Unboxing and Hands on with the DOOGEE DG850 Hitman


DOOGEE DG850 Hitman review

Xiaomi Mi4 clones are sure to be popular this year, so we take the time to go hands on with one of the first to hit the market! The DOOGEE DG850 Hitman.

DOOGEE join the long list of Chinese phone makers who are lining the pockets of the Chinese factory producing these highly customisable clones. For DOOGEE they have done things a little different with their version of the device by adding their trademark rear touch panel to the phone, along with IR blaster inside a sturdy metal chassis.

In the box we find the DOOGEE DG850 Hitman phone, USB data cable, EU charger, screen protector, SIM ejector tool and also a simple plastic case to keep the phone looking as sharp as it does the day you open it. Speaking of sharp, the metal body chassis is nicely machined and finished to a good standard good to see considering early real Mi4 phones tended to be a little sharp in areas.

Across the front of the DG850 there is a 5-inch 720p display from Sharp/JDI with narrow white bezels either side. Once the screen is powered up the quality is as good as you would hope from the manufacturers behind it, however there is more black around the sides and makes the actual bezel size wider than it appears.

DOOGEE DG850 Hitman review

The chin on the DG850 Hitman has backlit capacitive buttons, and we found on our sample that the white colour appears to have bubbles between it and the glass front. This doesn’t affect the phone in use, but is ugly and shouldn’t be there. Above the screen is an 8 mega-pixel camera, light sensor and receiver.

DOOGEE DG850 Hitman review

A chunky stainless steel chassis is the highlight of the build, and while it might be completely stolen from Xiaomi’s design, it is well made and give the DOOGEE DG850 Hitman a great sturdy and quality feel in the hand. It also adds weight to the phone, something that doesn’t bother me personally.

The sides are flat with a bezeled edge that meet the glass front. These flat areas are where the single speaker and micro USB are found in the base, sim tray on the left and volume and power buttons on the right. The top is where the 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster are found.

DOOGEE DG850 Hitman review

As mentioned there is a SIM tray and to get in there you need to use the included SIM ejector tool. Initially I was disappointed to find that the SIM tray has room only for one micro SIM (as can be heard in the video) however on closer inspection the SIM tray is double sided and supports dual SIM.

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DOOGEE DG850 Hitman review

Considering that this phone is launching late in 2014 it is a shame that there is no 4G LTE supported. This is partly due to the quad-core MT6582 processor, and partly to keep costs down. 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory also help to keep the price of the phone low, but will also hinder the use who likes lots of games, video and photos on their phone.

I’ve not tried to remove the rear panel of the phone, but turning the device over shows a DOOGEE logo, 13 mega-pixel main camera and rear touch panel. Also from the specs I know that the DG850 also supports Mediatek’s HotKnot feature. This is a file transfer feature similar to NFC.

DOOGEE DG850 Hitman unboxing and hands on Video

DOOGEE DG850 Hitman first impressions

From a build point of view the DOOGEE DG850 Hitman is an impressive phone. Sure it might be a clone, but it is a very well made clone, and one that I would feel happy use due to the high standard of build quality. The fact that it only has a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and no space for a micro SD card are issues that will put off a lot of potential buyers, you may even find those missing features on similar clones fro Elephone, No.1, Zeaplus or Kingsing.

If the specs are powerful enough for you and you want a high quality phone that feels like it will easily last a few years then I would suggest take a look at the DOOGEE, but if you can hold on a few weeks or months, there will also be plenty of great 64bit phones on the market to take a look at too.

We plan to complete a full review of the DOOGEE DG850 Hitman very soon so keep posted. Thanks to DOOGEE for sending the sample phone over for review.

The DOOGEE DG850 Hitman can be purchased from Coolicool.com now.

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36 Comments

  1. estec
    December 18, 2014

    Great first look thanks! Will you check languages please?

  2. Guest
    December 18, 2014

    Great first look thanks! Will you check languages please?

  3. Shinshin
    December 19, 2014

    Andi because you get the original rom in all the phone you get to review please do us a favor and start to include a list of all supported languages. In a photo, text, another DB on the website, etc…

  4. Laurence02
    December 19, 2014

    What is that factory called?

    • balcobomber25
      December 19, 2014

      The factory that makes Doogee? That is KVD Shenzen, they are a very large OEM making phones for several brands. Doogee is their own brand.

      • Tony Lee
        December 20, 2014

        wow, dude, you know so much about our company 😉

        • December 21, 2014

          That’s nothing new. Anybody knows better than you…

          If you knew anything about your products you would never release the DG550 bending crap to public.

          Instead of cloning you should try to do a better job than others around.

          A bigger chassis to make room for a FHD 5.5 screen, a MT6752 chip for the basic version and a MT6795 for the S version… and you’ll regain some respect.

          Right now you look like fools outside China. You can’t even build a stable ROM for your products…not saying anything about your stupid customized Android versions… 4.2.9

          Wtf…

        • balcobomber25
          December 22, 2014

          I work with Chinese OEM’s indirectly. I work with the suppliers of your parts (mostly Sharp/JCD LCD and Mediatek).

      • Johnny...
        December 22, 2014

        Hello Balcobomber,

        Can I please ask for your email; I would like your expert opinion on a matter

        Thank you in advance.

  5. Shinshin
    December 19, 2014

    Andi because you get the original rom in all the phone you get to review please do us a favor and start to include a list of all supported languages. In a photo, text, another DB on the website, etc…

  6. Laurence02
    December 19, 2014

    What is that factory called?

    • balcobomber25
      December 19, 2014

      The factory that makes Doogee? That is KVD Shenzen, they are a very large OEM making phones for several brands. Doogee is their own brand.

    • Liisess
      December 20, 2014

      wow, dude, you know so much about our company 😉

    • Yetimania
      December 21, 2014

      That’s nothing new. Anybody knows better than you…

      If you knew anything about your products you would never release the DG550 bending crap to public.

      Instead of cloning you should try to do a better job than others around.

      A bigger chassis to make room for a FHD 5.5 screen, a MT6752 chip for the basic version and a MT6795 for the S version… and you’ll regain some respect.

      Right now you look like fools outside China. You can’t even build a stable ROM for your products…not saying anything about your stupid customized Android versions… 4.2.9

      Wtf…

    • Johnny...
      December 22, 2014

      Hello Balcobomber,

      Can I please ask for your email; I would like your expert opinion on a matter

      Thank you in advance.

    • balcobomber25
      December 22, 2014

      I work with Chinese OEM’s indirectly. I work with the suppliers of your parts (mostly Sharp/JCD LCD and Mediatek).

  7. saor
    December 20, 2014

    Andi do you know if anyone is releasing this phone with a 64 bit chip inside?

    • December 21, 2014

      All clones might be made at the same factory, so you can’t expect anything better unless Doogee gets the head out of the ass.

      With a MT6732 LTE chip it would be a hell of a Low End phone, but like this is DOA.

      Forget about Lollipop in this phone.

      • Tony Lee
        December 21, 2014

        we never refuse to listen what customer say to us, and i am very appreciated that you told me about the problem we have, thanks!

        • December 22, 2014

          Hi Tony.

          You should ask yourself how I managed to make a ROM for my DG550 that is 100% faster, smoother, reliable and Eco friendly running at 1.3Ghz than your latest KitKat ROM running at 1.7Ghz…

          And even looks great…

          Customers don’t want to be just heard, they want facts that matches words.

          Get the job done and make a better ROM than me.

          😉

          • Tony Lee
            December 25, 2014

            hi, friend, i think we can have a talk if you don’t mind 😉

  8. saor
    December 20, 2014

    Andi do you know if anyone is releasing this phone with a 64 bit chip inside?

    • Yetimania
      December 21, 2014

      All clones might be made at the same factory, so you can’t expect anything better unless Doogee gets the head out of the ass.

      With a MT6732 LTE chip it would be a hell of a Low End phone, but like this is DOA.

      Forget about Lollipop in this phone.

    • Liisess
      December 22, 2014

      we never refuse to listen what customer say to us, and i am very appreciated that you told me about the problem we have, thanks!

    • Yetimania
      December 23, 2014

      Hi Tony.

      You should ask yourself how I managed to make a ROM for my DG550 that is 100% faster, smoother, reliable and Eco friendly running at 1.3Ghz than your latest KitKat ROM running at 1.7Ghz…

      And even looks great…

      Customers don’t want to be just heard, they want facts that matches words.

      Get the job done and make a better ROM than me.

      😉

    • Liisess
      December 26, 2014

      hi, friend, i think we can have a talk if you don’t mind 😉

  9. Zdravko Hren
    December 21, 2014

    It is the same as No.1 Mi4…. 😀

    • Tony Lee
      December 21, 2014

      No.1 mi4 just looks similar with DG850, but if you check the battery capacity (DG850: 2500mAh, NO.1mi4: 1800mAh), Bluetooth (DG850: BT4.0 , NO.1mi4:BT2.0),you can find the difference, and DG850 support Wake gestures, 3 finger fast screenshot, APP encryption, with these, everybody can know which one is better.

    • balcobomber25
      December 22, 2014

      The No. 1, Doogee, Elephone P4000 and Zeaplus 4 are all made in the same factory. Their specs are marginally different but it is the same base phone.

      • Steve B
        January 2, 2015

        Does the P4000 even exist, finding it very hard to find one in the wild.

  10. Guest
    December 21, 2014

    It is the same as No.1 Mi4…. 😀

    • Liisess
      December 22, 2014

      No.1 mi4 just looks similar with DG850, but if you check the battery capacity (DG850: 2500mAh, NO.1mi4: 1800mAh), Bluetooth (DG850: BT4.0 , NO.1mi4:BT2.0),you can find the difference, and DG850 support Wake gestures, 3 finger fast screenshot, APP encryption, with these, everybody can know which one is better.

    • balcobomber25
      December 22, 2014

      The No. 1, Doogee, Elephone P4000 and Zeaplus 4 are all made in the same factory. Their specs are marginally different but it is the same base phone.

    • Steve B
      January 2, 2015

      Does the P4000 even exist, finding it very hard to find one in the wild.

  11. khachin
    January 19, 2015

    Can you show how to insert two SIMs in this tray

  12. khachin
    January 19, 2015

    Can you show how to insert two SIMs in this tray