Doogee S61 Pro Review - versatile design and good performance in a compact rugged package

1 August 2022, 12:34:59

Doogee S61 Pro Review - versatile design and good performance in a compact rugged package
You can buy a Doogee S98 at promotional prices from the Doogee Mall or from the Doogee Official Store on AliExpress.

Design, build and controls

The main focus of the Doogee S61 Pro is its design which combines aesthetics and durability. The brand has decided to challenge the notion that rugged smartphones do not offer options for customizing their appearance. Doogee has created a total of four different rear shells that can be changed. Our review unit arrived with a Transparent rear shell. It has a glossy finish and dark tinted edges. The area of the NFX module can be seen through. The electronic schemes that are visible on the two sides of the dual-ring camera module are actually printed on the plastic back cover and do not represent actual electronic components. In addition to the transparent version, we have also received a kit with the other three available rear shells. The Wood Grain rear shell is dark brown in color with a polished wooden texture. It is made of polycarbonate. The Carbon Fiber has a pattern that resembles carbon fiber. The third one is AG Frost and resembles frosted glass. All are made of polycarbonate and are quite rigid. The kit also contains an opening tool, adhesive films, and a polishing cloth. If you want to change the back shell, take the opening tool and tuck it in the designated area of the cover. Carefully remove the entire shell and clean the remaining adhesive. Take out one of the blue adhesive films from the kit. Place it to cover properly all edges and remove the blue layer. Finally, place the new rear shell and press all edges tightly to ensure a proper fit. Another aspect of the model's design is that the S61 Pro is lightweight and compact for a ruggedized smartphone. It is especially designed to be held comfortably and securely with one hand. While the rear shell remains relatively flat, the vertical sides of the back are tapered with a honeycomb pattern on the surface that prevents the device from slippering from the hands. The rubbery cover of the entire frame also helps in this regard. The S61 Pro is 81.4 mm wide, 167.4 mm tall, and 14.6 mm thick. It weighs 266 g. The model is IP68 and IP69K rated and MIL-STD-810H certified. This means it can survive drops from 1.5 meters, 99% dust, and 30 minutes under 1.5 meters of water. It can also withstand high pressure and extreme temperature environments. The MIL-STD-810H stands for the latest 810H version of the American Military Standard. It suggests the phone is protected against drops, impacts, and hazardous crashes. The front is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass of unspecified generation. The polycarbonate casing of the display protrudes only very a little providing minimal additional protection. The display is from the older generation with non-curved corners, extremely thick top and bottom bezels as well as side ones. The top bezel houses the front camera, earpiece, LED notification light, light, and proximity sensors. The bottom bezel is bare. There's an option for using on-screen gestures or an on-screen navigation bar. We've covered in detail the design of the rear and in this paragraph, we will only focus on another design accent of the S61 Pro - the dual-ring camera module. It has an oval shape with two vertically aligned lenses placed centrally in the upper half of the device. The upper lens is the 48MP main camera. The bottom one is the 20MP Night Vision camera. Around it, there's a ring with four LED flashes for the main shooter and four IR lights for the Night vision one. The top frame houses a protected 3.5 mm jack. The protected USB Type-C port, microphone, and speaker are positioned on the bottom frame. The triple-slot tray and a customizable button are on the left frame and the right one is the home of the Volume and Power buttons.

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