Although the big brands tend to get the most attention, we must not forget that many other companies, such as Doogee in this case, contribute a lot to the smartphone market, with proposals that sometimes stand out for their prices, others for features, and, although it is less common, sometimes also for its innovation, although it is true that, in the vast majority of cases, the choice of them by consumers is almost entirely due to the first of these factors.
Doogee’s case is interesting because, in addition to a fairly moderate price policy, its specialization is especially resistant devices is added, which also tend to stand out for the enormous capacity of their batteries, as we mentioned some time ago when talking about the Doogee S86, a device that can rub shoulders with the most basic mid-range, and that unquestionably guarantees autonomy with its 8,500 milliamps.
What can we expect from this company in the near future?
Well, GSMArena puts us on the track of the future Doogee S98 series, which has more than enough reasons to catch our attention, starting with its SoC, and that is that they could be the first smartphones to integrate a new six-nanometer chip that MediaTek is working on, which is currently known as ” Next-G ” and would replace the Helio G96.
According to the exclusive, the series will include three models: Doogee S98, S98 Pro, and S98 Ultra, albeit at the present only the specifications and photographs of the first have leaked, which could possibly hit the market in March, before its two elder brothers, who will do so in April or May. This, however, contradicts the speculations regarding the MediaTek Next-G, which, in theory, would not be released until the third quarter of this year. As a result, in both situations, the dates of these hypotheses must be approached with caution, or, as the Anglo-Saxons say, with a grain of salt.
The Doogee S98’s first feature is a 6.3-inch LCD screen with FullHD + resolution and a density of 409 points per inch. And the design of the phone, as well as the fact that its screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, indicate that the S series continues its style of resistant gadget, which is one of Doogee’s product lines.
However, this is not the only screen found on the Doogee S98. A second screen will be positioned in the upper middle area of its back, with a circular form factor similar to the one found in the Huawei P50 Pocket, but presumably larger and encircled by the pieces that make up the main camera. This screen will be able to display information and notifications, as well as serve as a viewfinder when we wish to use the main camera instead of the front one.
Along with the aforementioned SoC, the Doogee S98 includes 8 gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of UFS 2.2 storage. It has a reasonable capacity, but we can expand it with a MicroSD card of up to 512 gigabytes. The set is powered by a 6,000 milliamp battery (a decrease from previous models), and it supports 35-watt wired and 15-watt wireless fast charging.
The Doogee S98 would not have 5G connectivity. It strikes me as odd that a smartphone that normally competes valiantly for a mid-range position does not upgrade to the next generation of cellular connectivity, instead of remaining in 4G-LTE. Yes, it will offer dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC. We’ll have to wait for the Pro and Ultra variants to see if they make the switch, albeit the 97S Ultra remained in 4G.
Concerning its cameras, the Doogee S98 undoubtedly stands out for the main one, which will consist of three sensors: the main one of 64 megapixels, an ultra-wide-angle of 8 megapixels, and a night vision camera of 20 megapixels supported by two infrared night vision lights located below the main camera. In terms of its older siblings, the S98 Pro is rumored to include a Starlight night vision camera, while the S98 Ultra will include a thermal imaging camera. The front-facing camera will have a 16-megapixel sensor.
In terms of durability, the Doogee S98 is projected to boast IP68/69K and MIL-STD-810G certifications, indicating a really robust smartphone. This, combined with the thermal camera that the Doogee S98 Ultra may include, indicates that one of its primary markets is that of professional activities in hostile environments, where having resistant tools capable of providing information about the environment (as an image in very dark environments or a heat map) can make a significant difference.