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Doogee F5: $140 full-HD phablet with liquid metal frame and fingerprint scanner hits pre-order

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Doogee F5: $140 full-HD phablet with liquid metal frame and fingerprint scanner hits pre-order
$140 doesn't tend to buy you much in the smartphone world these days, particularly if you happen to prefer some of the higher-end quirks. Chinese firm Doogee has thrown out the rulebook, though, having delivered a slew of handsets in 2015 that offer strong features on a budget. The new F5 smartphone sees the company outdo itself once more, packing an octa-core processor, 1080p display, fingerprint scanner and liquid metal frame into a bundle costing just $139.99.

If you look at some of the newer entrants to the smartphone market like the Galaxy Note5 or the iPhone 6s, you'll notice that their starting price is in the latter hundreds of dollars. Even subsidized by a contract, you're expected to pay upwards of $100 for the privilege of owning the latest brainchild of the Big Two. But while Doogee is decidedly Bush League compared with the might of Samsung or Apple, it seems refreshingly unafraid to throw down the gauntlet in such a crowded market. 

The F5 is the latest of a hatful of releases from Doogee, and in terms of technical specifications, one of its best yet. For a price equivalent to your monthly coffee bill, this device boasts a 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 IPS display, a MediaTek MTK6753 64-bit octa-core chip, a healthy 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of on-board storage space. 

To the rear, there's a 13-megapixel shooter atop the fingerprint scanner, and you get an 8-megapixel cam on the front. There's 4G LTE for snappy browsing and downloads, as well as the usual connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Software-wise, it packs Android 5.1 Lollipop from the get go. 

It looks a pretty sweet deal for a nicely-designed smartphone, and if you're interested, shipping commences from September 30th. It's hard to fathom how a company can produce so much for such a minimal fee, and with free flat-rate shipping, it's a prospect that may tempt many into taking a risk on an up-and-coming brand. 

Pre-orders are now being taken, with the aforementioned shipping phase starting in a couple of days' time. More details and purchase info can be found at the source. 

source: GearBest via AndroidGuys

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posted on 28 Sep 2015, 04:46

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3616; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


MediaTek MTK6753 64-bit octa-core chip is a no go... Of course, considering the price it's good but not if one wants a device that'll last 2 years or more.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:22 1

8. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


You get what you pay for. 100 min for 75% on a new battery is not fast charge in my book

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:43

10. wando77 (Posts: 814; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


30 mins for 70% battery.....but...... 2.5hrs for 100%.... WTF

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 06:12

12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


The processors actually fine. But the GPU...

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 09:34

20. zeeBomb (Posts: 1863; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


"I am who I am" well goddam!

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 04:54

2. SnakєBoyVincentLiu (unregistered)


another day, another iPhone 6 lagdroid rip-off

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:14 19

5. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Another day, another of snake boy's idiotic comments

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:14 1

17. SnakєBoyVincentLiu (unregistered)


Another day equals more butthurt fandroids

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 09:15 2

19. Loveneesh (Posts: 152; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


Another day another crappy comment.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 10:07

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I don't understand why you think everyone else is butt hurt? Its just a phone its not like we get anal rape or what?

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 04:59 3

3. Hatshipuh (Posts: 128; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Those ICS era buttons though...

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 06:27 3

13. hwb01 (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


I don't get it... All Chinese brands seem to have those buttons. I guess Chinese people don't like to waste the extra energy clicking a button or waste any screen space with on screen buttons.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 07:13 4

15. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 783; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


chinese companies are intelligent. I dont like on-screen buttons

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 07:20 1

16. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I don't understand how could possibly losers think onscreen button is better. That big ass button is not just a waste of space but also major eyesore!.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:04 2

4. AntonioBanderas (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Sep 2015)


Look Cool!

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:19 1

6. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 783; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


I will order it to give liquid metal a try. I want to see how liquid metal feels as compared to cheap aluminium

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 19:25

24. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1043; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Liquid metal may still be aluminum, its all about how its cooled. I love the liquid metal magnesium of my SP3. It feels amazing.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:22

7. gaming64 (unregistered)


It's sleek as hell.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:31

9. SIGPRO (Posts: 1385; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Lookse like the Lumia 1520

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 05:45 1

11. askarak (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Aug 2015)


PLZ don't say "subsidized bla-bla-bla". Simplest math tells you: it's not subsidized, it's simply a loan that you pay off during 12-24 months.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 06:46

14. AZNHA (unregistered)


dat $140 thou

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 00:55

26. TechNeck (Posts: 237; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Hachiman you use an iPhone so why you on here? .3.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:55

18. gersont1000 (Posts: 299; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I was about to order one for my wife but I checked the T-Mobile US compatibility and it would only work on 2G at 1900MHz band. That sucks!

posted on 23 May 2016, 22:37

28. Tech-8816 (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Apr 2016)


If you don't like the Doogee F5, you can consider the Bluboo Xtouch with the same MTK6753 octa-core chip, 3GB RAM, but with larger battery capacity and better display. Watch the video: Bluboo Xtouch vs UMI Touch vs Elephone P7000 vs Doogee F5 on Youtube.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 13:21

22. monoke (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Doogee fresh! Gotta love the square styling of this phone. Looks premium yet very affordable price.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 15:26

23. Coconut00 (Posts: 474; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Doogee is trolling. No way this phone has an 82% screen-to-body ratio if the Sharp AQUOS Crystal has a 78% screen-to-body ratio.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 19:27

25. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1043; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Doogee makes some pretty good looking phones, now all they need to do is offer Windows 10 mobile on them.

posted on 20 Apr 2016, 01:00

27. Tech-8816 (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Apr 2016)


What's the price now? You like the powerful mid-range smartphone? The oukitel k6000 pro Usd 149.99.

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