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

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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28 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

8. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

10. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

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

12. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The processors actually fine. But the GPU...

20. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

"I am who I am" well goddam!

2. SnakєBoyVincentLiu unregistered

another day, another iPhone 6 lagdroid rip-off

5. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Another day, another of snake boy's idiotic comments

17. SnakєBoyVincentLiu unregistered

Another day equals more butthurt fandroids

19. Loveneesh

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Another day another crappy comment.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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?

3. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Those ICS era buttons though...

13. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 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.

15. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

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

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 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!.

4. AntonioBanderas

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 21, 2015

Look Cool!

6. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

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

24. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

7. gaming64 unregistered

It's sleek as hell.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Lookse like the Lumia 1520

11. askarak

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 25, 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.

14. AZNHA unregistered

dat $140 thou

26. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

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

18. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 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!

28. Tech-8816

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 18, 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.

22. monoke

Posts: 1193; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

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

23. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

25. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

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

27. Tech-8816

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

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

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