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Doogee Nova Y100X Smartphone Review

5-inch smartphone for $90 USD. Smartphones are getting bigger, but that doesn't mean prices have to follow. The Doogee Nova Y100X is one of the cheapest 5-inch phones currently available with decent hardware in tow. What corners were cut along the way?

Doogee already offers very inexpensive smartphones with the Valencia series. The Nova Y100X, however, takes it one step further with an even lower price point while maintaining a large 5-inch screen. The Y100X is currently available for just $83 and ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

For such a low asking price, it's common for buyers to remain suspicious. Is there a catch? Will this phone break after a few days? Is performance slow? We put the Doogee through its paces in our review to answer these very questions and more.

Doogee Nova Y100X
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, 5-point capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm earphones, Card Reader: MicroSD, Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS, Ambient light, Proximity
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G: WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 141.2 x 70.2 ( = 0.31 x 5.56 x 2.76 in)
Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 2200 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: Rear: 8 MP w/ Flash, Front: 5 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Monaural, USB cable, AC adapter, User Manual, screen wipe, earphones, screen protector, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
119 g ( = 4.2 oz / 0.26 pounds), Power Supply: 30 g ( = 1.06 oz / 0.07 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The first characteristic we noticed when first picking up the Y100X is how light the phone is. At just under 120 g, the Doogee is lighter than most other 5-inch smartphones including the HTC Desire 626G (137 g), Motorola Moto G (155 g), Microsoft Lumia 535 (146 g), and HTC One M9 (157 g). The trade-off, of course, is that the Y100X is almost all plastic. Luckily, the chrome edges and corners feel more reinforced to better withstand the inevitable bumps or drops and the screen still uses Gorilla Glass protection. Nonetheless, the smooth glossy back is straight-up plastic with no printed patterns or texture for the back cover.

As for case quality, the Y100X is rigid enough to resist depressions down the centers of the front screen and back case. Slight bending is noticeable when attempting to twist the phone, but there are no creaking sounds. The back cover snaps on tightly with no gaps around the edges or corners that can be common on inexpensive smartphones.

The dimensions of the Y100X are about average for its screen size. The Doogee is thicker than competing models like the ZTE Blade V6 or Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, but is thinner than the HTC Desire 626G and new LG G4s. The bezel-free Sharp Aquos Crystal still takes the cake for being the smallest 5-inch smartphone in terms of length and width.

146.9 mm / 5.78 inch 70.9 mm / 2.79 inch 8.19 mm / 0.3224 inch 137 g0.302 lbs144.6 mm / 5.69 inch 69.7 mm / 2.74 inch 9.61 mm / 0.3783 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs142.1 mm / 5.59 inch 72.4 mm / 2.85 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs145.5 mm / 5.73 inch 72.59 mm / 2.86 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs142.7 mm / 5.62 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs141.2 mm / 5.56 inch 70.2 mm / 2.76 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 119 g0.2624 lbs142 mm / 5.59 inch 69.5 mm / 2.74 inch 6.8 mm / 0.2677 inch 120 g0.2646 lbs131 mm / 5.16 inch 67 mm / 2.64 inch 10 mm / 0.3937 inch 141 g0.3109 lbs

Connectivity

Available interfaces include the usual Micro-USB port and 3.5 mm audio jack. The dual SIM slots and MicroSD slot are behind the easily removable back cover. USB on-the-go is supported as generic mice and keyboards are instantly recognized.

Right: No connectivity
Right: No connectivity
Bottom: Micro-USB 2.0 port
Bottom: Micro-USB 2.0 port
Left: Volume rocker
Left: Volume rocker
Top: 3.5 mm earphones, Power button
Top: 3.5 mm earphones, Power button

Communication & GPS

Wi-Fi reception is reliable without any unexpected drops or disconnection issues. 802.11ac is not supported, however, though this is expected for a smartphone in this price range. Wi-Fi connection is steady up to 30 m where signal strength drops to an unreliable 80 to 90 dBm range. This is weaker compared to more expensive models like the Galaxy Note 5 or even the older LG G2 where signal strength is in the 70 to 80 dBm range under similar conditions. We maintained a line-of-sight during the test to avoid walls and other surfaces.

The GPS radio acquires a fix relatively quickly even without WLAN assistance. We experienced no issues maintaining a fix when on the road.

1 m from source
1 m from source
10 m from source
10 m from source
30 m from source
30 m from source
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors
GPS indoors
GPS indoors

Telephone & Voice Quality

SIM slots and MicroSD behind rear cover
SIM slots and MicroSD behind rear cover

Supported bands include 2G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz) and 3G (WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz) with dual-SIM (Mini-SIM + Micro-SIM) support. We were able to connect to the T-Mobile network and take advantage of 3G speeds without any issues. Note, however, that Wi-Fi calling and 4G connectivity are not supported. Removing the Micro-SIM card can be difficult since a small aluminum latch must be pulled to disengage it.

Call quality is very good on the Y100X as voices are heard clearly with no static or drops. The caller on the other end with a LG G2 had no clarity issues as well. However, the microphone may be a little weak on the Doogee as the caller complained of low volume.

Cameras & Multimedia

The rear 8 MP camera includes LED Flash and auto-focus. The Flash is much too weak for anything other than close-up shots. If Flash is required for a picture, then expect image quality to be noticeably muddier on the Y100X. As for the auto-focus, it's definitely slower than expected as it takes a few seconds to activate and almost as long to perform. We're not expecting laser-focus quickness, but its activation time could be improved. This becomes more of an issue when trying to take pictures in quick succession or shooting video with fast motion.

Pictures taken under bright ambient conditions fare a bit better. Details are a little cleaner, but pictures are still muddy overall. Hard edges and corners of solid objects are blurry the the point where it can become difficult to make out the individual branches of trees or blades of grass in a scene. Exposure and tones are also below average as details in darker areas are lost while whites can be very bright.

Doogee Y100X
Doogee Y100X
Canon Rebel XSi
Canon Rebel XSi
Doogee Y100X
Doogee Y100X
Canon Rebel XSi
Canon Rebel XSi
Doogee Y100X
Doogee Y100X
Doogee Y100X
Doogee Y100X
Doogee Y100X
Doogee Y100X

Accessories & Warranty

Included accessories are the usual earphones and Micro-USB 2.0 cable. Doogee also throws in a case protector, user manual, screen protector, and a European AC adapter. North American users will need a separate adapter for charging through an outlet.

Warranty is the usual 12-month period and covers the smartphone only. Accessories are not covered.

Input Devices & Handling

Touchscreen

Volume rocker is awkwardly positioned
Volume rocker is awkwardly positioned

The 5-point capacitive touchscreen works well enough when navigating through the Home screen or Settings menu. Unfortunately, responsiveness is inconsistent when using the onscreen keyboard. Users will need to tap with more force than usual or the phone may not register an input. This makes it much more difficult to type quickly and effortlessly compared to more expensive mainstream smartphones. Accuracy around the edges and corners isn't the issue, but getting the phone to register reliably is the tricky part.

Aside from the touchscreen, the Volume rocker is poorly placed. Unlike on most phones where the Volume buttons are on the edge (or on the rear for LG phones), the buttons on the Y100X are placed right on the curvature of the round back panel. This is not ergonomic and makes it more difficult than it should for quick Volume control, especially when holding the phone with the left hand. Otherwise, tactile feedback is satisfactory with a shallow and auditory click.

Our last complaint is that the dedicated Android keys on the bottom of the phone are not backlit. They are near impossible to see in dim conditions and is essentially a cut corner for the Y100X to reach such a low starting price.

Display

The 5-inch 720p display looks good for the price. There is no major backlight bleeding around the edges or other major issues. Colors and pixels, however, do appear more grainy than usual. Note that the official Doogee renders of the Y100X suggests that the edges of the display curves slightly similar to the Samsung Edge series, but the screen is simply flat in reality.

Brightness and contrast are no match against most other smartphones as shown on our table below. Colors, for example, are more inaccurate with a cooler color temperature. Screen quality is simply not as "clean" or crisp as mainstream competitors.

375.9
cd/m²
387.3
cd/m²
406.6
cd/m²
374.6
cd/m²
387.9
cd/m²
404
cd/m²
373.5
cd/m²
393.6
cd/m²
408.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2 // Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 408.3 cd/m² Average: 390.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 387.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 665:1 (Black: 0.583 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.91 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 10.04 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.53
Doogee Nova Y100XHTC Desire 626G dual simMotorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541ZTE Blade V6LG G4sHonor 3CMicrosoft Lumia 535HTC One M9
Screen
17%
26%
7%
27%
21%
20%
31%
Brightness middle
387.9
497
28%
418
8%
336
-13%
411
6%
474
22%
431
11%
474
22%
Brightness
390
483
24%
407
4%
315
-19%
392
1%
449
15%
424
9%
458
17%
Brightness Distribution
91
90
-1%
95
4%
81
-11%
88
-3%
90
-1%
90
-1%
85
-7%
Black Level *
0.583
0.67
-15%
0.49
16%
0.39
33%
0.38
35%
0.7
-20%
0.64
-10%
0.4
31%
Contrast
665
742
12%
853
28%
862
30%
1082
63%
677
2%
673
1%
1185
78%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.91
6.88
31%
3.92
60%
8.29
16%
5.3
47%
3.59
64%
3.6
64%
6.32
36%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.04
6.11
39%
3.81
62%
8.57
15%
6.32
37%
3.46
66%
3.71
63%
6.36
37%
Gamma
2.53 87%
1.78 124%
2.27 97%
1.96 112%
2.37 93%
2.58 85%
2.4 92%
2.43 91%
CCT
10336 63%
6820 95%
7361 88%
8172 80%
7250 90%
7437 87%
6878 95%
8218 79%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
86.5458
89.7
96
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71
58.81

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale and saturation levels are both below average. Their respective DeltaE deviations are essentially at double digits and much worse than competing 5-inch devices. RGB balance is also inconsistent.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker

Outdoor visibility is good when under shade. When under sunlight, the screen becomes instantly washed out and glare will be a greater annoyance. Luckily, the wide IPS viewing angles alleviate some of the issues when working outdoors. The maximum brightness setting is always recommended to reduce eyestrain under these conditions.

Display under shade
Display under shade
Display under direct sunlight
Display under direct sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The entry-level quad-core MediaTek MT6582 SoC is a common find in budget devices including the Honor Holly, Huawei Ascend G730, and LG L Bello. Performance is roughly on par with the Snapdragon 200 series, which is Qualcomm's slowest set of SoCs in the Snapdragon family. According to CPU-Z, the four MT6582 cores can operate dynamically from 600 MHz up to 1.3 GHz. Three cores are disabled when the phone is idling for power-saving purposes.

Based on benchmarks alone, the Y100X performs just below the Doogee Valencia2 consistently in all cases. Multi-core performance is similar to the Tegra 3 in the first generation Nexus 7. The Y100X is essentially mainstream 2012 hardware released three years later.

The 1 GB of RAM can be considered the minimum for today's smartphones. About 450 MB is free when no other applications are running.

AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
19426 Points ∼20%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
20419 Points ∼21% +5%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
23242 Points ∼23% +20%
Motorola Moto X Play
29699 Points ∼30% +53%
ZTE Blade S6
30329 Points ∼31% +56%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
42247 Points ∼43% +117%
HTC One M9
55374 Points ∼56% +185%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1563 Points ∼5%
HTC One M9
3499 Points ∼11%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
528 Points ∼11%
HTC One M9
1163 Points ∼24%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1191 Points ∼3%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1330 Points ∼4% +12%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1561 Points ∼4% +31%
Motorola Moto X Play
2558 Points ∼7% +115%
ZTE Blade S6
2291 Points ∼6% +92%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
2373 Points ∼6% +99%
HTC One M9
3835 Points ∼10% +222%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
364 Points ∼7%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
486 Points ∼10% +34%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
526 Points ∼11% +45%
Motorola Moto X Play
717 Points ∼15% +97%
ZTE Blade S6
676 Points ∼14% +86%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
757 Points ∼15% +108%
HTC One M9
1275 Points ∼26% +250%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1132 Points ∼26%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1084 Points ∼17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1094 Points ∼19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
758 Points ∼17%
Motorola Moto X Play
974 Points ∼22%
HTC One M9
845 Points ∼19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
39 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto X Play
178 Points ∼2%
HTC One M9
1892 Points ∼18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
49 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto X Play
218 Points ∼3%
HTC One M9
1484 Points ∼19%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
8440 Points ∼10%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
7386 Points ∼9% -12%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
10148 Points ∼12% +20%
Motorola Moto X Play
6839 Points ∼8% -19%
ZTE Blade S6
7526 Points ∼9% -11%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
16550 Points ∼19% +96%
HTC One M9
10432 (min: 10432, max: 10786) Points ∼12% +24%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2390 Points ∼0%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2623 Points ∼0% +10%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3789 Points ∼1% +59%
Motorola Moto X Play
7796 Points ∼1% +226%
ZTE Blade S6
8933 Points ∼2% +274%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
14270 Points ∼3% +497%
HTC One M9
34429 (min: 34429, max: 34485) Points ∼6% +1341%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2843 Points ∼1%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3062 Points ∼1% +8%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
4402 Points ∼2% +55%
Motorola Moto X Play
7561 Points ∼3% +166%
ZTE Blade S6
8577 Points ∼4% +202%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
14721 Points ∼6% +418%
HTC One M9
22783 (min: 22783, max: 23171) Points ∼10% +701%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
7861 Points ∼9%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
6524 Points ∼8% -17%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
9544 Points ∼11% +21%
Motorola Moto X Play
6841 Points ∼8% -13%
ZTE Blade S6
7346 Points ∼9% -7%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7530 Points ∼9% -4%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1550 Points ∼0%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1669 Points ∼0% +8%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2135 Points ∼0% +38%
Motorola Moto X Play
5082 Points ∼1% +228%
ZTE Blade S6
5272 Points ∼1% +240%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7875 Points ∼1% +408%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1887 Points ∼1%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2000 Points ∼1% +6%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2580 Points ∼1% +37%
Motorola Moto X Play
5390 Points ∼2% +186%
ZTE Blade S6
5625 Points ∼3% +198%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7796 Points ∼4% +313%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
7759 Points ∼5%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
6706 Points ∼4% -14%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
9385 Points ∼6% +21%
Motorola Moto X Play
6799 Points ∼4% -12%
ZTE Blade S6
7143 Points ∼5% -8%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2413 Points ∼0%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3402 Points ∼0% +41%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
4712 Points ∼1% +95%
Motorola Moto X Play
10194 Points ∼1% +322%
ZTE Blade S6
10819 Points ∼1% +348%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2849 Points ∼0%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3820 Points ∼0% +34%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
5298 Points ∼0% +86%
Motorola Moto X Play
9176 Points ∼1% +222%
ZTE Blade S6
9709 Points ∼1% +241%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
634 Points ∼17%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
705 Points ∼19% +11%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1219 Points ∼33% +92%
Motorola Moto X Play
1291 Points ∼35% +104%
ZTE Blade S6
924 Points ∼25% +46%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1200 Points ∼32% +89%
HTC One M9
2280 Points ∼61% +260%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1110 Points ∼25%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1221 Points ∼27% +10%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
966 Points ∼22% -13%
Motorola Moto X Play
1025 Points ∼23% -8%
ZTE Blade S6
817 Points ∼18% -26%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1251 Points ∼28% +13%
HTC One M9
2298 Points ∼51% +107%
Browser (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1691 Points ∼22%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1666 Points ∼22% -1%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2043 (min: 1641) Points ∼27% +21%
Motorola Moto X Play
1849 Points ∼24% +9%
ZTE Blade S6
2550 Points ∼34% +51%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
3005 Points ∼40% +78%
HTC One M9
3174 Points ∼42% +88%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
733 Points ∼13%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
796 Points ∼14% +9%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
811 Points ∼14% +11%
Motorola Moto X Play
1069 Points ∼19% +46%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1541 Points ∼27% +110%
HTC One M9
1703 Points ∼30% +132%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2123 Points ∼11%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2288 Points ∼12% +8%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2745 Points ∼15% +29%
Motorola Moto X Play
1818 Points ∼10% -14%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
3289 Points ∼18% +55%
HTC One M9
4643 Points ∼25% +119%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1837 Points ∼0%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2847 Points ∼0% +55%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3154 Points ∼0% +72%
Motorola Moto X Play
2457 Points ∼0% +34%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5465 Points ∼0% +197%
HTC One M9
6248 Points ∼0% +240%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
3946 Points ∼2%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
14270 Points ∼8% +262%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
7518 Points ∼4% +91%
Motorola Moto X Play
23839 Points ∼13% +504%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
17649 Points ∼10% +347%
HTC One M9
42249 Points ∼24% +971%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
10230 Points ∼1%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
9895 Points ∼1% -3%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
13288 Points ∼2% +30%
Motorola Moto X Play
10592 Points ∼1% +4%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
23651 Points ∼3% +131%
HTC One M9
112124 Points ∼15% +996%
System (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2304 Points ∼10%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2797 Points ∼13% +21%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2966 Points ∼13% +29%
Motorola Moto X Play
3050 Points ∼14% +32%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5108 Points ∼23% +122%
HTC One M9
6599 Points ∼30% +186%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
612 Points ∼30%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
556 Points ∼27% -9%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
484 Points ∼24% -21%
Motorola Moto X Play
710 Points ∼35% +16%
ZTE Blade S6
707 Points ∼35% +16%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
688 Points ∼34% +12%
HTC One M9
789 Points ∼39% +29%
Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
138 Points ∼0%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
173 Points ∼1% +25%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
315 Points ∼1% +128%
Motorola Moto X Play
785 Points ∼3% +469%
ZTE Blade S6
800 Points ∼3% +480%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1432 Points ∼5% +938%
HTC One M9
3210 Points ∼11% +2226%
Memory (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
247 Points ∼3%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
450 Points ∼6% +82%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
394 Points ∼5% +60%
Motorola Moto X Play
595 Points ∼8% +141%
ZTE Blade S6
608 Points ∼8% +146%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
954 Points ∼13% +286%
HTC One M9
933 Points ∼12% +278%
System (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
938 Points ∼6%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
844 Points ∼5% -10%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1166 Points ∼7% +24%
Motorola Moto X Play
1177 Points ∼7% +25%
ZTE Blade S6
1084 Points ∼7% +16%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1622 Points ∼10% +73%
HTC One M9
1672 Points ∼10% +78%
Overall (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
374 Points ∼4%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
437 Points ∼5% +17%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
515 Points ∼6% +38%
Motorola Moto X Play
701 Points ∼8% +87%
ZTE Blade S6
782 Points ∼9% +109%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1111 Points ∼13% +197%
HTC One M9
1410 Points ∼17% +277%

Legend

 
Doogee Nova Y100X Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB SSD
 
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto X Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade S6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML Intel Atom Z3560, PowerVR G6430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Browser-based benchmarks like Octane and Sunspider run slower on the Y100X compared to current mainstream competitors. From a subjective standpoint, launching and installing applications are indeed slower than with a mainstream competitor. Browsing on Chrome is smooth at first, but responsiveness and stutters quickly become more of an issue as additional tabs or larger websites are opened.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2452 Points ∼5%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2168 Points ∼4% -12%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3296 Points ∼6% +34%
Motorola Moto X Play
3764 Points ∼7% +54%
ZTE Blade S6
3655 Points ∼7% +49%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
6507 Points ∼12% +165%
HTC One M9
6493 Points ∼12% +165%
Sunspider
1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2004.7 ms * ∼22%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1947.8 ms * ∼21% +3%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1573.1 ms * ∼17% +22%
Motorola Moto X Play
1235 ms * ∼14% +38%
ZTE Blade S6
1213 ms * ∼13% +39%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
817.7 ms * ∼9% +59%
HTC One M9
839.7 ms * ∼9% +58%
0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1939.3 ms * ∼18%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1947.8 ms * ∼18% -0%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
839.5 ms * ∼8% +57%
HTC One M9
778.2 ms * ∼7% +60%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
988 points ∼3%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
586 points ∼2% -41%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1203 points ∼4% +22%
Motorola Moto X Play
1471 points ∼5% +49%
HTC One M9
1729 points ∼6% +75%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2260.6 ms * ∼47%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1847.3 ms * ∼39% +18%
ZTE Blade S6
1534 ms * ∼32% +32%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
927 ms * ∼19% +59%
HTC One M9
1132.1 ms * ∼24% +50%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
3143.8 ms * ∼84%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2119 ms * ∼57% +33%
ZTE Blade S6
1739 ms * ∼46% +45%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
721.7 ms * ∼19% +77%
HTC One M9
1087.6 ms * ∼29% +65%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
3001 ms * ∼25%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2739.7 ms * ∼23% +9%
ZTE Blade S6
2005 ms * ∼17% +33%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1227.2 ms * ∼10% +59%
HTC One M9
2237.3 ms * ∼18% +25%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1270 ms * ∼14%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1019.5 ms * ∼11% +20%
ZTE Blade S6
1088 ms * ∼12% +14%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
681.5 ms * ∼8% +46%
HTC One M9
1585.1 ms * ∼18% -25%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
182 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
228 Points ∼10% +25%
ZTE Blade S6
267 Points ∼12% +47%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
480 Points ∼21% +164%
HTC One M9
287 Points ∼13% +58%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
15613.1 ms * ∼26%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
18504.7 ms * ∼31% -19%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
11843 ms * ∼20% +24%
Motorola Moto X Play
11694 ms * ∼20% +25%
ZTE Blade S6
11668 ms * ∼20% +25%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5845.9 ms * ∼10% +63%
HTC One M9
6508.2 ms * ∼11% +58%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The internal 8 GB of storage space exhibits slow sequential read and write rates. File transfers are thus slower on the Y100X compared to competing models. The experience is simply not as "snappy" as on more powerful and expensive devices.

MicroSD support is thankfully supported as 8 GB is hardly enough for music and movies. Roughly half is immediately available for the end-user when taking into account the operating system and pre-installed Apps.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
2.41 MB/s ∼1%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3.78 MB/s ∼2% +57%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
5.11 MB/s ∼2% +112%
Motorola Moto X Play
16 MB/s ∼6% +564%
ZTE Blade S6
2.85 MB/s ∼1% +18%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5.91 MB/s ∼2% +145%
HTC One M9
13.91 MB/s ∼6% +477%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
15.64 MB/s ∼9%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
17.76 MB/s ∼10% +14%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
22.79 MB/s ∼13% +46%
Motorola Moto X Play
16 MB/s ∼9% +2%
ZTE Blade S6
7.85 MB/s ∼4% -50%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
22.69 MB/s ∼13% +45%
HTC One M9
20.66 MB/s ∼12% +32%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
21.09 MB/s ∼4%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
51.71 MB/s ∼10% +145%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
22.33 MB/s ∼4% +6%
Motorola Moto X Play
75 MB/s ∼15% +256%
ZTE Blade S6
51 MB/s ∼10% +142%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
54.6 MB/s ∼11% +159%
HTC One M9
123.81 MB/s ∼25% +487%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
38.05 MB/s ∼3%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
139.22 MB/s ∼9% +266%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
131.42 MB/s ∼9% +245%
Motorola Moto X Play
139 MB/s ∼9% +265%
ZTE Blade S6
128 MB/s ∼9% +236%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
147.56 MB/s ∼10% +288%
HTC One M9
235.14 MB/s ∼16% +518%

Games

The integrated Mali-400 MP GPU can be found on a handful of budget smartphones and even tablets including the Acer Iconia B1, Liquid Z4, and THL 4000. Raw performance is slightly below that of the older Tegra 3 according to Basemark X 1.1 and is about on par with the Adreno 305, but is otherwise a good fit for the price and native 720p display.

3D Android titles such as Asphalt 8 are playable on the Y100X. Frame rates do appear more erratic, however, so the experience is not entirely smooth. 2D titles like Angry Birds and Candy Crush play without any issues. The smartphone will warm up quite a bit under these conditions as detailed in our Temperature section.

A bright point for the Y100X is that it faces no major throttling issues. According to the GFXBench battery test, frame rates remain relatively stable throughout the intensive ~30 minute test. This is compared to the much more powerful Exynos SoC in the Galaxy Edge+ or the Snapdragon 810 in the OnePlus 2, both of which will throttle after a few minutes into the same test.

Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
1697 Points ∼4%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1776 Points ∼4% +5%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1839 Points ∼4% +8%
Motorola Moto X Play
5084 Points ∼12% +200%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
13059 Points ∼30% +670%
HTC One M9
19122 Points ∼43% +1027%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
4813 Points ∼11%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3891 Points ∼9% -19%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3855 Points ∼9% -20%
Motorola Moto X Play
10637 Points ∼24% +121%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
18918 Points ∼42% +293%
HTC One M9
27968 Points ∼62% +481%
Epic Citadel
Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
31.9 fps ∼52%
Motorola Moto X Play
31.9 fps ∼52%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
44.4 fps ∼72%
HTC One M9
58.2 fps ∼94%
High Quality (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
46.5 fps ∼76%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
48.8 fps ∼80% +5%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
58.3 fps ∼96% +25%
High Performance (sort by value)
Doogee Nova Y100X
47.5 fps ∼78%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
51.6 fps ∼85% +9%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
58.4 fps ∼96% +23%

Emissions

Temperature

System vitals on 3DMark
System vitals on 3DMark

Surface temperatures when idling are flat across the board with no hot spots. When under very high loads for extended periods, however, certain regions can be as warm as 44 C. This is much warmer than expected especially from a smartphone with an entry-level processor. The warmest regions are closer to the top portion of the phone where most of the motherboard and circuitry lie. Competing models such as the ZTE Blade V6, LG G4s, and HTC Desire 626G run cooler under similar conditions.

Max. Load
 39 °C
102 F
39.4 °C
103 F
37.8 °C
100 F
 
 43.8 °C
111 F
39 °C
102 F
38.6 °C
101 F
 
 43.2 °C
110 F
41.6 °C
107 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
Maximum: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Average: 40.1 °C = 104 F
34.4 °C
94 F
36 °C
97 F
42.4 °C
108 F
33.8 °C
93 F
36.8 °C
98 F
42.6 °C
109 F
35.2 °C
95 F
36.6 °C
98 F
43.4 °C
110 F
Maximum: 43.4 °C = 110 F
Average: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.8 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Speaker on backside of smartphone
Speaker on backside of smartphone

For most smartphone users, the speakerphone will be satisfactory as long as it is loud and clear with no static and little to no distortions. With these bare minimum qualities in mind, the speaker on the Y100X is good and performs its job well. Music playback is poor since bass is severely lacking, but clarity is otherwise fit for voice calls.

Battery Life

Runtimes are below average at just over 4 hours of constant WLAN use at a brightness of 150 nits. This may not be enough to last users for the whole day, especially for longer or more demanding workloads. At the very worst, the Y100X will last for about 2 hours of constant gaming at maximum brightness. Fortunately, the battery can be easily swapped as needed.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 58min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 18min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 16min
Doogee Nova Y100X
2200 mAh
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
2000 mAh
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2470 mAh
ZTE Blade V6
2200 mAh
LG G4s
2300 mAh
Honor 3C
2300 mAh
Microsoft Lumia 535
1905 mAh
HTC One M9
2840 mAh
Battery Runtime
50%
102%
62%
11%
51%
19%
44%
Reader / Idle
658
878
33%
1364
107%
677
3%
948
44%
805
22%
WiFi v1.3
258
398
54%
526
104%
400
55%
274
6%
348
35%
Load
136
220
62%
264
94%
230
69%
167
23%
205
51%
127
-7%
236
74%
WiFi
587
376
573

Pros

+ No throttling issues
+ Good call quality
+ Very lightweight
+ Gorilla Glass IPS display
+ Dual-SIM slots with MicroSD
+ Removable battery
+ Loud speakerphone
+ Very inexpensive

Cons

- Lower quality and inaccurate display
- Low-performance MediaTek SoC
- Low eMMC read/write performance
- No backlight for Android buttons
- High surface temperatures under load
- Touchscreen could be more sensitive
- Glossy plastic back feels cheap
- Awkward Volume rocker placement for left-handed users
- No 4G support
- No Wi-Fi calling support

Verdict

In review: Doogee Nova Y100X. Test model provided by Doogee.
In review: Doogee Nova Y100X. Test model provided by Doogee.

The Doogee Y100X is for users who want a smartphone only for the most basic of needs without sacrificing screen size. The internal hardware and battery life are both average at best and will have a tough time keeping up with users who are frequent multi-taskers or heavy app users. The smartphone is surprisingly good for calls considering the price, but it's unfortunate that the Volume keys are positioned to favor right-handed users and that the touchscreen isn't as sensitive as it could be. When combined with its slower performance, these qualities make the Y100X less fun to use than costlier alternatives.

Case quality is otherwise solid and extremely light considering the screen size. As a secondary backup phone with a large display for under $90, there's not much to complain as long as buyers are aware of the cut corners.

The Doogee Y100X works at the basic level for calling and light browsing. Its best qualities are its large display and low price, but both performance and touchscreen responsiveness suffer as a result.

Doogee Nova Y100X - 09/17/2015 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
70%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 93%
Pointing Device
70%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
95%
Battery
84%
Display
76%
Games Performance
52 / 63 → 83%
Application Performance
23 / 70 → 33%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 91 → 84%
Camera
68%
Average
70%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-09-17 (Update: 2015-09-17)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.