We find ourselves saying this every so often, but it’s always true; this is a great time to buy an unlocked phone. The prices continue to drop and the selection continues to get better.
As we wind down 2016 we’re talking about brands and devices from makers many readers likely have not heard of before. The fact is that while many of us are conditioned to trust and buy from bigger names like Samsung, LG, and Motorola, there are other companies fighting equally hard for your attention.
Like it or not, you’re going to hear from a bunch of brands in 2017. Some might be more quiet in their approach, going about things slowly but surely. Others, may be more aggressive and hit you in the face with an ad campaign. Either way, there’s much more choice out there for customers than they’d think.
DOOGEE, a brand we’ve covered a few times over the last year, has a new device on the market. Aimed at the entry-level buyer, this unlocked phone, the Shoot 1, carries a $99 price tag. It might not be a prime candidate for our US audience given its supported network bands, but a large section of our readers come from outside of the country.
Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the handset offers up a 5.5-inch display at full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). Running the show is a quad-core 1.5Ghz processor from MediaTek with 2GB RAM; internal storage is listed at 16GB with microSD support for up to 256GB of space.
In terms of cameras, the DOOGEE Shoot 1 provides a rear dual-camera configuration with a 13.0-megapixel Samsung and 8-megapixel setup. Around front you’ll find another 8-megapixel shooter. Moreover, the main cameras provide phase detection autofocus and work well in low light and nighttime environments.
Rounding things out, a 3,300mAh battery should be enough for most users to get through a day or two’s worth of tasks without having to charge back up.
The DOOGEE Shoot 1 launches with a $99 pre-order price tag and can be purchased from outlets such as Geekbuying. Pick one up in Silver, Gold, and Gray color options. Shipping is expected to begin just after Christmas.
An extra note to our US readers: This isn’t one of those unlocked GSM phones which will work on AT&T or T-Mobile. Take a look at the carrier bands supported by the DOOGEE Shoot 1 and you’ll see it’s not compatible.
- 2G:GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- 3G:WCDMA 900/2100MHz
- 4G:FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
As is the case with any unlocked handset, check with your wireless service provider to ensure it will work with them before spending the money.