A strong Android smartphone tour of the Doogee S96 GT
As someone who takes my phone with me on random adventures, I’m a big fan of rugged smartphones. One such name that is synonymous with rough and tough smartphones is Doogee.
is it any good? Let’s take a look, shall we.
Doogee S96 GT Technical Specifications
- show: 6.22-inch Corning Gorilla Glass IPS Waterdrop Display
- resolution: 1520×720 pixels
- cpu: MTK Helio G95 Octa Core；2 x Cortex A76 2.1GHz + 6 x Cortex A55 2.0GHz
- GPU: ARM Mali-G76 up to 900MHz
- to hit: 8GB DDR4
- storage: 256GB
- rear camera array: AI Quad Camera (48MP+20MP+8MP+2MP)
- front camera: 32MP
- OS: android 12
- battery: 6350mAh
- charge: 24W (15W wireless charging)
- sim tray: Dual SIM + MicroSD
- Satellite navigation: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou
- safety rating: IP68 / IP69K / MIL-STD-810H
- biometrics: Fingerprint reader
- weight: 310g
- Dimensions: 167 x 81.4 x 15.5 mm
Outwardly, the S96 GT looks like a lot of other rugged smartphones I’ve seen over the years. It’s a massive display clad in rubber, metal and sealed ports.
Colorful metal and plastic are used to try to soften what would otherwise be a very useful look, and for such a chunky handset, you can call the S96 GT “stylish”.
Well, if chunky smartphones are your style, that is.
As a smartphone, the S96 GT is fast, lag-free and pleasant to use. The fast octa-core processor helps things move forward nicely, and I didn’t experience any lag or hiccups even once when it came to performance.
Cameras are fine. Not great, but not bad either. The output is fine for liking to Facebook and Instagram, or for sharing with friends and family. There’s a whole bunch of camera features at play, from Portrait, AI Camera and Night Mode to Pro, Panorama and Time Lapse Modes.
A word of warning though. Do not rely on any example photos the manufacturer uses on their website because a quick search reveals these are repurchased stock images.
I really wish smartphone makers would stop doing this.
Just like the S96 Pro, it has a 20-megapixel night vision camera, which uses four built-in infrared floodlights to capture black and white night time images. While it’s easy to “ooh” and “ahhhh” on this one, I’d prefer a thermal camera, which would be more useful and less gimmicky.
Still, if you want to see what’s happening around you – up to about 20 meters – in the dark of night, this smartphone will give you that superpower.
Battery life is also good, with the 6350mAh unit lasting well for a day’s use, though I did feel that the battery life was not as good as what I had with the S96 Pro.
Taking the S96 GT outdoors? no problem.
The IP68 rating means it withstands wet and dusty environments, even being able to tolerate water immersion at a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, and according to Doogee, 1 meter Submerged in concrete at a depth of a day (not sure how you retrieve it after that).
You can also take photos and videos underwater.
It can also handle extreme temperatures between 70 °C (158 °F) and -55 °C (-67 °F).
OK, not so good now.
First, the display. In 2022 a 720p display doesn’t cut it anymore. Yes, that’s fine on a budget phone, but on a phone priced at $350, it’s a big drop.
Second, the microphone is weak, which makes phone calls frustrating. Add some wind or traffic noise, and it’s almost unusable without having to resort to earbuds.
That said, how often does someone call these days?
But one thing you do regularly on a smartphone is to look at the display, and that 720p display really feels out of date now.
If you are looking for a strong, stylish Android 12 smartphone with a good battery and camera, then Doogee S96 GT Not a bad buy at all. Yes, there are a few limitations, and I would have preferred a thermal camera for the night vision feature, but it’s still a solid, reliable, well-made smartphone capable of surviving anything, great outdoors. can throw it.
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