Doogee V20 Hands-On: An affordable rugged Android phone with a few tricks up its sleeve

The Doogee V20 arrived soon after the V10 was released, which uses the same chipset but has a slightly smaller screen (and a less energy-efficient screen that uses LCD technology), less storage space, and less capable cameras. The V20 is available with 8GB of storage and 256GB of USF 2.2 storage, which can be supplemented with the help of a microSD card. The 6.43-inch punch-hole AMOLED display has a pixel density of 409 pixels per inch, having a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The screen has a typical brightness of 500 cd/m² and a contrast of 80,000:1 and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (below the screen protector applied on top, of course). Unfortunately, the refresh rate is only 60Hz. In terms of performance, everything meets the expectations one might get from a device powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset.

The 16 MP front camera uses a Samsung-made sensor, and the triple camera on the back (64 + 20 + 8 MP) includes a 20 MP night shooter that uses the Sony IMX350. The main camera can shoot videos up to 2K resolution, but the results are not impressive. With no stabilization available, shooting video content in motion yields meager results. However, using applications that provide software-assisted installation can get the job done in some cases (OpenCamera, for example).

Weighing in at 296 grams (0.65 pounds), the Doogee V20 measures 170.5 x 81.2 x 14 mm (6.71 x 3.19 x 0.55 in). These dimensions may seem bulky to some users, but contemporary flagships can get even larger when housed within a durable weatherproof case that offers all-around protection.

In addition to the aforementioned night shooter, which failed to impress me much (see some shots at the end of this section), the Doogee V20’s most interesting feature is the 1.05-inch rear screen. Thanks to him, the user can start playing music, answer or cancel calls, check the time and date, as well as the current battery level. At the moment there are only a few presets available, but I hope to see more visual features of this secondary offering.

Running GeekBench 5.4.4, I got a single-core score of 513 and 1668 multi-core score. The results of the computing tests were 1427 (Vulcan) and 1423 (OpenCL). The internal storage, according to the A1 SD Bench, is capable of over 600MB/s when writing data, and reads close to 210MB/s. The same benchmark measured a memory speed of over 25,000 MB/s.

Apart from the benchmarks, I can say that I have tried most of the apps and games I usually run on my Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and there is no noticeable lag, leaving aside the screen refresh feature in favor of Mi 10T Pro which becomes evident in titles like NFS No Limits or Asphalt 9 However, I must also point out that the brightness and viewing angles of the V20’s screen are a major feature when using the phone in direct sunlight.

While the bottom speaker is decent and loud enough, the lack of stereo sound is a shame when using the phone to watch videos or play games. The earpiece, on the other hand, is surprisingly loud, especially considering the fact that water-resistant phones often provide a muffled sound for the earpiece, due to the protection of the earpiece used. Signal strength is pretty close to what I get on a Mi 10T Pro on the same network (measured with WiFiman), but I haven’t been able to get a 5G signal on any of them (5G signal is very weak in the city, not an issue with phones).

Given its power, along with the screen and chipset used, battery life is surprisingly excellent, with at least two days of mixed use that includes gaming and phone conversations, as well as taking photos and video. In this case, wireless charging is a welcome addition to the list of features, as it helps the user avoid removing the protective cover of the USB-C port. Over time, wear from repeating this process may affect the device’s water resistance. Finally, Doogee says the battery should still be able to hold more than 80 percent of its nominal capacity after 500 charge cycles, so the V20 should still be new from that point of view after three years of regular use.