Doogee, not necessarily a name synonymous with smartphone owners in the West, but us tech heads, and those over in Asia are well aware of them. Head on over to our friends at Gearbest.com and check them out if you don’t know about them. They usually run quite close to the edge of concept phones, whilst borrowing from established flagships, and keeping costs incredibly low. At MWC 2018 they announced an interesting product, the Doogee V, complete with a built-in screen-based fingerprint scanner – oh and a notch!
There’s still a bit of mystique around the Doogee V, and we haven’t actually seen one yet, but from what we have seen, and the press releases themselves, it looks like an iPhone X had relations with the Vivo Apex concept phone from MWC 2018. The result is a classy looking device, with a iPhone X-esque notch, Viva Apex in-screen fingerprint scanner (Doogee are calling it Screen Print), and a bunch of other compelling specifications.
One of the most remarkable features is that Doogee V is that it is one of the first smart-phone brands to have delivered in-screen fingerprint technology. This allows more space on the screen, improving screen-to-body ratio, and essentially allows for near bezel-less displays to become almost seamless. That is unless you decide to use a notch at the top of your display. Doogee have done.
There are some differences here from the other device at MWC 2018 to have an in-screen fingerprint reader. The Vivo Apex opted for an ‘optical imaging system” to allow fingerprint reading through the screen, whereas Doogee went for the faster, but perhaps less secure, ‘optical identification system’ on their unit.
The key to the optical identification system is the OLED module employed, which emits rays and illuminates the fingerprint when situated. The fingerprint pattern will be transmitted to the sensor below. This is only available if manufacturers choose an AMOLED display for their device.
As you can see from the specs, the Doogee V is no slouch in other areas either with a 6.21″ 19:9 (yes, that’s not a typo) FHD+ display, dual camera setup around back with a 16MP selfie camera, 128GB storage and 8GB of RAM. It’s also using the Helio P60 chipset which isn’t the highest end chip in the world but it will deliver good real-world performance based on what we’ve seen. In laymen terms, it is seemingly comparable to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip which is currently sitting in the Nokia 7 Plus device recently announced.
We’re still awaiting pricing and full availability which will be made available near the launch date, but the press release does table a date of the end of March, beginning of April for an EU launch.
Does this excite you, or would you rather pay top dollar for the “real deal” when it comes to your nothces? Let us know in the comments.