How Cheap Can You Get a 6.52-inch Smartphone? DOOGEE’s X95 is only $60by Dr. Ian Cutress on April 23, 2020 8:45 AM EST
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Even in 2020, I would have never have guessed you could build a 6-inch or above large display smartphone for anything less than $100. We have seen a number of devices around the low 5-inch mark, such as the Alcatel models, that skirt around $100-$120, but to both offer a bigger screen at half that price? DOOGEE has gone a bit crazy. The new X95 is listed as only $60, but affords a 6.52-inch full teardrop display with an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio and 600 nits brightness.
Now, for $60, the rest of the device has to be bargain basement, surely? The display actually only has a resolution of 1200x540, which means 202 pixels-per-inch. There’s the quad-core Mediatek A53 MT6737 SoC inside, running at 1.3 GHz, and only 2 GB of DRAM. There will be two models, of 16 GB or 32 GB storage, but the X95 does support a microSD card up to 128 GB. The battery is a sizeable 4350 mAh with 10W fast charging over microUSB, and it offers Android 10 along with 4G connectivity on bands 1/3/7/8/10.
For cameras, there are three on the back: a 13MP main camera, a 2MP portrait camera, and a 2x optical zoom camera. Together these offer a bokeh effect for portraits. The front facing camera is a 5MP unit, which also enables face unlocking which DOOGEE states can be achieved in ~0.2 seconds. We’re not going to be winning any awards for camera quality here (it is unlikely DOOGEE has any AI accelerated camera features), but for $60 there is actually more than I expected.
The case uses a ‘glass-like’ plastic material, and the X95 will come in a range of bright colors including black, green, and blue.
Doogee officially lists the price at launch as $60/£50 for the 2+32 GB model, however the links provided to its own store show that this price for the 2+16 GB model, reduced from $100, and for AliExpress it is $70 for 2+16, while at Gearbest it is $100 for the same 2+16 model. I’ve reached out to the PR team to qualify where the 2+32 models are, and how much they will cost. Orders from the Doogee store also have a limited time $5 coupon and ‘free’ N95 mask. I guess that’s one way to entice orders, given the current global situation.
Despite all the low-end components here, a $60 device might be perfect for an older family member who just needs something in case of emergencies.
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Valantar - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - link"the X95 will come in a range of bright colors including black" - that made me snigger.
On a more serious note, I'm very impressed by this price even if the phone is likely to be nigh on unusable with those specs - 2GB of RAM for Android in 2020 simply isn't enough - you'll likely see active apps close randomly as the system struggles to keep some memory available. I wonder what the BoM cost of one of these is, and if they're initially selling them at a loss or if they are actually managing to make these for less than $60.
StormyParis - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - link16GB storage is an even bigger issue. My sister tried to make do with one... you can't.
kludj - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - linkI don't think it's terribly difficult if you just use your phone for basic stuff and either don't browse web with a caching web browser or take care to clear its cache out every once in a while.
I've been using a 4GB storage phone with 1GB RAM for over five years, now; this will* probably be my upgrade so I can access broker app again (they cut off kitkat support about a year ago). I mostly use phone as a phone and alarm clock, occasionally for GPS. Anything else is more of a last resort if the power's out and I truly need information.
*I take that back: $30 shipping charge to US.
PeachNCream - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - linkI do just fine with a LG Rebel 4 purchased for $10 as a refurb from Tracfone. It's got 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (5 inch screen with a higher resolution than this thing as well as a removable battery) and its fine. Used ADB to disable a bunch of "value added" Google spyware sh!t that Alphabet uses to creep on the handset (which is something I would have done on any other handset) but it works great as a near laptop replacement as long as I keep my music, movies, docs and whatnot on SD. A handful of apps for productivity and some games are installed and there is still 5+GB of free internal storage.
Manage expectations and use some prudence about how you use your phone and you can easily get by without spending more than a $10 bill on your handset and under $20 a month for no contract service. People are sometimes pretty foolish about wasting cash on cell service and toss a couple thousand out the door a year. Fine whatever, but I can slide the difference into an investment account and that interest bearing snowball gets pretty huge over the years while I can still make calls, text people, and poke around a bit on the Internet while on the go.
Holliday75 - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - linkThe sad part is a lot of the people I know who make the least amount of money are the ones with high end phones, unlimited plans and then complain about being broke. Says a lot about them.
yetanotherhuman - Friday, April 24, 2020 - linkYou're not wrong.
watersb - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - linkI've met lots of people who are afraid of banks, pay insane interest on tiny credit card or payday loans, use check-cashing places instead of bank.
They might have good reasons (for some value of 'good') for wishing to avoid entanglements.
Not breaking laws, necessarily, but feeling that authority only threatens them.
Yet another dimension that violence steals potential from real people.
But yes insane rates they pay for phones. They think my $5 per month service must be a scam...
Valantar - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - linkIMO for a daily use device like a phone, if you're spending significant effort managing your use of it then the device is really insufficient for your needs. It might of course simply be that my needs are more demanding than yours, but your approach seems to simply exchange a relatively minor monetary expenditure for a seemingly significant time and effort expenditure (not least the time and effort to get into disabling background processes). That is obviously your choice to make, and I am by no means a proponent of buying flagship phones, but for any kind of moderate use IMO 4GB is the minimum for Android today - on my Moto One Zoom I've had both background music players and even the keyboard close unprompted seemingly due to memory running out. Now, I do keep a handful of browser tabs open (articles I've yet to read etc.) and don't do anything to manage the phone myself, and also have some background processes (password manager, cloud storage/photo upload), but I'm also not a very heavy user - I regularly use maybe 6-7 apps with the browser being by far the most used. IMO that is a minimum expectation of what a smartphone should be able to handle, as it otherwise fails to actually fulfill the "smart" part of its name.
PeachNCream - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - linkMessing with ADB to disable apps took less than two hours and is a once and done thing. There is pretty much no additional thought about management required at that point. I use my phone for almost everything these days. It's used for movies, as a music playback device, as a gaming platform, for document editing, obviously fetching e-mail, making calls, and occasional navigation. Heavy use is an understatement and, once again, the setup effort is minimal (unnecessary if you don't mind leaving GApps running) so anyone buying a phone could get the same experience without even the couple hours I spent disabling creepware that Google likes to give us all for free.
Retycint - Friday, April 24, 2020 - linkI wager the randomly closing app is due to software bugginess (i.e. instability etc) or a overzealous power-saving algorithm from Motorola rather than a lack of RAM. Remember that phones back in 2014-15 came with 2GB RAM as standard, and they are still perfectly usable now. After all Android is supposed to intelligently manage RAM usage for the end user, and that includes not closing "essential" apps that need to be running in the background such as music, keyboard, phone app etc