With the advent of new chipsets MediaTek Series MT67xx, all smartphone manufacturers, in a kind of attempt to "Arms race", have engaged in the production, even in the low end, of 64-bit smartphones. The Taiwanese chip-making company has taken care of everything to make it easier, because it has been able to offer mobile solutions to 64-bit low-cost, such as to "upset" the market.
If you are looking for an entry level smartphone, Dual SIM, maybe with LTE and 64-bit connectivity, Doogee F1 Turbo Mini it can be for you.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini, the review of GizChina.it
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Technical Sheet
- CPU MediaTek MT6732 Cortex-A53 quad-core from 1.5 GHz;
- GPU Small T760 MP2;
- 1 GB of RAM;
- 8 GB of internal memory, expandable via micro-SD up to 64 GB;
- display from 4,5 inch IPS OGS qHD with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 264 ppi;
- rear camera by 8 megapixel;
- front camera from 5 megapixel;
- Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluethoot 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, LTE;
- 2000 mAH battery;
- 4.4.4 Android KitKat (soon update to Android 5.0 Lollipop).
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Design
The device presents itself to the market as theentry level to 64-bit of the producer, but despite this, the part of aesthetics and design is not sacrificed, where F1 Turbo Mini manages to distinguish in the mass of devices "all the same".
The front part hosts the display from 4,5 inches above the soft touch front keys (Options, Home, Back) which, unfortunately, are not backlit, so in the evening it will not be easy to "guess" the precise position of the soft key at the first try. Furthermore, with the vibration mode o silent, the vibration feed disappears.
The main microphone is also embedded in the front body.
Great importance even for selfie view the front 5 megapixel camera. On the front we also find the brightness sensor, proximity and the ear capsule.
Superiorly there is the housing for the 3.5 mm jack together with the micro usb plug.
The right side houses only the power button. There side band is completely in aluminum, slightly protruding from the body of the device and with one "diamond cut" processing. Very nice the two visible screws that are embedded in the side frame.
On the left side, characterized by the same processing for the metal part, we find the volume rocker and two visible screws, certainly appreciated in terms of design.
The lower side is completely clean.
The rear shock hosts the main camera from 8 megapixel, slightly protruding, with the LED flash and at the bottom the large grid for the system speaker. The back-cover is in polycarbonate and is characterized by a rubberized finish which, if on the one hand improves the grip, on the other it gives a look "Patch" view the plot from which it is composed.
So, a bit of a surprise considering the market range of the device, the Doogee F1 Turbo Mini is characterized by the use of noble materials in the shells. The excellent polycarbonate construction, the brushed aluminum of the side frame and the aforementioned screws, present on both sides, give the device a truly captivating look and contribute to transmitting a feeling of solidity to the user.
The front is topped with a mineral glass, not gorilla glass, which turns out to be poco oleophobic holding the fingerprints a little too much.
Ergonomics is excellent. The weight is just 112 grams and appears to be very well balanced and distributed over the entire surface of the device. Holding the F1 mini Turbo is not a problem at all and usability is also guaranteed with one hand.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Display
The display is definitely not the sector for which the device stands out, however the one installed on the F1 Turbo Mini turns out to be a good panel in general. More specifically, the device display is a good unit from 4,5 inch IPS OGS qHD and aspect ratio of 15: 9 with one resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a pixel density per inch of PPI 264, that is what we can define a good compromise if we consider the selling price.
The main flaws of F1 Turbo Mini are detectable in the brightness sensor, too lazy in changing, managing and adapting to various environmental conditions, and in the glass that protects the , too much poco oleophobic and, therefore, such as to excessively hold the fingerprints during use.
The settings menu, however, also provides the possibility to adjust some parameters of the "display" thanks to Miravision technology, through which it will be possible to manage the color temperature on three parameters - standard, vivid e user mode - as well as the dynamic contrast regulation, depending on the content we are going to view on the display. The rest of the settings are not noteworthy as they are all the classic items of the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Software
The device interface has no noteworthy settings or customizations. All the oriental philosophy of Xiaomi's MIUI roads, Meizu's FlyMe, etc., or that of the high customization of the various menus and all aspects of the OS, is absent here and this is evident from the first start of the device, which proposes as a home based on Google Now Applications Launcher, without however integrating Google Now itself, Android's voice assistant. Furthermore, the ROM is also characterized by the presence of the application drawer.
The software is based on Android in the 4.4.4 KitKat version but the manufacturer has already stated that an update to the latest release of Google's OS will be released, namely 5.0 Lollipop. In this way it will also be possible to take advantage of the 64-bit hardware base.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Benchmark
As anticipated, the endowment of the Doogee F1 Turbo Mini provides a quad-core processor MediaTek MT6732, a technology-based solution Cortex-A53 to 64-bit with maximum clock frequency of 1.5 GHz, coupled with a video card Small T760 MP2 e 1GB RAM.
Here is the result of the various benchmarks:
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Antutu Benchmark
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Gaming
For the graphic part, Doogee F1 Turbo Mini relies on one GPU Mali-T760 MP2, a card that, although of a good standard, can not make the gaming experience with the device quite enjoyable, putting us even more than necessary in the processing and loading of the game.
However, the reproduction of the game elements is good and the details are reproduced well. In fact, we also find the reflection in the rear-view mirrors, albeit not with a “maximum” reproduction.
The game runs smoothly and without jamming, apart from some sporadic loss of frames.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Multimedia
The one concerning the cameras is, perhaps, the sector of the worst successful device. There rear camera is a sensor from 8 megapixel which is not at all in line with our expectations placed in the device.
The shots, in fact, are barely acceptable if viewed on the device screen, while if analyzed on larger displays, such as that of a PC, they appear to be "Kneaded and veiled". The photos in HDRinstead, they go to correct this serious defect, improving the regulation of light during shooting and giving pleasant results.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - 1080p video test
The camera software is the stock of the devices MediaTek, which we know well by now, since it is in common with many other smartphones equipped with this hardware base.
As per tradition MediaTek, the gallery shows the animations of the videos being scrolled, an aspect that is always pleasant to see. The videos are played without any problems, the fluidity is good and the audio and images are well synchronized.
Il Music player it has no noteworthy customizations, if not a slight restyling compared to the stock one. In general, the music player fully incorporates the functionality of Android Kitkat.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Web browser
On the device the web browser is "backed up" by Chrome, the latter has become increasingly more performing and performing over time.
Internet browsing is good, but it is not at the peak of the experience of use, both because of the resolution and the size of the display diagonal, which will take you to perform pinch-to-zoom very often. The management with multiple open tabs is not problematic, provided you do not have many applications in the background and, therefore, do not saturate all the RAM memory.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Office part and Autonomy
Autonomy is certainly the strong point of the Doogee F1 Mini Turbo. The not particularly defined display and the not very energy-intensive processor allow the device to overcome the day of intense use without any problem.
Our stress-test It provides:
- 2 gmail account in push;
- 1 Facebook account that synchronizes every 30 minutes;
- 1 Twitter account that synchronizes every 30 minutes;
- Intensive use of WhatsApp;
- about 40 minutes of calls;
- about 60 minutes of web browsing;
- about 15 minutes of leisure with games;
- Mi Band in synchronization with Bluetooth.
The "business" part does not particularly stand out for its functionality and characteristics. The calendar has no personalization and there is not even an installed file manager. However, this is not an insurmountable problem as you can safely resort to some Apps available for free on the PlayStore, such as, for example, WPS Office, software that represents "a security" in the management of Word and Excel files.
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Photo gallery
Doogee F1 Turbo Mini - Conclusions
There are not many strengths of the device, but it would certainly be a mistake on our part to advise against buying it. For poco more than 100 euros, in fact, you can have a smartphone with a hardware already at 64-bit and with the promise of an imminent arrival of Android Lollipop 5.0, which can always hope.
The performance is decent, as long as you don't have many applications open in the background and, therefore, don't stress RAM and CPU. A pinch of more optimization would not hurt and, for this reason, we are confident that the manufacturer can remedy all these small productivity defects with the update to Android Lollipop 5.0.