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Doogee S99 hands-on review: Tough phone at an aggressive price

Rugged and loaded. The Doogee S99 is a ruggedized smartphone with numerous apps and features aimed at trade workers. Its Helio G96 SoC handles basic operations, but more demanding tasks are out of reach. Other features are interesting additions that add little to the overall package. However, the S99 may appeal to those looking for a tough phone at an aggressive price.

The Doogee S99 is the latest phone from the Chinese smartphone company. The S99 boasts a rugged design and is loaded with pre-installed apps aimed squarely at a more "hands-on" crowd. The phone's main claim to fame is a "108 MP AI camera," which uses the triple camera array on the back to stitch together high-res photos. We will see how the shooter holds up in this review. 

As this is a quick hands-on look and not a full review, we will briefly examine key aspects of the phone. We will not assign a final rating to the S99. The review sample was provided by Doogee. 

The Doogee S99 directly competes with other budget- and mid-tier smartphones. While this market segment has no lack of options, the Doogee may stand out for those that want a ruggedized smartphone at an aggressive price. 

Doogee S99 (S Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G96 8 x 2 - 2.1 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.30 inch 19:9, 1080 x 2340 pixel 409 PPI, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.5 x 172 x 82 ( = 0.61 x 6.77 x 3.23 in)
Battery
22.65 Wh
Operating System
Android 12
Additional features
12 Months Warranty
Weight
320 g ( = 11.29 oz / 0.71 pounds), Power Supply: 100 g ( = 3.53 oz / 0.22 pounds)
Price
525 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
01/2023
Doogee S99
Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2
320 g15.5 mm6.30"1080x2340
80 %
09/2022
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2
179 g8.09 mm6.43"2400x1080
81.6 %
03/2021
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4
273 g12.8 mm6.36"2300x1080
80.5 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
SD 678, Adreno 612
178.8 g8.29 mm6.43"2400x1080
79.8 %
10/2020
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
SD 730G, Adreno 618
223 g9.7 mm6.81"2400x1080
80.8 %
07/2022
Motorola Moto G42
SD 680, Adreno 610
175 g8.3 mm6.43"2400x1080
80.2 %
02/2022
Motorola Moto G51
SD 480+, Adreno 619
208 g9.1 mm6.80"2400x1080

Case, Connectivity and UI

The S99 is built to be tough. The back is mostly made from a rubbery plastic, and the sides are hewn from metal. This gives the S99 a robust feel in the hand. The downside is that the device is thick and heavy, but the weight feels reassuringly durable. The display and three rear cameras are covered with Corning Gorilla Glass. The phone is not IP-certified. 

Size Comparison

172 mm / 6.77 inch 82 mm / 3.23 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 320 g0.705 lbs170 mm / 6.69 inch 78.1 mm / 3.07 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 223 g0.4916 lbs170.5 mm / 6.71 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs166.7 mm / 6.56 inch 81.3 mm / 3.2 inch 12.8 mm / 0.504 inch 273 g0.602 lbs160.6 mm / 6.32 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs160.46 mm / 6.32 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8.29 mm / 0.3264 inch 178.8 g0.3942 lbs159.87 mm / 6.29 inch 73.87 mm / 2.91 inch 8.09 mm / 0.3185 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Ports, software, and connectivity

The sides contain the typical buttons for a smartphone (lock/wake, volume rocker) in addition to a configurable "easy key" button. A single, double, and long click can each be mapped to one of six preset actions or to launch any app installed to the phone. In practice, this button works well and registers each input method accurately. The USB-C charging port has a plastic flap covering it.

The S99's SIM card tray can hold two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time. The tray is difficult to pull out with just a fingernail, but Doogee includes a plastic spudger with the phone that makes the job easier. The fingerprint reader on the right side is fairly quick and accurate (~95% accuracy). The phone can also be unlocked via facial recognition through the front-facing camera.

A 3.5 mm audio jack is noticeably absent. 

Top: nothing
Top: nothing
Right: Fingerprint reader, power button, volume rocker
Right: Fingerprint reader, power button, volume rocker
Left: SIM tray, Easy Button
Left: SIM tray, Easy Button
Bottom: USB-C 2.0 (data/charging)
Bottom: USB-C 2.0 (data/charging)

The S99 runs on Android 12 with some added touches from Doogee. These include pre-installed apps like Easy Launcher (which is a simplified home screen with selected apps), Children Space (which only displays whitelisted apps), GameSpace (which allows users to configure the phone for a better gaming experience), and Outdoor Tools (which is a suite of measurement and alarm tools). For the most part, these pre-installed apps work reasonably well but offer little to the overall experience and are largely filler that will likely be forgotten after the first few uses. 

The pre-installed launcher invokes iOS; all apps are arranged across the homescreens and there is no app drawer. Otherwise, Doogee's customization does not get in the way of a smooth experience. 

Connectivity options are outdated. The Doogee S99 does not support 5G, capping out at 4G LTE. Here in the United States, the S99 connected to Verizon's 4G LTE network without issue. On paper, it is compatible with AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks as well. Phone calls came through clear on both ends, and text messages were sent and received without any problems. The phone supports WiFi 802.11ac on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. However, the phone does not support WiFi 6. The S99 support Bluetooth 5.0.

Cameras

Front-facing camera
Front-facing camera

The Doogee S99 uses a Sony IMX616 image sensor for its 32 MP selfie camera. Like other phones that use this image sensor, the resultant photos are actually closer to 8 MP due to pixel binning. Photos from the front-facing camera are subsequently adequate. The front shooter gets the job done, but there is little to distinguish it from other selfie cameras on the market. It can capture video at 1080p, albeit at 30 fps. 

The rear camera array consists of a 16 MP wide-angle lens, a 64 MP night vision camera, and a 108 MP primary shooter. The cameras do a fine job in well-lit conditions, though details get somewhat blurred in less-than-ideal shooting environments. Color reproduction is also dull compared to other cameras. This is true for both the 16 MP wide-angle and 108 MP main shooters. Speaking of these two options, there is little distinction between the photos produced. While the 108 MP sensor produces a higher pixel count and significantly larger files, there isn't much more detail compared to the standard 16 MP camera. As such, there isn't a key advantage for the 108 MP, and considering that it lags when shooting multiple photos due to processing time, it may be more of a hindrance. 

The last camera on the back is a 64 MP night-vision camera. It uses infrared lights in the flash ring on the back to capture monochrome images in total darkness of objects up to about 5 meters away. The overall effect is a nice novelty, and the images are fairly crisp (at least with nearby subjects), but its real-world utility is questionable.

Photo of the sky with the primary lens.
Photo of the sky with the primary lens.
Photo of the sky in 108 MP mode.
Photo of the sky in 108 MP mode.
The night vision camera can capture clear images of subjects within 5 meters in complete darkness.
The night vision camera can capture clear images of subjects within 5 meters in complete darkness.
Distant subjects remain dark.
Distant subjects remain dark.
Bright objects, such as the moon and stars, appear brighter in the night vision mode than in the standard shooting mode.
Bright objects, such as the moon and stars, appear brighter in the night vision mode than in the standard shooting mode.

Image Comparison

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Display

The 6.3-inch display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi) in a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is crisp and colorful with no cause for complaint.  Dark scenes are handled well with minimal crush or pixelation in black areas. The backlight is also fairly even with no noticeable bleed. The screen has a waterdrop notch and thick bezels, particularly at the top and bottom of the display. Coupled with the thick casing surrounding the display, this makes the phone significantly large in the hand. As such, the screen feels smaller than it actually is. 

The display gets fairly bright. It is rated at 480 nits; though we were not able to measure the exact brightness at review time, it is bright enough to use outdoors on an overcast day. Direct sunlight is problematic, and glare kills visibility. However, the display is still readable on bright days provided the sun isn't shining directly on the glass. Overall, the screen is adequate for this price range. There are better displays in this market segment, particularly from Samsung's offerings.

Display under shade on sunny day.
Display under shade on sunny day.
Display in direct sunlight on sunny day.
Display in direct sunlight on sunny day.

Performance, Emissions and Battery Life

The Doogee S99 is a decidedly mid-range smartphone. The Mediatek Helio G96 SoC is an octa-core chip (2x Cortex A76 cores @ 2.05 GHz, 6x Cortex A55 @ 2.0 GHz) and offers decent performance. In benchmarks, the S99 competes well against Motorola's G-series phones and other entry-level Chinese handsets like Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10. In everyday use, the phone is fluid with the occasional hiccup. Apps load up fairly quickly, and the phone can keep several apps active in the background thanks to its generous 8 GB of RAM. There is noticeable system lag with heavier tasks, such as processing high-res photos and videos in the camera app and playing graphically intense games.

Speaking of graphics, the Mali-G57 MP2 GPU is good enough for moderately demanding graphical loads and lighter 3D titles. It is on par with the Adreno 612. As such, games like PUBG run at about 30-40 FPS on low settings, but heavier games like Genshin Impact and Asphalt 9 suffer considerable stutters.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
466 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
528 Points +13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
531 Points +14%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
551 Points +18%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
376 Points -19%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
540 Points +16%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (466 - 530, n=3)
508 Points +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=215, last 2 years)
916 Points +97%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1688 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1863 Points +10%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1541 Points -9%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
1786 Points +6%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1583 Points -6%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1661 Points -2%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (1688 - 1863, n=3)
1769 Points +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=215, last 2 years)
3005 Points +78%
Vulkan Score (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1476 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
567 Points -62%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
987 Points -33%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
Points -100%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
977 Points -34%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  ()
1476 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (79 - 9992, n=79, last 2 years)
4379 Points +197%
OpenCL Score (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1452 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
415 Points -71%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
1113 Points -23%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
Points -100%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1062 Points -27%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  ()
1452 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (434 - 10711, n=70, last 2 years)
4223 Points +191%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
9209 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
8115 Points -12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
7645 Points -17%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
6176 Points -33%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9527 Points +3%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (8115 - 9209, n=3)
8540 Points -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=214, last 2 years)
11885 Points +29%
Storage 2.0 (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
21770 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
19027 Points -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
11488 Points -47%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
15399 Points -29%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (19027 - 21770, n=2)
20399 Points -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6296 - 63116, n=127, last 2 years)
30208 Points +39%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3337 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3099 Points -7%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
4591 Points +38%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2285 Points -32%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3556 Points +7%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2112 Points -37%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3609 Points +8%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (3099 - 3337, n=2)
3218 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (712 - 7285, n=46, last 2 years)
3843 Points +15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3349 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3453 Points +3%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
4806 Points +44%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2173 Points -35%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3678 Points +10%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1989 Points -41%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3690 Points +10%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (3349 - 3453, n=2)
3401 Points +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (618 - 9451, n=46, last 2 years)
4273 Points +28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3296 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2281 Points -31%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
3969 Points +20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2789 Points -15%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3349 Points +2%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2692 Points -18%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3350 Points +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2281 - 3296, n=2)
2789 Points -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1093 - 4525, n=46, last 2 years)
3118 Points -5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3489 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3274 Points -6%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
4659 Points +34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2344 Points -33%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3704 Points +6%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2186 Points -37%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3708 Points +6%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (3274 - 3489, n=2)
3382 Points -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (704 - 23024, n=110, last 2 years)
9628 Points +176%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3481 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3648 Points +5%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
4721 Points +36%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2245 Points -36%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3773 Points +8%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2053 Points -41%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3843 Points +10%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (3481 - 3648, n=2)
3565 Points +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 45492, n=109, last 2 years)
16926 Points +386%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3518 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2410 Points -31%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
4455 Points +27%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2769 Points -21%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3352 Points -5%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2826 Points -20%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3302 Points -6%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2410 - 3518, n=2)
2964 Points -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1075 - 8749, n=109, last 2 years)
4503 Points +28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2427 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2383 Points -2%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
3380 Points +39%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1480 Points -39%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
2489 Points +3%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1339 Points -45%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2477 Points +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2383 - 2427, n=3)
2406 Points -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 7890, n=103, last 2 years)
2750 Points +13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2255 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2280 Points +1%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
3241 Points +44%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1286 Points -43%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
2293 Points +2%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1170 Points -48%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2306 Points +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2252 - 2280, n=3)
2262 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 9814, n=103, last 2 years)
2745 Points +22%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3315 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2829 Points -15%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
3979 Points +20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
3130 Points -6%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3328 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2707 Points -18%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3347 Points +1%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2829 - 3315, n=3)
3106 Points -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 4679, n=103, last 2 years)
3169 Points -4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3489 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2361 Points -32%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
3557 Points +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1499 Points -57%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
2701 Points -23%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1366 Points -61%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2596 Points -26%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2361 - 3489, n=3)
2750 Points -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=182, last 2 years)
6856 Points +97%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3481 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2341 Points -33%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
3368 Points -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1303 Points -63%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
2471 Points -29%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1191 Points -66%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2445 Points -30%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2244 - 3481, n=3)
2689 Points -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=181, last 2 years)
9936 Points +185%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3518 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2434 Points -31%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
4427 Points +26%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
3156 Points -10%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
3391 Points -4%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2814 Points -20%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3311 Points -6%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (2434 - 3518, n=3)
3042 Points -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (938 - 8480, n=181, last 2 years)
4266 Points +21%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
321 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
326 Points +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
143 Points -55%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
125 Points -61%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
293 Points -9%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (317 - 326, n=3)
321 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=207, last 2 years)
1724 Points +437%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1135 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1003 Points -12%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
1641 Points +45%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
482 Points -58%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
443 Points -61%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
974 Points -14%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (1003 - 1139, n=3)
1092 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=203, last 2 years)
6400 Points +464%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1146 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1181 Points +3%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
1679 Points +47%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
483 Points -58%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
445 Points -61%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
981 Points -14%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (1146 - 1181, n=3)
1162 Points +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=135, last 2 years)
2661 Points +132%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
48 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
52 fps +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
42 fps -12%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
57 fps +19%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
35 fps -27%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
72 fps +50%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (48 - 52, n=3)
50 fps +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (23 - 165, n=180, last 2 years)
85.3 fps +78%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
56 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
63 fps +13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
47 fps -16%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
86 fps +54%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
41 fps -27%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
82 fps +46%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (56 - 63, n=3)
58.7 fps +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (19 - 791, n=180, last 2 years)
250 fps +346%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
31 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
31 fps 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
22 fps -29%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
38 fps +23%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
20 fps -35%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
35 fps +13%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (30 - 31, n=3)
30.7 fps -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6.8 - 165, n=182, last 2 years)
72.9 fps +135%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
34 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
38 fps +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
25 fps -26%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
42 fps +24%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
22 fps -35%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
42 fps +24%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (34 - 38, n=3)
35.7 fps +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.2 - 363, n=182, last 2 years)
142.9 fps +320%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
21 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
20 fps -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
22 fps +5%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
27 fps +29%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
14 fps -33%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
26 fps +24%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (20 - 21, n=3)
20.3 fps -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.7 - 158, n=182, last 2 years)
61.7 fps +194%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
22 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
25 fps +14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
18 fps -18%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
30 fps +36%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps -32%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
29 fps +32%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (22 - 25, n=3)
23 fps +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6.2 - 279, n=182, last 2 years)
100.6 fps +357%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
11 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
12 fps +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
8 fps -27%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
16 fps +45%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
7.4 fps -33%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
14 fps +27%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (11 - 12, n=3)
11.3 fps +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5 - 117, n=182, last 2 years)
44 fps +300%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
13 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
15 fps +15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
9.2 fps -29%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
17 fps +31%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
8.3 fps -36%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
16 fps +23%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (13 - 15, n=3)
13.7 fps +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.9 - 166, n=181, last 2 years)
60.9 fps +368%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
13 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
13 fps 0%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
21 fps +62%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
9.3 fps -28%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
16 fps +23%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
8.5 fps -35%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
15 fps +15%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (13 - 13, n=3)
13 fps 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=226, last 2 years)
44.5 fps +242%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
14 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
16 fps +14%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
22 fps +57%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
10 fps -29%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
18 fps +29%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.7 fps -31%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
18 fps +29%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (14 - 16, n=3)
14.7 fps +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=226, last 2 years)
65.1 fps +365%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
8.3 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
8.5 fps +2%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
13 fps +57%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
5.6 fps -33%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
10 fps +20%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5 fps -40%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9.8 fps +18%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (8.3 - 8.5, n=3)
8.37 fps +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=226, last 2 years)
33.1 fps +299%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Doogee S99
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
5.4 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
5.7 fps +6%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4, 8192
8.2 fps +52%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
3.7 fps -31%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 4096
6.3 fps +17%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.2 fps -41%
Motorola Moto G51
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
6.5 fps +20%
Average Mediatek Helio G96
  (5.4 - 5.7, n=3)
5.53 fps +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=226, last 2 years)
26 fps +381%
Doogee S99Xiaomi Redmi Note 11SBlackview BL6000 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 10Motorola Moto G9 PlusMotorola Moto G42Motorola Moto G51Global Average -3Average of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-1%
-4%
-34%
-39%
-1%
-11%
-33%
95%
Sequential Read 256KB
521.31
524.39
1%
873
67%
497.4
-5%
489.4
-6%
843.09
62%
512
-2%
Sequential Write 256KB
479.53
446.46
-7%
198.5
-59%
241.5
-50%
186.2
-61%
436.32
-9%
473.5
-1%
Random Read 4KB
210.22
214.82
2%
190.2
-10%
131.5
-37%
134.8
-36%
122.08
-42%
178.7
-15%
100.1 ?(1.04 - 543, n=1689)
-52%
Random Write 4KB
214.05
216.24
1%
181.9
-15%
122.1
-43%
98.1
-54%
186.23
-13%
157.4
-26%

Speaker

The single speaker is situated on the bottom right of the handset. It is thin and rather quiet, likely because it is recessed beneath the thick rubber casing of the phone. It gets the job done in a pinch but is overall too quiet and tinny for an enjoyable media experience. Speaker phone calls are also somewhat difficult to hear unless the volume is set to 100%.

Battery Life

The Doogee S99 has a large 6000 mAh battery. Due to its high capacity and the power-efficient SoC, the smartphone has impressive staying power. While web surfing, users can expect to get just under 20 hours with the screen set to 1/3 brightness. This is far above competitors' battery performance, which only reach into the 13-15 hour range. The S99 lasts about a week on standby. 

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Doogee S99
Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 22.65 Wh
1196 min
Motorola Moto G51
SD 480+, Adreno 619,  Wh
1069 min -11%
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
SD 730G, Adreno 618,  Wh
968 min -19%
Motorola Moto G42
SD 680, Adreno 610,  Wh
949 min -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 2844, n=228, last 2 years)
918 min -23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
SD 678, Adreno 612,  Wh
889 min -26%
Blackview BL6000 Pro
Dimensity 800, Mali-G57 MP4,  Wh
846 min -29%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2,  Wh
725 min -39%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
19h 56min

Pros

+ tough, rugged design
+ great battery life
+ adequate performance

Cons

- lots of features that lack utility
- middling graphical performance
- heavy
- large bezels and overall footprint

Verdict

In review: Doogee S99 smartphone. Review unit provided by Doogee.
In review: Doogee S99 smartphone. Review unit provided by Doogee.

The Doogee S99 is a modestly-priced handset targeted specifically at people looking for a rugged phone with some outdoorsy features built in. While the overall build quality is excellent, it makes for a rather thick and heavy device that may not be pocketable. All those extra features (e.g., the night vision camera, the 108 MP shooter, the "toolbox" apps) seem more like novelties than genuinely useful add-ons. All said, the phone is packed with extras that come across more as fluff than essential tools, and the phone feels bloated as a result.

On the plus side, the S99 offers excellent battery life, a build quality that doesn't demand tender care, and a "good enough" SoC that offers decent performance for most everyday tasks.

The S99 would make a fine phone for people looking for a work handset that can survive demanding or difficult environments (such as construction) that don't require high performance. It would also make a good phone for younger folks; its rugged design would handle accidental drops, although its size may be a bit overwhelming for smaller hands.

Price and availability

The Doogee S99 is available for purchase from Doogee for US$499.99. At the time of writing, it is on sale for US$349.99.

Disclaimer: The author of this review received the smartphone free of charge for the purpose of testing.

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Sam Medley, 2023-01-10 (Update: 2023-01-10)