The Doogee X9 Mini is a budgetphone from the Chinese manufacturer Doogee which is known for its budget friendly line up of smartphones. The Doogee X9 Mini is can be bought at various China based stores like Gearbest ($69.99) and Everbuying.net ($75,08) or directly from Amazon.de (€ 64,99) in Europe. As you can see, the pricetag of this is smartphone is really cheap which we can also see in the specifications of this device. But hey, if you aren’t a heavy user or just searching for a backup device maybe the Doogee X9 Mini is something for you to consider. So let’s find out.
The Doogee X9 Mini is packed in a black/ brown box with the silver modelname printed on top of it. On the inside there is next to the phone a charger, an USB cable, an English user manual, a screenprotector, a cleaning wipe and a silicon case.
Design & Build quality
The design of the Doogee X9 Mini standsup between the masses with its dual curved design where the corning back of the device gives a nice feel in the hand while making phonecalls. Also the front placed fingerprintsensor which is placed on the home button is sure a big plus for budget device as the Doogee X9 Mini. The phone itself weighs 164 grams and has a dimension of 145 x 72 x 8.9 mm. Despite the combination of plastic and metal, the device feels very well build.
On the front you will find a 2.5D 5 inch display, a camera with LED flash, earphone and sensors. Below the screen there are capacitive buttons which are not illuminated, which we found very unhandy while using the phone in the dark. Also there is no notification LED on the front.
On the back of the Doogee X9 Mini we only find the main camera with LED flash. Worth to mention is that the (plastic) backcover is removable to access the battery, SIM slots and TF card slot. On the right side you will find the volume rockers and the power button, while the left side is plain. On top there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, while on the bottom the microUSB port is placed for charging and data transfer.
The Doogee X9 Mini has a 5 inch 2.5D IPS display with a resolution 1280×720 pixels. The first thing we noticed about the display X9 mini is its color reproduction for a budget device. It has good colours when operating the device indoors, operation in the bright sunlight wasn’t always easy. Even with the screen brightness on maximum. Unfortunately the smartphone does not have Gorilla Glass protection to protect your display, so the use of a screen protector is advised.
On the inside of the Doogee X9 Mini we find the MediaTek MT6580 SoC with a quad-core CPU which is clocked at 1.3GHz. It’s not the fastest chipset around, but what can we expect from a $70 dollar device? The lack of strong hardware can also be found concerning internal memory and storage, the X9 Mini has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (which can be extended with a TF card to 64GB though). Also the Mali 400 GPU is not the fastest, but the device does certainly does the job for people just want a smartphone for calling, messaging and social media activities. If you are searching for a heavy gaming device or want to use CPU high demanding apps, please look further. Overall the device performs above avarage during daily lightweight use, with no major issues to report. When opening some bigger apps, we noticed some lags. With this in mind we also see this back in the Doogee X9 Mini Antutu score of just 24520 points.
A nice feature of this budgetdevice is the integrated fingerprintsensor which is called DTouch by Doogee. This sensor is placed in the home button which gives the user the option to unlock his or her device easy and single handed. The unlock duration is ok and accurate most of the time. The sensor also got other functionalities which are shown below.
The Doogee X9 Mini has a removale 2000mAh battery which should be enough for the enough according to the manufacturer. Unfortunately we experienced it differently, the duration is not bad but it would be better the give the device at least 2500mAh with daily use.
The Doogee X9 Mini has a wide range of connectivity options, unfortunately no support for 4G/LTE. The supported bands are:
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (B5/B8/B3/B2)
While testing the 3G connection (dual SIM test), the connection remain stable and provides enough speed (tested in The Netherlands with KPN and T-Mobile). The calling quality is good, no hickups, errors etc. Just a clear crisp sound. The earspeaker has also a crisp and clear sound and has a good volume.
The Doogee X9 Mini has also GPS/ A-GPS onboard. The GPS had some trouble finding a fix for the first time, it tooks almost 40 seconds for the first fix. After that the GPS was pretty accurate with sometimes a difference of max 10 meters. While driving the GPS stayed stable without any losts. The device supports also Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n wireless internet which remain stable while testing.
The Doogee X9 Mini has a (unknown brand) 5 megapixel camera on the back which is interpolated to 8 megapixel. While shooting outside and from a short distance, the Doogee X9 Mini shoots some nice photos for its price range. Other photos taken in daylight have enough detail, but the colors are to red/ dark than it should be. Also the camera itself is very slow. In low-light conditions the camera performs below average, it has some focus problems, loses some details and the pictures have a lot of noise. Again, don’t expect an high end sensor in a budget phone.
On the front there is also (again) an (unknown brand) 5 megapixel camera which is also interpolated to 8 megapixels. The photos are okay, the colors seems to be more realistic than the back shooter. It’s good for videocalling, but if you are selfie-fan or if videocall in low light conditions it can be a disappointment for you. Just like the rear camera, the front camera has a lot of noise in low-light. The integrated LED flash on the front can help a bit, but doesn’t improve the results much. We also noticed a flare/ lens mirroring while shooting in low light.
The Doogee X9 Mini comes out of the box with Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed. Doogee has also pre-installed some useful apps to it like DG Security to secure your device and DG Extender for easy transfer of your data. Unfortunately the apps can not be deleted. Furthermore the ROM is just clean. The ROM comes with some handy smart features like double tap to wake-up, silence calls while turning the phone face-down, air gestures etc.
Overall the 6.0 Marshmallow ROM runs stable, although it seems like it is missing security updates since December 2016 which can cause some security issues on the phone nowadays. The December security update came with this last OTA update we received at this phone. Since then there were no new updates available.
Doogee has made a nice budget smartphone for people who use a smartphone in its basics. The smartphone is perfect for calling, messaging etc, but fails while performing processor intensive tasks. The display fits the budget phone and performs as expected. The Doogee X9 Mini is designed very well and is convenient to use because of the weight and curved design. Also the building quality is just good. The phone is running okay in the beginning until there a more apps installed and the device is running (to much heavy) tasks. The camera shoots descent pictures for a budget device, unless you shoot your pictures in low-light. The frontcam is a bit of disappointment though. This smartphone is certainly not made to take your holiday pictures, but for sending one by whatsapp or for a random shot it’s okay.
The building quality of the Doogee X9 Mini and it’s design makes it a good buy for everyone who likes a 5 inch budget phone with a decent display and a fingerprintsensor but doesn’t demand much from a smartphone or just like we said in the introduction of this review wants to use it at a spare smartphone.
Last but not least, we like to thank Doogee for sending out a review sample of the Doogee X9 Mini.