Doogee S70 Review

23 September 2018, 17:23:19

Doogee S70 Review
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Design, build and controls

Doogee S70 has a typical ruggedized appearance that is refined a bit so there is a business-style flair to it as well. In terms of materials, the handset combines Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for the front, aluminium alloy for the frame, real leather for the back plate and special rubberized material that covers the frame (top, bottom and four corners) and ensures optimum protection of the display's sides. The front and back have an octagonal shape. The handset is entirely black with select coloured accent lines on the back, which are available in Mineral Black, Imperial Red, Fire Orange colours. For the achievement of this stylish look reminiscent of the classic gaming gadgets, the manufacturer uses dual colour injection moulding. We are reviewing a mineral black unit. The model's body has all features that you'd expect in a ruggedized smartphone. It has an IP68 certification for water resistance so it can survive a 24-hour submergence in water up to 1.5 meters. Doogee S70 is IP69K certified as well, so it is protected against water pressure up to 100 bar (1450 psi) and against extreme temperatures from -30 up to 60 degrees Celsius - it can withstand the thermal steam wash test defined in EN 60529 and DIN 40050-9. The IP69L certification means the handset is shock-proof. The model has also passed the strict MIL-STD-810G certification where it survives multiple tests with temperature and transport shocks, humidity, mould, salt spray corrosion, explosive gas, vibration, etc. Doogee S70 looks and feels bulky but it is its tall profile that makes the strongest impression. Actually, its width of 80.8 mm is typical for handsets with 5.99-inch screens and 5500-5800 mAh batteries. Expectedly, the handset is the tallest one in the class with a height of 171.8 mm. The device is also the thickest and heaviest in this class - with a waistline of 13.6 mm and a weight of 278.3 grammes. All these dimensions and the weight are typical for a rugged smartphone, so no surprise here. The front of the device is taken mostly by the display, which covers 66.92% of the total front surface of the handset. The forehead, bezels and chin are generous. The forehead houses the front camera, earpiece, light/proximity sensor. The chin is bare as the navigation bar is on-screen only and cannot be customized in any way. The front's bottom houses the Doogee logo and a microphone hole to its right. The display is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and is protected by a rubberized material from all four sides so it withstands drops. This rubberized material covers the frame and the rear four sides as well. On the back, the plate is covered with real leather. In the top half, there's a metal plate housing the dual camera module with the dual-LED flash and squarish fingerprint sensor. There are two speaker holes on the back's bottom but only the left one covers a speaker. The unit is quite loud and you can hear the sound well enough even if you mute the speaker with a thumb. The Doogee logo and IP68 inscription appear on the back as well. The left-hand-side frame houses the hybrid, dual-SIM tray and the customizable physical button. The SIM tray has a protective tap, while the physical button has a distinctive red colour outline and textured surface. By default, it activates the gaming mode after being pressed for 5 seconds. You can customize it to serve as an app shortcut or for SOS calling (the phone will immediately call your emergency or priority number as set in your emergency contacts). The right-hand-side frame houses the Volume and Power off buttons that do not protrude much and offer very good tactile experience. The top frame is bare and the bottom one features a USB Type-C port with OTG support. It has a protective tap on it and as usual for rugged smartphones, the port itself is placed deep in the body, so the USB cable and headphone adapter have longer connectors.

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