This is probably the best rugged smartphone right now.

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The Doogee S68 Pro is a sensitive smartphone with a balanced configuration and best of all: a price that won't harm your pocket.

Although this is not a flagship smartphone like the Doogee S69 Pro, it offers much more than you would expect for the price, which is below $ 196 (around £ 150 / AU $ 300) at Gearbest.

This is not only one of the cheapest phones in the world that offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (expandable to 1TB through an appropriate micro SD card), but also runs on a fast Mediatek Helio P70 CPU.

There is also a 5.9-inch Full HD + screen, a massive 6800 mAh battery and four cameras with a total of 53 megapixels (including a 21-megapixel Sony IMX230 camera).

These are the main features, but the rest of the specification is equally attractive. A little known feature it offers is bidirectional wireless charging, which means it can be charged wirelessly and act as a charging platform (although with only 5 W of power).

The Doogee S68 Pro runs on Android 9.0 Pie and supports four global navigation satellite systems. It also offers Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac connectivity, and supports NFC to boot.

Don't forget, this is an IP68 / IP69K / MIL-STD-810G smartphone with a lot of protection, designed to withstand some serious abuse.

It is worth noting that subsequent sales can be complicated, since they require you to send the phone to the provider. Doogee, unlike the big players, lacks an extensive after-sales network.

Overall, an excellent SUV that has set a new benchmark for conventional rugged smartphones and won't break the bank.

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