DOOGEE Mix 2
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at Doogee Mix 2 Review. Talking about 2017, it has been a great year for smartphones we have seen a lot of changes, especially in the display department. So, we have seen the trend of bezel-less smartphones, we have seen the shift from 16 by 9 aspect ratio to 18 by 9 ratio which will grow a lot in 2018. Now, Doogee a Chinese manufacturer has driven the sales of those bezel smartphones in the lower price segment a lot. So, they have released the Doogee Mix 2 of which was one of the cheapest bezel-less smartphones in 2017 and also the more important it was the first affordable Chinese bezel-less smartphone.
Now, Doogee came up with the new smartphone which is the Doogee Mix 2, and it takes a kind of different attempt, but it also comes with an 18 by 9 aspect ratio display. So, let’s start-
It has been an interesting year for smartphones, and especially smartphone screens have changed a lot. We have seen many attempts to increase the overall screen size with bezel-less phones or new screen form factors like 18 by 9 aspect ratio.
Now, Doogee an affordable Chinese brand has released a 2nd so-called Mix smartphone the first one was a huge success.
The Doogee Mix 2 is yet another excellent example of an Android smartphone with some impressive capabilities at a bargain price point with four cameras, a fingerprint scanner, face scanner and a 6-inch display that offers a flagship design for a fraction of the price, but that doesn’t mean you won’t notice the compromises.
The Doogee Mix 2 comes of glass on the front and glass finish on the back and a metallic frame that keeps everything together. The build quality is excellent, there are no sharp edges, and it feels perfect in my hands. However, I don’t like the design of the buttons since they have a shallow profile and feel a bit weird. The Dual camera module on the back of the fingerprint scanner stands a bit out of the body, but the fingerprint scanner is easy to reach and works well even though it’s not the fastest scanner out there.
Now, right next to the modules you can find a Dual LED flash on the shiny glass surface. So, the backside is an indeed a huge fingerprint magnet, but it looks fantastic. As almost every smartphone nowadays it comes with a USB Type-C which supports OTG and a singles speaker at the bottom.
There is only one speaker behind the left speaker grille and to be honest its quality is okay, but it’s just not loud enough. Its maximum volume is definitely under average, but at least it sounds clearer. The phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack anymore but there is an adapter that comes in the box, and the sound quality is pretty good without any distortion or noise.
The Doogee Mix 2 has a 5.99-inch 18 by 9 Full HD Plus display that is just gorgeous probably one of the best I’ve ever seen on a budget phone from China. The colours are vibrant, the edges nicely rounded and it’s also sharp and bright. The viewing angles are also top-notch, and I had no issues using the phone outside or to dim it in low-light situations.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
Performance wise, the Octa-Core processor and the 6 gigs of RAM make things feel quite snappy it detects old touches correctly and the Stock launcher also doesn’t lack too much. However, if you want to tweak it, you can go for a different launcher and make it a bit more smooth. I also tried out a few games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat and Nova, and they all played quite well. So, you’re probably not going to be blown away by this Phone’s performance, but also you won’t be disappointed by the MediaTek chipset.
So, the UI includes a few customizations and tweaks to Android 7 but nothing super fancy. There are some gestures covered and some shortcuts, but in general it feels very close like Stock Android also there’s no word on an upcoming Oreo update for the smartphone.
There is one aspect of the Doogee Mix 2 that reveals it to be a budget smartphone it’s the camera. The rear-facing Dual lenses do not hold up to its promise. In bright sunlight you will get some okay shots but anything other than the clearest of conditions will results in blurry filters especially the slow shutter gives you a lot of troubles by taking pictures of moving object or in low-light as most of the phones of today it gives you the ability to make images with a Bokeh effect.
But unfortunately, the Bokeh effect is only crappy software effect; it seems like the secondary lens is not even used for this. Although, it’s not a zoom lens since you can use the dual or two times also zoom if you cover the lens so this looks fishy, and I guess the second lens just fake or used for some random distance calculations for the software bokeh effect.
Now, besides this general Dual Camera scam pictures with the main 16-megapixel camera are looking okay under daylight conditions. However, the slow shutter and the lousy autofocus gives you a hard time capturing the right moment. All the dynamic range and colour reproduction are not the best.
Low-light, as usual, is quite disappointing it’s very noisy and grainy but this is normal in this price range, but also I’ve seen a bunch of phones which can do better at 200 Euros.
Now, the front-facing dual-lens camera provided some okay results for many photos I took. Although, I’m totally in love with the wide-angle mode which just makes selfies so much better in some situations. If you are a Selfie addicted you will be taken care, but the rear camera won’t be winning any awards.
The Doogee Mix 2 also capable of recording 1080p videos. Autofocus is not the best on the phone, but then the rest seems okay for the price. The front facing camera can only recall in 480p, it’s quite smooth, quite detailed but the resolution is not that good also the colours are washed out, and the dynamic range is not that good. So, the video mode on the front-facing camera not the best but I think it gets the job done, but I’ve seen way better cameras in the 200 euros price region.
Connectivity wise, It’s a decent phone. The Doogee Mix 2 supports 4G connectivity Dual-Band, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Now, Wi-Fi level as my Note 8 and Bluetooth works fine, to be honest. Unfortunately, there is no NFC available, and as usual the 4G and 3G bands are a little bit limited, but at least it supports the famous LTE band B20. Also, the GPS signal is excellent and I had no problem to use it as a navigation device.
The Doogee Mix 2 has the non-removable 4060 milliamp-hours battery inside is fantastic, and it gave me roughly 5 to 7 hours screen time in my tests. For sure this depends on your usage and the settings you can get more or less but my tests it gave me excellent results in all different performance modes. The only downside is that charging takes quite long and it took me almost 2.5 hours to charge it to 100% which is roughly 1 hour more than on my fast charge devices with similar battery size.
The Doogee Mix 2 offers excellent quality for its low-price and if you are looking for an affordable phone with a beautiful design and screen then have a look at it. As usual, you have a life for shortcomings like the camera and some OS bugs, but except that, it’s a decent phone and I hope that future software updates will improve it.
So, all more for the price it’s a pretty decent smartphone, it comes with impressive build quality, a good looking and very bright screen with excellent colours, we have good battery life and that the most important things for me.
The front-facing camera also looks very good with that wide-angle mode which is also enjoyed on my LG G6, but the rear camera is a bit disappointing though. So, I’ve seen a lot of Chinese smartphones of those dual cameras.
Now, the second camera is not used for anything, so it’s just like a marketing trick, but there is nothing behind it. It may be used for some calculations and some smartphones there is not even a second sensor inside so that bad. So, if you don’t care about the camera in your smartphone it’s a quite decent phone.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Doogee Mix 2||amazon||Rs 22,499|
|The USA Buyers|
|Doogee Mix 2||GEARBEST||$ 282.83|
|Doogee Mix 2||Coming Soon||Tk 29,000|
|Doogee Mix 2||Coming Soon||PKR 38,200|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Dual (Nano, Dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||159.1 x 74.7 x 8.6mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1080 x 2160p, 18:9 Ratio (403 PPI)|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (16-MP + 13-MP), f/2.0, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Front||Dual (8-MP, 130° wide angle + 8-MP, 88° wide angle)|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Chip||MediaTek Helio P25|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 2.5GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 6GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer, Gravity, Ambient Light|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, WiFi Direct|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.0 & GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 4060 mAh|