MWC – Doogee S90 shown off

Just before I left MWC I was able to see one last phone and this was one that I was particularly interested in. It is from a company called Doogee, which is a Chinese brand that has been specialising in making ruggedised phones. They have been doing this for a while and the S90 is their latest iteration of this line.

These phones are built to mean business, they are designed for those who don’t want to have to baby their phones, however, they still want a phone that will do all the things that they are used to doing. If you are the type of person who works in the outdoors or on a building site or you are incredibly clumsy then this is the line of phones for you. For me what makes the S90 particularly special is the sheers ruggedness of it. That, however, is not all as this phone is far from being a one trick pony. With the ability to add on modules this phone becomes something very different.


Before we get into the modules and the specs of the phone I just wanted to say that this phone has been available for sale on Kickstarter for a while but that has now ended. It did, however, smash it Kickstarter funding as you can see below

DOOGEE’s S90 modular rugged smartphone smashes its Kickstarter target and is now available on Amazon and AliExpress

With over 900 backers, the DOOGEE S90 campaign has been a huge success

The DOOGEE S90, the first ever rugged modular smartphone which allows users to mix, match and swap parts, has concluded its Kickstarter campaign with a total of $354,412 raised across two months. 935 backers have researched into DOOGEE’s latest product and, so convinced by its offering, have spent their hard-earned cash to receive their own S90 at an exclusive price (£234.00).

Now that the campaign has come to an end, it doesn’t mean that the S90 is no longer available to purchase with the phone now available on Ali Express and Amazon (Links below release) as well as the DOOGEE website. People looking for the toughest phone on the market can buy on these three sites at an RRP of £389.99 for the phone alone and $509.99 to include all modules.

The S90 surpasses other phones on the market with its innovative modular design. Using magnetic force and 24 metal points to exchange data located on the rear of the phone, users can instantly turn the S90 into a powerful night vision camera. It also doubles as a professional rugged walkie-talkie with 400-480MHz wide range and long distance efficiency and a portable game console. In addition, the 5000mAh power bank module delivers an impressive 26 hours of usage

I was, unfortunately, unable to get hold of the phone via Kickstarter but I have been in discussion with Doogee and their partners in the UK and they have managed to secure my a review unit, which is great news. This is one of the reasons why I was so keen to check the phone out while I was in Barcelona. it was also one of the first opportunities for the journalist’s from all around the world to see the device in the flesh.

So as to the specs of the phone.

S90 specifications
ColourMineral Black, Fire Orange
Dimension168.50*80.7*14.10mm
Weight300g
Basic parameters
Certification StandardsIP68 / IP69K / MIL-STD-810G
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1
ProcessorMT6771(P60)4*Cortex-A73 2.0GHz + 4*Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
Technology12nm
GPUARM Mali G72 MP3 800MHz
Battery5050mAh
Built-in Polymer Battery5V/2A
Memory
RAM6GB
ROM128GB
External StorageMicro SD Card (T-Flash Card) up to 256GB
Camera
Rear Cameras16.0MP+8.0MP, SAMSUNG AI Dual Cameras, f/2.0, PDAF, 4 LED Flash
Front Camera8.0MP SONY IMX134, f/2.0, 90° Wide-angle
Display
Size6.18″ U-notch In-Cell
Resolution1080*2246 FHD+
Pixel Density403ppi
Panel TechnologyMulti-touch/Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
TypeIPS
Network
SIM CardDual SIM Cards Standby Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM/ Nano-SIM+ TF Card
FrequencyGSM:2/3/5/8, WCDMA:1/2/4/5/8, TDS:34/39, TDD:34/38/39/40/41 ,FDD:1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/28A/B, CDMA:BC0/BC1
Wi-FiBluetooth
OTA
BluetoothSupport
OTASupport
Media
Video Playback FormatSupport AVI, MP4, WMV, RMVB, MKV, MOV, ASF, RM, FLV and Other Video Formats. (Note: 1080@30fps is supported,
but users should download the third-party video player.)
Video Produce FormatSupport up to 1080@30fps Video Shooting
Audio Playback FormatMP3/ M4A/ AAC/ AMR/ FLAC/ APE/ MAV
GPS and Sensors
FingerprintRear Fingerprint, 0.1s Unlocking, 360° Identification
NFCSupport
GPSSupport
G-sensorSupport
Proximity SensorSupport
Ambient Light SensorSupport
CompassSupport
GeomagnetismSupport
GyroscopeSupport
BarometerSupport
PTTSupport
SOSSupport
OTGSupport
Wireless ChargingSupport
Hard CoulometerSupport
Others
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Italian, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Malay, Thai, Greek, Ukrainian, Croatian, Czech,Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese.(It has updated 48 languages)

Some pretty beefy specs I am sure you will agree.

As I mentioned above the phone was out on display during MWC and I was able to get a bit of hand’s on time with it were I was able to get these pictures

So what are the modules all about. 

We have sen modularity on phone before and it has been mainly utilised as a way of adding fun to phones at least this is the route that Motorola has gone down. Doogee have decided that they want to use Modularity to add functions to the phones. With this in mind they have developed 5 additional modules that will clip onto the back of the phone in the same way and style as on the the lastest Motorola devices.

The modules are

Gamepad , Wireless Charger, Powerbank, Intercom and Night vision. In addition to this, I was also shown a 5G module that may or may not be available at the time of writing this article. The two modules that interested me the most were the Gamepad and the Powerbank one. The one that I would most likely use all the time would be the Wireless Charger module as it would mean I wouldn’t need to open the somewhat fiddly wireless charging flap on the underside of the phone.

 

That about sums up my brief time with the Doogee S90. I hope to have my review unit shortly and then I can actually put it too the test and see if this modular approach will suit my style of working with a phone.

Until then if you are looking to buy one of these then check them out on Amazon or the Doogee website bear in mind that if you buy from the former you will not get all the modules you will onlyget the Powerbank.

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