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Doogee Mix 2 Unboxing and First Impressions

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As a follow-up to the first Mix last year, Doogee unleashed the Doogee unleashed the Mix 2.
Doogee Mix 2 Unboxing and First Impressions
Meet the Doogee Mix 2

Like the first Mix, the Doogee Mix 2 is packed with impressive specs for the low asking price. But now, Doogee improved its design, battery, cameras, and features.

In particular, it now goes with the trendy 18:9 screen aspect ratio with minimal side, top, and bottom bezels. Doogee also increased its resolution from HD to FHD+.

It still has the same processor, GPU, and RAM size versus the first Mix. But, it now has a bigger 4,060mAh battery, USB Type-C port, quad cameras, and interesting set of features which includes the 3D facial recognition technology.

Now, let's find out of this machine is worth all the hype!

Doogee Mix 2 Specs

Display: 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS In-Cell 2160 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 403 ppi
CPU: 2.5GHz 64-bit Helio P25 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-T880 MP2
RAM: 6GB
ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card up to 256GB
Back Camera: 16MP + 13MP f/1.8 w/ PDAF and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.8 + 8MP f/2.2 w/ 130 degrees wide angle lens
Battery: 4,060mAh
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE-A, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, USB Type-C, Colors: ceramic black, ocean blue, champagne gold
Dimensions: 159.1 x 74.7 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 210 g
Price: PHP 12,995

Disclaimer: Lucky HR seeded us with the Doogee Mix 2 for our honest take.

Unboxing / Accessories

The box
The box

As expected, Doogee's packaging is IMPRESSIVE. It arrived in a premium looking black box that's loaded with accessories inside.
The accessories
The accessories

First, you'll find the Mix 2 itself then the rest of the inclusions. It goes with a 2A USB wall charger (not standard for PH use though), USB to USB Type-C data and charging cable, USB Type-C to 3.5 mm female dongle, USB Type-C to micro USB adapter, SIM ejector tool, pre-installed screen protector (in front and at the back), extra screen protector, plastic black case, cleaning cloth, and the paper documents.

Loaded with freebies right?

Build Quality / Design

Sandwiched metal and glass!
Sandwiched metal and glass!

The Doogee Mix 2 feels and looks great for the price! First its one of the few with legit solid metal frame with nice chamfered edges and corners. At the back, it has a glossy curved glass-like material which makes it quite premium. In front, the display is covered with a layer of 2.5D curved glass.

Sturdy yet sexy build!

It has no mention of glass protection though. Fortunately, it is quite durable in real life. I accidentally dropped the phone (knee high) face down screen first. But, the screen didn't have a crack. It only has a small scratch and micro dent on the metal part below the screen.
Top view showing the hybrid slot
Top view showing the hybrid slot
Speaker grill and USB Type-C port at the bottom
Speaker grill and USB Type-C port at the bottom
Nothing at left
Nothing at left
Textured power button and volume rocker at the right side
Textured power button and volume rocker at the right side

In terms of design, its a hybrid of the LG V10 with a modern Samsung Galaxy touch. The phone is actually a looker. The glossy paint finish and materials Doogee used is shiny and sexy at the same time.

Surprisingly, the handset is far from thick even if it has a large 4,060mAh battery capacity. The bezels are slim as well. However, it has a black screen border. Fortunately, it is far from thick. The cameras behind is slightly protruded.

Ergonomically, the phone feels just right to hold. But, make sure that your grip is right. It is quite slippery. One handed operation is possible if your hand is big though. 

The volume rocker and power button are easy to reach at the right side. The fingerprint scanner at the back is well placed too. The Type-C port is properly located at the bottom part of the phone. It has no 3.5 mm headphone jack slot though.

Initial findings

AnTuTu score of the Mix 2
AnTuTu score of the Mix 2

1. Design and build is stunning for the price. It would have been better if Doogee disclosed the glass protection though. The 5.99-inch FHD+ panel is IPS. It is a nice type of IPS screen with good viewing angles. It even has 10 points of touch.
2. Specs are great! It loads with the proven Helio P25 octa-core processor with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. So far, it was able to run most of the apps and games with ease. Even heavy games like NBA 2K18 is playable in high settings with occassional frame drops. The best part? Aside from its whopping 6GB RAM, this device has 4,060mAh big battery with reverse charging! Speed and actual performance is nice so far.
3. OS is clean. It loads with Android Nougat out of the box. It comes with an app drawer and it is close to stock looking. It has no bloats as well. It even has a system manager where you can optimize your phone and use the power saver feature.
4. At the back, we suspect that it isn't using a real dual camera setup. We can't find the real function of the 13MP secondary camera behind. Only the 16MP camera works so far. But fortunately, the 16MP f/1.8 camera it has is a better than the previous Doogee Mix. Lowlight perforperfor is still its weakness though. In front, the dual selfie camera is enjoyable to use! The wide-angle mode is really wide. Resolution is at 8MP in front.
5. Sadly, has no headphone jack anymore. Gladly, Doogee included a dongle in the package. It has LED notification, OTG, light sensor, and gyro sensor. The fingerprint scanner works 4 out 5 times. The face unlock is fast, but it isn't consistent in lowlight. Acceptable.


As of the moment

This is Doogee's sexiest smarrphone yet! It simply looks so much better and sturdier than the first Doogee Mix. The specs inside is also considered as great for the price. The battery life is great as well.

The dual selfie cameras are quite fun to use. However, main camera could have been better in lowlight.

So far, the phone is decent to good. Full review soon!
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