Doogee Y300 Review – Budget Smartphone with Great Performance

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Doogee Y300 Review – Budget Smartphone with Great Performance

Doogee Y300 is the successor of Doogee Y200 which was launched in Malaysia at a Doogee Media launch event back in March, 2016.

Being the latest representative of the Doogee Youth series, the Y300 excelled in style on both its design and overall looks. Its exterior design adopts a resemblance of Nokia’s Lumia 925 and Sony’s Xperia Z lineups.

Design

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On both of its front and back panel, Doogee Y300 applied 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass to cover on top of the device body with aluminum frame placed in between them. Its body dimension is 138 X 70.6 X 6.7 mm and weighing in at 145 grams. This slim device is presented with a 80 percent screen-to-body ratio is among the highest in this price segment.

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On the Top of this phone, there is just a 3.5mm Headphone jack.
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On the Bottom, there is a speaker, microphone and a micro-USB Port.
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Moving to the right side, there is a sim-tray which allow user to use dual-sim at a time or a single sim along with microSD Card.
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Lastly, on the left, there is a volume button and a power button.

Display

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Doogee Y300 has a 5-Inch capacitive IPS screen with the resolution of 1280×720. HD resolution is a perfect fit for this screen, considering it is a mid-range product. Though the display is not full HD but it will not disappoint you, in fact its amazing HD resolution consumes less battery. This slim device is presented with a 80% screen/body ratio which provide a stunning look for this phone. In addition, it offers excellent viewing angles with good contrast and vivid colors as well.

Camera

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Beside the design is looks like Sony Xperia Series, The camera modules of Doogee Y300 are also provided by Sony. This camera is located on the top left of the back of the device and has the resolution of 8 Megapixels, and it has interpolated up to 13-Megapixel by using software algorithm design by Doogee. As DOOGEE exclaims Y300 comes with 6 creative shutter ways which include Smile shutter, V Shutter, Touch shutter, Timing Shutter, Left Button shutter and Continuous shutter. The photos taken are in high standard as it comes with great colour and accurate in white-balance. However, when it comes in low-light or night time, the performance dropped dramatically. There is no serious problem like heavy-noise, but the quality of pictures are poor.
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As you can see, the detail of the flower and the leafs are brilliant. The colour saturation is nice, and it focus on where it should.
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However, there is chance of facing over-exposure problem during the process. Check on the photo taken on the left hand side, in this photo, I was focusing on the cactus and the photo become slightly overexposed. Now, moving to the right hand side, I was focusing on the floor, the photo become dim and the picture quality is disappointing.
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As mentioned above, the photo will easily being overexposed when the object taken is facing strong light.

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Be Noted that, both photos are taken at the same time with focusing on different object. On the Top, I was focus on the building, and the camera was focused on the sunlight for the photo below.

Performance and Battery Life

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Out of the box, Doogee Y300 runs the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Doogee customized UI that runs smoothly without any notable stutter. Which means that it might be supported for longer it has some of the latest features that Marshmallow offer. Even though it is priced as a budget phone, its features are way up there with its top-end competitors.

Under the hood, The Doogee Y300 powered by a Mediatek MT6735 quad-core processor, 2 GB of ram and 32 GB of ROM which are expandable. As compare to other budget smartphones, which are usually only provide 8GB or 16GB of ROM, Doogee Y300 has a huge advantage over its competitors.

Besides that, with Doogee Customized UI, it feels much brighter making your days colourful each time you unlock the device. If you compare Y300 with other smartphones under the same price segment, there are limited vendors offering marshmallow at the market. With Mediatek MT6735 and 2GB RAM, it is sufficient for daily tasks and minor gaming.

By running a few tests, I find no lagging and significant frame-drop during gaming and all the apps are open instantly the second i press the screen. I have to say, the response speed of Doogee Y300 is surprisingly fast.

Moreover, Doogee Y300 has included a lot of gesture control and features that make the using experience even more comfortable and delightful, such as double tap to wake, slide down to camera, three point screenshot and etc.
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The benchmark score are considered very good in this price segment with the score of 22031 in Antutu and 411 score for single-core score and 1158 for multi-core score in Geekbench 3.

The battery life of this device is impressing as well. Although it just offer 2,200mAh of battery capacity, it still capable of providing longer usage time than we expected. But unfortunately, the charging process took me around 2 hours to finish. Considering the price of Doogee Y300, this is totally acceptable.

Conclusion

Doogee Y300 is a great budget Android phone. If you’re in the market for a value for money phone, has compact immersive display and packs lot of power, it is worth to purchase. Doogee Y300 also comes with a dual SIM cards that support networks up to 4G LTE that is compatible with FDD LTE bands 800/1800/2100/2600. Connectivity wise, it offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS support.

Doogee Y300 is now available in Malaysia with the retail price of RM599, and it features in three colours: Black, White and Gold.