When it comes to Rugged peripherals, the attention is definitely moving from the classic characters of the Android scene to other brands. Among these companies there is definitely Doogee, which is one of the companies that has focused the most on creating powerful terminals, which is therefore aimed at users other than traditional companies. Today in testing the new Doogee S61 Pro (available at aliexpress Come on Dogemol), one end of the multiple back faces. Let’s see why.
As mentioned earlier, the Doogee S61 Pro is a terminal that, among other things, focuses on the aesthetic factor. It certainly doesn’t shed that rugged, heavy look typical of every rugged butt, but the butt is meant to provide a fresh feel.
It arrives bare on the back, revealing some of the internal components, although they are actually copies of the internal chips. This is a really original and interesting effect, which we have not had before in a rugged phone. It’s also a special choice, which is rarely seen on Android terminals of any kind.
Before delving into the specifications and operation of this smartphone, it is good to take a look at the contents of the packaging, because it is really worth it. In addition to the device, in fact, there is a 10W USB-C charger, additional protective films, a strap for the smartphone, but above all a back cover.
These protective shells cover the transparent part on the back, to further customize the device from an aesthetic point of view. Among those, there is an all-black cover, one with a carbon effect and one with a wood effect. We forgot: the AJ01 smart glasses are also in the box, with built-in speakers, which we will tell you about separately.
Doogee S61 Pro offers a large 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 720, hence HD. It’s very bright, and although the peak brightness is 500 nits, it’s not among the highest around. As for the processor, the Doogee Station features a MediaTek Helio G35 64-bit chip.
It’s a 12nm FinFET processor from TMSN, which has an octa-core CPU with four A53 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, and four high-efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The CPU is surrounded by an IMG Power VR GE832′ GPU clocked at 680MHz. In terms of memory, Doogee S61 Pro is equipped with 6GB of RAM, surrounded by 128GB of ROM.
how do you look
It’s a solid all-rounder, so definitely don’t expect a phone with slim lines and small dimensions. The front is always clean, with only the screen practically protruding, while at the bottom there is a USB-C port that is protected by a silicone cover. On the side, there is a power / standby button, which includes the Touch ID reader, while above the volume button, it is always very visible. On the other hand, in addition to the trolley for dual SIM and microSD, there is a programmable key, which allows you to quickly call the flashlight, the voice assistant, the wireless calling function or other functions.
The back is probably the most interesting, as well as the most original. It has already been said that the terminal arrives “naked”, and allows a glimpse of the internal components. You see the NFC module, while next to the camera there are some components. These are prints, not the actual chips inside the device, but the look is still interesting. If you don’t want to see inside, just apply one of the included back covers.
The camera module is really interesting. The upper sensor contrasts with a smaller one, surrounded by a really powerful LED ring, which will certainly illuminate night photos, but will also come in handy when the lamp is active. This camera system seems to call out Huawei’s premium rings.
For the measures, despite its maximum weight, it is among the most compact powerful phones. It has a width of 81.4 mm, a height of 167.4 mm, and a gap of 14.6 mm. The weight is 266 grams, definitely not feathered, but it’s still held for a station of this type. It is IP68 certified and IP69K MIL-STD-810H.
All these acronyms translate into a very strong platform, able to withstand drops from a height of one and a half meters, as well as being dust-resistant and able to survive 1.5 meters under water for about 30 minutes. The resistance is also due to the presence of Corning Gorilla Glass on the front, although we haven’t found a more accurate spec.
How are things going in everyday life?
Let’s start with the screen. These are not the latest generation of units, with non-curving corners and thick, defined tires, which in any case don’t matter much given the rugged nature of the station. Maximum brightness of 500 nits doesn’t put it among the brightest of terminals, but it’s still a number that allows for good visibility even outdoors.
For fans of numbers, a test with Geekbech 5 shows that the device reached a score of 175 single-core and 985 multi-core. These are certainly not mind-boggling numbers, but in general the device moves well, allowing you to enjoy the Android ecosystem without particular difficulties. It’s not as fast in launching apps, as well as switching between apps, but overall it didn’t cause us any problems at all. It is definitely not a gaming station, but it can keep you on your outdoor travels with some casual games. We tested some Clash Royale, Angry Birds, and other classic games in the Store. It works fine, without particular problems, but definitely don’t choose this one if you want a gaming station.
What surprised us positively was the room partition. On the rear stand are two cameras with a symmetrical double circular design. The main sensor is the Samsung S5KGM1S 48MP sensor, with an f/1.8 aperture and a 90-degree field of view. It is a sensor capable of shooting Full HD video at 30 frames per second.
To tell the truth, the video aspect is disappointing, but the photographic aspect will allow you to take excellent shots of the house, especially in sunlight, even if the second Sony sensor will help you with night shots. It’s a 20 camera; P Sony IMX350 with f 2.0 aperture, surrounded by a particularly bright LED ring. The night vision camera takes 20MP photos.
In general, the photos in broad daylight are good, and you can take some good shots of the house while on a walk. Usually, rugged terminals are not known for the camera department, but the Doogee S61 Pro is an exception. It’s definitely not a camera phone, but as you can judge for yourself from the gallery below, you can take some good pictures.
The camera app is familiar to anyone who has tested the Android terminal, with several shooting modes, where there is also a 108MP mode. In this case, these are skewed photos, which give up detail and optimal focus.
Among the other modes is Night Vision, which allows you to take brighter photos in the absence of external lighting. Also in this case, we let you judge the quality of the shots:
Doogee S61 Pro is equipped with a 5180 mAh battery and 10W charging support. Unfortunately, we were expecting something more, considering that it takes about 3 hours to fully charge it. Up to 60% of the reload is faster, but then it starts to slow down, returning the above result.
Fortunately, he is recovering when it comes to autonomy, considering he has regular emptying. We tested it by playing with the above titles for really many hours, and were able to cover an entire day without any problem, leaving at least 30% for the evening. According to the data provided by the manufacturer, which is quite reasonable, the terminal should guarantee more than 10 hours of continuous navigation and about 15 hours of video playback.
From this point of view, it is a device that will surely guarantee a good dose of autonomy, and therefore is excellent in the case of trips outside the city.
Doogee S61 has one of the best points in its durability. It is a station that we recommend mainly to those who work in daily life in harsh conditions. Let’s think, for example, of manual labor where the plant runs the risk of falling, or is handled without much attention. From this point of view, it looks very strong, even if aesthetically speaking it does not abandon some touches of refinement and delicacy, such as the transparent back.
The performance is enough to use the standard Android ecosystem, and certainly not to stress the aspect of games or 3D graphics. Excellent having a dedicated button to start quick functions, such as a flashlight, any app or a walkie-talkie.
The photographic aspect is also good, above expectations given the type of affiliation, and also above qualitatively average for rugged situations.
- Durable and strong
- Customizable back covers
- slow charging
- Not too asking
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