Doogee Nova Y100X Hands – On Review : Even More Budget Friendly

The Doogee Nova  Y100X is one of the latest entrants in Doogee’s rapidly expanding line of affordable  Smartphones. Though the original Doogee Y100 pro was well received for its budget friendliness, the doogee Nova Y100X Comes as  a more budget friendly device. The Doogee Nova Y100X  has since been launched  with a price tag of$85 and offers a set of  guts that looks splendid at that price. We spent some quality time with the device and  here is our performance report

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The Design /Physical Appearance

Doogee hasn’t changed much with the design of the Doogee Y100X except for adding a metallic trim running around its sides .The rear cover of the Doogee Nova Y100X isn’t as enveloping as what the Valencia Y100 pro offered. The Body of the Nova Y100 is similarly shaped like that of the Valencia Y100 Pro with rounded corners and a glossy plastic rear cover .There is also a metal ring around the camera lens for extra protection. In terms of design,doogee did something not commonly seen with most of the Low end smartphones around -the power button & the volume button are placed on top the Smartphone and to the right and partly the rear of the phone respective.This new placement may look awkward to some as it might take them time to get accustomed to it,but its totally a welcome idea here. With a dimension of  141.2 x 70.2 x 7.9mm and a weight of 119g (with battery),the Nova y100x is much  skinny  than the Doogee Valencia Y100 pro,so  going about with the Nova Y100X in your pocket shouldn’t be an issue here. A 5 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels along with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3  occupies most part of the front of the Nova Y100X,with the Speaker centrally placed above the screen . A front camera lens with a flash  sits right by the side of the speaker just above the display, with a light  sensor by the other side of it. The Nova Y100X  has a row of capacitive  buttons for navigating through the OS. Like the Valencia y100 Pro, 5.0-inch screen has a 1080p resolution with  Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. As usual, the display is of top-notch quality with great viewing angles and good legibility under direct sunlight. We cannot find any faults with the display. The  3.5mm audio jack is by the side of the Power button while   the Micro-USB port and noise cancelling  mic hole on the bottom. Like t other members of the Doogee Y series,the rear panel  & the battery is removable with  one Micro-SIM slot, one macro -SIM slot and a microSD slot  underneath the rear cover.

Doogee Nova Y100X Hands on – Display

The display on the Doogee Nova Y100X is the same 5-inch display and 1280 x 720 resolution as the Doogee Y100 Pro which we reviewed here earlier. The display is b bright with a pretty good color reproduction and good viewing angles. Since I got hold of the device for over a week now, we have never had any issue with the display, but the touch response and direct sunlight legibility can be improved on,.

Doogee Nova Y100X Hands on : Camera

Doogee really tried hard to impress Selfies lovers here .It comes fitted with a 8 MP camera with flashlight and auto-focus at the rear and a 5MP Camera with LED Flash at the front for selfie lovers. The rear camera’s output in well-lit situations or in low light with flash turned off was quite encouraging.The front camera’s output in a dark environment despite having a LED flash wont amaze you compare to the output of the rear Camera in same situation. On the other hand, front camera Pictures in a well-lit environment came out with natural colors, though not that attractive as is expected of a 5MP camera. The camera has different photo enhancing features like High Dynamic Imaging (HDR) , Face Beauty mode for enhancing faces in pictures, voice capture etc.Having used other phones with much better camera in the past,my expectation of any camera phone have never been the same,but for the associated price tag,the Doogee Nova Y100X camera would have been a failure.

Software & User Interface

The doogee Nova y100X runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with brand new Ui interface. The UI is minimalist,interactive ,but enough is left to be done with color management. The Doogee Nova Y100X  comes with a lot of handy features which allows easy use and access of the phone, . For example,Double tap the home key to lock/wake up the screen or double tap any interface to wake the screen, 3-finger Fast Screenshot -placing  3 fingers on the screen and drag them down and also the 2 finger volume adjustment.


The Doogee Nova Y100 X uses  the aged Mediatek MTK6582.Been a low end Smartphone,you couldn’t have expected any more than that, the MTK6582 is based on 28nm quad-core ARM Cortex A7 architecture with a speed  of 1.3Ghz with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory.The device does well from running just the UI to loading basic apps and games. Basic functionality such as the camera ,file manager and Internet-based services are quick to load  without any noticeable lag,except in some cases where you have to double tap before some application can even pick up.Unlike some other devices we reviewed here in the past,the Doogee Nova y100 never  unbearably get hot during use.

In the usual  AnTuTu and Quadrant test, the Doogee Nova Y100X returned  scores of 18,380 and 9,586 respectively, which are c far below  what we got from the  Valencia y100 pro  that we reviewed here some times back,these numbers to me is never a surprise considering the device  does cost a lot less than the Valencia y100 pro.


Here you are blessed with a 2200mAh of battery.On standby mode with regular calls,the Nova Y100 can zap you through for 2 days uninterrupted.With Wi-fi  hotspot, internet browsing , and a little of music/video play back i was able to achieve 4 hours before the 5% mark,but you can get more out of the device with battery saver enabled,that is a fair deal if i must say.

Final Words

Doogee Nova Y100X is a 5.0-inch Android phone probably targeted at consumers on budget. Apart from the fact that it is cheaper than the Valencia Y100 pro, there is nothing much to report about this device.

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