China smartphone brand Doogee will be issuing a somewhat quaint smartphone in selected markets called the Doogee S98 Pro that notably has a thermal camera on the rear which has utility in certain trades along with a rugged chassis that is rated for IP68 water resistance and ruggedised to MIL-STD-810H standards.
What is the Doogee S98 Pro
In terms of hardware, the Doogee S98 Pro features a 6.3-inch Full HD IPS display with a 60Hz refresh rate and sheathed with Corning Gorilla Glass of unknown provenance for protection. A small cutout up front houses a 16MP selfie camera with a Samsung S5K3P9SP sensor.
Under the hood, the Doogee S98 comes with a MediaTek Helio G96 2.05GHz octacore processor running Android 12 with a promised 3 years of security updates from the brand. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB of expandable memory which puts it squarely as a midrange workhorse in terms of its performance envelope. Keeping it charged is a 6,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
The rear features a rather unusual triple camera setup. You get a 48MP camera using a Sony IMX582 sensor along with a 20MP Sony IMX350 night vision camera. Taking centre stage is a dedicated InfiRay 256×192 thermal imaging camera that allows trades like architects, engineers and technicians to detect heat sources, temperature spots and the like. For the uninitiated, this is effectively what Predator vision is from the eponymous movie.
It also has a pair of 48MP cameras flanking it using Sony IMX582 sensors. Doogee states that it has a Dual Spectrum Fusion algorithm that is able to combine images from both the thermal and main cameras into one unified picture.
Doogee S98 Pro availability
According to the brand, the Doogee S98 Pro is slated for a June 6th global launch date with a US$439 price tag which works out to RM1,930.72 at prevailing exchange rates with a limited-time special from 6th to 10th June 2022 where you can get it for a US$329 discount. There’s no official details on an official local launch so if you’re keen on this particular phone you may have to get it as a grey market import. For more details, check out their oficial page at https://www.doogee.cc/promotion/s98pro/