Over the past year, every phone manufacturer (and their aunt) has jumped onto the bezelless bandwagon, and Doogee is no exception. As mentioned, early in 2017 it released the original Doogee Mix, which offered an almost borderless experience by making some pretty drastic compromises (namely placing the front-facing camera at the bottom of the screen, thereby forcing you to rotate your phone every time you take a selfie).
You’ll be glad to hear there’s no such insanity here. Doogee has come to its senses, and placed the front-facing camera back where it should be, at the top-left of the device. This return to a more conventional form-factor pays off. Although the Mix 2 is less visually intriguing than its predecessor, it doesn’t force you to change how you use a phone in order to accommodate its quirks.
Doogee isn’t a premium brand. It’s but one of a legion of manufacturers pumping out phones by the truckload from factories in Shenzhen. Despite that, the Mix 2 feels weirdly premium. It’s solidly built, and not even remotely plasticky. Both the front and back of the device are covered in glass, meaning that when you place it on a solid surface, it makes a satisfying clunk (although it is a fingerprint magnet, as discerning readers have probably noticed from the photographs.)
On the back of the device is a delightfully responsive fingerprint reader. Placing it here makes it easier to reach, but it also means that the front of the device has more space for the display. Even though the Mix 2 isn’t really a bezelless phone, I was really satisfied with the screen-to-body ratio.
Although the Doogee Mix 2 sits in the low-to-medium price bracket, you’d be hard pressed to find any immediately obvious compromises. The 6-inch, 18:9 screen boasts a 2160 x 1080 resolution. It’s bright, and the colors aren’t dull or washed-out.
The Doogee Mix ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. Although at this point it’s a little long-in-the-tooth, it still doesn’t feel dated to use.
One of the most endearing features of the Doogee Mix 2 is that it comes backed with a ginormous battery. Under its glass and aluminium shell is a 4060mAh cell. For context, the Samsung S9 comes with just 3000mAh of juice, and the iPhone 8 mere 1821mAh.
While this isn’t as big as other phones in the Doogee stable (namely the pocket-friendly Doogee BL5000 and the industrial Doogee S60), it’s still pretty damn impressive.
Quad-camera phones are all the rage now, and the Doogee Mix 2 jumps on that particular bandwagon with abandon. Both its rear-facing and selfie snappers are in a dual-camera setup.
Quality during the daytime was perfectly acceptable, and there’s scarcely any shutter lag, which is great for candid shots. I went outside into my garden with my photo-phobic dog, and I was able to capture some pretty decent pictures. As an added bonus, the dual-camera setup lets you zoom to a resolution of 2x without relying on any software chicanery.
As a phone, the Doogee Mix is solid. Underneath the hood, it packs an octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 SoC, with four cores running at 2.5GHz and four running at 1.6 GHz. As for RAM, there’s an insane 6GB, which feels like (and is) overkill.
The end result is that apps simply fly. Browsing doesn’t feel sluggish, and you can accumulate “tab debt” with abandon. The Doogee Mix 2 effortlessly withstood anything I threw at it.
Another major strength of the Doogee Mix 2 is its battery. We already mentioned this 4060mAh monster. Suffice to say that if you’re the type of person who forgets to charge your phone overnight, this is for you. You can easily get two day’s worth of usage out of a single charge.
|Features||Face Unlock | 130° WIde-angle Cam | 5.99'' Full Display | Quad Cams|
|Color||Black; Blue; Gold|
|Operating System||Android 7.1|
|Battery||4060mAh 5V-2A fast charge|
|External Storage||Micro SD card (T-Flash card) Up to 256GB|
|Rear Camera||16.0MP+13.0MP f/2.0 LED Flash PDAF Blur mode|
|Front Camera||8.0MP 130° wide angle 8.0MP 88° wide angle Group mode Face beauty mode|
|Screen to Body Ratio||18:9|
|Panel Technology||multi-touch, In-Cell incorporating|
|SIM Card||Dual SIM card standby Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM|
|Video||AVI, MP4, WMV, RMVB, MKV, MOV, ASF, RM, FLV , up to 1080p / 30fps|
|Audio||MP3, M4A, AAC, MKA, AMR, ALAC, FLAC, APE, WAV|
|GPS and Sensors|
|Fingerprint||back fingerprint 0.1s unlock 360° identification|
|Ambient light senor||Support|
|Languages||English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Italian, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Malay, Thai, Greek, Ukrainian, Croatian, Czech,|
|Package List||1 x cellphone 1 x USB Cable 1 x phone case 1 x charger (5V/2A) Packing box, manual, warranty card 1 x protective film|