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Thermal imaging is a technology that have found a lot of uses in the professional setting. From engineers, first responders, construction workers, safety inspectors, thermal cameras uses knows no bound
Doogee is announcing a new addition to its S-series. The Doogee S98 rugged phone is scheduled to launch for global sale around the end of March.
What makes Doogee S98 amazing is the adoption of an eye-catching dual-screen design. In addition to the main display, it has a unique smart round rear display. The rear display's background is customizable using any picture of your choice. Common uses include checking the time, controlling music, checking battery levels, among others.
The new S98 will run on MediaTek’s Helio G96 SoC with a clocking speed of 2.05GHz. The octa-core processor is paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage as standard. The storage can be expanded using a micro SD card. Expect fast performance since MediaTek G96 is a processor designed for an incredible gaming experience.
The phone will sport a 6.3-inch LCD FHD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The top of the phone will have a small hole punch to house the 16MP front camera.
On the back of the phone, there is a 3-camera set up around the rear display. A 64MP sensor is the main camera supported by a 20MP night vision camera and an 8MP wide-angle camera. A primary LED flashlight and infrared light complete the setup on the back. The night vision is a funs one, it allows you to take pictures and videos in pitch black. With this, the subjects of pictures taken at night are very visible and understandable by the human eyes.
The juice running the show comes from a 6000mAh battery which can be charged by the 33W fast charger that comes in the package. Doogee S98 also supports a 15W wireless charger.
Doogee S98 will run Android 12 out of the box with the company confirming at least 3 years of security and Android version updates.
As you can guess, Doogee S98 is IP68 | IP69K rated. This means you can take a swim or wash the phone under a shower. It is MIL-STD-810G certified which means it should work fine in extreme weather.
Other features include NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, side-mounted fingerprint sensor among others.
Doogee hasn't confirmed the exact launch date of S98 but the information reaching us is that we can expect the device in the latter part of March. Until such time, we will keep updated on developments related to Doogee S98. Fans can take part in the giveaway currently going on the company’s official website.
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✕Does not support some US CDMA carriers
I do like the Doogee range of phones -- both rugged, modular, and slim models. Now Doogee has added a couple of new models to its rugged range that I was keen to try.
The Doogee S86 Pro is a nice rugged phone running Android 10, which is comfortable in my hand. Some Doogee models are only comfortable if you have large hands and tend to feel 'edgy' and sharp in my smaller hands.
The S86Pro seems slimmer to hold at 81.2mm wide, taller at 164.6mm, and not too thick at 16.8mm. This depth squeezes an 8,500mAh battery into its casing, so the phone weighs a comfortably heavy 323g. You definitely know when it is in your pocket.
Inside the box, the S86 Pro comes with a charger, a type-C USB cable, a fabric lanyard handle that attaches to the bottom of the phone to prevent the phone from dropping out of your hands and falling on the floor.
There is also a small tool to pull open the SIM card slot and prevent you from snapping your fingernails. There are also two blue screens -- which Doogee says are 'anti-explosion' films. I suspect this film is actually a shatter protector if you break the display glass.
The phone has a 6.1 inch Corning Gorilla Glass LCD screen with a resolution of 1560 x 720px and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Its IP68/IP69K standard means that it is waterproof, even coping with immersion in water up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.
Doogee offers the S86 Pro in three colours: black, black with orange trim, or black with red trim accents. The trim is unobtrusive as the body of the phone is mainly black.
Inside, the S86 Pro is powered by an Helio P60 octa-core, four cortex-A53, and four Cortex A73 running at up to 2.0GHz. Its graphics chip is an AMR Mali G72, running at up to 800MHz.
It comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM, so there is a lot of storage space on the phone. You can extend the storage with a TF card up to 256GB capacity.
There is a dual SIM slot on the left-hand side of the S86 Pro with a silicone ring around the SIM to prevent water ingress. There is also a custom function key for you to configure or use for the SOS feature. The function key can be used to take a screenshot or play any installed app with a single, double click or a long press of the button.
The right-hand side of the phone has the volume buttons, the power button and the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor location means that it is easiest to use your thumbprint if you are right-handed -- but you have a range of unlocking fingerprint options if you hold the device in your left hand.
The top of the phone has a headphone jack slot, covered by a tightly fitting silicone seal, and at the bottom of the phone, there is a USB-C charging slot, again covered with a silicone seal.
On the back of the phone, there is what looks like four camera lenses. One of the lenses is an 8MP wide-angle lens with a field of view of 130 degrees, and the main camera is a 16MP camera.
There is also a 2MP portrait or macro camera and an array of LED flashes under the lenses. However, the circle at the top right of the camera array is not another lens but a thermal sensor. The front camera is 8MP.
A big selling point for this phone is its innovative temperature sensor. Point the camera at someone's forehead, tap the measure button and wait for the vibration to get an accurate temperature reading in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.
The app will record the measurement of human recordings in its log. You can also measure the temperature of objects -- like pets or hot liquids. It is quite a neat feature -- especially in these times.
The phone also has NFC, which supports Google Pay and supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies.
The phone is loud -- both when playing music and during alerts or calls. There is a 2W speaker, which is rather good. The bass is a little tinny -- but the onboard loudspeaker is really good across the ranges.
The S86 Pro has a couple of extra features worth mentioning. The intelligent assistance feature lets you flip the phone to silence an incoming call, answer an incoming call by putting the phone close to your ear, and configure the phone to limit operation due to it sliding around in your pocket -- the 'anti-fake touch mode'.
You can also activate split-screen mode using a three-finger swipe, calibrate the proximity sensor and horizontal calibration modes and lift the camera to wake it. Other settings let you configure apps to run in the background.
Like most Doogee models, the outdoor toolbox icon has features such as a flashlight, height meter, protractor, plumb bob a sound meter, and an incredibly loud alarm.
There is one challenge with the Doogee S96 Pro if you are in the US. The unlocked version of the phone does not support some CDMA carriers such as Sprint, Xfinity, Verizon, and Trac Fone. You need to check with your carrier before you order the S86 Pro.
All in all, the Doogee S96 Pro is a fully-featured rugged, waterproof phone with a long-lasting battery and some nice extra features like a temperature sensor.
Pleasant to hold in hand, its large battery will last you for several days before you need to charge it, and its 2W loudspeaker means that you will not have to carry around an extra Bluetooth speaker with you.
For under $270, the Doogee S86 Pro rugged phone is definitely a good buy.
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By Desire Athow published October 19, 2021
(Image credit: Future)
As expected the V10 is IP68, IP69-K and MIL-STD-810G rated; one can therefore guess that the design will follow a certain pathway. An industrial finish that mixes plastic, rubber and metal to make it more robust and protect the more fragile components.
The front of the device is occupied by a 6.39-inch HD+ screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass and what looks like an oleophobic layer that mitigates smudges. The top left of the screen contains a pinhole 16-megapixel camera sensor, courtesy of Samsung.
(Image credit: Future)
At the back are four sensors arranged on a raised octagonal island, in a 2x2 matrix and consisting of a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel portrait camera - all Samsung sourced - and an infrared thermometer.
(Image credit: Future)
The right hand side of the device houses a fingerprint scanner, the power button and a volume rocker. The opposite side contains the dual SIM tray as well as a customizable button. The Type-C USB port is covered with a flap and there’s no 3.5-inch headphone jack.
(Image credit: Future)
A word on the dimensions of the beast; the size of the display and the capacity of its battery means that this was never going to be a small smartphone. At 199 x 184 x 37mm for a weight of 340g, it is a chunky bit of technology.
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The Doogee V10 comes with the following hardware:
CPU: Mediatek Dimensity 700
GPU: Arm Mali-G57
Screen size: 6.39-inch
Resolution: 1560 x 720
Dimensions: 199 x 84 x37mm
Rear camera: 48MP, 8MP, 2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 11
The Doogee V10 comes with the standard hardware you’d expect from a rugged smartphone within that price bracket. There’s a Mediatek Dimensity 700 system-on-chip with 8GB of LPDDR4 memory and 128GB onboard storage (using the more recent UFS 2.2 technology). Sadly, you can’t upgrade the onboard storage using a microSD card.
At 8,500mAh, the onboard battery is far larger than what we usually encounter in this price range and the presence of a 33W fast charger and a 10W wireless charging put the V10 squarely in the “very good” category when it comes to power. Doogee claims that the battery can be charged in less than an hour using the fast charger, something we haven’t tested.
No surprises when it comes to connectivity. There’s Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and an FM radio. Other than the 33W charger and the USB cable, there’s a sling cord and two screen protectors.
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Performance and in use
The V10 can easily be used with one hand but just bear in mind that it is heavy. The features and apps that are worth noting are the system manager, a child mode and a game mode but no simplified mode for elderly users. And to complement the lot, an ubiquitous tool bag that contains a number of virtual tools aimed at those working out in the field.
This is how the Doogee V10 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
PCMark (Work 2.0): 8398
Passmark CPU: 3205
Androbench (sequential): 1005 (sequential read); 511 (sequential write)
Androbench (random): 243 (random read); 244 (random write)
3DMark Wild Life Vulkan: 1111
LinPack MFLOPS: 733
The low screen resolution (1560 x 720 pixels) should improve battery life and reduce the strain on the GPU when dealing with resource hungry tasks. The thermometer app is intuitive and can measure temperatures of both people and objects and seems to be smart enough to differentiate between the two.
The V10 subsystem is supercharged, scoring some of the highest storage numbers we’ve seen in recent times including breaking Androbench’s sustained read speeds with a score of 1GBps. While that will not improve gaming performance which remains average at best, it does enhance the overall user experience.
Overall, it was one of the better Mediatek-based rugged smartphones we’ve tested, scoring above average numbers in most benchmarks.
Should I buy the Doogee V10?
Buy it if:
You want an affordable 5G with a big battery rugged smartphone
There’s plenty of reasons why you’d want to have a rugged smartphone with a big battery and 5G connectivity. Being able to use it as an outdoor mobile hotspot comes to mind, a particularly enticing proposition especially as it can be weatherproofed thanks to its wireless charging capabilities.
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A smart thermometer with a long battery life is a must have
While the WP13 matches the V10 (including the thermometer), it doesn’t offer wireless charging and its battery is significantly smaller. However the 13% premium or the much bigger battery might be enough to sway undecided consumers either way.
Don’t buy it if:
Rock solid aftersale support is essential
Chinese smartphone vendors with no local presence can be a bit of a pain should you hit a snag. The lack of commitment to firmware updates as well can be a major downside if businesses are considering buying these products. Bear in mind though that only a few rugged smartphone vendors offer the level of support expected from the likes of Samsung or Xiaomi.
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