By the time of publication, the doogee s99 It is the most recent mobile from this Asian telephone company focused on the medium and low range, which is responsible for examples such as the DOOGEE X95. Going back to the main topic, the Doogee S99 belongs to another niche, that of rugged mobiles, to be precise. Therefore, it offers an extremely resistant design that earns it IP68 and IP69K certifications, and also puts on the table a Helio G96 chip, a large 6,000mAh battery and a 108MP+64MP+16MP triple camera with night vision. If you are interested in learning more about this smartphone designed for adventure and hard work, you have come to the right place.
Technical specifications of the Doogee S99
|Dimensions||172 x 82 x 15.5mm|
|screen technology||LCD / Gorilla Glass|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels|
|CPU||Helio G96 Octa Core|
|GPUs||ARM Mali G57 at 90MHz|
|RAM||8GB + 7GB extended RAM|
|Ability||128GB + MicroSD up to 1TB|
|SIM type||Nano SIM, Dual|
|rear cameras||108MP+64MP+16MP triple camera|
|Ability||6,000mAh with 33W charging|
|Navigation||GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo|
|Box contents||Mobile phone, Type-C to Type-C cable, charger (11V/3A), protective film (pre-applied), protective film, card slot opener, packing box, instruction manual, warranty card.|
Design and screen
Just by placing our eyes on the Doogee S99 it is crystal clear that it is not just any device, it looks and is very robust, but it is also cumbersome and heavy. Be that as it may, this device It is built to withstand use and abuse, to accompany us on adventures and also in hostile working conditions, and on that front it does very well.
Going into details, the body of the device is made of rubberized plastic attached to a metal frame with reinforced corners. Both the screen and the rear cameras are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass so there is no aspect left to cover.
As a result, the Doogee S99 gets a resistance degree IP68/IP69K, which certifies it as a waterproof and impact proof device. According to the manufacturer’s tests, the mobile can be submerged in water (maximum 1.5m) for 30 minutes and continue to function; likewise, Doogee claims that it is capable of survive falls from 1.8 meters high without messing up
On closer inspection, you won’t notice anything too different in terms of button and port layout, but it does have an additional button that can be set as a shortcut. Additionally, we can point out that it has a pretty fingerprint reader accurate on the right side and a plastic cover that protects the USB-C port. Unfortunately, it lacks a 3.5mm jack, but its sacrifice is understandable.
When going to the screen we will notice that it is a 6.3-inch LCD panel with notch and thick bezels, which gives the terminal an outdated look, but being objective, it was to be expected coming from a rugged mobile. That said, the screen has a decent 2,340 x 1,080 resolution with a density of 409 pixels per inch. In terms of definition there are no complaints, dark scenes look great and all elements look as sharp as you would expect from a FullHD+ screen.
The representation of colors is acceptable for the price and the same can be said about the gloss level (480nits), which is enough to display the content on the screen even in direct sunlight.
With that in mind, it is not the best screen on the market and it certainly lacks aspects that are in high demand today, such as a refresh rate greater than 60Hz, but it makes up for it with resistance and durability, which is the priority aspect of this smartphone.
Hardware and features
The Doogee S99 is comfortably positioned in the mid-range with its chip Helio G96 accompanied by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. Curiously, it is one of those smartphones that allows you to expand the RAM virtually by borrowing part of the internal storage; in this case, we can expand it up to 15GB, where 7 of those GB are virtual. Similarly, storage can be expanded via Micro-SD up to a maximum of 1TB.
If you are wondering how this terminal performs in practice, we can say that it is very good for what it costs and being a rugged mobile. It’s on par with say a Xiaomi Redmi Note 10, so it can handle everyday applications and tasks with ease with only occasional slowdowns. Additionally, the liquid cool system ensures that it does not overheat.
As a point of reference, the Doogee S99 scores 466 points in the GeekBench 5.4 single-core test. Meanwhile, the multi-core test returns a score of 1,688 points.
When it comes to graphical tasks, it has a mediocre GPU (Mali-G72 MP2), so don’t expect miracles, but well-optimized games like PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile average a fairly playable 40FPS (on low graphics). On the other hand, demanding games like Genshin Impact suffer from too many FPS drops for our liking.
Then we have the theme of the battery, which outlines a 6,000mAh capacity, enough to offer 2 or 3 days of use depending on the manufacturer, or 20 hours of screen. As if that were not enough, it has 22.5W fast chargewhich promises to restore 45% of the charge in 30 minutes.
In terms of connectivity, we are disappointed that it is not a 5G mobile, but at least it has NFC for contactless payments.
The main camera is made up of 3 sensors, one 108MP main, 16MP ultra-wide angle and 16MP infrared It provides night vision. The cameras do a good job in good lighting conditions, though details get a bit blurry in less-than-ideal settings. Color reproduction is also lackluster compared to other cameras we’ve tested, and this goes for both the 16 MP wide-angle and the 108 MP lens. Speaking of these, there is little distinction between the photos produced. While the 108 MP sensor produces a higher number of pixels and significantly larger files, there isn’t much more detail compared to the standard 16MP camera.
Meanwhile, 64 MP night vision camera uses infrared lights in the ring flash on the back to capture monochrome images in the dark at a distance of up to 5 meters. The overall effect works Just as advertised and the images are pretty sharp, but we question how useful this feature can be in real life.
Finally, the selfie camera employs a 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor, which in fact is not bad at all, but like other mobiles that use this sensor, the resulting photos are closer to 8MP due to the combination of pixels. There really isn’t much to say about it except that it provides acceptable quality and 1080p video recording with 30FPS, the usual for a mobile in this price range.
Availability and price of Doogee S99
Those interested in the Doogee S99 will be able to purchase it through the always reliable Amazon.co.uk storebut it can also be found Available at Geekbuying.com for a competitive price. As always, it is advisable to consult both offers before adding it to the cart.
- Excellent autonomy and fast charging
- Good performance
- night vision camera
- It is quite rough and heavy
- Does not support 5G
- The cameras are not that great.