DOOGEE launches the S96 Pro as the world’s first rugged Android 10 phone with IR night-vision

The new DOOGEE S96 Pro. (Source: DOOGEE)
The new DOOGEE S96 Pro. (Source: DOOGEE)
DOOGEE's latest in its line of durable smartphones is the S96 Pro. This device counts a 20MP Sony "night vision" sensor among its 4 rear cameras. It also has a colossal battery of over 6000mAh in capacity, an ingress-protection rating of up to IP69K and the MediaTek Helio G90 SoC.

The Android OEM DOOGEE has carved itself a niche as of late with ultra-durable phones that also come with unique, ideally useful, features. The latest example of this category is the S96 Pro, which shares the ability to deliver night vision with many modern home security cameras. It also has a chassis that combines TPU, aluminum alloy and polycarbonate into a housing rated to withstand extreme conditions.

DOOGEE asserts that these include temperatures from -55°C to -70°C, 1.8-meter drops onto concrete and shocks from all angles. The phone also supports quad GPS/Galileo/GLONASS/Beidou positioning for precise activity-tracking or location-reporting.

However, potential buyers might be most interested in its new ability. It is found in the S96 Pro's quad rear camera (housed in an appealing metallic ring), and consists of a sensor (the Sony IMX 350) that supports extreme low-light imaging in conjunction with 4 in-built infra-red (IR) lights.

It is joined by a 48MP primary "AI" camera from Samsung, an 8MP wide-angle shooter and (of course) the practically default 2MP macro sensor to round them out. There is also a 16MP camera found in a water-drop notch in the front panel.

This display is a 6.22” HD+ LCD with Gorilla Glass protection and a 19:9 aspect ratio. That may be underwhelming for some; however, when paired with the S96 Pro's 6350mAh battery, it will certainly last the course.

DOOGEE claims the phone can last for up to 48 hours between charges (which it does at up to 24 watts (W) or 10W wirelessly; unfortunately, no reverse wireless charging or power bank function is mentioned in relation to this new phone).

The device's Helio G90 processor has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to help it run a version of Android 10 in the S96 Pro. All in all, it may make a handy companion for users interested in outdoor pursuits or occupations with a new bonus function to boot.

This new DOOGEE phone is currently sold via AliExpress for US$299.99/£237, with availability on Amazon to follow in December 2020.

The S96 Pro has 3 color options: Fire Orange... (Source: DOOGEE)
The S96 Pro has 3 color options: Fire Orange... (Source: DOOGEE)
...Army Green... (Source: DOOGEE)
...Army Green... (Source: DOOGEE)
and Mineral Black. (Source: DOOGEE)
and Mineral Black. (Source: DOOGEE)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10-27 (Update: 2020-11-30)
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