Doogee's HomTom HT6 phablet, with its 6250 mAh battery and 4G LTE, costs just $139.99

Doogee's HomTom HT6 phablet, with its 6250 mAh battery and 4G LTE, costs just $139.99

The old adage that you get what you pay for is true in most walks of life, but in the mobile market, a number of predominantly Chinese manufacturers have continued to defy this notion. From a nation once renowned for poorly-made, lesser-featured devices at rock-bottom prices, the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi and Co. have since brought forth high-spec treats at much less than you'd pay for, say, the new iPhone. Doogee has caught our attention on more than one occasion for this very reason, and you may well remember our initial coverage of the company's HomTom HT6 phablet back in late July. Well now, the handset boasting 4G LTE, Android 5.1, a quad-core SoC and a whopping 6250 mAh battery is available to order. Despite its rich feature set, it will only set you back $139.99.

For that kind of money, you'd ordinarily be looking at a typical Android smartwatch, or perhaps an ageing mid-range smartphone if you're lucky enough to catch one of the deals. But the Doogee HomTom blows most other sub-$150 phones out of the water, and aside from the super-charged battery and 4G capabilities, there's plenty else to write home about. 

The 720 x 1280 display is not on par with flagship-level devices, and over the 5.5-inch canvas, won't set the world alight. However, it's still an HD IPS display toughened by Gorilla Glass, and despite the array of features bundled with the HomTom HT6, one must expect a few shortcomings. 

The device includes a 13-megapixel main camera along with a 5-megapixel effort on the front for your selfie needs. There's 16 GB of on-board storage, but if you need more, you can slot in a microSD card of up to 32 GB in capacity. 

Another killer feature of this handset is its charging prowess. Having a battery double the size of most other smartphones is great and all, but not if it takes a million years to fill to capacity. Fortunately, the HT6 includes Fast Charging Technology which, according to the product description, will offer 75 percent power off a 30-minute charge. Not bad. 

The Doogee HomTom HT6 seems a great all-rounder, and the claimed 7-day 'average use' battery life is just the tip of the iceberg. The pre-sale period, which runs until October 15th, includes free flat-rate shipping to the United States. Precisely when the device will be in your hands, however, is less black and white. 

Still, if you're interested, you can find all of the details and purchase info at the source. Let us know if the HT6 floats your boat by dropping a comment below. 

source: GearBest via AndroidGuys

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16 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Holy sh-t this is probably the best bang for buck I've seen in awhile. 75% battery in 30 minutes!

2. carlemillward unregistered

How does it manage to charge 4700mah in 30min??? that is about 75% of 6250mAh!

7. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

The answer is very simple - it can't. It's just false advertising. You can check their portfolio and you'll find some models, which claim to have 85% screen-to-body ratio...They like to troll the people

3. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

That charging rate is a huge lie because that would mean more than 9 amp charge rate and no phone now gets even close to half that.

4. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's possible if they use a 15V charger!

5. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

No SOCs can handle anywhere near that charge rate and a single Li-Ion cell would most likely explode.

9. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

On all photos it shows a black and white wallpaper. I think the display may be of really bad quality, not to mention the res on 5.5.

10. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Another thing is I hate when phone arena says its a 4G LTE enabled device in the title of the article. Then everyone in the United States might think its compatible plus I don't think there was a clarification on where the LTE would be supported but I can already tell you you'd be lucky to get 3G on it. If I missed something please correct me I just skimmed through this

11. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I have purchased 2 Chinese phone from China, Elephone P8000, and Bluboo X550. They do not work on T-Mobile! I dont know if they work on AT&T or not, but I;m interested in the Doogee, but don't know if it'll work in my carrier. So I would buy with precaution, check bands first.

12. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

If it didn't work on T-Mobile more than likely they won't work on ATT for the most part the bands are similar. I'm curious though, you said the phone didn't work at all??? Or the LTE didn't work?? One GREAT website I use as a band compatibility tool is will myphonework.net just select the phone you have or want the model the country and carrier and it will literally tell you "2G yes 3G yes 4G no. I checked Doogee like the F3 and F5 pro and unfortunately they're not compatible with 3G or 4G you're lucky if you get Edge.

14. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I did buy two Chinese smart phones, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G (FDD-LTE) model, and it worlked great on tmobile (HSPA+). The other one is iphone 6 clone and it was a lovely phone, but it could only do 2G on tmobile and ATT. If you search internet, you can find information about how these Chinese phones work with US carriers, as some US based reviewers are now starting to review Chinese phones like Redmi Note 2, Lenovo K3 Note, Meizu m2 Note which are not marketed in US.

13. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

720P kills it. It barely passes at 4.7", so I doubt 5.5 is doing it any favors.

15. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes you can get much better phone (albeit with less battery) like Redmi Note 2, Lenovo K3 Note, Meizu m2 Note for similar price range. So unless you are always short on battery power, there is no reason to buy Doogee over other more established brands.

16. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I commented this yesterday but don't see it. I was about to buy it, but I checked the bands and basically it would only work on 2G on The 1900MHz T-mobile band. Not even 3G or HSPA 3G.

17. Roegge

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 11, 2017

I actually liked that announcement ! but i think ip68 should be standarized soon: ...i am not really thrilled with the possibility of getting things broken as soon as they arrived :( apparently Homtom would try to compete with Agm in the cool rugged economic phones line :D ( BTW : AGM if on flash sale promotion.agmmobile.com/AGM-flash-sale/?route=en ,... this will be interesting

18. ajuliusdota

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

Amazing battery !! a good take on the HT6 ! :) still … i cant put it in a competition against a rugged with better specs as the x1 ( thatagmdude.blogspot.com/2017/03/RDeen0Xagmx1part1​.html) … so … no thanks… but great try!! :)

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