes to the design, on the back we can see that it looks up to the iPhone X, much the same as many other phones. Everything is made of plastic though so it scratches quite easily. Good news is that the phone is protected from both sides with a film foil so as not to scratch that much, and inside the box there is even a replacement foil for the front panel. We also must say that this is one of the rare devices nowadays with a removable battery.

Inside the factory box we can find a microUSB cable, a charging adapter, protective gel case, user manuals and the aforementioned film foil.

Display

Doogee X50 has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio display that reproduces 480p resolution. We didn’t really expect anything more from such a cheap device, but sadly this display is just bad. Changing viewing angles distorts colors, and not just by a little. Another bad news is that the visibility on the direct sunlight is quite bad, so you’ll really have to try hard in order to see anything.

There are no color settings, but at least there is an ambience light sensor that will do its job well. Doogee also states that they have protected the display of this phone – somehow. They didn’t say how though.

Hardware and OS

The chipset that powers this phone is MediaTek 6580M which is a three year old, 28nm process chipset – quite ancient nowadays. We still can’t complain too much considering the price of this phone, especially since we can see even somewhat more expensive devices powered by the exact same chipset. When it comes to memory, there is only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, but a good thing is that a microSD card is supported, and offers expansions up to 128GB.

Something very positive about this phone is that it belongs to Android Go which is based on Android 8.1 OS. Here we can’t see Google Maps, YouTube or Google Assistant, rather Maps Go, YouTube Go, Assistant Go etc. It’s really nice to see all the new features on weaker devices that won’t in turn cause the device to start lagging or stuttering, since they are adapted to the hardware.

Still, you should not even try running any high, or even mid range games since the GPU is really weak. AnTuTu benchmark really proves this since the device scored only 19657 points.

This phone’s speaker is located on the bottom, and you won’t find much pleasure in it. The sound isn’t particularly loud, yet it gets rather noisy while on full volume.

Camera

Quite interestingly, on the back of the phone there is a double camera setup, meaning that Doogee at least tries to keep up with the trends. However, don’t let yourself be fooled. There are two sensors here, one of which has the resolution of 5 megapixels while the other has the resolution of a whopping 0.3 megapixels, and it’s capable of exactly – nothing. Supposedly it serves the purpose of blurring the background, but it sadly blurs everything, meaning that everything is software manipulated, and badly so. Between these sensors there is an LED flash that will at least somewhat improve the quality of night time shots.

When it comes to daytime shots, they are not too horrible while we’re looking at them on smaller screens, but zooming into the photo really shows how incapable the 5 megapixel sensor really is. It gets even worse at night when Doogee X50 just can’t perform well – everything is too blurry and you can’t even recognize yourself what you’ve taken the photo of.

Doogee X50 also has the video mode that is capable of capturing maximum 720p resolution. Videos are also optically stabilized, and for a device of this quality they don’t look too bad.

The front facing camera also has a 5 megapixel sensor, and selfies are pretty much the same as the photos made by the primary camera – ok until we zoom in.

Connectivity

The X50 is a DualSIM device that uses two nanoSIM cards where 4G connections are sadly not supported. It is equipped with wireless and Bluetooth connections, and there is also the HotSpot mode. On top of the device there are two ports, a microUSB charging and data transfer port and a 3.5mm audio headphone port. For 50 euros - more than enough.

List of wireless connections contains:
  • - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with HotSpot mode
  • - GPS with A-GPS
  • - Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
Supported frequencies are:
  • - 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • - 3G WCDMA: 900 / 2100 MHz

Battery

Battery that power the Doogee X50 has the capacity of 2000 mAh, but keep in mind that this device’s CPU is only clocked at 1300 MHz. On a full charge this phone is capable of lasting a whole day of mediocre use, with around 6 -7 hours of Screen On time.

Another something not supported by this phone is quick charging. Charging up the phone using the factory charger takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Final words

Doogee X50 doesn’t bring innovation, but we still think it’s worthy of being a backup device. It has little functionality, but those that are here work rather well, including playing some very low demanding games. The price of this phone is only around 50 euros, and on online stores you can find it for even less. Doogee X50, despite being quite bad, is worth the money.

Doogee X50 Full Specifications

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Advantages and disadvantages

Reasons for and against it

Cheap device
Android Go works well and fast
Daylight photos are not too bad
Hotspot supported
Box is rich with the equipment
Lack of fast charge support
No 4G connectivity
Bad sunlight legibility
High color refraction when changing viewing angle