Doogee S98 - Info & Review | Smart Rear Display | Helio G96 | 8GB+256GB | 20MP Night Vision | 64MP Triple Rear Camera

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Doogee S98

as per Doogee Official page's post that the phone will be available for purchase at the end of March.
Let's check the main features of the Device:
Dual screen ( most trending feature )
MediaTek’s Helio G96 ( 2.05GHz )
8GB RAM and 256GB ( Extendable micro SD card )
6.3-inch LCD FHD+ with Corning Gorilla Glass
Rear Cameras 64MP+20MP+8MP Front Camera 16MP
6000mAh battery supports 33W Fast charger + 15W wireless charger
Android 12 out of the box
IP68 | IP69K rated and MIL-STD-810G certified
NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, side-mounted fingerprint sensor

I will be updating the thread with official developments.

Source: Doogee Official social media pages

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Kashjan

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Doogee S98

I am writing the review just after receiving the Doogee S98 Classic Black 8GB RAM / 256GB ROM version.


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It’s available in three colors: Red, Orange, and Black. Let’s start, what I got in the box?
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Unboxing

The Doogee S98 comes with a lot of accessories. The box is containing the phone, User Manual, Warranty Certificate, USB Type-C to Type-C Cable, 11V/3A Rapid Charger, Anti-explosion film(pre-applied),screen protector and Card Slot Opener .
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Design


Starting from the design, good use of rubber and aluminum to protect the phone from shock and drop. The device feels really solid, probably one of the advanced-rugged phones in the price category, and overall the build quality is decent. Being a rugged phone, it isn't possible to expect the most compact device. Due to the huge battery and body cover with multiple layers of rubber, I feel it cumbersome and bulky (Height: 172 mm, Width: 82 mm, Thickness: 15.5 mm and Weight (including battery): 320 g) although heavy it seems to be balanced in handling.
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On the front side, Doogee adopts 6.3-inch FHD+ 1080 x 2340p resolution, the glass uses Corning Gorilla Glass Protection. The upper side of the device there are a Front-Facing Camera, Voice Receiver, Indicator Light, Ambient Light and Proximity Sensor hole.
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As regards the lower front side, there isn't anything at all. At the bottom, there are Speaker, Type C Port, and Microphone.



The upper back side of the device features a big Circle Shape Rear Display. On the right side of the rear display 64MP Main Camera and 2 infrared night vision lights. On the Left side of the rear display 20MP Night vision Camera and 8MP Wide angle camera are located. Under the rear display there is a big LED flash light. On the lower back side of the phone, there isn't anything at all except a Doogee Logo.
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On the right side of the phone, there are a Volume up and down buttons, Power button and Fingerprint sensor.
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On the left side of the phone, there is SIM/TF Cards Tray and Custom Key function Button.
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Custom Key

it is very useful for the quick launch of anything from the phone with a single click, double clicks, and long press. For example open camera, access to gallery, voice recorder, open any application etc

You can set three quick things from the phone.

One-click to open

double click to open

Long Press to open
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No Audio Port on the Phone Interesting.

*FM: Insert the headphone adapter and the headphone supports external amplifier

Main Display

The Doogee S98 adopts 6.3-inch FHD+ 1080 x 2340p resolution, As regards the screen, it is just perfect. It’s Bright enough for a decent outdoor usage. I found it pretty good, with excellent color accuracy and an overall nice viewing experience.

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Rear Display

There is a Unique Circle shape rear display, it is quick access to checking the time, picking and canceling incoming calls, playing and pausing music, and other notifications displayed on the display. There are pre installed themes for the watch, incoming call, and music.

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Biometrics and passwords

The Doogee S98 features three types of biometrics. Screen lock , fingerprints, and face unlock.
I tried both fingerprints and face unlock and found it very accurate and fast, and face unlock worked even in dark as well.

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Kashjan

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Camera:


An outdoor phone needs to be a great camera. Thanks, Doogee for not adding the fake cameras Setup. It’s equipped with AI Triple Camera (64MP+20MP +8MP), the manufacturer of the main camera not mentioned. The Doogee Added Sony IMX350 20MP night vision camera and Samsung S5k4h7 8MP wide Angle camera. Autofocus works quickly, on-screen shutter button and custom physical button both work very quick. The pictures are usually sharp, the colors look natural and the contrasts are also great. Even in Low light and night vision camera deliver awesome result. It has a Samsung S5K3P9S5p 16MP Front camera for a selfie.
Very good in daylight / good light, but in low light, you need some light for great result.

From Main Camera you can capture up to 2K video and 1080P from Front camera.
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Hardware

It’s powered by Helio G96 octa-core processor; it can run at the rate of 2.1GHz. With the support of the 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM, External Storage:T-Flash Card up to 512GB

and a ARM Mali-G57

GPU, the processor can perform every task smoothly. That’s mean you can watch 4K videos and play heavy games without any problem.

Geekbench Benchmark 1864 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench Benchmark 533 (Single Core)

test antutu benchmark ~335699

Doogee S98 is performing better than 78% Smartphone



Battery

As we know that, outdoor phone need to have a big battery with quick charger and it is a vital part of the rugged phone. Doogee S98 has 6000mAH battery with11V/3A charger. It supports 15W wireless Charging and 33W Type C Fast Charge. The Phone can standby for 430 hours or play games for 10 hours.
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Software

Doogee chooses to use a pure Android OS for this device. It runs on Android 12.0 with Updated security patches and no bloat ware pre-installed. The OS feels smooth.

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Outdoor Tools
there are too many outdoor tools like a Compass, Gradienter, Flashlight, Hanging Paint, Height meter, magnifier, alarm bell, Plumb bob, Protractor, noise test, and pedometer.
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Audio


Doogee added one stereo speaker system which provides pretty high and decent sound quality. It has No distortion at maximum volume as well. Overall there is no major problem in the audio section.

IP68 / IP69K / MIL-STD-810G certifications: it has a such certification that means it can survive in water, dust, and unexpected drop.
OTG: its supporting OTG function and it can charge your Android and IOS devices
Sensors: if we talking about the sensors than Doogee S98 comes with all important sensors like an Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Geomagnetic Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor.
NFC: Thankful to Doogee for adding NFC on the device.
GPS: Excellent GPS result, too many satellites with strong signals I got outdoor and indoor as well.

Coming SOON

Detail Cameras result, Battery life, and Video review​
 
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Personally, I'm really looking forward to guides on rooting and twrp.
Is there any chance at all?
 

Minotaur

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Quick&dirty guide to rooting the Doogee S98 with Magisk.
This will break OTA updates.

You'll need the following software installed on your PC:

ADB/Fastboot Drivers

You'll also need to have downloaded the latest Magisk apk (currently 25.1) onto your PC, or know how to get it installed on the phone later on.

Download the relevant ROM update for your phone via Doogee Mall
https://doogeemall.com/community/xenforum/search?q=S98

Unzip the ROM somewhere and locate boot.img from the zip file. We'll be patching this later.

Enable Developer Options mode on the phone. Settings|About Phone. Tap Build number at the bottom 5 times to enable Developer mode.

Settings|System|Developer Options

Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging. Accept any warnings that come up.

Connect phone to PC via USB cable. Accept the prompt on the phone to allow debugging from the computer

Open command prompt on PC and navigate to where you have the adb.exe and fastboot.exe files located from the ADB Drivers package

At command prompt enter:

adb devices

You should see your phone listed there. If it says "Unauthorized," then you didn't accept the prompt to allow debugging from the computer. If there's nothing listed, then you didn't enable USB debugging.

The following steps will reset your phone back to factory settings. If there's anything you need to back up, do so before proceeding.

At CP:

adb reboot bootloader

Once phone boots to the bootloader (there will be a couple of lines of text at the bottom of the screen) enter at CP:

fastboot flashing unlock

Follow the relevant prompts on the phone to unlock the bootloader. Those with poor vision may want to use a magnifier as the writing is pretty small on the screen. The phone is factory reset with this process.

Command prompt:

fastboot reboot

As phone reboots, you'll see a message about device being unlocked and cannot be trusted on the initial Android boot screen.

Do your initial setup.

Get Magisk installed on the phone. Do this by USB file transfer from the apk you downloaded earlier, or by downloading direct on to the phone.

Copy the boot.img from the ROM zip file onto the device in a location you'll remember (Internal Storage/Download is probably the easiest)

Launch Magisk on the phone and select "Install"
Select "Select and patch a file" and then select the boot.img you copied to the device.

Magisk will create a new file called magidsk_patched_xxxx_xxx.img in the Download folder.
Transfer this img onto your PC. Probably easiest to put it in the same folder that adb.exe and fastboot.exe are located.

Enable Developer options/ADB again as they'll have been removed with the factory reset. Confirm with "adb devices"

At CP:

adb reboot bootloader

At CP:

fastboot flash boot magisk_patched_xxxx_xxx.img (use the file name of the patched image. pressing TAB to auto-complete is probablhy easiest here)

At CP:

fastboot reboot


Phone should be rooted at this point. Confirm by starting Magisk and checking what version is installed.
 
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Quick&dirty guide to rooting the Doogee S98 with Magisk.
This will break OTA updates.

You'll need the following software installed on your PC:

ADB/Fastboot Drivers

You'll also need to have downloaded the latest Magisk apk (currently 25.1) onto your PC, or know how to get it installed on the phone later on.

Download the relevant ROM update for your phone via Doogee Mall
https://doogeemall.com/community/xenforum/search?q=S98

Unzip the ROM somewhere and locate boot.img from the zip file. We'll be patching this later.

Enable Developer Options mode on the phone. Settings|About Phone. Tap Build number at the bottom 5 times to enable Developer mode.

Settings|System|Developer Options

Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging. Accept any warnings that come up.

Connect phone to PC via USB cable. Accept the prompt on the phone to allow debugging from the computer

Open command prompt on PC and navigate to where you have the adb.exe and fastboot.exe files located from the ADB Drivers package

At command prompt enter:

adb devices

You should see your phone listed there. If it says "Unauthorized," then you didn't accept the prompt to allow debugging from the computer. If there's nothing listed, then you didn't enable USB debugging.

The following steps will reset your phone back to factory settings. If there's anything you need to back up, do so before proceeding.

At CP:

adb reboot bootloader

Once phone boots to the bootloader (there will be a couple of lines of text at the bottom of the screen) enter at CP:

fastboot flashing unlock

Follow the relevant prompts on the phone to unlock the bootloader. Those with poor vision may want to use a magnifier as the writing is pretty small on the screen. The phone is factory reset with this process.

Command prompt:

fastboot reboot

As phone reboots, you'll see a message about device being unlocked and cannot be trusted on the initial Android boot screen.

Do your initial setup.

Get Magisk installed on the phone. Do this by USB file transfer from the apk you downloaded earlier, or by downloading direct on to the phone.

Copy the boot.img from the ROM zip file onto the device in a location you'll remember (Internal Storage/Download is probably the easiest)

Launch Magisk on the phone and select "Install"
Select "Select and patch a file" and then select the boot.img you copied to the device.

Magisk will create a new file called magidsk_patched_xxxx_xxx.img in the Download folder.
Transfer this img onto your PC. Probably easiest to put it in the same folder that adb.exe and fastboot.exe are located.

Enable Developer options/ADB again as they'll have been removed with the factory reset. Confirm with "adb devices"

At CP:

adb reboot bootloader

At CP:

fastboot flash boot magisk_patched_xxxx_xxx.img (use the file name of the patched image. pressing TAB to auto-complete is probablhy easiest here)

At CP:

fastboot reboot


Phone should be rooted at this point. Confirm by starting Magisk and checking what version is installed.
Thanks for updating
 

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    Doogee S98

    as per Doogee Official page's post that the phone will be available for purchase at the end of March.
    Let's check the main features of the Device:
    Dual screen ( most trending feature )
    MediaTek’s Helio G96 ( 2.05GHz )
    8GB RAM and 256GB ( Extendable micro SD card )
    6.3-inch LCD FHD+ with Corning Gorilla Glass
    Rear Cameras 64MP+20MP+8MP Front Camera 16MP
    6000mAh battery supports 33W Fast charger + 15W wireless charger
    Android 12 out of the box
    IP68 | IP69K rated and MIL-STD-810G certified
    NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, side-mounted fingerprint sensor

    I will be updating the thread with official developments.

    Source: Doogee Official social media pages

    Doogee_2Low.jpg


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    Have one - Nice unit
    1
    Have one - Nice unit
    Quick question for you mate. Can the flap covering the type-C port be removed? I use magnetic charging cables and would be leaving a tip permanently plugged in to the port.
    1
    Ya you could rip it off , but why? you'd bypass the water proofing better to purchase a wireless charger
    1
    Camera:


    An outdoor phone needs to be a great camera. Thanks, Doogee for not adding the fake cameras Setup. It’s equipped with AI Triple Camera (64MP+20MP +8MP), the manufacturer of the main camera not mentioned. The Doogee Added Sony IMX350 20MP night vision camera and Samsung S5k4h7 8MP wide Angle camera. Autofocus works quickly, on-screen shutter button and custom physical button both work very quick. The pictures are usually sharp, the colors look natural and the contrasts are also great. Even in Low light and night vision camera deliver awesome result. It has a Samsung S5K3P9S5p 16MP Front camera for a selfie.
    Very good in daylight / good light, but in low light, you need some light for great result.

    From Main Camera you can capture up to 2K video and 1080P from Front camera.
    a22.jpg

    a23.jpg

    a24.jpg

    a25.jpg

    a26.jpg

    a21.jpg

    a20.gif

    a19.jpg


    Hardware

    It’s powered by Helio G96 octa-core processor; it can run at the rate of 2.1GHz. With the support of the 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM, External Storage:T-Flash Card up to 512GB

    and a ARM Mali-G57

    GPU, the processor can perform every task smoothly. That’s mean you can watch 4K videos and play heavy games without any problem.

    Geekbench Benchmark 1864 (Multi-Core)

    Geekbench Benchmark 533 (Single Core)

    test antutu benchmark ~335699

    Doogee S98 is performing better than 78% Smartphone



    Battery

    As we know that, outdoor phone need to have a big battery with quick charger and it is a vital part of the rugged phone. Doogee S98 has 6000mAH battery with11V/3A charger. It supports 15W wireless Charging and 33W Type C Fast Charge. The Phone can standby for 430 hours or play games for 10 hours.
    a27.jpg


    a28.jpg


    Software

    Doogee chooses to use a pure Android OS for this device. It runs on Android 12.0 with Updated security patches and no bloat ware pre-installed. The OS feels smooth.

    a29.png

    a30.png

    Outdoor Tools
    there are too many outdoor tools like a Compass, Gradienter, Flashlight, Hanging Paint, Height meter, magnifier, alarm bell, Plumb bob, Protractor, noise test, and pedometer.
    a31.png


    Audio


    Doogee added one stereo speaker system which provides pretty high and decent sound quality. It has No distortion at maximum volume as well. Overall there is no major problem in the audio section.

    IP68 / IP69K / MIL-STD-810G certifications: it has a such certification that means it can survive in water, dust, and unexpected drop.
    OTG: its supporting OTG function and it can charge your Android and IOS devices
    Sensors: if we talking about the sensors than Doogee S98 comes with all important sensors like an Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Geomagnetic Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor.
    NFC: Thankful to Doogee for adding NFC on the device.
    GPS: Excellent GPS result, too many satellites with strong signals I got outdoor and indoor as well.

    Coming SOON

    Detail Cameras result, Battery life, and Video review​