Below a certain price point, smartphones with a metal frame are a rarity, and phones with a seamless metal body even more so. DOOGEE Y100 Pro defies reality, as it comes with a metal body and has a price tag that would make other 64-bit smartphones green with envy.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer DOOGEE has made a name (and quite a strange one) for itself by creating very affordable devices, and the Y100 Pro, aka Valencia 2, is no exception. Built around a 64-bit chipset and running a 64-bit version of Android (5.1 Lollipop, to be more precise), the Y100 Pro will be tough to beat, especially considering its build quality.
The smartphone is powered by Mediatek’s MT6735 chipset, which gained popularity for being the first 64-bit SoC with 4G World Mode launched by this chip maker. Included in that chipset are a quad-core CPU running at 1.3Ghz and a PowerVR G6200 GPU. For memory, the Y100 Pro has 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, which are furthermore expendable by up to 128GB.
Valencia 2 should prove to be a pocket-friendly device, and I’m not saying that only because it is affordable. Its HD display measures only 5-inch in diagonal, so it’s small enough not to be uncomfortable, but also large enough for games, movies, and Web browsing. The 2.5D glass that covers the touchscreen, coupled with the metal body, makes the smartphone look very classy.
For the snappers, DOOGEE used a 13MP Sony sensor on the back and an 8MP camera in the front, but I’m a bit skeptical about these specs, and wouldn’t be surprised if they turned out to be interpolated.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the Y100 Pro features 4G LTE in the 800/1800/2100/2600MHz bands, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and GPS. Cheap smartphones based on older Mediatek chipsets also feature Hot Knot (this chip maker’s own version of NFC), but either this one does not have it, or the manufacturer has decided not to promote it.
The 2200mAh battery might not sound like much, but assuming that the software is optimized and the battery is properly calibrated, that should be enough for up to two days of casual use.
GearBest is currently taking pre-orders for both the black and the silver versions of DOOGEE Valencia 2 Y100 Pro. The pre-sale will end on July 2, and orders will be shipped soon after that.