The Chinese smartphone market is highly competitive. For almost every smartphone configuration there are numerous models between which the users can choose. However, it’s another thing when you’re looking for a big smartphone. It’s exactly in this area where Doogee would like to provide a suitable device. The Doogee Y6 Max provides middle class features with an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, a 13MP camera and 32GB storage. The phone’s unique selling point is its huge 6.5-inch full-HD display. We examined the Doogee Y6 Max in great detail and now we’ll tell you if it convinced us.
Design and build quality
Seeing the Doogee Y6 Max’ price you would expect a cheap plastic casing. However, the Y6 has a metal casing which has a surprisingly good build quality. Holding the phone in the hand, you would easily assess the phone at minimum 200$. The smartphone leaves the impression of a high quality device. Because of the huge 6.5-inch display, you clearly attract attention having a Doogee Y6 Max. The smartphone’s operation is quite pleasant thanks to the big display. The phone also has slim bezels, which makes it a ‘compact’ 6.5-inch phablet. Unfortunately, there is no notification LED. The soft touch buttons are located below the display and they are not illuminated.
The smartphone’s weight of 260g is quite high, but that’s only because of the phone’s size. The device’s dimensions are 172x90x9mm. Of course, a phone of this size is clearly noticeable in your trouser pocket.
The smartphone’s rear completely consists of aluminium except for two thin plastic strips. The camera juts out 1mm of the casing. Below the camera a LED flash and the fingerprint scanner, which works well, can be found. Volume control and power button also consist of aluminium and are located on the right. At the left you can find the SIM tray, in which you can insert either two micro-SIM cards or one micro-SIM and one micro-SD card for storage expansion. The rear cannot be removed and the battery is not replaceable.
Those looking for a smartphone with a big display are well-off with the Doogee Y6 Max. The 6.5-inch screen has a diagonal of 16.5cm. Therefore, the phone is well prepared for movies, multimedia or office tasks. The display glass is slightly bulged at the sides which secures good haptics. It has a full-HD resolution with 1920×1080 pixels which means a pixel density of 338ppi. You can’t detect any single pixels and you get a clear and sharp image. The panel used seems to be of good quality as well. The colours are strong and the phone has a high brightness. The contrast could be a bit higher, but fonts still appear in sufficient black. The smartphone has excellent viewing angles.
Those who like to customize the display can do this with the MiraVision tool with which you can adjust colour temperature, contrast and saturation. In addition, the phone provides a one-hand mode that shrinks the display to 5 inches.
The Doogee smartphone uses a middle class Octa-core processor by Mediatek. The MTK6750 has 4 Cortex A53 cores with 1GHz each and 4 more A53cores with 1.5GHz each. The phone uses a Mali T860 GPU. Additionally, the Y6 Max has 3GB RAM. With these features, the phone is designed for the fast use of basic functions and occasional gaming. Those looking for a smartphone with which they can surf on the internet, watch full-HD videos or work on text files are well-served by the Doogee Y6 Max. Navigating the system works very fast and when opening apps, there is almost no load time. Thanks to the big RAM you can open several apps simultaneously without getting a lower speed. Doogee’s system optimization is great. The phone is fast at any time and when navigating the system, there are no lags or delays. The internal storage has an average reading/writing speed of 182/80MB/s. The RAM is quite fast with 5GB/s. The 32GB internal storage offers enough space for apps and multimedia data. Those who need even more storage can use a micro-SD for storage expansion.
The Doogee Y6 Max’ middle class processor is not designed for playing high demanding games. Nevertheless, the phone has a good gaming performance in daily use. Simple games like Temple Run or Subway Surfer can be used without any restrictions. If you play more demanding games like N.O.V.A 3 you notice minimal lags. Still, you can even play such games on the smartphone.
The Doogee Y6 Max offers an Android 6 operating system. Updates are installed directly via Wi-Fi and the Google Playstore is preinstalled as well. The manufacturer reworked the user interface and named it Dido-OS. The launcher now has new apps and quick start icons. There is no overview of apps. The rest is designed in typical Android style, so that you have no trouble using the phone. The launcher offers the possibility to select one of 6 different themes as well as to change the transition effect of the home screens. All in all, the new user interface does neither have big advantages nor disadvantages. Those who prefer the standard Android design can simply install the Google Now launcher. Then you have an overview of apps again.
The Doogee Y6 Max provides a 13MP camera with an S5K3L8 sensor by Samsung. This sounds quite promising, considering that it’s a lower middle class phone. Indeed, in good lighting conditions, the Y6’s image quality is convincing. The camera takes pictures with good sharpness and colour representation. From time to time the colours are a bit pale, but most of the time you get nice photos. As soon as there is less light, image noise occurs. This is ,however, quite normal in this price range. The trigger time is pleasantly short and the autofocus does a good job.
Considering the low price, the camera is great. The front camera with 8MP also takes nice selfies in good lighting conditions.
The Doogee Y6 Maxis a dual-SIM smartphone. You can use it with either two micro-SIM cards or one micro-SIM and one micro-SD card. All 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies are supported. The smartphone’s reception is on average. The voice quality during telephoning is good. Both you and the caller are heard well. However, with the volume set on the highest level during a call, it gets so loud that the caller hears an echo in the background. It’s enough to only use half the volume when telephoning. The built-in speaker is suitable for using the hands-free kit as well as for playing music. The sound is a bit tinny, but the overall sound quality is good considering the reasonable price; there are only some smaller distortions with the sound at high volume. Connecting middle class headphones, you get a quite good sound that is suitable for listening to music.
The integrated Wi-Fi module supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks. There is also Bluetooth 4.0. The reception is on average here. The integrated GPS module does a good job, however, there is no e-compass available. The Doogee Y6 Max provides a brightness, a proximity and a direction sensor. Those who like to use VR glasses can do this thanks to the built-in gyroscope.
The Doogee Y6 Max offers a 4200mAh battery. For a 6.5-inch phablet this is only an average value which guarantees about one day of intense use (3-5 hours). Those who rarely use their phone can achieve two days of use as well. The smartphone lasted for a bit more than 7 hours in the PC-Mark battery test, which is an average performance. All in all, the Doogee Y6 Max is no champion in terms of battery, but it provides sufficient power for the average user.
The smartphone does not have quick-charge. It’s fully charged in 3 ½ hours.
Display: 6.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels FHD screen
CPU: MTK6750 Octa Core 1.5GHz
System: Android 6.0
RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
Camera: 13.0MP rear camera + 5.0MP ( SW 8.0MP ) front camera
Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Light Sensor
SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual micro SIM cards
Feature: GPS, A-GPS
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz