Doogee X60L Review
Doogee has brought a new entry-level smartphone in the Philippines in the form of the X60L. It sports a 5.5-inch HD 18:9 aspect ratio, a MediaTek quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 3,300mAh battery, and an affordable price tag. If you’re interested in getting this device, here’s our full review.
Before all that though, you may watch our unboxing and hands-on video of the X60L to give you a rough idea of what to expect if you buy this device.
Let’s begin for reals this time.
Design and Construction
The Doogee X60L has adopted an arc transition design which consists of a 2.5D glass on the front and curved sides at the back. The body is made up of polycarbonate with a metallic paint job but it isn’t a smudge magnet. It’s light in the hands but feels solid and easy to grip.
On the front is the 5.5-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. You will also find here the earpiece, the 8MP front shooter, and the light sensor.
Found on the right are the volume rocker and power/lock key while the left side is devoid of any buttons.
Up top are the 3.5mm audio port and microUSB port.
Down below are the loudspeaker and microphone.
The back houses the dual camera setup which consists of a 13MP main + 8MP secondary plus the LED flash. You will also find here the fingerprint scanner as well as the Doogee logo at the bottom.
The device has a removable back panel, so if you have short nails, removing it can be quite a struggle.
Inside you will find the dual-micro SIM slots, dedicated microSD card slot (which is very nice), and the non-removable 3,300 mAh battery.
Display and Multimedia
The X60L sports a 5.5-inch 18:9 display with a 1280 x 640 resolution which equates to 260ppi. It uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED panel which is actually pretty impressive and unlikely for an entry-level smartphone to have. Well, just like what you would expect on a Super AMOLED screen, the device offers a vibrant display with a good amount of contrast. Outdoor usability is decent, as well.
Audio quality is no stunner, but it would suffice for casual listening. Its highs and lows can get pretty muffled and distortion is present at maximum volume. We recommend that you hook up a good speaker or earphones to enjoy listening to music or watching videos.
Despite being an entry-level device, the X60L comes with a dual-camera setup. It has a 13MP main camera and an 8MP secondary with LED flash. The front shooter, on the other hand, is at 8MP. There are several modes for you to choose from such as Panorama, HDR, Beauty, Bokeh (artificial blur), Mono, and Night. There are also six color effects that you can use to spice up your photos.
The front camera is limited to HDR, Beauty, Mono, and Night mode.
We were actually pleased with the resulting images of its rear shooters. For an entry-level device, it can take some pretty good sharp photos with accurate colors, although its shutter-release button is quite sluggish and it doesn’t bring up the shadows in some photos that much. Auto-focus is quick and its bokeh feature, well, could use some work. Low-light photos tend to come out noisy and grainy, which is understandable, and using the Night Mode didn’t make that much of a difference when used in the dark.
Selfies, on the other hand, are decent at its best– daylight-wise. They don’t look overly sharp, so some details are still preserved. We appreciate the fact that using the Beauty mode only smoothens our skin and didn’t entirely turn us into creepy dolls.
Video-wise, it doesn’t have much to offer. It can only shoot up to Standard Definition (SD), which is only at 640 x 480 resolution in .3gp format. Below is a sample clip.
OS, UI Apps, and Storage
Running the X60L’s software is Android 7.0 Nougat. The user interface is almost stock and uses an app drawer with custom icons and wallpapers. Also, the UI will pretty much remind you of the Nova Launcher. Pre-installed apps are kept to a minimum, which, as per usual, are from Google.
It uses on-screen navigation keys, and there’s also Gesture Controls that you can find under the settings menu. This will allow you to do, you guessed it, several gestures on the screen to launch certain apps or activate a feature, like Two-Finger Gesture, Gesture Motion (waving at the top of the screen), and Smart Motion (unlocking the phone by waving at the top of the screen, put phone close to ear to answer, and many other more). There’s also a Power Saving Mode app that lets you choose from three modes to save battery life.
The device comes with 16GB of internal storage and 5.18GB of it were consumed by the system. If you do the math, there’s still a not-so-plentiful 10.82GB for you to use. There’s a dedicated microSD slot, so you needn’t worry.
Performance and Benchmarks
Powering the X60L is a MediaTek MTK6737 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, paired with a Mali-T720 GPU and a 2GB RAM. Doing basic tasks like messaging and navigating the UI is okay, but the device tends to slow down if there are two to three or more apps that are running on the background. Still, it’s a decent performer and its fingerprint scanner is responsive.
Playing graphically intensive games like Asphalt 8, Tekken Mobile, and Into the Dead 2 suffered a lot from constant freeze and lags. Casual games like Candy Crush or Wordscape ran just as fine. The device didn’t heat up quickly which is nice.
Meanwhile, here are benchmarks scores we got:
- AnTuTu – 34,617 (v7)
- GeekBench 4 – 541 (Single-Core), 1,560 (Multi-Core)
- AndroBench – 189.83 MB/s (Read), 69.4 (Write)
- PCMark – 3,457 (Work)
- 3DMark – 2,472 (Ice Storm Extreme), 3,801 (Ice Storm Unlimited)
Call Quality, Connectivity, and Battery Life
The X60L comes with your basic connectivity functions such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, and GPS. However, it lacks a handful of sensors including Gyroscope.
We encountered no problem when connecting to the Wi-Fi or mobile data as it connects pretty quickly. Call quality is good too, just make sure you’re getting enough signal. GPS locks in fast and accurate when using Google Maps and Waze.
Giving life to the device is a 3,300mAh non-removable battery. It was able to last an entire day of moderate usage without the help of a power bank, although you might need to reach for one if you’re an excessive data user. The device yielded 8 hours and 1 minute in our PCMark Battery test while it had 9 hours and 40 minutes in our standard video loop test. Charging it is a crawl as it took us around 3 hours to have it fully replenished.
Doogee has done a pretty good job by releasing an entry-level smartphone that is packed with some really good stuff in it. The X60L isn’t a stunner, but for its affordable price, you’re getting a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 2GB RAM, dual 13MP + 8MP shooters, and 3,300mAh. If you’re looking for a daily driver that won’t make your wallet weep, then this device is a good start.
The Doogee X60L is priced at Php5,399 at Lazada. See listing here.
Doogee X60L specs:
5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED panel @ 1280 x 640 resolution, 260ppi
1.3GHZ MediaTek MTK6737 quad-core processor
16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD card
13MP + 8MP dual rear camera
8MP front camera
Dual SIM (micro)
Dedicated microSD slot
Android 7.0 Nougat
What we liked:
- Light and comfortable to hold
- Super AMOLED display
- Decent rear and front cameras
- Average battery life
- Clean UI
What we didn’t:
- Back panel is hard to remove