BARCELONA—The 6.21-inch AMOLED screen of the Doogee V delivers where the Galaxy S9 does not—an in-panel sensor unlocks the phone in under 0.5 seconds.
In practical terms, this just means the phone can boast a high screen to body ratio of 94.85 percent. There’s also some bragging rights for this lesser known Chinese brand, which apparently began life at Mobile World Congress five years ago, hence the name V—the Roman numeral for five and also, apparently, Winston Churchill’s infamous “V for Victory” gesture.
In fairness, it was only rumored that the Galaxy S9 would feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. But that’s all part and parcel of the internet hype machine.
The Doogee V screen itself, which we saw separated from the phone, is incredibly thin and vivid. It’s an AMOLED type with a resolution of 2,248 by 1080, which works out to 401.61 pixels per inch (ppi) and an odd 19:9 aspect ratio.
Other features of the Doogee V include a 16+8 megapixel main camera, which supports AI-powered scene detection and smart translation, and a 16-megapixel front camera, which lets you unlock the phone with your face. As a result, there’s an iPhone X-like notch up top, which we also saw on the Asus ZenFone 5.
Powering everything is a 4,000mAh battery, which can be charged wirelessly (5V/2A), while an octo core MediaTek P60 CPU, clocked to 2GHz and 8GB of RAM run the show, with 128GB of storage for your pics, files, and apps. How much of the ROM will be user-available is currently unknown.
Price, launch date, network, and regional release are also unknown, but according to a press release, it should be hitting shelves in late March or early April.