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Doogee BL5000 Smartphone Review

Florian Schaar (translated by Frank Xia), 11/12/2017

High-grade budget smartphone. On paper, the Doogee BL5000 has everything that an entry-level smartphone could ever dream of: a big battery, a high-resolution camera, lots of storage and a reasonably fast processor all at the entry-level price-point of 130 Euros (~$151). But can it also live up to high expectations?

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The Doogee BL5000 has a lot to offer for its current price of about 130 Euros (~$151). Although its MT6750 isn't the fastest, it's also not the slowest processor that could have been included. The ARM Mali-T860 MP2 GPU should be sufficient for the average user. The expected specifications for a phone in this price class are clearly met with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The 13 MP dual-camera setup is impressive on paper. In the German market, no manufacturer can offer a similarly specced device at this price-point like the Chinese can. For our comparison, we're therefore taking two devices that have also been pushed out from the Far East; the Blackview P2 and the Oukitel K6000 Plus. The Oukitel has almost identical specifications at a somewhat higher price-point. On the other hand, the Blackview has only 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage and can in turn be had for about 100 Euros (~$116).

For the sake of drawing a comparison with a device that is officially available in Europe, we are also pulling in the LG X power2 into the lineup of test devices.

Doogee BL5000 (BL Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 401 PPI, 5 finger multitouch, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 52 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: Audio Jack, Card Reader: microSD Card up to 32 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G: GSM 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 850MHz, 900MHz 3G: WCDMA 2100MHz, 900MHz 4G LTE: FDD 2100MHz, 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz, 900MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10 x 155 x 76 ( = 0.39 x 6.1 x 2.99 in)
Battery
5050 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual camera with 2x Optical Zoom
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix With Flash
Additional features
Speakers: 1, Keyboard: On Screen, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
210 g ( = 7.41 oz / 0.46 pounds), Power Supply: 84 g ( = 2.96 oz / 0.19 pounds)

 

An exceptional feature of the Doogee BL5000 is its strongly rounded-off case. The screen is not only visibly sloped around the edges, but the edges are also completely cornerless.

Whether or not this will be well received by customers is probably going to be a matter of taste. The "clean lines faction" will call it ugly. Those who hate blocky smartphones will find the design appealing. The feel of the device in the hand is also pleasant on account of the high 210 g weight and the flexible edges. As far as the manufacture of the phone is concerned, the BL5000 presents itself well. There aren't any visible signs of super-wide gaps or any warping that shouldn't actually be there. The case is made from aluminum and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. There's nothing to complain about here, as long as one doesn't mind smartphones with big screens and heavy batteries. Speaking of which, the one in the BL5000 isn't removable.

Size Comparison

Specifications

As already stated in the introduction, the specifications of the phone in terms of processor and memory are absolutely adequate and offer, in comparison to other purely budget devices, a little bit of extra performance on top. The MT6750 performs somewhat on the level of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which was a high-end device at the time of its release. But that was four years ago. In terms of smartphones, that's almost an eternity. Matching the processor, a similarly powerful ARM Mali-T860 MP2 GPU is included. The 4 GB RAM is extremely generous and should not cause any memory issues in the near future. 64 GB of storage space is also no longer flagship standard, as the current iPhone X is shipped with up to 256 GB of hard drive storage - albeit for 10 times the price. Considerable compromises in terms of RAM can be expected in phones that are officially available in Germany (see the LG X power2 with only 16 GB).

In terms of the ports, the device is rather conservative. The charging socket is mounted on its normal position at the bottom of the phone as a Micro-USB port and offers, in addition to OTG charging, charging capabilities for other devices.

The headphone jack can be found opposite on the top side of the phone. The left side houses the SIM-card tray, and optionally an SD card. The disc can be ejected with the help of the enclosed SIM device. The volume controls and the on/off switch are located opposite.

Software

For its operating system, the Doogee BL5000 ships with Android 7.0, which is no longer the latest version but is still current. The security updates are from July. The skin uses a traditional Android app drawer that can be called up via a central menu on the homepage. The order that the apps are shown in is determined alphabetically, which is rather strange for a smartphone. Points are to be deducted for the waste of space, and for the considerable effort that is spent on scrolling to reach single apps.

The number of preinstalled applications is pleasantly limited to the essentials. There are standard Google apps as well as WPS office, a newsfeed widget and the Doogee Xender, which is a specialized app for exchanging data between devices over Wi-Fi.

Somewhat confusing is the cat that repeatedly goes abseiling behind the Google search bar on the homepage. It can't be turned off.

Home screen
Home screen
App drawer
App drawer
App drawer
App drawer
App drawer
App drawer
System information
System information
Updates
Updates

Communication and GPS

The BL5000 is only equipped with 802.11 n Wi-Fi that nevertheless provides decent data transfer speeds. Its competition manages in some cases to only reach half of that. Only the Blackview P2 achieves similar results. These speeds are completely adequate for surfing the web, as Internet line speeds are generally not any faster. However, faster transfer speeds can be advantageous for exchanging data over Wi-Fi. More expensive smartphones are nowadays reliant on the AC Wi-Fi standard.

In terms of LTE connectivity, the BL5000 supports all the important LTE bands (800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz).

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Doogee BL5000
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
101 MBit/s ∼100%
Blackview P2
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
78.7 MBit/s ∼78% -22%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
46.5 MBit/s ∼46% -54%
LG X power2
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.7 MBit/s ∼45% -55%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Blackview P2
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
98.5 MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Doogee BL5000
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
90.7 MBit/s ∼92%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
54.7 MBit/s ∼56% -40%
LG X power2
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
51.2 MBit/s ∼52% -44%

The performance of the GPS module offered conflicting results. On one hand, it was very difficult to get a signal at all. The device could only very rarely lock on to our position. But when reception was available, the accuracy of the device improved continuously up to within three meters, which is really good. However, the connection was immediately terminated when another app was launched on the smartphone. Satellites from both the GPS and the GLONASS networks can be used for location tracking.

The Doogee adds an extra 20 m onto our almost 9 km-long comparison route when compared to the Garmin Edge 5000. Also, our location wasn't called up as frequently, which explains the difference.

Doogee BL5000
Doogee BL5000
Doogee BL5000
Doogee BL5000
Doogee BL5000
Doogee BL5000
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500

Telephony and Call Quality

In terms of the device's main function, there's nothing to complain about. The unmodified standard telephone app from Android is in use. Volume and audio quality were convincing. Both conversation partners were able to understand each other well.

Headphones are not provided.

Cameras

Close-up with the rear camera
Close-up with the rear camera
Close-up with the rear camera
Close-up with the rear camera
Close-up with the rear camera
Close-up with the rear camera
Rear camera at night
Rear camera at night
Rear camera at night
Rear camera at night
Rear camera at night
Rear camera at night
Rear camera comparison...
Rear camera comparison...
...and the front-facing camera
...and the front-facing camera
 

Both cameras on the back of the Doogee BL5000 are 13-megapixel shooters. Together, they are capable of producing calculated images with deep blur and bokeh effects. They managed to do that very well in our tests. Additionally, the camera is capable of 2x optical zoom according to the manufacturer. On paper, these are excellent specs for this price. However, the results are rather bland. Under good lighting and with good subject selection, the phone can take very atmospheric images. However, not all photos turn out this good. This is especially the case in darker settings, where almost all pictures are out of focus and have blurry light effects. The cameras promise more than they can offer but should still be seen as a plus considering the price of the smartphone.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and captures surprisingly good pictures. The sharpness is in some areas even better than the main camera. However, the front camera cannot be focused.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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The ColorChecker photos confirm the mild impressions made by the cameras thus far. It can clearly be seen in our test images that the camera has problems with visual acuity when zooming. This is a little confusing in comparison to the photos above, as there are also images showing that the camera is capable of capturing sharp images quite well. But it is somewhat up to chance whether or not the intended area can be successfully focused upon. As is evident in our test charts, it was clearly not successful in this case.

The color reproduction is also not convincing. There is hardly a single color that has been captured accurately, and a few colors have deviated considerably from their source.

Test for sharpness
Test for sharpness
Color reproduction

Accessories and Warranty

There isn't much space for specialized accessories in the small satchel that the smartphone was shipped in. Despite this, Doogee includes the most important utensils: in addition to the fast charging device that fully charges the phone in two and a half hours, the USB cable and the SIM-slot ejection tool, there is also a screen protector and a matching silicon phone case. What's interesting about this case is the integrated lock for the USB port and headphone jack. Above all, it is clogged USB connectors that often result in phones being unable to receive charge.

One difference when compared to many other Chinese manufacturers is the warranty card that comes with the phone next to a multi-language instruction manual (English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Arabic). Doogee provides a 12-month warranty. On the topic of warranty and guarantees, you can read our articles on clearing customs and CE signage for your information.

Practical: a lock for the USB port...
Practical: a lock for the USB port...
...and the headphone jack
...and the headphone jack

Input Devices and Handling

The built-in touchscreen supports up to five-finger multitouch. The screen reacts relatively quickly with hardly any noticeable lag. This is rarely the case for devices at this price-point.

On account of the display's rounded-off edges, the screen sensitivity around the edges is limited. This can cause problems, for example, when you want to shift apps around on the home screen. On the other hand, the accelerometer seems to work well. In our test with Asphalt Extreme, we were able to score first place on our very first try.

The virtual keyboard uses the standard Google layout.

A special feature of this phone is its fingerprint-sensor, which simultaneously serves as an Android hardware button for the BL5000. It functions as a back button when pressed once. Holding your finger on the sensor brings up an overview of opened applications. There is no home button present on the phone; however, the software buttons are active by default and are also necessary. This solution does not work that well. Other manufacturers use the button under the fingerprint-sensor as a home button, which in our opinion is much more useful and intuitive.

It's becoming increasingly prevalent (and also a bad habit) to build an oval-shaped fingerprint-sensor that conflicts with the natural shape of the finger. Despite this, the fingerprint-sensor can unlock the device from standby mode, which is not pleasant.

All in all, the combination of Android keys and fingerprint-sensor is rather poorly implemented. However, those already relying on on-screen keys shouldn't have an issue with this design.

For the sake of completeness, there are hardware buttons for volume control and turning the device on and off. They appear to be robust, precise and they do their job without fault.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display

Subpixel
Subpixel

With a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, the 5.5-inch IPS display leaves nothing to be desired. The brightness and viewing angles are also convincing. However, the strongly reflective display, which is only enhanced by the screen curvature and its poor color reproduction are less impressive. More on that later. Compared to our other test devices, the Doogee is once again located in the middle of the pack. Expectations are exceeded when considering the price to performance ratio.

490
cd/m²
524
cd/m²
539
cd/m²
495
cd/m²
519
cd/m²
522
cd/m²
479
cd/m²
488
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 539 cd/m² Average: 506.2 cd/m² Minimum: 19.99 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 519 cd/m²
Contrast: 998:1 (Black: 0.52 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.1 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 12.7 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.34
Doogee BL5000
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Blackview P2
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
LG X power2
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Oukitel K6000 Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Screen
36%
33%
-14%
Brightness
506
420
-17%
237
-53%
352
-30%
Brightness Distribution
89
85
-4%
92
3%
87
-2%
Black Level *
0.52
0.15
71%
0.13
75%
0.52
-0%
Contrast
998
2827
183%
1823
83%
710
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.1
9.5
-4%
5.5
40%
10.5
-15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.7
14.5
-14%
6.1
52%
13.9
-9%
Gamma
2.34 103%
2.28 105%
2.07 116%
2.51 96%
CCT
9611 68%
10840 60%
7943 82%
12118 54%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8586 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The display is rather average in comparison to the competition. As far as the brightness is concerned, the Doogee BL5000 clearly leaves the aforementioned competitors in the shade. However, it falls behind the Blackview P2 and the LG X power2 in terms of blackness and contrast. Only the Oukitel is even worse. All of these mid-range devices are disadvantaged when it comes to DeltaE values. The BL5000 breaks ranks here with a distinct blue tinge that would probably be subjectively unnoticeable by most users. It is therefore not suited to be a demonstration device for graphic artists or designers.

Colorspace
Colorspace
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation
Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.2 ms rise
↘ 19.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 41 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

The IPS display used has a high brightness of up to 540 cd/m2. Therefore, it is still somewhat readable even under direct light. The brightness doesn't present any obstacles for use in darker surroundings. However, the glass is highly reflective, with the rounded corners not being particularly helpful in this regard.

Direct exposure to the sun
Direct exposure to the sun
Shade
Shade

All colors can still be seen without an issue when the display is viewed side-on, which is to be expected from an IPS display. However, the blackness strongly falls off and becomes a sort of bright gray.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

As already stated, the Doogee BL5000 has above-average specifications for its price in terms of processor and GPU. Despite this, the MT6750 and the ARM Mali-T860 MP2 GPU are located in the bottom third of available processors. Current high-end smartphones are about three to four times faster than this device. Despite this, most applications shouldn't pose an issue. Even some graphics-intensive games can be played without reservations.

The BL5000 offers solid performance similar to comparison devices with an identical processor.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
43679 Points ∼19%
Blackview P2
41852 Points ∼18% -4%
LG X power2
38547 Points ∼17% -12%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
44842 Points ∼20% +3%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
3254 Points ∼32%
Blackview P2
2782 Points ∼27% -15%
LG X power2
3191 Points ∼31% -2%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
3132 Points ∼30% -4%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
4349 Points ∼51%
Blackview P2
3667 Points ∼43% -16%
LG X power2
4157 Points ∼49% -4%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
4280 Points ∼50% -2%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
10 Points ∼1%
Blackview P2
9 Points ∼1% -10%
LG X power2
601 Points ∼35% +5910%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
10 Points ∼1% 0%
Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
641 Points ∼7%
Blackview P2
620 Points ∼7% -3%
LG X power2
489 Points ∼5% -24%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
637 Points ∼7% -1%
Memory (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
782 Points ∼18%
Blackview P2
831 Points ∼19% +6%
LG X power2
693 Points ∼16% -11%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
887 Points ∼20% +13%
System (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
1885 Points ∼18%
Blackview P2
1623 Points ∼16% -14%
LG X power2
1758 Points ∼17% -7%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
1992 Points ∼19% +6%
Overall (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
309 Points ∼8%
Blackview P2
298 Points ∼8% -4%
LG X power2
773 Points ∼20% +150%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
323 Points ∼9% +5%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
1748 Points ∼20%
Blackview P2
1633 Points ∼19% -7%
LG X power2
1448 Points ∼17% -17%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
1935 Points ∼23% +11%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
2617 Points ∼10%
Blackview P2
2463 Points ∼10% -6%
LG X power2
2297 Points ∼9% -12%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
2688 Points ∼11% +3%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
612 Points ∼10%
Blackview P2
620 Points ∼10% +1%
LG X power2
593 Points ∼10% -3%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
618 Points ∼10% +1%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
1216 Points ∼40%
Blackview P2
1055 Points ∼34% -13%
LG X power2
1074 Points ∼35% -12%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
1143 Points ∼37% -6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
327 Points ∼6%
Blackview P2
328 Points ∼6% 0%
LG X power2
254 Points ∼5% -22%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
323 Points ∼6% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
390 Points ∼10%
Blackview P2
387 Points ∼10% -1%
LG X power2
306 Points ∼8% -22%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
384 Points ∼10% -2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
1100 Points ∼36%
Blackview P2
1030 Points ∼33% -6%
LG X power2
1053 Points ∼34% -4%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
1146 Points ∼37% +4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
484 Points ∼6%
Blackview P2
482 Points ∼6% 0%
LG X power2
379 Points ∼5% -22%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
478 Points ∼6% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
553 Points ∼11%
Blackview P2
546 Points ∼11% -1%
LG X power2
442 Points ∼9% -20%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
549 Points ∼11% -1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
10492 Points ∼15%
Blackview P2
9612 Points ∼13% -8%
LG X power2
8213 Points ∼11% -22%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
9959 Points ∼14% -5%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
10094 Points ∼2%
Blackview P2
9604 Points ∼2% -5%
LG X power2
8140 Points ∼2% -19%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
10361 Points ∼2% +3%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
10180 Points ∼5%
Blackview P2
9496 Points ∼5% -7%
LG X power2
8156 Points ∼4% -20%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
10269 Points ∼5% +1%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
16 fps ∼1%
Blackview P2
16 fps ∼1% 0%
LG X power2
13 fps ∼1% -19%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
17 fps ∼1% +6%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
17 fps ∼4%
Blackview P2
16 fps ∼3% -6%
LG X power2
22 fps ∼5% +29%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
16 fps ∼3% -6%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
6.8 fps ∼1%
Blackview P2
6.7 fps ∼1% -1%
LG X power2
5.3 fps ∼1% -22%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
6.8 fps ∼1% 0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
7.3 fps ∼2%
Blackview P2
6.7 fps ∼2% -8%
LG X power2
11 fps ∼3% +51%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
6.8 fps ∼2% -7%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
4.6 fps ∼1%
Blackview P2
4.4 fps ∼1% -4%
LG X power2
3.5 fps ∼1% -24%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
4.6 fps ∼1% 0%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
5 fps ∼3%
Blackview P2
4.4 fps ∼3% -12%
LG X power2
8.6 fps ∼5% +72%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
4.5 fps ∼3% -10%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
2.4 fps ∼1%
Blackview P2
2.3 fps ∼1% -4%
LG X power2
1.9 fps ∼1% -21%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
2.4 fps ∼1% 0%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL5000
2.7 fps ∼0%
Blackview P2
2.3 fps ∼0% -15%
LG X power2
4.3 fps ∼0% +59%
Oukitel K6000 Plus
2.4 fps ∼0% -11%

Legend

 
Doogee BL5000 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Blackview P2 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG X power2 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel K6000 Plus Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash

The browser benchmarks confirm the impressions made by the other tests. The Doogee device is easily able to match the performance of its competitors. Subjectively, the provided browser runs fluidly and shows no signs of hanging when rendering images.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Blackview P2 (Chrome Version 58)
20.482 Points ∼100% +6%
Oukitel K6000 Plus (Standard Browser 7.0)
20.2 Points ∼99% +5%
Doogee BL5000 (Chrome Version 61)
19.274 Points ∼94%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
16.743 Points ∼82% -13%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Oukitel K6000 Plus (Standard Browser 7.0)
3066 Points ∼100% +9%
Blackview P2 (Chrome Version 58)
2838 Points ∼93% +1%
Doogee BL5000 (Chrome Version 61)
2802 Points ∼91%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
2712 Points ∼88% -3%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Oukitel K6000 Plus (Standard Browser 7.0)
22626.8 ms * ∼100% -65%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
13762.8 ms * ∼61% -0%
Doogee BL5000 (Chrome Version 61)
13720.2 ms * ∼61%
Blackview P2 (Chrome Version 58)
13174 ms * ∼58% +4%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
55 Points ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

In terms of hard-drive speed, the Doogee paints a familiar picture. It's up there at the top but is eclipsed by a "random" device. In this case, that's the Oukitel, which has otherwise lagged behind, albeit ever so slightly. The numbers game reveals that the manufacturer did not pick the absolute cheapest storage chips. The hard drive should contribute to the smartphone's balanced performance.

However, we were unable to test the SD-card slot, as the Doogee BL5000 did not recognize our reference card. SDXC cards are presumably not supported. When buying additional storage for your device, you should therefore make sure that the chosen product is an SDHC card.

Doogee BL5000Blackview P2LG X power2Oukitel K6000 Plus
AndroBench 3-5
-26%
-37%
2%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
19.61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
58.09 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
49.21 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
34.26 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
76.59 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
72.15 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
Random Write 4KB
11.29
9.54
-16%
10.7
-5%
9.44
-16%
Random Read 4KB
57.4
22.07
-62%
25.3
-56%
64.59
13%
Sequential Write 256KB
171.45
133.84
-22%
41.7
-76%
190.35
11%
Sequential Read 256KB
274.75
264.78
-4%
243.8
-11%
278.56
1%

Gaming

The built-in ARM Mali-T860 MP2 graphics card belongs to the less powerful graphics solutions. Our competing devices are also equipped with identical chips. Despite this, the Doogee manages to squeeze out a few extra percentage points of performance when compared to its competitors. More than 29% in fact in our Sling Shot Extreme test.

Tested games, such as Asphalt Extreme, ran on the device completely smoothly and without stuttering.

The accelerometer and the touchscreen are very sensitive, which is not to be expected at this price-point.

Toon Clash Chess
Toon Clash Chess
Asphalt Extreme
Asphalt Extreme

Emissions

Temperature

When the BL5000 is placed under high load, the temperatures can reach up to 50 °C on some areas of the phone. Although this can be easily felt, it is not unpleasant, and if the provided silicon case is used then the effect is no longer discernible. In normal use, the temperatures of the phone fluctuate in ranges below human body temperatures and don't attract any notice.

Front
Front
Back
Back
Max. Load
 40.8 °C39.7 °C36.5 °C 
 39.3 °C38.4 °C36.3 °C 
 35.9 °C34.7 °C34.5 °C 
Maximum: 40.8 °C
Average: 37.3 °C
32 °C33.8 °C40.2 °C
32.5 °C34 °C39 °C
30.4 °C34.3 °C35.2 °C
Maximum: 40.2 °C
Average: 34.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  29.7 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-260

Speakers

The speaker grill on the bottom side of the phone covers a loudspeaker on the right and a microphone on the left. Doogee offers somewhat better audio quality in comparison to other budget smartphones. The volume is loud enough to fill a small room with a normal spectrum of sounds. The bass is lacking, as to be expected. A headset is not provided by the manufacturer. Our test with high-end headphones provided better audio output, but studio quality sounds should not be expected from the headphone jack.

In terms of value for money, the Doogee BL5000 is also, in this regard, of above-average quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.234.32532.932.13137.232.14031.730.95039.637.76328.328.78027.322.710026.92512526.724.11602423.120020.924.325020.930.831519.541.440018.550.250017.559.463017.563.380015.770.3100015.870.7125016.670.9160015.868.9200015.471.9250015.572.631501672.1400015.876.250001680.2630016.378.2800016.374.21000016.269.41250016.465.81600016.455.9SPL28.686.1N1.160.5median 16.4Doogee BL5000median 68.9Delta2.114.131.629.625.436.325.325.432.924.433.630.431.62928.431.22736.820.830.52224.121.326.420.830.621.236.719.444.319.551.817.757.417.963.317.87017.369.617.467.416.76617.272.918.273.517.971.617.672.917.77117.855.817.950.418.147.418.2453080.81.346.4median 17.9Blackview P2median 55.81.316hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Doogee BL5000 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 40.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 68% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 82% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Blackview P2 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 12.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (38.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 95% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 97% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes are selectable!)

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

Battery Life

Power Consumption

Energy management has traditionally been a weakness of Chinese smartphones. The Doogee BL5000's scores are surprisingly good when under load, but this makes them all the worse when measured on standby. When compared to the somewhat lower-specced LG X power2, the BL5000 uses almost twice the power. Something here seems to be fundamentally wrong. It's rather rare to see such extreme scores when comparing idle power consumption to that under load. The rule of thumb is: if the idle scores are bad, then they are bad under load, too. The Doogee breaks this rule.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.04 / 0.36 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.44 / 2.9 / 3 Watt
Load midlight 4.55 / 5.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Doogee BL5000
5050 mAh
Blackview P2
6000 mAh
LG X power2
4500 mAh
Oukitel K6000 Plus
6080 mAh
Power Consumption
20%
17%
8%
Idle Minimum *
1.44
0.99
31%
0.63
56%
0.88
39%
Idle Average *
2.9
2.04
30%
1.42
51%
2.02
30%
Idle Maximum *
3
2.12
29%
1.47
51%
2.09
30%
Load Average *
4.55
3.77
17%
5.89
-29%
5.33
-17%
Load Maximum *
5.4
5.78
-7%
7.85
-45%
7.74
-43%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The somewhat contradictory scores in terms of power consumption are also reflected in the battery life. Although the device manages to come first in our Wi-Fi test among our competition devices (and third of all devices in our data bank!), the battery performance is rather poor in our Reader's Test. The LG X power2 manages to have twice the runtime with a somewhat smaller battery. What a shame! But some devices are even worse, as the Oukitel K600 Plus proves, despite it having the largest battery.

The reason for this poor performance is likely the high minimum brightness, which draws a decent amount of power away from the battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
24h 46min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
18h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 31min
Doogee BL5000
5050 mAh
Blackview P2
6000 mAh
LG X power2
4500 mAh
Oukitel K6000 Plus
6080 mAh
Battery Runtime
33%
29%
-22%
Reader / Idle
1486
1957
32%
2720
83%
WiFi v1.3
1106
1083
-2%
982
-11%
861
-22%
Load
331
563
70%
384
16%
H.264
1226

Pros

+ 64 GB storage
+ 4 GB RAM
+ Full HD resolution
+ 13 MP dual camera
+ 8 MP front-facing camera with flash
+ fitting case with included lock
+ dual SIM
+ up to 128 GB expandable storage via SD card
+ 12-month warranty from manufacturer
+ bright display
+ short load times
+ fingerprint-sensor
+ well-made

Cons

- no CE seal
- very heavy
- confusing to use
- good photos are down to chance
- patchy battery life
- not compatible with SDXC cards

Verdict

Reviewed: Doogee BL5000 provided by:
Reviewed: Doogee BL5000 provided by:

The Doogee BL5000 would be a recommendation for entry-level and normal users, maybe even an insider's secret, were it not for the small problems here and there. That's not to stop anyone from buying the phone, although a few people will find these problems annoying.

On the plus side, the device is well-manufactured, recharges quickly and it ships with a practical case. The specifications of the device are suitable for this price-point, if not somewhat above-average. It can hold up to its competitors in almost all uses. Not limiting itself to a fingerprint-sensor and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as 64 GB storage, the BL5000 comes with other features which are not to be expected for such a low price. You won't find anything missing!

On the other hand, there are various small issues.

Great value for money with a few small problems.

Firstly, the battery life is ambivalent. A top score in the Wi-Fi test is followed by a weaker performance in the Reader's test. Secondly, the clumsy solution with the Android keys and the fingerprint-sensor can be annoying. The handling isn't anything to cause delight. The third point of contention is the camera. It can take really good pictures but also takes loads of rubbish ones. What you get is often luck of the draw.

The app drawer that seems to have fallen a little out of the times is also worth mentioning. Even this was not able to immediately arouse any sympathy.

It remains to be said that these are "First-World problems" to be complaining about. Other devices at this price-point aren't any better. The Doogee is even a cut above purely in terms of performance. Potential buyers should seize the opportunity if they are not bothered by the aforementioned shortcomings and if they like the design.

Doogee BL5000 - 11/07/2017 v6
Florian Schaar

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 94%
Pointing Device
Connectivity
40 / 60 → 66%
Weight
88%
Battery
100%
Display
80%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 31%
Application Performance
37 / 70 → 52%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
62 / 91 → 68%
Camera
59%
Average
69%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schaar, 2017-11-12 (Update: 2017-11-13)