How Cheap Can You Get a 6.52-inch Smartphone? DOOGEE’s X95 is only $60by Dr. Ian Cutress on April 23, 2020 8:45 AM EST
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Even in 2020, I would have never have guessed you could build a 6-inch or above large display smartphone for anything less than $100. We have seen a number of devices around the low 5-inch mark, such as the Alcatel models, that skirt around $100-$120, but to both offer a bigger screen at half that price? DOOGEE has gone a bit crazy. The new X95 is listed as only $60, but affords a 6.52-inch full teardrop display with an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio and 600 nits brightness.
Now, for $60, the rest of the device has to be bargain basement, surely? The display actually only has a resolution of 1200x540, which means 202 pixels-per-inch. There’s the quad-core Mediatek A53 MT6737 SoC inside, running at 1.3 GHz, and only 2 GB of DRAM. There will be two models, of 16 GB or 32 GB storage, but the X95 does support a microSD card up to 128 GB. The battery is a sizeable 4350 mAh with 10W fast charging over microUSB, and it offers Android 10 along with 4G connectivity on bands 1/3/7/8/10.
For cameras, there are three on the back: a 13MP main camera, a 2MP portrait camera, and a 2x optical zoom camera. Together these offer a bokeh effect for portraits. The front facing camera is a 5MP unit, which also enables face unlocking which DOOGEE states can be achieved in ~0.2 seconds. We’re not going to be winning any awards for camera quality here (it is unlikely DOOGEE has any AI accelerated camera features), but for $60 there is actually more than I expected.
The case uses a ‘glass-like’ plastic material, and the X95 will come in a range of bright colors including black, green, and blue.
Doogee officially lists the price at launch as $60/£50 for the 2+32 GB model, however the links provided to its own store show that this price for the 2+16 GB model, reduced from $100, and for AliExpress it is $70 for 2+16, while at Gearbest it is $100 for the same 2+16 model. I’ve reached out to the PR team to qualify where the 2+32 models are, and how much they will cost. Orders from the Doogee store also have a limited time $5 coupon and ‘free’ N95 mask. I guess that’s one way to entice orders, given the current global situation.
Despite all the low-end components here, a $60 device might be perfect for an older family member who just needs something in case of emergencies.
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sorten - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - linkInteresting perspective. I would expect that for a manufacturer a larger phone is less expensive overall. They would need less design time (and cost) to get everything to fit and to dissipate heat properly.
An extra inch of glass and a few inches of extra material for the frame probably cost them less than $1 per unit.
SanX - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - linkAs to BoM: the 4-core processor costs 1 dollar per core if not less.
zodiacfml - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - linkImpressive display. Could be compelling primarily for video and reading, light games for kids
tom86 - Thursday, July 30, 2020 - linkI'm using this phone for about one week and I'm really impressed. Many people forget that X95 has Android 10 Go, not regular Android. That's OS dedicated for low-ends devices like this. And with this spec everything works better than acceptable. System is smooth, I'm using Chrome, New Pipe, Uber or Messenger Lite without any problems. GPS is strong and accurate. Display very good in sunlight what is dealbreaker with this price point. Battery live - above 40 hrs from 100 to 15% with almost 5 hrs SOT. For me it's great result. Of course - you can't do miracles with this device but it gives much more than I expected.