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Monsters from Asia: the affordable Doogee F3 Limited Edition with its bonkers specs sheet


As a general rule, our biweekly column on amazing hardware from the East focuses on devices you can get your hands on right now. Occasionally, however, we'll make an exception, and today's one is called the Doogee F3 Limited Edition.

Now, Doogee is far from a household name in the West, and we suspect it's a long road ahead for the nascent Chinese company, but it's definitely trying, what with high-profile sponsorships and incredibly-sounding devices on their roster. Without a doubt, the newest expected addition to the lineup is the Doogee F3 Limited Edition, which the company promised will sports bonkers specs and cost relatively little at $349.99. The only catch? The phone was announced in a Doogee press release dated June 2015, with the promise of an October launch.

So what's so amazing about the F3 Limited Edition? For starters, we'll supposedly get a 5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution display from LG, covered by curved, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3. Off to a good start, right? That's not everything, though, for next we're told to expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with eight cores, 4 gigs of RAM, and 32GB of storage. On the back, Doogee promised a 21-megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor — the same unit available with the Moto X Style and LG G4 — while up front, an 8-megapixel OmniVision unit will handle all your selfie needs. Finally, we're told that a Sony-made, 3,100 mAh battery cell will keep the lights on, though we have no concrete information on the software side. Whether a 3,100 mAh unit will prove sufficient will be interesting to see, as we've recently discovered that phones with Qualcomm's troubled flagship chip consistently post poor battery life results.

Finally, we're also curious as to whether Doogee will include any of its fancy back covers with the F3 Limited Edition — like bamboo and ebony. Both of these, from what we've seen from the Doogee F3 Pro (a lower-end version that is already available for under $200), look incredible in pictures. Let's hope that's also true of the real thing.

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