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Doogee BL9000 Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 06/27/2018

This "Doogee" bag is full of sustenance. How do you fit a gigantic battery into a smartphone? The Chinese manufacturer Doogee has no qualms with simply making the smartphone bigger. At a thickness of 1.4 cm (0.55 inches), the BL9000 contains a 9000 mAh battery and has quite a bit more to offer. Read on to find out what else the Doogee BL9000 has in store.

While other smartphone manufacturers try to follow supposed design trends, Doogee simply equips its phones with solid hardware and makes sure they run for a long time. In our previous reviews, however, devices produced by the Chinese manufacturer have been plagued by weaknesses that do not show up on the specification sheet.

Our current test device, the Doogee BL9000, has a good foundation for a solid mid-range smartphone: Mediatek's Helio P23 MT6763T SoC, an ARM Mali G71 MP2 and 6 GB of RAM. Other features include 64 GB of storage space and a dual camera with a 12+5 MP sensor.

Despite its gigantic battery, the BL9000 is not without rivals. Two other Chinese manufacturers are also producing devices with over-sized batteries: Oukitel with its K10 and Ulefone with its Armor X. In addition, the 200-Euro (~$230) price bracket is highly competitive. As a result, cheaper smartphones, such as the BQ Aquaris VS and the Maze Alpha X may be interesting for consumers. We will compare our test device with these products as well.

Doogee BL9000 (BL Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
, LPDDR4
Display
5.99 inch 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 56 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: USB Type C, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G (GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz) 3G (WCDMA: 900/2100MHz) 4G (FDD: B1/3/7/8/20), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 163 x 78 ( = 0.55 x 6.42 x 3.07 in)
Battery
9000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Mediatek PumpExpress 4.0 QuickCharge
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix 12+5MP dual camera, f/2.2
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.2
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: on-screen, Keyboard Light: yes, protective case, screen protector, adapter: USB Type C to 3.5 mm jack, USB Type C to Type A, SIM ejector tool, charging pad, Doogee OS 2.0, 12 Months Warranty, SAR value: not listed, fanless
Weight
275 g ( = 9.7 oz / 0.61 pounds), Power Supply: 110 g ( = 3.88 oz / 0.24 pounds)
Price
250 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Chinese smartphone made of plastic

The BL9000's case is big, but not clunky. It sits comfortably in your hand and stands out mostly due to its thick design (constructed to fit its big battery). The case material consists mostly of plastic. It does not have a particularly high-quality feel, but it is well-manufactured. The back is made of black plastic with an artificial leather look. The surrounding frame on our test device is silver, but black is available as well. The buttons, enclosed in a thin border, are located on the right. The microSD/SIM card slot sits on the left.

Size Comparison

Connectivity - BL9000 mid-range smartphone with lots of storage

Doogee has equipped its BL9000 with Mediatek's Helio P23 MT6763T and an ARM Mali G71 MP2 graphics unit. Combined with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space, the foundation for a high-performance mid-range smartphone is laid. Our test device's card slot fits either two nano SIM cards or a microSD card and a nano SIM card. The only physical connection is a USB 2.0 Type C port. This port supports OTG and can thus be used to charge external devices. Apart from LTE, GPS and NFC, Doogee has also supplied the BL9000 with a wireless charge function.

Software - Doogee with Android Oreo

The Doogee BL9000 runs Android 8.1 and the DoogeeOS version 2.0. With the exception of a few customized symbols and minor changes, by and large the OS is pure Android Oreo. The system runs smoothly and offers everything that users are familiar with from other Android smartphones. It is possible to use an SD card, but it cannot be formatted as internal storage, nor can it be used to store apps.

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Communication and GPS - Imprecise GPS in the Doogee BL9000

The BL9000 makes it possible to communicate in many different ways. Alongside the GSM and 3G wireless standards, our test device also supports LTE—including the LTE Band 20, which is widespread in Europe. Users can rely on WLAN, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 for communication over shorter distances.

The BL9000's WLAN scored below average in our tests. Data was transferred and received at around 100 MBit/s, though the reception was always good.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
BQ Aquaris VS
Adreno 505, 430, 64 GB eMMC Flash
280 MBit/s ∼100% +167%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=311)
212 MBit/s ∼76% +102%
Ulefone Power 3
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
106 MBit/s ∼38% +1%
Doogee BL9000
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
105 MBit/s ∼38%
Maze Alpha X
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
82.8 MBit/s ∼30% -21%
Oukitel K10
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
53.4 MBit/s ∼19% -49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
BQ Aquaris VS
Adreno 505, 430, 64 GB eMMC Flash
230 MBit/s ∼100% +135%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=311)
206 MBit/s ∼90% +110%
Ulefone Power 3
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
99.1 MBit/s ∼43% +1%
Doogee BL9000
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
97.9 MBit/s ∼43%
Maze Alpha X
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
95.1 MBit/s ∼41% -3%
Oukitel K10
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
29.9 MBit/s ∼13% -69%
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors

The Doogee BL9000's built-in GPS enables users to determine their location. With the "GPS Test" app, the smartphone positions itself with an adequate level of precision outdoors. After some time, enough satellites were located for our test device to position us outdoors with an accuracy of around four meters (~13 ft). Indoors the signal was quickly lost, indicating that positioning from within a building is not possible.

We also used our Garmin Edge 500 reference device to determine how well the Chinese smartphone performs in terms of navigation. Our test showed that the Doogee device frequently positions the user a little away from his or her actual path. The divergences are big enough that whole neighborhood blocks are not circumnavigated properly. As a result, the BL9000 is not well-suited for reliable navigation.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Doogee BL9000
Doogee BL9000
Doogee BL9000
Doogee BL9000
Doogee BL9000
Doogee BL9000

Phone Function and Call Quality - Good connection with the BL9000 smartphone

For phone conversations, users of the BL9000 can bring up the standard Android app that offers all the usual functions. In use, the Doogee smartphone's call quality is average. At higher volumes, the voice of the person on the other end buzzes a little. Users can talk on the phone hands-free using the built-in speakerphone. The maximum volume is reasonably loud, but could be insufficient in noisy environments. Our conversation partner's voice buzzed a bit here too.

Cameras - Chinese smartphone with a dual camera

Front camera shot
Front camera shot

The Chinese manufacturer Doogee has equipped the BL9000 with a 12+5 MP dual camera and a 5 MP front camera. Selfie lovers will get good results from the front camera—even in spaces with no artificial lighting, as long as there is some sunlight. The main camera has an f/2.2 aperture and also takes reasonably good pictures. Landscape photos taken in daylight are a little too dark, but the camera captures details and gradients well. The same goes for close-ups, though the low level of light sensitivity means that these images can also appear dark. Unsurprisingly, this effect shows up in photos captured in low light environments. Without flash, pictures taken under poor lighting conditions are essentially worthless.

The settings menu only contains various camera modes—brightness, white balance and ISO cannot be adjusted. Nor does the video function offer more than rudimentary adjustment options. Videos recorded with the camera are similar in quality to its photos, but they do require a steady hand, given that the camera has little to offer in the way of image stabilization.

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
ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

We used the ColorChecker Passport program to test the BL9000 camera's color accuracy. The results show that most tones are rendered too light. The Doogee smartphone also has minor problems with the grayscale. Light grays look too light, and dark grays too dark.

In a controlled lighting environment, the Doogee BL9000 was able to take an average-quality snapshot of our test chart. In the middle of the photo, details are sharp; colors, fine lines, and structures are all easily recognizable. Along the edges, the image becomes progressively more blurry and pale.

Accessories and Warranty - Lots of accessories for the Doogee BL9000

Doogee is not stingy when it comes to the range of accessories included in the BL9000's box. The Chinese smartphone comes with a USB power supply with matching cable, USB Type C adapters for connecting a 3.5mm jack or a USB Type A device, a protective cover for the phone, a screen protector, and a SIM ejector tool. As if that were not enough, the package also contains a 10-watt charging pad for the wireless charge function.

Buyers of the BL9000 will receive a 12-month warranty from Doogee.  

box contents
box contents
wireless charger
wireless charger

Input Devices and Operation - Touchscreen and sensors function well

Typing on the BL9000 is quick and simple with Google's GBoard. Every keystroke is accompanied by a slight vibration. The touchscreen reacts promptly and responds well for drag-and-drop, but there is always a faint level of friction between the screen and the user's fingertips. The position sensor is also responsive and turns the display image—in camera mode, for example—almost seamlessly from portrait to landscape.

A fingerprint sensor on the back of the Chinese smartphone unlocks the screen quickly. The sensor reacts even if the registered finger touches the surface a little askew. The face recognition responded just as quickly in our test. The smartphone always recognized us properly, no matter the angle or distance.

Display - Doogee with IPS panel

subpixel
subpixel

The Doogee BL9000 is equipped with an IPS panel in 2:1 format with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. These basic specifications and our average brightness measurement of 513 cd/m² are all within the expected range for a device in this price bracket. Compared to the competition, the display places roughly in the middle and has no unusual characteristics.

566
cd/m²
523
cd/m²
479
cd/m²
547
cd/m²
529
cd/m²
464
cd/m²
522
cd/m²
522
cd/m²
464
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 566 cd/m² Average: 512.9 cd/m² Minimum: 19.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 529 cd/m²
Contrast: 1080:1 (Black: 0.49 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.6 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 10.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
98.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.37
Doogee BL9000
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Oukitel K10
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Ulefone Power 3
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
BQ Aquaris VS
IPS, 1280x720, 5.2
Maze Alpha X
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Screen
-3%
27%
13%
-18%
Brightness middle
529
561
6%
494
-7%
535
1%
497
-6%
Brightness
513
541
5%
485
-5%
544
6%
478
-7%
Brightness Distribution
82
92
12%
87
6%
88
7%
87
6%
Black Level *
0.49
0.58
-18%
0.33
33%
0.61
-24%
0.6
-22%
Contrast
1080
967
-10%
1497
39%
877
-19%
828
-23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.6
10
-16%
5.1
41%
5.3
38%
11.6
-35%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
16.8
16.7
1%
9.9
41%
11.1
34%
22.1
-32%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.9
11.1
-2%
3.5
68%
4
63%
13.5
-24%
Gamma
2.37 93%
1.8 122%
2.16 102%
1.95 113%
2.93 75%
CCT
9622 68%
9689 67%
7253 90%
6800 96%
9955 65%

* ... 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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Our test device's contrast ratio proves to be slightly above average, which is evident from the display's clearly distinguishable colors. It would be an exaggeration to refer to the black value as "good", but it does surpass most of the other devices here. Black tones look somewhat richer, but still appear to be clouded by a faint gray haze. In addition, the more realistic APL50 black value is significantly higher; at 0.62, it lies even further from a deep black. While the screen displays red and green tones in a fairly balanced manner, blues are substantially over-represented.

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color space
CalMAN - color space
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - 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↗ 7.2 ms rise
↘ 11.2 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. » 17 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.6 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The BL9000's screen is bright enough for the display content to be easily visible outdoors. It is still better to find a shady spot, as the display's reflective surface can obscure the screen content.

outdoor use 1
outdoor use 1
outdoor use 2
outdoor use 2

The Doogee BL9000's IPS panel has very good viewing angle stability. No matter the angle, colors and content look accurate. As a result, users can view the BL9000's display comfortably from almost any angle.

viewing angle stability
viewing angle stability
viewing angle stability
viewing angle stability

Performance - Mid-range smartphone from China

In the Doogee BL9000, a Mediatek Helio P23 SoC and an ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU provide the necessary performance power to run the Android 8.1 system. 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage also stand at the ready. This configuration marks the BL9000 as a simple mid-range device. Many smartphones from the price bracket between 200 and 300 Euros (~$230 - ~$345) offer similar hardware components.

The BL9000 produced mixed results in our benchmarks. In tests that target work performance, the Doogee smartphone achieved good results; but in web and graphics-based benchmarks, it frequently came in closer to the bottom. In daily use, the system runs smoothly and only requires a little additional time to load media content.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
62724 Points ∼82%
Oukitel K10
54763 Points ∼72% -13%
Ulefone Power 3
54201 Points ∼71% -14%
BQ Aquaris VS
44022 Points ∼58% -30%
Maze Alpha X
63989 Points ∼84% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (54201 - 65094, n=7)
60181 Points ∼79% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=394)
76519 Points ∼100% +22%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
81852 Points ∼69%
Oukitel K10
54519 Points ∼46% -33%
Ulefone Power 3
54192 Points ∼46% -34%
BQ Aquaris VS
56906 Points ∼48% -30%
Maze Alpha X
73822 Points ∼63% -10%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (54192 - 83332, n=6)
71705 Points ∼61% -12%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=171)
117893 Points ∼100% +44%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
4673 Points ∼98%
Oukitel K10
4706 Points ∼99% +1%
Ulefone Power 3
4770 Points ∼100% +2%
BQ Aquaris VS
3648 Points ∼76% -22%
Maze Alpha X
3795 Points ∼80% -19%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (4622 - 5054, n=5)
4765 Points ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (3146 - 9868, n=256)
4551 Points ∼95% -3%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
5909 Points ∼93%
Oukitel K10
6135 Points ∼97% +4%
Ulefone Power 3
6344 Points ∼100% +7%
BQ Aquaris VS
4751 Points ∼75% -20%
Maze Alpha X
4562 Points ∼72% -23%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (5909 - 6846, n=6)
6242 Points ∼98% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (4058 - 13531, n=424)
4956 Points ∼78% -16%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
785 Points ∼85%
Oukitel K10
700 Points ∼76% -11%
Ulefone Power 3
829 Points ∼90% +6%
BQ Aquaris VS
680 Points ∼74% -13%
Maze Alpha X
924 Points ∼100% +18%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (700 - 829, n=6)
771 Points ∼83% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=500)
697 Points ∼75% -11%
Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
872 Points ∼50%
Oukitel K10
855 Points ∼49% -2%
Ulefone Power 3
855 Points ∼49% -2%
BQ Aquaris VS
786 Points ∼45% -10%
Maze Alpha X
1122 Points ∼65% +29%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (855 - 931, n=6)
875 Points ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=500)
1735 Points ∼100% +99%
Memory (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
1257 Points ∼78%
Oukitel K10
1609 Points ∼100% +28%
Ulefone Power 3
1566 Points ∼97% +25%
BQ Aquaris VS
773 Points ∼48% -39%
Maze Alpha X
1294 Points ∼80% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1128 - 1609, n=6)
1396 Points ∼87% +11%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=500)
1243 Points ∼77% -1%
System (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
2543 Points ∼83%
Oukitel K10
2913 Points ∼95% +15%
Ulefone Power 3
2906 Points ∼95% +14%
BQ Aquaris VS
1544 Points ∼50% -39%
Maze Alpha X
3064 Points ∼100% +20%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (2543 - 3229, n=6)
2818 Points ∼92% +11%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=500)
2509 Points ∼82% -1%
Overall (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
1216 Points ∼85%
Oukitel K10
1294 Points ∼91% +6%
Ulefone Power 3
1340 Points ∼94% +10%
BQ Aquaris VS
894 Points ∼63% -26%
Maze Alpha X
1424 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1201 - 1370, n=6)
1271 Points ∼89% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=504)
1253 Points ∼88% +3%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
2909 Points ∼65%
BQ Aquaris VS
1808 Points ∼40% -38%
Maze Alpha X
2726 Points ∼60% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (2707 - 2909, n=2)
2808 Points ∼62% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=198)
4508 Points ∼100% +55%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
3678 Points ∼86%
BQ Aquaris VS
2400 Points ∼56% -35%
Maze Alpha X
3795 Points ∼88% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3504 - 3678, n=3)
3611 Points ∼84% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=248)
4298 Points ∼100% +17%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
791 Points ∼62%
BQ Aquaris VS
657 Points ∼52% -17%
Maze Alpha X
833 Points ∼66% +5%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (787 - 829, n=3)
802 Points ∼63% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=249)
1267 Points ∼100% +60%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
1572 Points ∼92%
Oukitel K10
1257 Points ∼74% -20%
Ulefone Power 3
1240 Points ∼73% -21%
BQ Aquaris VS
1129 Points ∼66% -28%
Maze Alpha X
1700 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1240 - 1594, n=6)
1447 Points ∼85% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼97% +4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
370 Points ∼31%
Oukitel K10
56 Points ∼5% -85%
Ulefone Power 3
54 Points ∼5% -85%
BQ Aquaris VS
264 Points ∼22% -29%
Maze Alpha X
598 Points ∼50% +62%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (53 - 396, n=6)
216 Points ∼18% -42%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼100% +221%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
446 Points ∼39%
Oukitel K10
71 Points ∼6% -84%
Ulefone Power 3
69 Points ∼6% -85%
BQ Aquaris VS
318 Points ∼28% -29%
Maze Alpha X
699 Points ∼62% +57%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (68 - 446, n=6)
257 Points ∼23% -42%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼100% +154%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
1546 Points ∼90%
Oukitel K10
1200 Points ∼70% -22%
Ulefone Power 3
1237 Points ∼72% -20%
BQ Aquaris VS
1145 Points ∼66% -26%
Maze Alpha X
1725 Points ∼100% +12%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1200 - 1575, n=6)
1428 Points ∼83% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=385)
1538 Points ∼89% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
578 Points ∼36%
Oukitel K10
55 Points ∼3% -90%
Ulefone Power 3
57 Points ∼4% -90%
BQ Aquaris VS
533 Points ∼33% -8%
Maze Alpha X
928 Points ∼57% +61%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (55 - 582, n=6)
318 Points ∼20% -45%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=385)
1627 Points ∼100% +181%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
671 Points ∼48%
Oukitel K10
70 Points ∼5% -90%
Ulefone Power 3
72 Points ∼5% -89%
BQ Aquaris VS
605 Points ∼44% -10%
Maze Alpha X
1034 Points ∼75% +54%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (70 - 676, n=6)
373 Points ∼27% -44%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=393)
1384 Points ∼100% +106%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
9782 Points ∼64%
Oukitel K10
6847 Points ∼45% -30%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
9067 Points ∼60% -7%
Maze Alpha X
15189 Points ∼100% +55%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (7733 - 10988, n=6)
7673 Points ∼51% -22%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=540)
12875 Points ∼85% +32%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
11204 Points ∼62%
Oukitel K10
9862 Points ∼55% -12%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
10271 Points ∼57% -8%
Maze Alpha X
13708 Points ∼76% +22%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10735 - 11269, n=6)
9011 Points ∼50% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=540)
17971 Points ∼100% +60%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
10853 Points ∼72%
Oukitel K10
8983 Points ∼59% -17%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
9977 Points ∼66% -8%
Maze Alpha X
14012 Points ∼93% +29%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10054 - 11148, n=6)
8638 Points ∼57% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=541)
15098 Points ∼100% +39%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
22 fps ∼70%
Oukitel K10
22 fps ∼70% 0%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
18 fps ∼58% -18%
Maze Alpha X
24 fps ∼77% +9%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (21 - 22, n=6)
18 fps ∼58% -18%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=565)
31.3 fps ∼100% +42%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
21 fps ∼84%
Oukitel K10
21 fps ∼84% 0%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
21 fps ∼84% 0%
Maze Alpha X
21 fps ∼84% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (20 - 34, n=6)
19.5 fps ∼78% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=568)
24.9 fps ∼100% +19%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
10 fps ∼60%
Oukitel K10
10 fps ∼60% 0%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
7.7 fps ∼46% -23%
Maze Alpha X
11 fps ∼65% +10%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10 - 11, n=6)
8.5 fps ∼51% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=487)
16.8 fps ∼100% +68%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
10 fps ∼63%
Oukitel K10
10 fps ∼63% 0%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
15 fps ∼94% +50%
Maze Alpha X
9.5 fps ∼59% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10 - 20, n=6)
10 fps ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=490)
16 fps ∼100% +60%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
6.6 fps ∼46%
Oukitel K10
6.5 fps ∼45% -2%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
4.9 fps ∼34% -26%
Maze Alpha X
3.7 fps ∼26% -44%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (6.6 - 6.9, n=6)
5.53 fps ∼39% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼100% +117%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
6.3 fps ∼45%
Oukitel K10
6.2 fps ∼45% -2%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
11 fps ∼79% +75%
Maze Alpha X
6 fps ∼43% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (6.3 - 14, n=6)
6.65 fps ∼48% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼100% +121%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
3.8 fps ∼39%
Oukitel K10
3.7 fps ∼38% -3%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
2.7 fps ∼27% -29%
Maze Alpha X
4.1 fps ∼42% +8%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3.5 - 4, n=6)
3.13 fps ∼32% -18%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +159%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee BL9000
3.8 fps ∼43%
Oukitel K10
3.6 fps ∼40% -5%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
BQ Aquaris VS
5.9 fps ∼66% +55%
Maze Alpha X
3.6 fps ∼40% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3.8 - 7.7, n=6)
3.85 fps ∼43% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +134%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
Oukitel K10
5.25 fps ∼43%
Ulefone Power 3
4.99 fps ∼41%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (4.99 - 5.25, n=2)
5.12 fps ∼42%
Average of class Smartphone (1.06 - 38.7, n=72)
12.1 fps ∼100%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Oukitel K10
242 Points ∼35%
Ulefone Power 3
242 Points ∼35%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (242 - 242, n=2)
242 Points ∼35%
Average of class Smartphone (36.3 - 2754, n=76)
693 Points ∼100%

Legend

 
Doogee BL9000 Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel K10 Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Ulefone Power 3 Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
BQ Aquaris VS Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Maze Alpha X Mediatek Helio P25, ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash

In the browser benchmarks, the BL9000's results were average. Surfing is no problem, as long as websites are not too elaborate. If media content and videos appear in large numbers, the smartphone needs a little more time to load.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=423)
36.7 Points ∼100% +68%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
27.463 Points ∼75% +26%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
22.91 Points ∼62% +5%
Doogee BL9000 (Chrome 67)
21.832 Points ∼59%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (17.9 - 23.1, n=6)
21.4 Points ∼58% -2%
Oukitel K10 (Standard Browser 7.1.1)
19.84 Points ∼54% -9%
BQ Aquaris VS (Chrome 65)
18.125 Points ∼49% -17%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=559)
5558 Points ∼100% +34%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
4990 Points ∼90% +20%
Doogee BL9000 (Chrome 67)
4161 Points ∼75%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3051 - 4233, n=6)
3618 Points ∼65% -13%
BQ Aquaris VS (Chrome 65)
3296 Points ∼59% -21%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
3155 Points ∼57% -24%
Oukitel K10 (Standard Browser 7.1.1)
3051 Points ∼55% -27%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
23714.1 ms * ∼100% -84%
Oukitel K10 (Standard Browser 7.1.1)
22892.5 ms * ∼97% -77%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (11755 - 23714, n=6)
16172 ms * ∼68% -25%
BQ Aquaris VS (Chrome 65)
13612 ms * ∼57% -5%
Doogee BL9000 (Chrome 67)
12915.1 ms * ∼54%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=579)
11477 ms * ∼48% +11%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
10244 ms * ∼43% +21%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone (91 - 362, n=284)
111 Points ∼100%
Oukitel K10 (Standard Browser 7.1.1)
46 Points ∼41%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (43 - 46, n=2)
44.5 Points ∼40%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
43 Points ∼39%

* ... smaller is better

With its 64 GB of flash storage, the Doogee BL9000 is on par with the rest of the competition on our list. The write and read speeds only differ slightly between the various devices. Here, too, our test device falls more or less in the middle. The same goes for the built-in microSD card reader. With our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference memory card, the card reader performs slightly above average, but not by enough to stand out from the competition.

Doogee BL9000Oukitel K10Ulefone Power 3BQ Aquaris VSMaze Alpha XAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
14%
15%
-16%
-1%
-2%
-23%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
73.04 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
74.66 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
71.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
59.41 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-19%
73.99 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
54.3 (14.1 - 74.7, n=71)
-26%
45.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=323)
-37%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
80.27 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
82.23 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
81.82 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
83.32 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
80.96 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
72.6 (21.1 - 86.9, n=71)
-10%
64 (8.2 - 96.5, n=323)
-20%
Random Write 4KB
13.19
22.88
73%
21.25
61%
6.4
-51%
11.61
-12%
19.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=78)
50%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=608)
22%
Random Read 4KB
49.78
52.15
5%
61.38
23%
47.2
-5%
70.27
41%
50.3 (11.4 - 149, n=78)
1%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=608)
-23%
Sequential Write 256KB
210.74
213.25
1%
214.88
2%
185.9
-12%
162.16
-23%
164 (40 - 246, n=78)
-22%
79.8 (2.99 - 246, n=608)
-62%
Sequential Read 256KB
289.04
291.53
1%
294.58
2%
254.4
-12%
247.44
-14%
269 (115 - 704, n=78)
-7%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=608)
-20%

Games - Simple games on a simple cellphone

ARM's Mali G71 MP2 serves as the Doogee BL9000's GPU. This is an entry-level graphics card for simple applications. Casual games run fluidly, but users will need to select lower graphics settings for more demanding games to play smoothly. For example, in our test, “Dead Trigger 2” stuttered at medium settings as soon as our character went outdoors. Both the touchscreen and the position sensor worked flawlessly during our tests.

Emissions - BL9000 remains cool

The BL9000's surface temperatures always remain moderate. We measured a maximum of 35°C (95°F) in our test—meaning that the device only occasionally feels warm. While almost no apps are able to drive the temperature upward, the Chinese smartphone does warm up when charging.

Max. Load
 32.1 °C
90 F
30.3 °C
87 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 32.2 °C
90 F
30.5 °C
87 F
33.6 °C
92 F
 
 32.1 °C
90 F
30.5 °C
87 F
33.4 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 34.4 °C = 94 F
Average: 32.1 °C = 90 F
26.5 °C
80 F
29.5 °C
85 F
29.6 °C
85 F
26.8 °C
80 F
29.3 °C
85 F
29.2 °C
85 F
26.9 °C
80 F
29.2 °C
85 F
29.1 °C
84 F
Maximum: 29.6 °C = 85 F
Average: 28.5 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.8 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.1 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.1 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
heat development - top
heat development - top
heat development - bottom
heat development - bottom

Speaker

pink noise
pink noise

Our test device's speaker can reproduce media content at a reasonably loud volume. However, some tones buzz a little when the volume is set too high. At lower volume settings, the sound is comparatively balanced—only very high tones and deep bass are absent. External speakers or headphones are the better choice for regular use.

The BL9000's packaging includes a USB Type C to 3.5 mm jack adapter. This piece of equipment makes it easy to connect speakers or headphones with the Chinese smartphone. The jack is constructed almost entirely of plastic, and plugs need to be pushed in tightly to connect properly.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.2452532.946.33137.241.54031.739.35039.6436328.334.18027.328.510026.933.312526.728.71602429.420020.928.725020.934.131519.54540018.554.150017.564.663017.567.380015.769.2100015.868.6125016.668.1160015.868200015.470250015.57031501673.2400015.877.150001669.7630016.364.5800016.357.51000016.253.81250016.4481600016.444.5SPL28.682.5N1.148.8median 16.4median 64.5Delta2.112.635.241.232.936.637.235.331.735.739.635.228.328.427.327.326.930.126.729.12427.820.931.520.939.819.54718.554.417.558.817.564.415.769.215.87216.671.715.87215.473.415.573.41675.615.880.8168216.374.116.369.816.26716.475.216.458.728.687.61.164.9median 16.4median 69.22.112.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDoogee BL9000Oukitel K10
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Doogee BL9000 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, 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%

Oukitel K10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.3% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 54% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 74% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life - Chinese smartphone with a big battery

The Doogee BL9000 is the most energy-saving smartphone on our list of competing devices. At a maximum power draw of 4 watts, it is substantially more frugal with its energy usage than the overall average among comparable devices. The 25-watt charging device that comes with the smartphone is equipped with Mediatek's PumpExpress technology, which is designed to significantly shorten charge times.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.17 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.68 / 1.65 / 1.71 Watt
Load midlight 2.78 / 3.99 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Doogee BL9000
9000 mAh
Oukitel K10
11000 mAh
Ulefone Power 3
6080 mAh
BQ Aquaris VS
3100 mAh
Maze Alpha X
3900 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-31%
-5%
-7%
-35%
-24%
-28%
Idle Minimum *
0.68
0.89
-31%
0.79
-16%
0.61
10%
0.9
-32%
0.857 (0.63 - 1.08, n=6)
-26%
0.879 (0.2 - 3.4, n=642)
-29%
Idle Average *
1.65
2.48
-50%
1.82
-10%
1.7
-3%
2.14
-30%
2.12 (1.65 - 2.51, n=6)
-28%
1.721 (0.6 - 6.2, n=641)
-4%
Idle Maximum *
1.71
2.52
-47%
1.87
-9%
1.71
-0%
2.18
-27%
2.17 (1.71 - 2.53, n=6)
-27%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=642)
-17%
Load Average *
2.78
3.13
-13%
2.7
3%
3.02
-9%
3.96
-42%
3.23 (2.7 - 4.28, n=6)
-16%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=636)
-45%
Load Maximum *
3.99
4.5
-13%
3.62
9%
5.31
-33%
5.81
-46%
4.92 (3.62 - 6.73, n=6)
-23%
5.76 (1.2 - 14.2, n=636)
-44%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In terms of battery life, the Doogee BL9000 is far superior to the competition. In our WLAN test, which is designed to simulate everyday use, the smartphone ran for over 38 hours with the display on and set to a brightness level of 150 cd/m². Afterward, the power supply fully charged the battery in around 3 hours. Those who have more time can use the charging pad with the smartphone's wireless charge function. Charging takes considerably longer with the charging pad, but it works perfectly.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 67)
38h 03min
Doogee BL9000
9000 mAh
Oukitel K10
11000 mAh
Ulefone Power 3
6080 mAh
BQ Aquaris VS
3100 mAh
Maze Alpha X
3900 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
2283
1632
-29%
1376
-40%
681
-70%
603
-74%

Pros

+ very long battery life
+ wireless charging pad included

Cons

- Bluetooth 4.0
- web/browser performance
- imprecise GPS

Verdict - Ordinary performance with longer battery life

In Review: Doogee BL9000. Test device courtesy of Doogee.
In Review: Doogee BL9000. Test device courtesy of Doogee.

The Doogee BL9000 proves to be an extremely long-lasting mid-range smartphone. Everyday applications and surfing the internet pose no problem for the Chinese smartphone. When it comes to more demanding apps or media content, prospective buyers should be prepared for longer load times.

The Doogee BL9000 offers tremendous battery life and a modern operating system. Those who are content to do without a modern design and do not require much in the way of system performance are likely to be pleased with this device.

As long as performance is not a concern, anyone looking for a smartphone with as much battery life as possible ought to take a closer look at the BL9000. Other reasons to purchase this device include its modern Android 8.1 system with 64 GB of internal storage, and the option to install two SIM cards. Design cannot be a primary concern, however.

Doogee BL9000 - 06/19/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 91%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
37 / 60 → 61%
Weight
87%
Battery
100%
Display
81%
Games Performance
27 / 63 → 42%
Application Performance
44 / 70 → 62%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 91 → 73%
Camera
55%
Average
71%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-06-27 (Update: 2018-06-29)