Review: Doogee S95 Pro

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Our smartphones are now ruggedized to the point of being golden. There has been increased interest in the space due to fierce competition between the smaller players, as well as the realization that bog-standard smartphones are often too fragile. That said, meet the S95 Pro, the latest rugged smartphone by doogee, a manufacturer who has made a name for itself in the rugged device world.


We have spent hundreds of man hours on research and development in order to refine the design language of Doogee over the past three years. Past reviews of the T5, S50, S60, S70, S80 and S90 can be found to learn what has changed in the past few years. When not equipped with any accessories, it weighs 284g. Adding the battery pack bumps it up 167 x 77 x 16mm is a size that is significant but not To put it another way, it feels solid and heavy due to a metal frame covered with a rugged rubber sheet that Doogee calls industry-leading. We know of two SIM trays, the first of which is in a smartphone, and the second can either take a microSD card or a second SIM card. I find that having two of those makes the process of changing cards or SIMs a bit less cumbersome. On the left edge is a dedicated SOS button, on the right is a power button, on the left is a fingerprint sensor, and on the right is a volume rocker. Three camera sensors are located on the back and an LED flash is located beside them. Unlike most smartphones, this one has a type-C connector at the bottom covered in rubber, which is a sign that it is IP68/IP69K-certified and MIL-STD810G-certified.


With a Mediatek Helio P90 processor, the S95 Pro competes squarely in the midrange battle with Qualcomm’s Samsung UFS 2.0 storage and 8GB of RAM. The RAM is more likely to be LPDDR4X and the RAM is likely to be 8GB. The eMMC found in laptops is not as fast as SSDs, but it’s still faster than most other SSDs. The new flagship product by Doogee provides wireless charging up to 10W (like its predecessor). The camera on this one, however, significantly improves its photo credentials because it offers no fewer than four cameras including the popular Sony IMX586, a 48-megapixel model which is complemented by two others 8-megapixel models. The front of the phone also has a 16-megapixel camera with a front facing flash. In addition to NFC, a 5150mAh battery, a 6.3-inch screen with a 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the phone offers the following features Sadly, this coating does not have an oleophilic coating. There is a 3500mAh battery pack that magnetically attaches to the phone, and it has a cable Two 27mm speakers are mounted on the speaker module, which has a stand. This phone has a separate battery that can last for 10 hours and, unlike the battery pack, will prevent the camera from being damaged. It is important to note that these accessories do not offer waterproofing or shock resistance There is a risk of damage from a drop.

In Use and Performance

With Android 9.0 Pie, the S95 Pros become the latest smartphone. As of the date of writing, there were no updates According to the most recent update, the September 2019 security patch was implemented on October 22, 2019. Aside from SOS alert calls, DuraSpeed (which greatly limits the load on the background apps) and the ubiquitous toolbag, which can be found in the vast majority of Mediatek-based rugged phones. A sound meter and a barometer stand out as two of its best aspects. Based on overall performance, we believe the S95 Pro is by far the most power efficient Mediatek-based rugged smartphone we’ve ever tested, although it still lags behind the AGM X3 which is based on the Snapdragon 845. Despite the lack of mainstream graphics performance (thanks to PowerVR GPU), it still delivers excellent numbers. It was the same story for the storage subsystem, which behaved much better than eMMC. Performance has been speeded up and is more consistent with the adoption of the UFS protocol, as evidenced by benchmark numbers.

The Competition

In the time of writing, it is probably the Blackview BV9800 Pro that is the most rugged smartphone to beat. In order to bring its project to life, Blackview used a surprisingly unconventional route Indiegogo. The 9800 Pro, which will sell for about $500, has less memory (6GB) and a weaker CPU (Helio P70), but a large battery and a special thermal imaging camera backed by more than 2,700 investors. On the other hand, there’s the Ulefone Armor 7 which shares many of the same specs as the S95 Pro (same price, same processor, same memory, same camera, same storage) but has a bigger battery, UV sensor, and heart rate monitoring. It, however, does not accept additional accessories, unlike the S95 Pro.

Final Verdict

With the introduction of the S95 Pro, the exact top position in the rugged smartphone market has been shaken up. With its fast performance, ample storage and memory, a host of useful (optional) accessories, and solid photographic credentials, it is an absolutely great alternative. For those looking for an all-around device that can perform wherever they are, no matter what the weather or location, the S95 Pro provides a great all-rounder at an affordable price with only a few minor drawbacks. Watch out for Blackview and Ulefone, which are scheduled for launch soon. Doogee has hit a sweet spot, but watch for new models from Blackview and Ulefone too. Make sure to keep an eye out for AGM Mobile, the dark horse that announces its flagship device each year.