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Rugged Android phones are an interesting type of smartphone – you get a solid, rugged design combined with software optimized for fast computing, communication and many other applications. One such device is the Doogee S89 Pro, a solid device with a few surprises. It’s with us today and we’ll take a look at what it has to offer.

Unboxing and design

The S89 Pro comes in a large box for its size, and in addition to the phone, you get generous accessories like a charging brick, USB-C cable, and even a screen saver software suite. Your instructions etc. There is also some paperwork.

Compared to the average smartphone, the S89 Pro is a huge device – easily dwarfing other tall phones from the likes of Google. Pixel 6 and its design does not shy away from a fairly thick build, which is understandable given the large battery capacity and additional charging on the side. This results in some rough handling, but I wasn’t afraid to drop the phone considering its protective build on the one hand. The phone also features a removable back plate for added protection, doubling the already established durability of the device.

The S89 Pro is built to be tough, as evidenced by its MIL-STD-810 certified durability. The exterior design of the phone is made of hard polycarbonate materials, with aluminum fittings on the sides – even the buttons are made of metal, which is mostly seen in premium phones. You get three buttons on the S89 Pro, including a volume rocker, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a programmable key on the left. The charging port, 3.5 mm jack, as well as the SIM card slot are protected by waterproof covers. Overall, it’s a solid build and should withstand drops and bumps on a daily basis.

The front has a 6.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 and a water drop for the front camera. You get Face Lock via the selfie camera, which is relatively fast and accurate. The same can be said about the fingerprint scanner’s biometric capabilities.

Interior, Camera and LED system

Inside the phone is a MediaTek Helio P90 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage with a micro-SD card slot. The phone currently runs on Android 12 with a very minimal skin that isn’t too intrusive unlike what you get on heavier custom UIs like MIUI and One UI.

While the P90 isn’t the fastest chip out there, it should be enough to get users the functions they need most from the S89, which we imagine leans toward simple communication features like phone and video calling, messaging, and casual social media. use. However, it’s not ideal for performance-intensive tasks like gaming, and users should stick to “lighter” and “casual” games that are within the processor’s limits.

On the back panel is the phone’s LED lighting system which cleverly houses the LED notification system, something we’ve seen on similar rugged phones in the market. The lights are programmable and you can set them to activate alongside notifications, calls and even multimedia playback.

The phone has a triple camera setup consisting of a 64 MP primary camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide lens, a 20 MP SONY night vision camera with 4 infrared night vision lights, an 8 MP macro camera and a 16 MP front camera. face the camera. The camera quality is surprisingly good, with vibrant colors in the main shooter as well as the selfie camera, which you can check out in the photos below. The same can be said about the Night Vision camera, which takes surprisingly clear shots. As long as the subject is close enough to the camera lens, you can tap to focus.

The real star of the show here is the battery – the phone has a massive 12,000mAh battery, and given the relatively ‘budget’ processor, users shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping the battery going for a while. For example, if you can go to the S89 pro camp for a few days, it is very ideal. Thankfully, it comes with 65W fast charging, which means you won’t have to wait too long for the battery to charge. Wireless charging is a bit slow with a 15W rating.

But for relatively average users, or people who plan to use the S89 Pro strictly as a communication device for outdoor work and travel, the battery performance and longevity will make it a great performer.

Final Thoughts

On the outside, the Doogee S89 Pro lives up to its looks, offering a rugged and protective design with tough materials, while packing a few tricks up its sleeves, such as a large battery, a decent display, and surprisingly good camera performance. It’s priced to compete with the budget to mid-range at around $359, and you don’t get many other solid Android devices on the market at this price.

The Doogee S89 Pro is an ideal choice for people who are after a utility device that they can take with them on foreign trips and excursions, or just want a solid Android phone that will last for a few years.

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