A tour of the rugged Doogee S96 GT Android smartphone

A tour of the rugged Doogee S96 GT Android smartphone

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As someone who takes my phone with me on random adventures, I am a huge fan of powerful smartphones. The name synonymous with powerful smartphones is Doogee.

Well, Doogee is back again with another Android smartphone, which is S96 GT, renovated S96 Pro.

Is this good? Let’s take a look, we Arabs.

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Technical Specifications Doogee S96 GT

  • Show6.22 inch Corning Gorilla Glass IPS Waterdrop screen
  • the decision: 1520 x 720 pixels
  • CPU: MTK Helio G95 Octa-core ; 2 x Cortex A76 2.1 GHz + 6 x Cortex A55 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G76 up to 900MHz
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4
  • storage: 256 GB
  • rear camera array: AI Quad Camera (48MP + 20MP + 8MP + 2MP)
  • front camera: 32 mega pixels
  • The operating system: Android 12
  • battery: 6350 mA
  • Shipping: 24W (15W wireless charging)
  • SIM tray: Dual SIM + microSD
  • Satellite Navigation: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, Beidou
  • Protection rating: IP68 / IP69K / MIL-STD-810H
  • Biometrics: fingerprint reader
  • Weight: 310 grams
  • Dimensions: 167 x 81.4 x 15.5 mm
Close-up of Doogee S96 GT on a wooden pole

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Externally, the S96 GT looks like many of the other powerful smartphones I’ve looked at over the past couple of years. It’s a massive, rubber- and metal-clad display and sealed ports.

Colored metal and plastic are used in an attempt to smooth out what could be a very utilitarian look, and for such a bulky phone you might go as far as calling the S96 GT “elegant”.

Well, if chunky smartphones are your style, then this is it.

The S96 GT smartphone is fast, lag-free and fun to use. The fast octa-core processor helps keep things running well, and I never once felt any lags or hiccups when it came to performance.

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The cameras are fine. Not great, but not bad either. The output is good for the likes of Facebook and Instagram, or for sharing with friends and family. There’s a whole host of camera features to play with, from Portrait, AI camera, and Night Mode to Pro, Panorama, and Time Lapse modes.

One word of warning though. Do not trust any of the sample images that the manufacturer uses on their website because a quick search shows that they are stock images modified for other purposes.

I really wish smartphone makers would stop doing that.

Back Camera for Doogee S96 GT

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Like the S96 Pro, there is a 20MP night vision camera, which uses four built-in infrared flashlights to capture black and white night photos. Although it’s easy to use “Ooooh” and “Ahhhhh” on this, I would prefer the thermal camera, which would be more useful and less noticeable.

However, if you want to see what’s happening around you – about 20 meters away – in the dead of night, this smartphone will give you that superpowers.

Battery life is good too, with the 6350mAh unit keeping this going for more than a day of use, although I did feel the battery life wasn’t as good as I had with the S96 Pro.

Would you take the S96 GT outdoors? No problems.

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The IP68 rating means it shrugs off wet and dusty environments, and is even able to withstand being submerged in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes and, according to Doogee, a day submerged in concrete at a depth of one meter (not sure how you do that). then restore it).

You can even take photos and videos while you are underwater.

It can also handle extreme temperatures between 70°C (158°F) and -55°C (-67°F).

Close-up of rubber flaps on a Doogee S96 on a wooden pole

Rubber panels prevent dirt and water from entering the smartphone.

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Well, now it’s not good.

First, the presentation. A 720p screen in 2022 doesn’t cut it anymore. Yes, it’s OK on a budget phone, but on a $350 phone, that’s a huge disappointment.

Second, the microphone is weak, which makes phone calls frustrating. Add in some wind or traffic noise, and it’s virtually unusable without resorting to earphones.

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However, how often does anyone make calls these days?

But one thing you do regularly on a smartphone is look at the screen, and the 720p screen looks really old now.

If you are looking for a rugged and stylish smartphone with Android 12 and a decent battery and camera, then Doogee S96 GT Not a bad buy at all. Yes, there are some limitations, and I would have preferred the thermal camera over the night vision feature, but it’s still a rugged, reliable, well-made smartphone that can survive just about anything the outdoors can throw at it.

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