Doogee Mix review: A bezel-less smartphone on a budget?

Bezels have always been considered a liability when it comes to smartphones. While some of the manufacturers like Samsung and Apple have parted ways with bezels on their flagships, there are still a lot of smartphone makers that make do with thick bezels on their devices.

However the bezel-less phones available in the market usually cost a lot, but the Doogee Mix is here to change that notion. The smartphone comes at a budget price and offers a bezel-less display which is an overwhelming offering at this price point. Let’s see if the device is actually worth buying or just a gimmick.

Design

The design is the key selling point of the Doogee Mix, but the bigger question here is whether the device is completely bezel-less. To be honest, it’s not! The company sure tried to cut the bezels down to a minimum but you can still see the black bars running along the edge of the frame.

We wouldn’t call it a completely bezel-less smartphone, but considering the price of the device, it is still a good move to attract consumers. On the front, you get a home button which also has an integrated fingerprint sensor.

The phone fits properly in the palm and is fit for one hand usage. The company has stuffed the front camera on the chin of the device to maintain the bezel-less design. Overall the Doogee Mix can be considered one of the best looking phones at this price point. It is sturdy and feels great in hand giving its user a premium feel.

Display

The Samsung built 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display seems brilliant with ample amount of detail and impressive brightness while offering a 93 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display is vibrant and punchy and offers a good colour reproduction. In some cases, the colours come out to be over saturated. The sunlight legibility is not the best in business but is enough to handle the job.

The biggest setback of this screen is the low resolution — at 720 x 1280, it’s not even full HD. We have already seen a lot of devices at this price point offering a 1080p display.

Camera

When we talk of the optics, the Doogee Mix has quite an interesting dual camera setup that comprises of one 16MP sensor and an 8MP sensor alongside an LED flash. The shutter speed is fast and the camera app works without any lags.

The rear camera also offers bokeh effect, a feature seen on most of the dual camera phones. The pictures taken from the camera is not good and needs improvement. The images mostly lack details, sharpness and colour come washed out.

For selfies, the company has fitted a 5MP camera. The front is just good enough for normal selfies and video calls, what’s different is the way you click a selfie. Users will have to hold their phones upside down because the camera is housed on the chin of the front panel.

Overall, the company needs to work on the camera as we believe one of the cameras (in dual camera setup) is not working as expected.

Performance

The smartphone runs on Helio P25 octa-core 2.5GHz processor with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable using a microSD card. Backing this up is the dated Mali T880 GPU.

The Doogee is pretty much a stock Android phone which is a relief. The device can handle normal tasks with ease and will be able to offer smooth functionality without breaking a sweat. The phone can also handle moderate gaming level and doesn’t show signs of lag or stutter. But when it comes to heavy gaming you will notice frame drops.

Verdict

Overall the Doogee Mix has a lot to offer at this price but there are few shortcomings that a user should consider before buying this phone. It offers a great look with decent performance and big display all backed by a decent battery life.

However, the user interface is not as good one would expect and also the dual camera performance is below par. So, if you are a user who needs a fancy looking smartphone then you can opt for this smartphone.

Author: Mobile Geek

Loves each and everything related to mobiles including but not limited to poor battery life, slow UI, low resolution display etc.

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