Last year, Chinese phone company Doogee released the “Mix”. No, it’s not a popular new cuisine, it’s actually a new smartphone. The neat thing about this particular smartphone is that it takes a stab at being bezel-less. Shortly after, they released the Mix 2. Which, feels a lot more premium than the original. Doogee was able to actually improve on many of the flaws from the first smartphone. What does this mean? It expands the market in terms of having alternative smartphones to Samsung and Apple.
What Does it Look Like?
Over the last year or so, every phone manufacturer has jumped on this bandwagon in an attempt to create a bezel-less smartphone. Doogee is no exception. The original Mix was almost borderless. They were able to achieve this by making some pretty big leaps – like placing the front-facing camera at the bottom of the screen. This isn’t ideal, because you have to rotate your phone every time you take a selfie. But with the update, they placed the front-facing camera back where it belongs – at the top left side of the device. Although the Mix 2 is less visually intriguing than its predecessor, it doesn’t force you to change how
you use a phone in order to accommodate its quirks. Doogee isn’t a premium brand, and yet the Mix 2 looks kind of premium. It also has a weird name, which sounds a bit off-putting. That said, it’s built in a really solid way. Both the front and back of the device are covered in glass, giving it a similar vibe to a more upscale smartphone.
The Mix 2 sits in the low to medium price bracket, but they don’t seem to skimp on the features themselves. The 6-inch, 18:9 screen boasts a 2160 x 1080 resolution. It’s bright, and the colors aren’t dull or washed-out. It ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. Which seems a little dated at this point, but there isn’t a lot of additional (and unnecessary) software on the device.
One of the most endearing features of the Doogee Mix 2 is that it comes backed with a ginormous battery. Under its glass and aluminum shell is a 4060mAh cell. For context, the Samsung S9 comes with just 3000mAh of juice, and the iPhone 8 mere 1821mAh.
Quad cameras are definitely all the rage right now, and Doogee doesn’t miss a beat. Both the rear facing and front facing cameras are both dual cameras. The app for the camera, however, isn’t as good as the camera itself. Having a user-friendly feature is very important, especially for something like a camera. While almost everything else is really good about the smartphone, this particular area is of concern from a usability perspective.
As far as performance goes – the Doogee Mix is incredibly solid. The battery is amazing also – you can get almost two days worth of usage out of a single charge. That’s unheard of in today’s smartphone world. If you’re looking for a premium-feeling phone, but don’t want to spend more than $300, the Mix 2 is for you. Similarly, if you’re looking for something that can survive a couple of commutes, this is certainly a phone to consider. If you’re into brands or require an ecosystem, then this probably isn’t the phone for you. But for the rest of you – check it out and see if it meets your needs.