In 2019, Chinese manufacturer Doogee got a lot of attention with the S90 modular rugged smartphone. Doogee is one of the only companies in the smartphone industry that takes the modular approach to smartphones. Doogee also happens to be the only manufacturer to use the modular concept in rugged smartphones. The company has recently announced its successor, the Doogee S95 Pro.
The device comes with many improvements – specifically a faster processor and internal memory. The phone features Mediatek’s brand new Helio P90 and comes with faster UFS 2.0 memory. The camera has also improved significantly. Instead of the two lenses in the original S90, the S95 Pro now boasts three camera lenses – one of them being the popular IMX586 sensor from Sony.
The sensor has an excellent 48-megapixel resolution, and coupled with the well-optimized software; the phone can capture some excellent shots. Let us take a more in-depth look at what the phone has to offer.
- Weight: 285g
- Colors Available: Mineral Black
- Dimension: 168×79.3×13.8mm
- Panel Technology: IPS Multi-touch, with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Display:3-inch 1080×2160 FHD+ at 384ppi
- Certifications: IP68 / IP69K
- Processor: Helio P90 12nm (2xCortex-A75 2.2GHz + 6xCortex-A55 2.0GHz)
- GPU: IMG 9XM-HP8 970MHz
- Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
- Charging: Wired Charging 24W – Wireless Charing 10W
- Battery: 5150mAh
- Memory: 8GB RAM – 128GB Storage
- External Storage: Up to 256GB
- Front Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, 80° Wide-angle
- Rear Cameras:0MP(Sony IMX586)+8.0MP+8.0MP (AI Sony Triple Cameras) with LED Flash, [email protected] support
- Hybrid Slot: Nano-SIM+Nano-SIM / Nano-SIM+SD Card
- Sensors: Side Fingerprint Scanner, NFC, GPS, G-sensor, Face Unlocking, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope, Barometer, Geomagnetism, Customizable Button, OTG, SOS, Hard Coulometer, Wireless Charging support
The rubber corners around the display make the Doogee S95 Pro look unmistakably like a rugged smartphone. The phone is hefty at 285 grams, and the dimensions are 168 x 80.5 x 15 millimetres. Although the phone is slightly bulky, it feels quite manageable in the hands when compared to other rugged phones. The overall design bears a certain similarity to gaming phones like the Xiaomi Blackshark – which might be what the company was going for since Doogee emphasizes that the S95 Pro is also suitable for gaming.
On the front of the device, you will find the large 6.3-inch display, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The screen has rather thin bezels, and the bumps on the corners provide additional protection to the display. The device comes with an LED indicator in the top right corner.
The power and volume buttons are embedded in the frame on the right, along with the fingerprint sensor. The sensor is quick and works reliably. There is an additional button on the left side that can be assigned to launch whichever application you please. The phone IP68/IP69K certified – meaning it’s dust- and water-resistant, making it suitable for rough use.
The phone comes with the new Mediatek Helio P90 Octacore processor that consists of two ARM Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. It also boasts the powerful IMG PowerVR GM9446 GPU and achieves an Antutu score of 216,927 points – putting it up to par against smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 9T. The powerful components make the smartphone ideal for gaming.
You can multitask extensively without experiencing any lag since the S95 Pro comes with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. You can keep a ton of apps open without experiencing slowdowns. The internal storage is fast, too, and the device boasts read and write speeds of 400MB/s and 210 MB/s, respectively. The high memory speeds are owed to the UFS 2.0 technology embedded in the phone. You can also add an SD card to expand the 128GB of internal memory by up to an additional 256GB. However, if you choose to use an SD card, you will not be able to use a second SIM card.
The triple camera setup on the back of the Doogee S95 Pro consists of two 8-megapixel sensors and a powerful 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor. According to Doogee, the setup should allow users to capture both wide-angle and close-up shots, and also get clear 10x zoom shots. One of the sensors serves as a wide-angle sensor; however, the alleged telephoto sensor does not work as intended. All the zooming is done digitally, and the image resolution drops significantly as you zoom in.
High-quality 48-megapixel video can be recorded with the device; however, the videos are scaled-down when using the HDR or AI function. The AI function recognizes the scenes and automatically makes adjustments to the camera’s settings. The photos are a little on the warmer side, and the bokeh mode is inaccurate at times. Another downside is that the phone does not come with Optical Image Stabilization – which will make the videos you capture shaky.
The S95 Pro comes loaded with Android 9.0 with a skin on top. The skin provides a close-to-stock Android experience; however, there are some differences.
There is no app drawer, and the UI is akin to iOS. The great thing about Android is that you can download a launcher from the Play Store and give your phone’s UI a facelift. There are some additional features like double-tap to wake, and gesture navigation. You can also assign any application to the extra button on the left.
The massive 5150 mAh battery will last you for two days on heavy use. If used moderately, the phone will last you over three days.
The phone supports both wireless charging and fast charging. Using the 24W fast charger, you can fully charge the phone in about two hours.
Modules that can be attached to the rear of the phone are available online for the S95 Pro. You can find a speaker and a battery module online at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the predecessors’ modules are not compatible with the S95 Pro.
The Doogee S95 Pro is currently one of the best rugged smartphones on the market. Overall, the phone does not disappoint, and the decent design and high performance make the phone stand out at its excellent price point. The camera is a little underwhelming; however, it is on par with other smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 9T. The availability of external modules is just a cherry on top.