Doogee V Max is the latest addition to the company's rugged smartphone lineup. It comes with a massive 22000 mAh battery with Fast charging- the largest battery capacity of any smartphone.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Doogee V Max specs or watch the video below the article.
Powered by MediaTek's octa-core Dimensity 1080 chipset built on TMSC's 6nm process technology, the V Max has a base memory configuration of 256 GB + 12 GB.
It also boasts an impressive selection of cameras, including a triple 108MP Ultra-HD camera and a 20MP SONY night vision camera.
The phone has a large 6.58-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, is IP68 and IP69K rated, is MIL-STD-819H certified, and runs the Android 12 operating system.
The V Max's massive battery can last up to 25 hours of gaming, 35 hours of streaming, 80 hours of music, and 109 hours of phone calls.
While the phone's size and weight may hinder some, it offers impressive features and capabilities for those who overlook its bulk.
- Huge 22,000 mAh battery capacity that allows for extended use without recharging.
- 5G connectivity provides faster internet speeds and improved network coverage.
- Impressive 108 MP primary camera with 4K video recording capability, creating high-quality photos and videos.
- The phone is huge and heavy, making it less portable and potentially tricky to carry.
- The included charger is only 33W, which can result in slower charging times compared to other smartphones.
- Release date: 2023, February 13
- Colors: Sunshine Gold, Classic Black, Moonshine Silver
- Dimensions: 178.5 x 83.1 x 27.3 mm.
- Weight: 0 g.
- Screen: 6.58" inc, 1080 x 2408, IPS LCD
- Camera : Triple, 108MP
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6877V Dimensity 1080 (6 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM
- Battery: 22000, Li-Po, non-removable
- Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / 5G
- Operating system: Android 12
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Typically, better performance comes with a higher price tag, but that's not the case with the Doogee V Max. The smartphone is currently available for USD 380 on the Aliexpress store.
The design of the V Max phone has been a challenge for the designer. Despite the effort, the phone's appearance lacks elegance or style, and its design can be described as "techno-brutalism".
It has rounded corners and edges to not look so much like a brick, but it still looks like a big block.
The phone's thickness allows the speakers to be positioned on top and bottom, giving games a slight stereo effect when played in landscape mode.
The camera cluster is slightly raised, but the back of the phone is mostly flat. The phone has a button layout with a fingerprint reader, power button, volume rocker on the right and a custom button with the SIM card slot on the left.
The phone has a USB type C port and a carabiner slot on the bottom edge, which is the only way to charge the phone. The USB C port is covered with a rubber plug to keep out water and dust. The 3.5mm audio jack is missing.
The phone has a large 6.58-inch screen at the front, which takes up 83% of the body, and has Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The front-facing camera is 32 MP and sits in the display in the middle of the top.
There are dual speakers at the top and bottom for a more immersive stereo sound experience.
The Doogee V Max is coated with high-quality synthetic rubber and has an IP68 and IP69K rating, meaning it is dust, scratch, shock, and drop resistant and waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.
It is available in three colors: Sunshine Gold, Classic Black, and Moonshine Silver. It's reinforced with four thick cushions at the corners to handle the toughest collisions and for comfortable wear.
It also withstands high-pressure and high-temperature washdown tests and withstands high water pressure of 100 bar (1450 psi) and high water temperature of 80°C. It is also MIL-STD-810H certified, a military-standard certification that ensures the integrity of the device is maintained in almost any situation.
The device boasts a 6.58-inch IPS screen, 1080 x 2408 FHD+ resolution, and 120Hz refresh rate. This display is one of the best available in a budget, durable phone. It covers 83% of its body and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
The screen bezels are clean and stand out, with the classic Dot Drop cutout in the middle of the top, which houses the front 32 MP camera for selfies and video calling.
Despite its high resolution and 401PPI, the display's thin bezels provide excellent viewing angles, clear content, and accurate color reproduction.
Contrast contributes to an immersive viewing experience with deep blacks and vivid colors.
Screen brightness is also impressive, with a maximum value of 400 nits and blue light protection for comfortable reading.
While it may not be suitable for direct sunlight, the screen remains readable even on sunny days.
Overall, the display is the standout feature of this mid-range phone, providing good value for its price and making it ideal for media consumption, gaming, and browsing.
The durable Doogee V Max phone received an overall excellent rating thanks to its three-camera system. The system includes a 108 MP Samsung S5KHM2SP03 sensor chip with F/1.8 aperture and 7P lens, a 20MP SONY IMX350 night vision camera with F/1.8 aperture and 2 IR night vision lights, and a 16MP wide-angle and macro camera with F/2.2 aperture and 130° FOV.
The phone's night vision mode is a remarkable feature that allows users to capture great photos even in low light. However, the camera's low-light performance is not ideal, and images taken in these conditions look soft, grainy, and washed out.
The ultra-wide lens captures photos with colors that are close to those of the prime lens.
Dynamic range is decent, with minimal barrel distortion in ultra-wide images, making it ideal for capturing social media-worthy photos in daylight.
The macro camera can capture cool photos, but it lacks detail, making it less appealing.
The Doogee V Max can record videos at up to 4k resolution at 30fps with the rear and front cameras, but there's no stabilization. Shooting in Full HD at a lower quality can help reduce jitter.
The phone's front camera features a 32MP Sony IMX616-AAJH5-C sensor chip that produces decent selfies with good skin tone and detail. However, contrast and noise in the darker spots compromise the quality a bit.
The night vision mode is one of the phone's main strengths, with the 20 MP Sony IMX350 sensor allowing users to see everything in the dark. Image quality is very good in dimly lit environments, and the camera can capture lens flare-type effects in the deepest darkness.
The main camera sensor is the 108MP Samsung S5KHM2, which can take great pictures. However, it doesn't have all the smart features when at full resolution, and users can only take 12MP photos with "beauty" modes.
DOOGEE V Max is a powerful and efficient phone in the rugged category that performs exceptionally well. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 chipset, which is an improved version of the Dimensity 920 with slightly better performance, better efficiency, and boosted camera support.
With a 1080 SoC under the hood, the V Max can handle just about any task you throw at it. It features a processor with two Cortex-A78 performance cores clocked at 2.6 GHz and six Cortex-A55 clocked at 2.0 GHz, making it a powerful machine when it comes to mid-range smartphones.
It also has 12 GB of RAM and supports up to 8 GB of virtual RAM, allowing for improved speed and performance. The phone has 256GB of Internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 2TB.
In terms of gaming performance, the V Max is outstanding. It has a strong GPU and runs games like PUBG and Call of Duty: Mobile at medium and high settings, and Asphalt 9: Legends runs smoothly without issues.
The phone has an impressive 22000 mAh battery that can last up to 96 days of standby, 240 hours of normal use, 19 hours of talk time, 40 hours of video, 90 hours of music, and 25 hours of gaming.
However, the battery capacity is also the reason for the phone's large and heavy design. Charging can be a challenge, even with the included 33W charger, taking over six hours to reach the full potential of such a large battery.
Software and user interface
The Doogee V Max boasts several impressive features, such as being an early adopter of Android 12. This provides users with a better interface, a privacy dashboard, and some interesting customization options.
The UI has better gesture navigation controls and a dark theme and contains most of the features that come with the system.
The presence of all Google services makes the smartphone experience smoother and more personalized. The large icons, animations, and overall responsiveness of the GUI are also noteworthy.
The stock Android system is considered the best for these devices because it provides better performance without pre-installed apps or games that are often accompanied by ads.
However, the "Toolkit" app, which includes an altimeter, compass, gradient, protractor, and more, does not burden the device and is free of pop-up ads.
The Doogee V Max also boasts excellent sound quality with two speakers. The sound is rich and detailed, making it ideal for watching movies or listening to music.
In terms of connectivity, the Doogee V Max has a Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) card slot that accommodates two 5G wearable cards that support all 5G and 4G bandwidth offerings. This provides a super-fast user experience, with 5G supposedly being 10 times faster than the operator's 4G network.
The device also supports two frequency bands of 2.4GHz and 5GHz and WIFI 6, resulting in greater efficiency, reliability and security.
The phone is also equipped with Bluetooth 5.2, basic sensors and NFC for mobile payments (Google Pay supported). It also has a MicroSD card slot. It also has dual-frequency GPS for accurate positioning even in complex urban environments.
Although the Doogee V Max boasts impressive power, RAM, camera quality, and an incredible battery, it is unfortunately too big to fit comfortably in your pocket.
However, Doogee has managed to create a sturdy and rugged phone with a rugged design that is highly impressive, following in the footsteps of the Doogee V30.
This phone has what it takes to become a major contender in the affordable, rugged smartphone market.
Its cameras perform exceptionally well and are ideal for all kinds of tasks, especially with the inclusion of an infrared night vision camera for use in dark environments.
Its large 6.58-inch FHD 120Hz display is ideal for enjoying the latest Android 12 features, and its battery life is outstanding, making it a reliable companion for outdoor adventures or everyday use.
The Doogee V Max is extremely durable and has the highest certifications for protection from water, dust and shock damage.
Doogee V Max video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Doogee V Max and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Doogee.