Hands on: DOOGEE DG800 Valencia low-cost Android 4.4.2 Kitkat phone


doogee dg800 valencia review

DOOGEE are a phone maker that have come out of nowhere. The brands is one of the few that targets international customers and they are doing very well in Europe which comes as no surprise considering they offer phones like the DOOGEE DG800 Valencia.

On the surface the DOOGEE DG800 Valencia is like any other mid-range Chinese smartphone. It features the tried and trusted Mediatek MT6582 chipset, 1GB RAM and has a 4.5-inch qHD 960 x 540 display which suit the phones asking price of just $120. But trying to be a standout company means doing things that other manufacturers haven’t and this is where the DG800 Valencia really comes in to its own!

DOOGEE DG800 Valencia Specifications

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Bear in mind that the DOOGEE DG800 Valencia is a $120 Android smartphone when reading the following specs.

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If you didn’t look in to that too carefully then you might have missed the details mentioning the rear touch panel, 13 mega-pixel main camera, 8 mega-pixel front with 88 degree wide-angle lens, dual SIM support oh and Android 4.4.2 KitKat! At the time of writing I believe that the DOOGEE DG800 Valencia is the only quad-core MT6582 phone on the market running Android 4.4.2!

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Camera specs are what we got from the official Doogee website and the packaging the phone came in, they sound impressive and we wonder if these sensors are in fact an 8 mega-pixel rear, 5 mega-pixel front which have been interpolated to achieve higher resolution images. But even still, those specs are still impressive for $120!

DOOGEE DG800 Valencia In the box

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In the box DOOGEE supply the DG800 Valencia with a spare rear cover (with no touch control), a standard cover (w/touch), 2000mAh battery (which seems kinds of small to us), 2 x screen films (one already fitted), USB cable, charger, ear buds and English instruction manual.

DOOGEE DG800 Valencia Unboxing Video

DOOGEE DG800 Valencia first impressions

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It is early days for a full review and I might uncover some bugs over the days, but from what I have seen from the DOOGEE DG800 I can safely say that this is undoubtedly the best value Android smartphone in this price range. Even if we assume the cameras are interpolated, the specs are still more than most other companies are offering, and the rear touch panel and Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS are real standout features.

We’ll bring you more on the DOOGEE DG800 Valencia once we have finished our review.

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48 Comments

  1. Rob
    May 15, 2014

    Unfortunately they seem to be targeting the low and mid sector market, would like to see them release a killer spec phone at a great price for those of us who want something a little better.

  2. slartiblart
    May 15, 2014

    Looks good. 4.4 should be less resourceful on the phone. The phone looks suspiciously like repackaged Star W450.

    • Airyl
      May 15, 2014

      W450 looks nothing like this.

  3. Migale
    May 15, 2014

    I’d be interested in a comparison with the new Xiaomi 1S with Snapdragon 400… what’s the best-buy?

    • Airyl
      May 15, 2014

      Redmi 1s for speed and bang for buck, Doogee for looks and features. Personally I prefer the Redmi.

      • Migale
        May 15, 2014

        What about Doogee’s GPS? I’m sure Xiaomi’s GPS does great while i know mediatek is not the best for that…

        • mfmx
          May 16, 2014

          My MT6589 based Lenovo S920 has a good GPS and the Lenovo A760 based on Snapdragon 200 had crap GPS (could be something wrong with the GPS on that, some other people claimed it was good on their phones)

        • Ivan Ferrer
          September 10, 2014

          I have dg800 and have to say that I love the phone. Is fast, always ready to work, good camera, good memory, good battery, etc. But its GPS is definitely not acurated. I use it with Runtastic app and it cuts (rounds) all the sharp corners I run. and when I run by a straight road, it draws a parallel line over the houses at the side.
          And when I use google Maps, it hangs every few minutes.
          I you don’t use GPS, I recommend this phone. But if you do use it, go for another model.
          When travelling, I use the GPS and Maps app of my old Xperia Neo connected with dg800 by wifi zone. This team-work does the job perfectly.
          Excuse my bad english.
          EDIT: There are tutorials to solve GPS accuracy in chinese phones:
          http://youtu.be/MrG-kIRDEJ0

  4. Rob
    May 15, 2014

    Unfortunately they seem to be targeting the low and mid sector market, would like to see them release a killer spec phone at a great price for those of us who want something a little better.

  5. slartiblart
    May 15, 2014

    Looks good. 4.4 should be less resourceful on the phone. The phone looks suspiciously like repackaged Star W450.

    • Airyl
      May 15, 2014

      W450 looks nothing like this.

  6. Migale
    May 15, 2014

    I’d be interested in a comparison with the new Xiaomi 1S with Snapdragon 400… what’s the best-buy?

    • Airyl
      May 15, 2014

      Redmi 1s for speed and bang for buck, Doogee for looks and features. Personally I prefer the Redmi.

    • Migale
      May 15, 2014

      What about Doogee’s GPS? I’m sure Xiaomi’s GPS does great while i know mediatek is not the best for that…

    • mfmx
      May 16, 2014

      My MT6589 based Lenovo S920 has a good GPS and the Lenovo A760 based on Snapdragon 200 had crap GPS (could be something wrong with the GPS on that, some other people claimed it was good on their phones)

    • supino
      September 10, 2014

      I have dg800 and have to say that I love the phone. Is fast, always ready to work, good camera, good memory, good battery, etc. But its GPS is definitely not acurated. I use it with Runtastic app and it cuts (rounds) all the sharp corners I run. and when I run by a straight road, it draws a parallel line over the houses at the side.
      And when I use google Maps, it hangs every few minutes.
      I you don’t use GPS, I recommend this phone. But if you do use it, go for another model.
      When travelling, I use the GPS and Maps app of my old Xperia Neo connected with dg800 by wifi zone. This team-work does the job perfectly.
      Excuse my bad english.
      EDIT: There are tutorials to solve GPS accuracy in chinese phones:

  7. shikhi
    May 15, 2014

    Hi Andi. Please get us some deal for Elephone P7 Blade. The phone was supposed to Cost $99internationally. But I couldn’t find it below $125 anywhere. There is no point in tagging it a $99 phone if its not available at that price..
    Thanks

  8. Guest
    May 15, 2014

    Hi Andi. Please get us some deal for Elephone P7 Blade. The phone was supposed to Cost $99internationally. But I couldn’t find it below $125 anywhere. There is no point in tagging it a $99 phone if its not available at that price..
    Thanks

  9. Sarno
    May 16, 2014

    I have a 6582 phone with 1gb ram (wika rainbow/myphone agua rio/qmobile i9).
    Does it mean that I can flash the doogee Rom to my phone to take advantage of kit kat?

  10. kermitos
    May 16, 2014

    Looks very promising.. waitin for a review.. Thx Andi!

  11. Guest
    May 16, 2014

    I have a 6582 phone with 1gb ram (wika rainbow/myphone agua rio/qmobile i9).
    Does it mean that I can flash the doogee Rom to my phone to take advantage of kit kat?

  12. mfmx
    May 16, 2014

    DOOGEE doing very well in Europe? With WCDMA 850 instead of WCDMA 900 I doubt it and I have never seen them in Europe.
    I have only seen their phones in Shenzhen among the other dodgy brands like Gionee or Konka…

    BTW, this is not the only MT6582 phone running Kitkat (if it actually is. looks like Jelly Bean on the screen dump). There is Kitkat available for Lenovo S930 which is using MT6582.

  13. Guest
    May 16, 2014

    Looks very promising.. waitin for a review.. Thx Andi!

  14. dutchgio
    May 16, 2014

    Still not sure if its real KitKat or not.. Transparant statusbar? White colors instead of blue? And so on..

    • iANDROID8.1
      May 17, 2014

      me too I think it’s fake there’s no “Printing” option on the settings KitKat should’ve had that feature :/

      • mfmx
        May 17, 2014

        My Lenovo K910 and S920 phones have real kitkat 4.4.2, and they don’t have any printing options. But I’m also sure it’s fake on this Doogee phone…

        • iANDROID8.1
          May 17, 2014

          I’m using CyanogenMod 11 by the way, but I really doubt KitKat to be real on this one some phones like the Goophone S5 says they have KitKat but if you look deeper on the SDK it says it’s Android 4.2.2 :/

          • madacakuk
            June 20, 2014

            cmon its only the doogee launcher…

  15. mfmx
    May 16, 2014

    DOOGEE doing very well in Europe? With WCDMA 850 instead of WCDMA 900 I doubt it and I have never seen them in Europe.
    I have only seen their phones in Shenzhen among the other dodgy brands like Gionee or Konka…

    BTW, this is not the only MT6582 phone running Kitkat (if it actually is. looks like Jelly Bean on the screen dump). There is Kitkat available for Lenovo S930 which is using MT6582.

  16. dutchgio
    May 16, 2014

    Still not sure if its real KitKat or not.. Transparant statusbar? White colors instead of blue? And so on..

    • iANDROID8.1
      May 17, 2014

      me too I think it’s fake there’s no “Printing” option on the settings KitKat should’ve had that feature :/

    • mfmx
      May 17, 2014

      My Lenovo K910 and S920 phones have real kitkat 4.4.2, and they don’t have any printing options. But I’m also sure it’s fake on this Doogee phone…

    • iANDROID8.1
      May 17, 2014

      I’m using CyanogenMod 11 by the way, but I really doubt KitKat to be real on this one some phones like the Goophone S5 says they have KitKat but if you look deeper on the SDK it says it’s Android 4.2.2 :/

    • madacakuk
      June 20, 2014

      cmon its only the doogee launcher…

  17. elad
    May 17, 2014

    does it have a led notification light?
    is the battary is indeed 2000mah?
    how much does it weight with the batt. on?

    thank you.

    • Glib Kutsenko
      March 10, 2015

      nope
      yes
      132g

  18. elad
    May 17, 2014

    does it have a led notification light?
    is the battary is indeed 2000mah?
    how much does it weight with the batt. on?

    thank you.

    • Glib Kutsenko
      March 10, 2015

      nope
      yes
      132g

  19. ferdi
    June 18, 2014

    isnt there an Italian seller? I think i saw link on GIZ.it but cannot find it now.

  20. ferdi
    June 18, 2014

    isnt there an Italian seller? I think i saw link on GIZ.it but cannot find it now.

  21. RobNZ
    June 21, 2014

    Hi Andi. Can we please have comment on whether there is missed call/messages LED notification front light. Essential on any smart device IMHO and there seems to be conflicting information on the net re the answer to this question.

  22. RobNZ
    June 22, 2014

    Hi Andi. Can we please have comment on whether there is missed call/messages LED notification front light. Essential on any smart device IMHO and there seems to be conflicting information on the net re the answer to this question.

  23. WILLIAM de Vries
    September 5, 2014

    Why don’t you put a decent manual on the internet for the 800 but also for the DG500C.
    It takes me a lot of time and experienting to learn everything.

    If it is available please send me a e-mail with the address where to get it.

  24. Guest
    September 5, 2014

    Why don’t you put a decent manual on the internet for the 800 but also for the DG500C.
    It takes me a lot of time and experienting to learn everything.

    If it is available please send me a e-mail with the address where to get it.

  25. Denis G
    September 7, 2014

    You could tell us why the new DG800 Valencia has a PROBLEM wiht the
    CAMERA? I have buyed a new Dooge DG800 and I am very frustrated beacause I realized that DG800 it is a phone with a broken camera. All photos taken by the camera show a RED CIRCLE in the middle of the photos. The DG800 received so much marketing but how could Doogee sell a phone with that kind of mistake? This is a BIG PROBLEM, Is there any solution for that?

  26. Denis G
    September 7, 2014

    You could tell us why the new DG800 Valencia has a PROBLEM wiht the
    CAMERA? I have buyed a new Dooge DG800 and I am very frustrated beacause I realized that DG800 it is a phone with a broken camera. All photos taken by the camera show a RED CIRCLE in the middle of the photos. The DG800 received so much marketing but how could Doogee sell a phone with that kind of mistake? This is a BIG PROBLEM, Is there any solution for that?

  27. Denitsa
    October 28, 2014

    I think there was too much marketing and advertising for this phone, not corresponding to its real specifications.

    1. The battery is extremely bad. If you use wifi or talk (in other words, if you use the phone as a phone), it doesn’t last more than 2 1/2 hours. This means that you should recharge maybe 3 of 4 times a day.

    2.After using the phone for 3 months, the charging cable stopped connecting properly and you should stand next to the phone while charging, so you van be sure it recharges at all. This can totally kill the pleasure of using this phone.

    3. The camera is poor. Not 12mpxl at all. The photos as blurry and not focused. I paid for professional software, trying to improve the quality, not very succesful. The viedo is perfect on the other hand.

    4. The front and back panel are very “soft”. If you drop the phone, scratches appear immediately.

    Otherwise the processor is fine, works very well and the phone is easy to work with. But with all the battery problems and the poor camera, I definately do not recommend it. Yes, the money is not a lot, but imagine how you wake up in the morning, you take the phone from the charging all night position and after 5 minutes you notice that the battery is 86%. Awful and unpleasant.

  28. Denitsa
    October 28, 2014

    I think there was too much marketing and advertising for this phone, not corresponding to its real specifications.

    1. The battery is extremely bad. If you use wifi or talk (in other words, if you use the phone as a phone), it doesn’t last more than 2 1/2 hours. This means that you should recharge maybe 3 of 4 times a day.

    2.After using the phone for 3 months, the charging cable stopped connecting properly and you should stand next to the phone while charging, so you van be sure it recharges at all. This can totally kill the pleasure of using this phone.

    3. The camera is poor. Not 12mpxl at all. The photos as blurry and not focused. I paid for professional software, trying to improve the quality, not very succesful. The viedo is perfect on the other hand.

    4. The front and back panel are very “soft”. If you drop the phone, scratches appear immediately.

    Otherwise the processor is fine, works very well and the phone is easy to work with. But with all the battery problems and the poor camera, I definately do not recommend it. Yes, the money is not a lot, but imagine how you wake up in the morning, you take the phone from the charging all night position and after 5 minutes you notice that the battery is 86%. Awful and unpleasant.