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Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Smartphone Review

Great screen for cheap. The 5-inch phone retails for just around $100 and it already sports an 8-core MediaTek processor. What other surprises does this model carry?

The Valencia2 Y100 is Doogee's budget model as part of the Y100 family. A sleeker and stronger Y100 Pro model is also available with 4G support, a metal body, and slightly more powerful specifications, but both models make use of the same 5-inch 720p display.

Our Y100 today boasts an 8-core MediaTek processor with 1 GB RAM and an uncommonly used back touch panel for even more user control. The smartphone retails for about $100 USD, which only makes these features all the more lucrative. Everything sounds great on paper, but is performance really up to spec?

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Doogee Valencia2 Y100
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, OGS 5-point capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: MicroSD, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light
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): 8.25 x 142.5 x 71 ( = 0.32 x 5.61 x 2.8 in)
Battery
8 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: Rear: 13 MP w/ Flash, Front: 8 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Monaural, Screen protector, Protective case, Screen wipe, Micro-USB cable, AC adapter, Earphones, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
122 g ( = 4.3 oz / 0.27 pounds), Power Supply: 50 g ( = 1.76 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
100 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Case quality is strong from bottom to top. The smartphone resists twists and depressions very well thanks to the relatively thick removable back cover. The corners and edges of the back cover are larger than on most other smartphones to better protect the phone from nicks and drops. This does, however, make the phone appear larger than it really is with a thicker bezel.

Quality is not perfect either despite the good first impression. While twisting won't easily damage the device, creaking can be heard between the phone and back cover. It appears that the plastic case does not fit perfectly onto the phone, so any gaps between them will rub against one another. Furthermore, the Volume rocker and Power button are on the soft side with weak feedback when pressed.

The back cover utilizes a "wheat texture design" that Doogee claims is comfortable and both anti-fingerprint and anti-sliding. We can certainly vouch for these claims as the matte cover is indeed free of fingerprints and easier to hold when compared to smooth plastic cases. Additional colors are available including Lime, Teal, Black, and Pink. Nonetheless, the case here doesn't hold a candle to metal alloy smartphones in terms of looks and feel. These types of plastic cases are almost always only found on budget and lower-end mainstream devices.

As for size, our comparison below shows that the Y100 is about average for a 5-inch phone. The Huawei Honor 3C has a smaller footprint while the Zenfone 5 is larger in general. However, the Doogee is indeed a hair thinner than most other inexpensive phones of similar size.

148.2 mm / 5.83 inch 72.8 mm / 2.87 inch 10.34 mm / 0.4071 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs144.6 mm / 5.69 inch 69.7 mm / 2.74 inch 9.61 mm / 0.3783 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs144.8 mm / 5.7 inch 72.1 mm / 2.84 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 156 g0.3439 lbs142.5 mm / 5.61 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 8.25 mm / 0.3248 inch 122 g0.269 lbs141.3 mm / 5.56 inch 72.2 mm / 2.84 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs139.5 mm / 5.49 inch 71.4 mm / 2.81 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs131 mm / 5.16 inch 67 mm / 2.64 inch 10 mm / 0.3937 inch 141 g0.3109 lbs

Connectivity

The basic Micro-USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm headset ports are included with no extras. USB OTG is supported for users who want to connect generic mice, keyboards, and USB flash drives. We also connected a MHL cable to test for compatibility, but to no avail.

Remove the back cover and additional slots become available. MicroSD, micro-SIM, and Mini-SIM cards can be inserted after removal of the battery.

Note that the thick back cover can make it difficult for some Micro-USB cables to make full physical contact with the USB port. This is common on many budget smartphones and can lead to loose connections if the Micro-USB end is too short. Thankfully, the included cable with our Doogee is long enough to avoid the issue.

Top: Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm headphones
Top: Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm headphones
Right: Power button, Volume rocker
Right: Power button, Volume rocker
Bottom: Microphone
Bottom: Microphone

Communication & GPS

The integrated GPS and WLAN radio both work without issues. The 802.11n radio in particular appears weaker than the radio in the LG G2 when at equal distance from the WLAN source. Nonetheless, the signal is more consistent and just as reliable.

Doogee Y100 GPS Test
Doogee Y100 GPS Test
LG G2 GPS Test
LG G2 GPS Test
Doogee Y100 ~10 m away from WLAN source
Doogee Y100 ~10 m away from WLAN source
LG G2 ~10 m away from WLAN source
LG G2 ~10 m away from WLAN source

Telephone & Speech Quality

The seven sensors above the MicroSD slot are for the back touch panel feature
The seven sensors above the MicroSD slot are for the back touch panel feature

Official compatibility includes 2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and 3G WCDMA (850/1900/2100MHz). Thus, 4G is not an option for this particular model and is instead standard on the Y100 Pro.

The Y100 accepts Micro-SIM in slot #1 and Mini-SIM in slot #2. The phone can still make calls from the second SIM card even if the first slot is empty, which is not always the case on dual SIM smartphones. We are able to connect and makes calls on both AT&T and T-Mobile towers in the States. Sprint users are again out of luck in this case.

Call quality is very good with little static and no voice drops on full reception. We are able to listen clearly to the person on the other end holding a LG G2. Likewise, the receiver had no issues listening to the caller. However, sound is a bit on the softer side for our listener, so it may be more difficult if background noise is present. The Doogee does not support Wi-Fi calling unlike on the Sharp Aquos Crystal.

Cameras

The 13 MP and 5 MP rear and front cameras are advertised as Sony sensors to imply quality. Unfortunately, picture quality is well below average. Color temperature is overly cool and the rear camera is unable to clearly focus. The pictures below were taken on a sunny day, but performance is even worse under low-light conditions with its very weak LED flash.

Video recording supports up to 1080p24. Quality is poor with heavy blurring. The phone also supports ClearMotion technology to give 30 FPS videos the appearance of 60 FPS, including YouTube content. This is achieved by artificially doubling the frame rate and then repeating the frames for smoother playback. It certainly works as advertised, but videos with fast motion become even blurrier.

Accessories & Warranty

Doogee throws in a back cover, screen protector, screen wipe, Micro-USB cable, AC adapter, and earphones with every new purchase. The standard 12-month warranty applies to the smartphone only and not to any of the accessories.

Input Devices

Touchscreen

The 5-point capacitive touchscreen works without issues, which is not something we can say for all budget smartphones. The screen is equally responsive around the edges and corners as it is towards the center. Typing with the onscreen keyboard is effortless and the device registers inputs accurately. Letters appear onscreen as quickly as the user can type them.

Unusually, the virtual keyboard responds more slowly when on the Landscape orientation. The phone is more likely to misinterpret inputs and output experiences slightly more lag.

Back Touch Panel

Touch panels on the back of smartphones are not entirely new, but at the same time they are not a common find on models retailing for $100 USD. The touch sensors can be seen on the inside surface of the back cover. They are quite small at just under 5 x 5 cm, so the user has only a tiny surface to work with.

There are reasons why back touch panels are not more prevalent. For one, performance is not consistent because of the small surface area. Precision inputs are difficult and the panel is largely useless for actions other than page scrolling. Secondly, it is generally uncomfortable to use compared to simply using your thumb or other hand. Lastly, accidental inputs will happen frequently. The panel can be customized to quickly unlock the phone or launch the camera, but this can only lead to instances where the camera unexpectedly launches whilst the user is browsing, playing games, or performing other actions. Thankfully, the back panel feature can be easily disabled in the Settings menu.

Display

Pictures and texts appear very sharp on the Valencia2 Y100 even for a budget 720p smartphone. The screen itself is very close to the surface as the device utilizes OGS (One Glass Solution) technology, which is a similar technique used on newer Apple iPhones. Contrast and brightness are both above average for the price category as well. In fact, they rival more mainstream devices like the recent Asus ZenFone 5.

423.9
cd/m²
439.4
cd/m²
432.5
cd/m²
419.6
cd/m²
434.2
cd/m²
431.1
cd/m²
419.3
cd/m²
426.9
cd/m²
429.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 439.4 cd/m² Average: 428.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 434.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 747:1 (Black: 0.581 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.42 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 12.73 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.31
Doogee Valencia2 Y100Asus Zenfone 5Samsung Galaxy Grand PrimeMicrosoft Lumia 640Honor 3CSharp Aquos Crystal
Screen
14%
2%
24%
17%
11%
Brightness middle
434.2
389
-10%
426
-2%
433
0%
474
9%
401.6
-8%
Brightness
428
375
-12%
415
-3%
429
0%
449
5%
410
-4%
Brightness Distribution
95
88
-7%
90
-5%
95
0%
90
-5%
93
-2%
Black Level *
0.581
0.58
-0%
0.83
-43%
0.52
10%
0.7
-20%
0.72
-24%
Contrast
747
671
-10%
513
-31%
833
12%
677
-9%
558
-25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.42
4.22
60%
5.98
43%
3.42
67%
3.59
66%
3.63
65%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.73
3.08
76%
6.03
53%
3.03
76%
3.46
73%
2.84
78%
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.57 86%
2.48 89%
2.16 102%
2.58 85%
2.16 102%
CCT
11049 59%
6840 95%
7983 81%
7081 92%
7437 87%
6658 98%

* ... smaller is better

Color reproduction is where the Doogee begins to fall apart. Color temperature is overly cool for a poor grayscale and Teal in particular is very inaccurate. Hues are well represented at high saturation levels, but they only become more inaccurate at lower saturation. It's a bit of a shame as both Red and Green are otherwise quite balanced. Competing smartphones like the ZenFone 5 and Galaxy Grand Prime have more accurate colors than the Doogee in comparison.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker

With an average screen brightness of over 400 nits, the Valencia2 Y100 works generally well outdoors. The screen is still not bright enough to overcome direct sunlight and most glare, so shade or an overcast day are still better conditions.

Viewing angles are excellent as expected from an IPS panel. This helps tremendously in avoiding inevitable glare.

Glossy panel can still be an issue outdoors
Glossy panel can still be an issue outdoors
Wide viewing angles from IPS screen
Wide viewing angles from IPS screen

Performance

The 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 SoC is a mid-range octa-core SoC. A higher number of cores does not equate to better CPU performance the same way that a higher megapixel count does not equate to better camera performance.

Here on the Doogee Y100, the processor has been underclocked from 1.7 GHz to 1.36 GHz. All eight cores are able to run at 1.36 GHz simultaneously. Otherwise, all but one core will be disabled and running at 728 MHz when the system is idling. The lower maximum frequency on the MediaTek puts single-core performance in the same ballpark as entry-level Snapdragon SoCs, while multi-core performance still rivals the Snapdragon 600 series. More technical data and benchmarks on the MT6592 can be found on our dedicated CPU page here.

System RAM is just 1 GB, which we see as the bare minimum for new Android smartphones. Free RAM is just above half according to CPU-Z when no other applications are running.

System Performance

Subjectively, the Y100 is generally a smooth experience. The phone begins to falter when launching and exiting applications as there is a clear delay before the action appears onscreen. For example, pressing the Home button can result in icons still loading as they gradually pop into place. This problem only intensifies when multiple applications are running as system RAM is limited. More powerful mainstream or flagship models are the easiest solution if users demand strong multi-tasking performance out of a smartphone.

According to Android benchmarks like Vellamo and 3DMark, the MT6592 SoC shows similar multi-core performance scores as the Snapdragon 400 and 615 in the Zenfone 5 and ZTE Blade S6, respectively. Graphics power, however, falls well below the Adreno 430 and PowerVR G6430 in the One M9 and Zenfone 2, respectively.

Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
696 Points ∼19%
Asus Zenfone 5
763 Points ∼20% +10%
ZTE Blade S6
924 Points ∼25% +33%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1200 Points ∼32% +72%
HTC One M9
2280 Points ∼61% +228%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
1254 Points ∼28%
Asus Zenfone 5
1132 Points ∼25% -10%
ZTE Blade S6
817 Points ∼18% -35%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1251 Points ∼28% 0%
HTC One M9
2298 Points ∼51% +83%
Browser (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
1608 Points ∼21%
Asus Zenfone 5
1705 Points ∼23% +6%
ZTE Blade S6
2550 Points ∼34% +59%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
3005 Points ∼40% +87%
HTC One M9
3174 Points ∼42% +97%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1132 Points ∼25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1084 Points ∼15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1094 Points ∼17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
845 Points ∼19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1892 Points ∼17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1484 Points ∼18%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
8878 Points ∼10%
Honor 3C
7670 Points ∼9% -14%
Asus Zenfone 5
7872 Points ∼9% -11%
ZTE Blade S6
7526 Points ∼9% -15%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
16550 Points ∼19% +86%
HTC One M9
10432 (min: 10432, max: 10786) Points ∼12% +18%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
5774 Points ∼1%
Honor 3C
2470 Points ∼0% -57%
Asus Zenfone 5
4156 Points ∼1% -28%
ZTE Blade S6
8933 Points ∼2% +55%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
14270 Points ∼3% +147%
HTC One M9
34429 (min: 34429, max: 34485) Points ∼6% +496%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
6260 Points ∼3%
Honor 3C
2908 Points ∼1% -54%
Asus Zenfone 5
4643 Points ∼2% -26%
ZTE Blade S6
8577 Points ∼4% +37%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
14721 Points ∼6% +135%
HTC One M9
22783 (min: 22783, max: 23171) Points ∼10% +264%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
8186 Points ∼10%
Honor 3C
7472 Points ∼9% -9%
Asus Zenfone 5
7264 Points ∼9% -11%
ZTE Blade S6
7346 Points ∼9% -10%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7530 Points ∼9% -8%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
3975 Points ∼1%
Honor 3C
1653 Points ∼0% -58%
Asus Zenfone 5
2434 Points ∼0% -39%
ZTE Blade S6
5272 Points ∼1% +33%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7875 Points ∼1% +98%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
4488 Points ∼2%
Honor 3C
1999 Points ∼1% -55%
Asus Zenfone 5
2856 Points ∼1% -36%
ZTE Blade S6
5625 Points ∼3% +25%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7796 Points ∼4% +74%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
7988 Points ∼5%
Honor 3C
6831 Points ∼4% -14%
Asus Zenfone 5
7497 Points ∼5% -6%
ZTE Blade S6
7143 Points ∼5% -11%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
5974 Points ∼1%
Honor 3C
2560 Points ∼0% -57%
Asus Zenfone 5
5265 Points ∼1% -12%
ZTE Blade S6
10819 Points ∼1% +81%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
6329 Points ∼1%
Honor 3C
2973 Points ∼0% -53%
Asus Zenfone 5
5638 Points ∼1% -11%
ZTE Blade S6
9709 Points ∼1% +53%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
3396 Points ∼17%
ZTE Blade S6
3045 Points ∼16% -10%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5083 Points ∼26% +50%
HTC One M9
4193 Points ∼21% +23%
Sunspider
1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
1794 ms * ∼20%
Honor 3C
1581.7 ms * ∼17% +12%
Asus Zenfone 5
1684 ms * ∼18% +6%
ZTE Blade S6
1213 ms * ∼13% +32%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
817.7 ms * ∼9% +54%
HTC One M9
839.7 ms * ∼9% +53%
0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
1837.4 ms * ∼17%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
839.5 ms * ∼8% +54%
HTC One M9
778.2 ms * ∼7% +58%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
2512 Points ∼13%
Asus Zenfone 5
2188 Points ∼11% -13%
ZTE Blade S6
3635 Points ∼19% +45%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
6198 Points ∼32% +147%
HTC One M9
6440 Points ∼33% +156%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
2430 Points ∼5%
Honor 3C
1485 Points ∼3% -39%
Asus Zenfone 5
1822 Points ∼3% -25%
ZTE Blade S6
3655 Points ∼7% +50%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
6507 Points ∼12% +168%
HTC One M9
6493 Points ∼12% +167%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
15476.2 ms * ∼26%
Honor 3C
17906.6 ms * ∼30% -16%
Asus Zenfone 5
16691.6 ms * ∼28% -8%
ZTE Blade S6
11668 ms * ∼20% +25%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5845.9 ms * ∼10% +62%
HTC One M9
6508.2 ms * ∼11% +58%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Honor 3C
2847.3 ms * ∼59%
Asus Zenfone 5
2648 ms * ∼55%
ZTE Blade S6
1534 ms * ∼32%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
927 ms * ∼19%
HTC One M9
1132.1 ms * ∼24%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Honor 3C
2104.6 ms * ∼56%
Asus Zenfone 5
2642 ms * ∼71%
ZTE Blade S6
1739 ms * ∼46%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
721.7 ms * ∼19%
HTC One M9
1087.6 ms * ∼29%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Honor 3C
4652 ms * ∼38%
Asus Zenfone 5
3375.1 ms * ∼28%
ZTE Blade S6
2005 ms * ∼17%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1227.2 ms * ∼10%
HTC One M9
2237.3 ms * ∼18%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Honor 3C
1610 ms * ∼18%
Asus Zenfone 5
1633.6 ms * ∼18%
ZTE Blade S6
1088 ms * ∼12%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
681.5 ms * ∼8%
HTC One M9
1585.1 ms * ∼18%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
160 Points ∼7%
Asus Zenfone 5
167 Points ∼7%
ZTE Blade S6
267 Points ∼12%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
480 Points ∼21%
HTC One M9
287 Points ∼13%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
41 Points ∼5%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
109 Points ∼14% +166%
HTC One M9
72 Points ∼9% +76%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
556 Points ∼9%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
837 Points ∼14% +51%
HTC One M9
1043 Points ∼17% +88%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
568 Points ∼28%
Honor 3C
73 Points ∼4% -87%
ZTE Blade S6
707 Points ∼35% +24%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
688 Points ∼34% +21%
HTC One M9
789 Points ∼39% +39%
Graphics (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
325 Points ∼1%
Honor 3C
159 Points ∼1% -51%
ZTE Blade S6
800 Points ∼3% +146%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1432 Points ∼5% +341%
HTC One M9
3210 Points ∼11% +888%
Memory (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
317 Points ∼4%
Honor 3C
292 Points ∼4% -8%
ZTE Blade S6
608 Points ∼8% +92%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
954 Points ∼13% +201%
HTC One M9
933 Points ∼12% +194%
System (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
1193 Points ∼7%
Honor 3C
1039 Points ∼6% -13%
ZTE Blade S6
1084 Points ∼7% -9%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1622 Points ∼10% +36%
HTC One M9
1672 Points ∼10% +40%
Overall (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
514 Points ∼6%
Honor 3C
244 Points ∼3% -53%
ZTE Blade S6
782 Points ∼9% +52%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1111 Points ∼13% +116%
HTC One M9
1410 Points ∼17% +174%
AndEBench
Java (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
329 Iter./s ∼10%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1096 Iter./s ∼34% +233%
HTC One M9
1400 Iter./s ∼43% +326%
Native (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
11657 Iter./s ∼38%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
16601 Iter./s ∼54% +42%
HTC One M9
15384 Iter./s ∼50% +32%
Epic Citadel
Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
44.4 fps ∼72%
HTC One M9
58.2 fps ∼94%
High Quality (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
60.1 fps ∼99%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
58.3 fps ∼96% -3%
High Performance (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
60.2 fps ∼99%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
58.4 fps ∼96% -3%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
3.32 MB/s ∼1%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
3.32 MB/s ∼1% 0%
Honor 3C
2.94 MB/s ∼1% -11%
Asus Zenfone 5
1.26 MB/s ∼1% -62%
ZTE Blade S6
2.85 MB/s ∼1% -14%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5.91 MB/s ∼2% +78%
HTC One M9
13.91 MB/s ∼6% +319%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
15.5 MB/s ∼8%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
15.5 MB/s ∼8% 0%
Honor 3C
14.71 MB/s ∼7% -5%
Asus Zenfone 5
12.43 MB/s ∼6% -20%
ZTE Blade S6
7.85 MB/s ∼4% -49%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
22.69 MB/s ∼12% +46%
HTC One M9
20.66 MB/s ∼11% +33%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
6.22 MB/s ∼1%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
6.22 MB/s ∼1% 0%
Honor 3C
22.73 MB/s ∼4% +265%
Asus Zenfone 5
12.45 MB/s ∼2% +100%
ZTE Blade S6
51 MB/s ∼9% +720%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
54.6 MB/s ∼9% +778%
HTC One M9
123.81 MB/s ∼21% +1891%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
106.63 MB/s ∼7%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
106.63 MB/s ∼7% 0%
Honor 3C
78.99 MB/s ∼5% -26%
Asus Zenfone 5
95.47 MB/s ∼6% -10%
ZTE Blade S6
128 MB/s ∼9% +20%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
147.56 MB/s ∼10% +38%
HTC One M9
235.14 MB/s ∼16% +121%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
1186 Points ∼1%
Asus Zenfone 5
1119 Points ∼1%
HTC One M9
3499 Points ∼4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
354 Points ∼7%
Asus Zenfone 5
340 Points ∼7%
HTC One M9
1163 Points ∼24%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
1922 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade S6
2291 Points ∼6% +19%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
2373 Points ∼6% +23%
HTC One M9
3835 Points ∼10% +100%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
357 Points ∼7%
ZTE Blade S6
676 Points ∼14% +89%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
757 Points ∼15% +112%
HTC One M9
1275 Points ∼26% +257%

Legend

 
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 3C Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 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

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

The integrated ARM Mali-450 GPU is common on inexpensive smartphones and even tablets like the Acer Iconia Tab 10 and Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0. It works very well when paired with a 720p display. Titles like N.O.V.A. 3 are playable at what appears to be 20 - 30 FPS, but more demanding games like Anomaly 2 will see frame rate issues. Of course, 2D titles like Angry Birds play problem-free.

Synthetic graphics benchmarks place the Doogee alongside the SGX544 MP2 and Adreno 305. The Adreno 320 is at least 50 percent faster according to 3DMark Ice Storm at 1080p, whereas the Y100 can barely run 3DMark at a consistent 20 - 30 FPS at the same resolution.

3DMark 1080p at barely 30 FPS
3DMark 1080p at barely 30 FPS
Most Android titles still run well at native 720p
Most Android titles still run well at native 720p

Emissions

Temperature

Surface temperature is flat across the board when idling as is normal for most smartphones. The Doogee does heat up quite a bit when under unrealistically high loads up to a measured surface temperature of just over 38 C. It never becomes uncomfortable to hold regardless of the onscreen activity as this hot spot is concentrated on the top portion of the device. Users may notice the warmth when using the phone in Landscape orientation.

It's worth noting that the 5-inch Archos 50c uses the same MediaTek SoC as our Doogee, yet it experiences higher surface temperatures under similar testing conditions.

Max. Load
 36.4 °C
98 F
33 °C
91 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
 37.4 °C
99 F
33.8 °C
93 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 37.2 °C
99 F
34.4 °C
94 F
32.4 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
31.2 °C
88 F
31.4 °C
89 F
35 °C
95 F
31.6 °C
89 F
32.6 °C
91 F
36.2 °C
97 F
31.6 °C
89 F
31.8 °C
89 F
38.2 °C
101 F
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 33.3 °C = 92 F
Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.4 °C / 94 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 37.4 °C / 99 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 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.3 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Sounds lack bass, but is sufficiently loud
Sounds lack bass, but is sufficiently loud

The single rear speakerphone is loud, clear, and mostly static-free for media playback. Bass is severely lacking as is expected from a small and inexpensive smartphone. There is a Bass Enhancement option in the Settings menu, though it does little to boost quality and instead appears to just increase volume. Earphones are still the best option for a better audio experience.

Battery Life

Runtimes from the removable 3.8 V battery are below average. All competing models in our comparison table below feature longer battery lives under our standard testing conditions. Users can expect just over 2.5 hours of runtime at the very worst and almost 6 hours of constant WLAN use with the Doogee at 150 nit brightness (~30 percent setting). Purchasing a second backup battery or even an external power bank is recommended for long trips.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 19min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 44min
Doogee Valencia2 Y100
8.4 Wh
Asus Zenfone 5
2110 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
9.9 Wh
Microsoft Lumia 640
9.5 Wh
Honor 3C
8.8 Wh
Sharp Aquos Crystal
2040 mAh
Battery Runtime
62%
52%
39%
25%
69%
Reader / Idle
619
1131
83%
986
59%
1078
74%
1413
128%
WiFi v1.3
353
512
45%
502
42%
Load
164
229
40%
166
1%
205
25%
178
9%
WiFi
545
587
514

Pros

+ Rigid build quality
+ Crisp OGS 720p IPS display
+ Bright backlight
+ Responsive touchscreen
+ Three notification lights
+ Good call quality
+ MicroSD, Micro SIM, and Mini SIM support
+ Inexpensive

Cons

- Creaking between plastic case cover and smartphone
- Below average battery life
- Unreliable back touch performance
- Poor color accuracy
- Poor cameras
- Underclocked MT6592 SoC
- Only 1 GB RAM
- No 4G support

Verdict

In Review: Doogee Valencia2 Y100. Test device provided by Doogee.
In Review: Doogee Valencia2 Y100. Test device provided by Doogee.

Back touch panel. Sony camera sensors. Octa-core processor. These are features you would expect to hear on a flagship smartphone worth hundreds of dollars. Instead, these could all be yours for just about $100 USD on the Doogee Valencia2 Y100.

This sounds great in printing, but scratch beneath the surface and you will find poor cameras, mediocre performance, and an unreliable back touch panel. It's a good budget phone as long as expectations are kept in check.

We do praise the OGS display for its bright backlight and deep contrast. It certainly had us surprised to see such a nice screen on an inexpensive device. The drawbacks are inaccurate colors and grayscale with below average battery life. We would have liked to see Wi-Fi calling as well. Regardless, it's hard to argue against a smartphone that is just a fraction of the price compared to current mainstream offerings.

The Doogee Valencia2 Y100 can be purchased here at Gearbest for $95.

We do praise the OGS display for its bright backlight and deep contrast. It certainly had us surprised to see such a nice screen on an inexpensive device.

Doogee Valencia2 Y100 - 06/30/2015 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
70%
Keyboard
78 / 75 → 100%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
95%
Battery
88%
Display
78%
Games Performance
56 / 63 → 89%
Application Performance
28 / 70 → 40%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
60%
Average
72%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-07- 1 (Update: 2015-07- 3)
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.