Doogee V20 rugged smartphone review | Doogee

Doogee V20 rugged smartphone review

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OUR VERDICT

V20 Rugged phone tough phone techradar rating

The V20 offers excellent value and has a more elegant yet rugged design than we’ve come to expect. The AMOLED screen is stunning, but limiting it to Widevine L3 DRM means that you can’t use it to view Netflix or Disney+ in better than 480p.

FOR

  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Night vision camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Uncluttered Android 11

AGAINST

  • Widevine L3 = 480p streaming
  • Annoying USB-C cover
  • Heavy

 

Design

Previous Doogee phones we’ve covered were probably trying a little too hard in pushing the ruggedised aspect of those devices by making them look like military equipment.

Those responsible for those devices took the backseat on the V20 or have realised that customers want rugged phones that look like more attractive non-rugged designs.

Yes, it still has that go-anywhere vibe, but the V20 has more subtle styling than we’ve seen previously from Doogee and signals a transition to aesthetically considered phones.

On the back of the V20 case is a surface finish that looks like carbon fibre. It’s merely a finish, and this phone has a conventional construction of polycarbonate and aluminium.

Another continuity with previous designs is that the V20 is biased towards right-handed customers, with a thumb-friendly fingerprint reading button on the right that would be less convenient for those who are lefthanded.

If this impacts you, the best option is to use face unlock if you are happy with using that.

Like the V10, this design is IP68, and IP69K rated, allowing it to handle dust and water with limited time and depth immersion in liquid, assuming all the seals are intact.

The two significant points of ingress are the dual SIM card slot and USB-C port, with the USB port being the genuine concern. A rubber plug covers this port when not in use that manages to always get in the way of inserting the USB-C cable.

While the plug fits snuggly, those wanting to keep this phone from getting any water in it would be advised to leave it firmly in place and use the wireless charging that this design supports.

Easily the most eye-catching feature of the V20 is the wonderfully colourful OLED display with a natural resolution of 1080 x 2400. The contrast ratio on this screen is an incredible 80000:1 and displays 105% of the NTSC colour gamut.

One peculiarity with the screen is that to get the biggest vertical display coverage, the front-facing camera is under the display, and a small hole has been cut through it. Not exceptional, but it's something you might not expect to see when viewing a video full screen.

This also isn’t the only display on the phone, as a small 1.05-inch panel to the left of the triple camera cluster on the back. Being so small, its practical uses are limited.
But it can be set to show a clock, reveal who is ringing you or provide a quick means to control media playback.
The issue here for us is that we’re not inclined to place our phones face down, mainly to protect the screen, and therefore we’d not be looking at this teeny display anyway.
The camera cluster that combines three sensors into one image processing solution is arguably more useful. The top resolution is achieved via a 64MP main camera. Alongside that are a 20MP night vision sensor and an 8MP wide-angle camera that is useful for creating blurred backgrounds. Still images can have a maximum resolution of 9248 x 6944, and the Doogee camera app allows for HDR, panoramics, and the usual social media-friendly features.
Our only disappointment about the camera is that given the huge resolution of the sensor that this phone doesn’t support the capture of 4K video, offering only 2K @30fps and no other framerate options.

Hardware

High-end phone brands have been migrating to custom ARM SoCs to differentiate their devices from competitors.

Doogee isn’t one of these and has settled on the Mediatek Dimensity 700 MT6833, an eight-core chip fabricated on a 7nm process that they previously used in the V10.

An evolution of the Mediatek Helio P70 Octa-core processor, the MT6833 features an integrated 5G modem and a radically different core structure.

Many previous Mediatek octa-core designs used two groups of four cores, this chip sports two high-performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores, clocked to 2.2 GHz and six power-efficient 2GHz Cortex-A55. They make an 800 series SoC that uses the old four-and-four core model, but the 700 series offers more power saving potential.

The narrower tracks and heterogeneous multi-processing aspects of this design allows for an excellent overlap in the objectives of raw performance and extensive battery life.

When combined, as it is, in this design with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage, it provides a smooth and responsive user experience almost irrespective of the number of apps they install or the demands they make on the phone.

What got removed that the V10 had is the infrared thermometer, a handy feature of that design.