Design/ building quality - 7
Display - 7
Performance - 6
Connectivity - 6.5
Camera - 6
Battery - 7
The Doogee X30 was is a budgetphone from the Chinese manufacturer Doogee which is known for its budget friendly line up of smartphones. The Doogee X30 is a device that had some various rumours about it. Some rumours of big china tech blogs were talking about a flagship device with the Helio X30 and 8GB of RAM inside, while we were talking about a 2GB/3GB RAM handset with an unknown chipset in May earlier this year. Eventually the Doogee X30 came out (again) as a budget device with Mediatek’s MTK6580 chipset along with 2GB of RAM which has a pricetag of around $65/ €55. So what can we expect from the X30, let’s find out.
The Doogee X30 comes is packed in a very nice designed black/brown box with the silver modelname printed on top of it and a render of the phone. On the inside there is next to the phone, a silicon bumper, a charger, an USB cable, an English user manual, a screenprotector and a cleaning wipe. All wrapped and protected well.
Design & Build quality
The front design of the Doogee X30 looks like a giant version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with a very nice crafted curved design, while it’s plastic back cover has a very good looking metallic design along with the dual camera, LED flash, logo and speaker on the back which looks very premium. Unfortunately it doesn’t feel premium due to the plastic cover. The body itself is made of metal though, which still gives the phone a solid feel. Talking about the backcover, the cover is removable which gives you access to the battery, 2 SIM slots and a TF card slot.
The Doogee X30 has a 5.5 inch, weighs 193 grams and is 15.45 x 7.69 x 0.98 cm in size. For some reason the phone doesn’t feel nice in the hand, it’s a heavy phone and it’s size doesn’t help also. Going further to the front we see a dual camera setup, an earspeaker and sensors on top, while below the display the (non-illuminated) menu buttons are placed. We are certainly missing a fingerprint sensor on the Doogee X30 which is standard nowadays and a notification LED.
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 X30 has a 5.5 inch 2.5D IPS display with a resolution 1280×720 pixels, unfortunately no Gorilla Glass. The color reproduction of the display are good for a budget device, although like we have seen earlier with the X9 the operation in sunlight outdoors isn’t always easy.
On the inside of the Doogee X30 we find the MediaTek MT6580 SoC with a quad-core CPU which is clocked at 1.3GHz. Concerning internal memory and storage, the Doogee X30 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (which can be extended with a TF card to 64GB). Also the Mali 400 GPU is not the fastest so don’t expect a heavy gamer device. Overall the device performs above average during daily lightweight use, with no major issues to report. The combination of a big screen and doing your daily tasks like messaging, email and calling makes it a very nice budget solution. Although don’t expect a lightning fast device, the Doogee X30 can sometimes be slow in use and with to much apps running on the background we even had a hang up and a sudden reboot. The performance can be read also from the Antutu score, the Doogee X30 scores a low 24181.
So what about the battery of the Doogee X30? The device has a removable 3360mAh which surprisely kept us online the whole day with normal light use with some photo shooting and navigation for short distances. So nothing to complain about this.
The Doogee X30 has a wide range of connectivity options, unfortunately no support for 4G/LTE. The supported bands are:
2G: GSM 1800MHz,GSM 1900MHz,GSM 850MHz,GSM 900MHz
3G: WCDMA B1 2100MHz,WCDMA B2 1900MHz,WCDMA B5 850MHz
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 and in Germany on Telekom.de and O2). 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 X30 has also GPS and A-GPS onboard. The GPS was a bit jumping around Google Maps when locating for the first time, the location on the map remain stable including while driving. Furthermore the device supports 802.11b/g/n wireless internet and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Doogee X30 is placed in the market as a budget camera centric phone with a dual camera setup on the back and a dual camera setup on the front. The dual camera setup on the back consist of two 8 megapixel camera’s of an unknown brand, while the frontcamera consists of two 5 megapixel camera’s of an unknown brand. In daylight the rearcamera performs descent for a budget camera. The photos have a enough detail, although when zooming in, the photos become too blurry in our opinion. Also the color reproduction could be better, like on the X9 Mini the colors are to red/ dark than it should be. During operation 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.
On the front there is also (again) an (unknown brand) 5 megapixel camera. The photos are okay in bright light and for videocalling, but we noticed that the photos are not sharp (focus problem?) and has bad results in low light conditions with a lot of noise. So if you are selfie-fan or if you videocall in low light conditions it can be a disappointment for you.
The Doogee X30 comes out of the box with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed with it’s own launcher. The launcher works fluid and has some nice features to customize it to your needs including complete themes. Overall the Android 7.0 Nougat ROM runs stable and did already got it’s first wireless update which included the Android security patch of July. Good work, Doogee. Hope they can manage to keep the software up to date.
At the end we still ask ourselves where did the reports came from about an Helio X30 and 8GB RAM setup and what does Doogee want to accomplish with again, eventually a budget phone? We will never know, but still hoping for a similar fast device from the manufacturer with a competitive price. So back to the X30, again Doogee has made a nice budget smartphone for a affordable, almost unbeatable, price. For just $65 you get a 5.5 display device, including 2x dual camerasetup and a device that can help you out as a lightweight user. The smartphone is perfect for calling, messaging etc, but fails while performing processor intensive tasks. It’s a good smartphone for people who use a smartphone in its basics and don’t want to pay a lot for it. The design of the Doogee X30 is pretty good and the building quality is nothing to complain about, despite the plastic backcover we liked the metal body and curved design but we miss some keyfeatures like a fingerprintsensor, illuminated keys and a LED notification. The phone is running okay despite it’s hardware but can be slown down after some times of use. Concerning the dual camera setup we expected more of it, it can not measure with the dual camera setups of midrange and highend devices and looks more like a nice feature to advertise than it offers the dual camera experience. Concerning the photos itself the normal light photos are descent, while the low-light photos are bit dissapointing.
Last but not least, we like to thank Doogee for sending out a review sample of the Doogee X30.