After Doogee launched S30 in a market of low-priced smartphones, the manufacturer decided to try their luck among the highest price ranges, presenting the new S60. With an Helio P25 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 5580 mAh battery, the smartphone definitely takes an edge.
In this review, you will discover whether the description actually matches the facts or not.
Design and build quality
Like other manufacturers, Doogee applies a design of thick frames that surround the smartphone. In this case, however, the frames are not made of hard rubber, but plastic. The two side rails and the back are made of metal. The metal design of the rear is only interrupted by the plastic NFC sensor. The SIM cards and the Micro-SD card can be inserted under a screwed cover which is also made of metal and is protected by a gasket that prevents water from entering.
As typical of this category, the Doogee S60 is quite a chunk, with 81 x 164 x 15.5 mm and a weight of 288g. The case is very well built and, thanks to the IP86 certification, also well protected against water and falls. In our tests, we dropped the device more than once and immersed it in water, but the smartphone came out intact.
On the left side, there are the SOS button and the volume buttons, while the power, camera, and PTT buttons are on the right side. All buttons are firmly in the case and have a slight feedback. For an outdoor smartphone, the feedback of its buttons is definitely too sensitive. In fact, during the test-phase, it happened more than once that I accidentally activated the SOS button while the smartphone was in my pocket. Due to the fact that the SOS mode does not keep to the volume profile, the smartphone began to ring at full volume. Therefore, I had to disable this button. That should not be the point of this function.
Above the display, we can find the different sensors, the front camera, the earpiece, and also a notification LED. This shines in red, green, and blue. There are no soft-touch buttons under the display but only on-screen buttons.
As it is normal for an outdoor smartphone, both the USB port and the headphone jack are placed under a waterproof cover on the top and bottom. It sits very tight and can be very hard to open and even more difficult to close. But at least we know that it does its job.
On the back side, we find a speaker that works really well. Highs and mids are clear and are not a problem even if they are reproduced with the maximum volume.
Summing up, the device is very well built and the IP68 certification keeps its promises. However, the fact that the buttons are too easy to press is a disadvantage.
Doogee S60 scope of delivery
- Charging adapter
- USB cable
- Screen protector
- Replacement screws
Doogee S60 has a 5.2-inch Full HD display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display is extremely sharp and the colors are well displayed. With MiraVision, one can change the display settings according to his own preferences. The brightness is good and in this way, the display was well readable even in bright sunlight.
The screen records up to 10 points of contact simultaneously and responds quickly to every touch. It is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5, which protects the display from scratches. Even with a wet display, one can still use the phone without problems.
We can conclude that we are satisfied with the display of Doogee and that the Gorilla Glass 5 does an amazing job.
Performance and system
Doogee S60 has a Mediatek MT6757CD processor, better known as Helio P25. It has 8 Cortex A53 cores, divided into two clusters. The first cluster clocks at a maximum of 1.7 GHz, while the power cluster at a maximum of 2.4 GHz. The processor is supported by a Mali T880 GPU and by 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM. This works at 4.33 GB/s and therefore offers an excellent multitasking. The smartphone offers 64 GB of internal memory. But for those who still want to expand it, they can do it WITHOUT giving up the dual-SIM function. The reading/writing speed of 183/145 MB / s is pleasantly fast and should thus provide shorter loading times of the web pages.Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result 3D Mark Result
The large main memory and the powerful CPU provide the smartphone with enough power to master even more demanding games. Of course, popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Co. are also no problem.
On the Doogee S60 runs an Android 7.0 system. Therefore, it is possible to choose a design from the themes available online and modify the system at will. Furthermore, the system has a lot of special functions. In fact, all sorts of different gesture functions are integrated, such as the 3-finger screenshot, off-screen gestures and non-touch gestures. As befits an outdoor smartphone, the SOS and PTT functions are also included. Since the smartphone is quite large, the manufacturer also installed a one-hand mode. Sliding the finger from the bottom up opens the full options menu.
As already for S30, also S60 has a news page on the far left of the main page. As the name suggests, this will show the latest news. The flaw is that this page cannot be deactivated. Even if the system seems overloaded, after a little practice you will get used to the many functions it offers.
The main camera has a 21 MP resolution. Fortunately, Doogee does not have a dual camera here, which is almost always a fake in this price segment. The camera uses a Sony sensor and has an f2.0 aperture. Even though the camera is often out of focus in outdoor smartphones, Doogee does everything right here. The camera delivers good pictures with enough sharpness. The fast and precise autofocusing is just as positive as the colorfastness. According to the website of Doogee, S60 also has an optical image stabilizer. Nevertheless, in poor lighting conditions, the pictures are not very sharp, which suggests that no stabilizer has been installed or that it simply does not work so well.
The front camera has a resolution of 8MP, whose photos are not really extraordinary. The pictures are still good enough for selfies but are grainy and a little pale.
All in all, the cameras make a good impression and provide pretty good photos.
Connectivity and communication
GSM 850 MHz, GSM 900 MHz, GSM 1800 MHz, GSM 1900 MHz, W-CDMA 850 MHz, W-CDMA 900 MHz, W-CDMA 1900 MHz, W-CDMA 2100 MHz, LTE 700 MHz Class 17, LTE 800 MHz, LTE 850 MHz, LTE 900 MHz, LTE 1700/2100 MHz, LTE 1800 MHz, LTE 1900 MHz, LTE 2100 MHz, LTE 2600 MHz, LTE 700 MHz (B12)
The reception was very good and LTE was almost always reachable. There is nothing to complain about the voice call quality, I could understand clearly my interlocutor and also my voice was well transferred.
Doogee S60 has enough place for two Micro-SIM cards. If you want to extend the internal memory with a Micro-SD card, you do not have to renounce the Dual-SIM function.
There is also Bluetooth, which works without problems and connects quickly with other phones or speakers for music. Unfortunately, I could not find out which version it is and even Doogee does not specify the model in the description of the phone. WiFi works great and thus there is nothing to complain about. Both 2.5 and 5 GHz networks (n-standard) are supported. The NFC function is also available.
Another strength of the S60 is, obviously, the GPS. This will find the position of the device incredibly quickly and during the test-phase, it never disappointed me, not even in the middle of the city. The compass also works very well and is useful for pedestrian navigation.
In addition to the fingerprint scanner and the three standard sensors, Doogee S60 is equipped with a gyroscope and a compass. The proximity, brightness, acceleration, gyroscope and pressure sensors work properly. The fingerprint sensor was a bit hard to get used to. The unlocking takes only a few moments (when it works). Unfortunately, the sensor is situated a bit deeper than usual, which is why you have to press your finger firmly on the sensor to make it work.
BatteryBattery lifetime Result Unit: hours
Doogee claims that the battery capacity of this device is 5580mAh. Our test confirms these values, measuring about 5300/5400 mAh. In the PCMark battery test, S60 lasted 13 hours and 27 minutes. Fully charged the phone last at least two days in a row, I managed to make it last even 3 days. Thanks to the quick charge function, the battery is fully charged in about 2.5 hours. Doogee S60 also supports wireless charging. During the test, I used a wireless charger of Anker. Unfortunately, it seems that it is not sufficient to load S60 quickly. It takes at least 9 hours to fully charge the device. The wireless charging takes at least one night and not just a few hours.