Doogee DG280 Leo, the full review of GizChina.it

Doogee DG280 Leo

After have shown you a preview of this entry-level smartphone a few days ago, the time has come to give a complete judgment to the Doogee DG280 Leo device, which - we remember - is sold at a price of only 75 €, to which shipping costs must be added (approx 20 €) and any customs (usually 17 € ).

A smartphone low-cost with good specifications, intended for an audience poco demanding, looking for a good hardware equipment at a very low price.

Doogee DG280 Leo

 Doogee DG280 Leo: the technical specifications

The hardware equipment includes the now classic processor quad-core Mediatek MT6582 operating at the clock frequency of 1.3 GHz, flanked by 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory expandable via MicroSD to 32 GB, a Mali GPU 400MP2 a 500 MHz and a battery from 1800 mAh. Present the support Dual-SIM and to the networks 3G Italian, even if the band is missing WCDMA of the 900 MHz and this could represent a problem in certain areas with some Italian operators.

The display is from 4.5 inch IPS, with a resolution FWVGA di 854 480 pixels x, bassina for a display of this size but sufficient for a "simple" use of the smartphone. The Android version installed is the 4.4.2 KitKat and we do not know yet if the company intends or not to release the update to Android Lollipop 5.0.

The photographic section includes a camera from 5 Mega-pixel equipped Flash LED and a front camera from 1.3 Mega-pixel, while the dimensions are of 68.3 x 133.5 millimeters, with a thickness of 8.8 millimeters and an overall weight of 134 grams.

Doogee DG280 Leo

Doogee DG280 Leo: design

Regarding the appearance, the Doogee DG280 Leo is characterized by a very simple and clean line, which provides in the lower front of the device the three keys soft-touch not backlit, the display from 4.5 inches and - in the upper part - the front camera from 1.3 mega-pixel, flanked by the ear capsule and the brightness and proximity sensors. Unfortunately, the notification LED is missing, a feature that we now find even on the cheapest smartphones.

In the back, instead, we find a back-cover made of a particular "rubbery" and flexible material, which has the task of protecting the device from accidental falls, absorbing the impact with the ground. In the lower part, we find the audio speaker, while in the upper part the 5 Mega-pixel camera and the LED Flash.

Removing the back-cover, we find the removable battery from 1800 mAh, the slot for the MicroSD and the two lodgings for overlapping SIMs, one of which Micro SIM, for the main SIM, and one standard, for the second SIM.

Analyzing the profile of the device, on the right side we find the Doogee brand and the volume balance.

On the left side, however, we have the power button, which also allows you to lock and unlock the device.

At the top we find the audio jack from 3.5 mm, while in the lower one we have the microphone and the MicroUSB connector.

Hardly the phone will tend to "slip" away from your hands, thanks to the excellent grip of the back cover "Rubbery" and to the small size of the display, despite the frames are quite thick. Furthermore, the weight of only 134 grams, is well distributed on the whole body of the phone.

Doogee DG280 Leo: display

The 4.5-inch IPS display, despite the low resolution, offers more than enough definition, even if the pixel grid is easy to see. Good color rendering, which returns quite natural colors, perhaps a little "washed out", dull, but, considering the price of the device, more than acceptable.

Very good viewing angles, as well as the brightness, which, in automatic mode, is adjusted very quickly, allowing you to see the display effortlessly even under direct sunlight.

Doogee DG280 Leo

As for the touch, the sensitivity is good, even if sometimes ghost touches occur, especially in the lower part of the panel. The possibility of waking up the device from stand-by with a double tap on the screen is excellent, a very useful function that we also find on other smartphones.

Doogee DG280 Leo: performance and benchmark

The processor MediaTek MT6582, flanked by 1 GB of RAM and from Mali GPU 400, offers a good fluidity and reactivity of the system, also thanks to 4.4.2 Android KitKat, poco expensive in terms of resources. After installing the most used applications (Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, etc), the free RAM settles on 500 MB, which is a good quantity that allows you to use the system and the main Apps very well, without impinging.

Doogee DG280 Leo

With a multi-tasking pushed, however, 1 GB of RAM proves insufficient, going to significantly slow down the system, but, all in all, we can not complain, since we are talking about an entry-level device.

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Results do not shine in the main benchmarks, which place the device in the middle-low range of the rankings.

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Doogee DG280 Leo: gaming performance

The coupling between the low resolution of the display FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) and the Mali 400MP2 GPU to 500MHz allows you to have a good fluidity in the main games. In particular, we have tried Real Racing 3, Beach Buggy Blitz ed Asphalt 8 Airborne.

No problem with Real Racing 3, which activates by default all the graphic details at most (including the reflection in the rear-view mirrors) and that runs smoothly even in the most challenging phases of the game.

Same goes for Beach Buggy Blitz, which works very smoothly with all the active graphic details, while with Asphalt 8 Airborne, we were forced to lower the graphics settings to get better playability.

All in all, we were positively surprised by the gaming performance of this smartphone, capable of running titles with complex 3D graphics very well.

During the game phases the back cover tends to overheat slightlybut nothing to worry about or excessive. The rear body, in fact, seems to be able to dissipate well the heat generated by the processor under stress.

Here is a video of the performances in the three games tested.

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Doogee DG280 Leo: photographic sector

The low-cost nature of DG280 is clearly highlighted by the performance of the photographic sector, represented in particular by the rear camera from 5 Mega-pixel. The shots taken with this sensor are of poor quality and, moreover, the auto-focus seems not to work properly, thus generating blur and lack of sharpness in the photos taken.

The problem could be of a software nature and, therefore, of easy resolution through an update. However, we do not want to rule out the possibility that the bug directly affects the sensor from a hardware point of view.

A little better video recording, which allows you to record videos with an unusual resolution of 1920 x 1088 pixels. Despite this, both in the videos and in the photos there is a bit of background noise, which tends to shell the images, thus reducing the quality.

Doogee DG280 Leo OS

Good Flash LED, which is well synchronized with the shot and that manages to illuminate the scene well. As for the front camera, the sensor from 1.3 Mega-pixel it does just enough work, returning very noisy shots e poco defined, but sufficient for video calls e Selfie.

Here are some photos taken with the Doogee DG280 Leo.

Doogee DG280 Leo: video recording test at 1080p

As I mentioned earlier, the Doogee DG280 Leo allows video recording to 30 FPS at a resolution of 1920 1088 pixels x, slightly higher than the standard FullHD (1920 x 1080 pixels). Bad, as for the camera, the focus, despite this, the quality of the video is slightly better than that of the photos, although there remains a clear problem to autofocus.

Here is a sample video recorded with the Doogee DG280 Leo.

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Doogee DG280 Leo: reception

Another disappointing and problematic aspect of the Doogee DG280 Leo regards the reception of the 3G network.

Using the device for a few days, I noticed some difficulty in connecting to the network HSDPA 3G, especially inside buildings. Then checking the frequencies supported by the device, I noticed that the band of the 900 MHz is not supported, which is why, in my area, I could hardly connect to the fast network at home. Only outdoors - where the signal that uses the band of 2100 MHz is able to propagate more easily - I was able to use the 3G network with full signal.

Despite this, the reception results in the average regarding the GSM network, pity, however, that the manufacturer did not include support for 900 MHz WCDMA, now used by many Italian operators. Excellent sound quality in call, both from me and the interlocutor, a sign that the antenna installed on the smartphone works well.

Doogee DG280 Leo

Initially, I also had problems with the GPS, which decided to work only after having re-downloaded the data several times EPO . After fixing this initial inconvenience, I did not find any problem concerning the reception and GPS navigation, even using the free browsing application TomTom GO, present on the Play Store. The antenna GPS it proved to be sufficient to use the smartphone as a navigator, with a good accuracy and a Fast FIX.

Average reception Wi-Fi e Bluetooth, which did not show problems during the tests.

Doogee DG280 Leo: autonomy

The battery of Doogee DG280 Leo has a capacity of 1800 mAh and allows you to use your smartphone quite intensively throughout the day.

In particular, I managed to cover up 12 hours of use, with abundant use of the GPS and data network 3G active, alternated with Wi-Fi, through which I downloaded and installed Real Racing 3, and other Apps, for a total of almost 2 GB downloaded. I then tried the satnav for about 10 minutes, and made the sharing of the internet connection via bluetooth for about an hour.

Furthermore, I used the smartphone to create the video focus on gaming and, as if that were not enough, I let an email and facebook messenger account synchronize, through which I received and sent several messages. Always with the same charge, I made 2 minutes of calls and sent several SMS, all with automatic brightness and 3G or Wi-Fi always on.

A very intensive use, which took me from 10 in the morning to 10 in the evening, with a residual charge of 8% and with 3 hours and minutes 15 active screen. It should be noted that the percentage indicator is poco precise, in fact, restarting the phone the percentage is often wrong.

I 1800 mAh of the battery are more than enough to cover a single day with heavy use, you will rarely arrive the next day, while if you use the smartphone more bland, then you will be able to prolong the autonomy up to almost a day and a half o poco plus, thanks to the Mediatek processor poco energy-consuming and low resolution display.

Doogee DG280 Leo: software

The Android version installed, as already mentioned, is the 4.4.2 KitKat and is slightly customized by the manufacturer. The series launcher, in fact, is not that Android stock, but has been modified by Doogee, who decided to change the icons and poco other, leaving the user the ability to add and remove home screens and to insert widgets.

Other than the redesigned icons, I have not encountered any other relevant software changes compared to a pure Android version. The translation into Italian is not very good, with several poorly translated words, while no problems with the English language.

Interesting music player installed by the manufacturer, which allows you to equalize the sound played both in headphones and in the speaker. Convenient function of smart unlocking, which allows you to draw on the display off a letter to start a certain application previously set.

Good for the stock browser, which loads even the most demanding web pages quickly without having to face any problems or problems.

I also point out the possibility of using it as a runtime ART instead of Dalvik, the new runtime used on Android Lollipop 5.0 and which resulted in a small increase in performance in some specific benchmarks.

Doogee DG280 Leo OS

The internal memory from 8GB, unfortunately, is divided into two partitions, one from 1.44 GB for the Apps, and one from 4.71 GB for user data, but - fortunately - Doogee has inserted an option that allows you to set the MicroSD external as main system memory.

Very essential the camera interface, which allows you to change very few settings.

I have not found any BUG particular software during the tests and not even an update available.

Doogee has added an energy saving option on the ROM, which allows you to save battery over a certain percentage of charge you set or to set a less energy-intensive profile.

Doogee DG280 Leo OS

I leave you with some screens related to the OS.

Doogee DG280 Leo: multimedia

The audio quality of the rear speaker is good, even if, by raising the volume too much, the sound tends to become a bit metallic and croaking. The volume is not very high but more than enough and the same goes for the audio in the headphones (tested with the Xiaomi Pistons), which is quite clean even if a little low.

As for video playback, I tried to play a video Mkv H.264 in FullHD of different GigaByte and I have not noticed any frame rate drops or shots.

Doogee DG280 Leo: conclusion

The strength of this smartphone is the price at which it is offered, or approximately 75 €. At this figure there are very few competitors offering similar hardware, not as a top range equipment but more than enough for a basic use of the smartphone.

The defects, as already mentioned, are two: the 3G reception, castrated due to the absence of the 900 MHz band, and the very bad camera, which presents an obvious problem in focusing.

We do not know if any update will correct these faults, the fact is that if you look for an entry-level smartphone and you do not care much of the camera or always use the 3G network, then for 75 euro this smartphone is for you. If, on the other hand, you are interested in always being connected and you have the easy shot, I advise against this device, since it is flawed in these two aspects.

The Doogee DG280 Leo is available on Comebuy. Here more information.