Doogee Smart Cube P1 (pronounced dugii) is a small portable projector with Android operating system. It is part of the new models with hardware platform AMLogic T826, but has a nicer frame and a lower price than the average. Doogeee P1 costs about 150 euros on gearbest, in a configuration with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB eMMC.
Two things make it worthy of attention: the internal battery for 3 hours of talk time, mobility and the firmware Android with Google Play active for maximum flexibility of use. To put it one, beyond the games, you can install Netflix and Kodi so make it a mini Media Centre suitable for playback of H264 and H265. We will be back later. First, here’s the full specification.
Data sheet Doogee Smart Cube P1
- TI DLP/LED/854 x 480 px 800 OSRAM Lamp: 1/70 lumen 3W
- T826 at 1.5 GHz Quad Core A5 AMLogic SOC/Mali-450 MP4
- RAM: 1 GB/8 GB eMMC Roma (5.2 GB free)
- Ports: microUSB OTG, USB 2.0/4800 mAh Battery
- Bluetooth 2.4 GHz Single Band WiFi n/4.0/AirPlay/Miracast/DLNA
- Speaker 2 x 1.2 watt Interior/manual focus/on-off button
- 62 x 62 x 62 mm frame and 240 grams/active ventilation (fan)
- Android OS 4.4 KitKat with support Play Store
You may be configuring a Mini PC Android, a TV Box, no video output and audio output. On Doogee P1 there are HDMI and S/PDIF output, but you can send audio to external speakers Bluetooth.
Important the dual role of USB 2.0. Used to connect drives or hard drive, then data, video or something, or to charge external devices (max 10 watt) as Smartphones, tablets, smartwatch. The battery is a 4800 mAh 3.8 V, a good value. Also the microUSB has more features: feeds or upload your box with a 5V 2A, OTG, and makes access to his memory then upload or download content if connected to a PC/Mac.
Content can also be sent to the projector via WiFi, smartphones, tablet or PC/Mac. There is support Miracast (ok with Samsung) and AirPlay. From my MacPro with OS X El Capitan I see the projector and am unable to send music from iTunes but not to do the Mirroring or send video; There is recognition, link, a reference to the play, but then you plant there. No wonder: typically the AirPlay support non-Apple devices is complicated. Resolves by installing the app HappyCast, for Android or iOS, and starting the counterpart already installed on Doogee P1.With this you can share everything there is locally.
Play movies, videos, presentations
Doogee Smart Cube P1 you handle like a normal Mini PC Android. A Airmouse as Minix Neo U2 Lite or Rii One i28 remains the recommended especially during configuration, but you can get by with the app Doogee Remote . The company offers an easy way to match your smartphone each time, as if to emphasize that this is the right method. The app has everything you need to move in the UI, and is the only one with the Power Off button.
The integrated video player plays H265 and H264 up to 1080 p. You can use MXPlayer, but it doesn’t change much. Install Kodi adds a little comfort because of the add-on, but the yield is not like that of the native player. You could make sure that it is then that to open videos launched by Kodi, but I consider it an exercise in too on a projector that has the hardware to be considered a serious TV Box. Excellent WiFi signal: on iPerf I 35 Mbit/s in one direction and 28 Mbit/s in the other.
The SoC AMLogic T826 is one solution to follow. Is a Quad Core Cortex-A5 with maximum frequency of 1.5 GHz and Mali GPU 450. On Antutu v6 does 19118; on Antutu Video Benchmark ago 704, and is a respectable score, higher than that of the new Rockchip. To be a Cortex-A5 with a little firmware optimized, it is also reactive management of Android. The consumption is slightly higher than average Mini PC: 11 Watts constants, that you’re doing streaming video or anything. But the autonomy comes in 3 and a half hours. And has excellent temperature: 35° C with maximum at the lamp, and a plastic outer frame everything you hear never hot. Avoid burning your hands.
Is not just about the hardware architecture. Doogee P1 has a 4 x 4 cm top fan on all the time and just annoying. We say that is noisy on just to be that of a DLP projector, and we can say that the two integrated speakers can cover it already at medium volume. But there is and is constant, without variation. The good news is that you can replace it with something more valuable and maybe silent-when it becomes necessary.
Remove Smart Cube P1 is simple and instructive, because it makes us notice of constructive elements of quality. First of all, there is an inner metal frame to protect the lamp and the board. Then there is a replaceable battery and a system from joints that allows you one day to clean the glass from the inside or otherwise remove any dust that may have entered. Also noteworthy side speakers. The only draw back is the power button soldered on board, a potential tipping point that I already see dancer. Best not to push it too hard when you turn on the projector.
I tried Doogee P1 with the first firmware released, to factory, P1_V BN 1.50.20160323. Is stable and acceptable to be that of a projector, but has some bugs. If you are reading this review weeks or months after publication, I recommend that you seek or ask questions-in the comments or in the manufacturer’s website-on solution updates. I’ll keep an eye on the developments and, if so, I’ll add a note.
The firmware update at the end of April (to be installed via OTA) solves the problem of Play Store.
Known bugs in April 2016
- The WiFi network is disabled on every reboot-although it could be a choice: ultimately, in 90% of cases you will use the USB to load data. This, however, requires using a mouse/airmouse/controllers (also Bluetooth) to go to activate it-since Doogee Remote won’t work without network.
- Google Play does not download the apps with the error message: “Error retrieving information from server [RPC: S-7: AEC-7]”. Generally, there are problems with syncing your Google account. The generic solution found online don’t resolve. A reset does not solve. Could suffice an update of Google Play apk Services and frameworks, but I preferred to wait for an official release.
- There’s the standby mode and no way to bring up the taskbar to handle multi-tasking.Even the shortcuts on special controllers do not work. In short, to jump from one app to another you have to go from the home.
If we consider this a cheap and portable projector Android smart watches deserves different preferences according to VaultedWatches.com. It has a proper hardware, the right price, a good WiFi signal and then a certain predisposition for streaming and for receiving information from smartphones and tablets. Its stereo speakers are not to be underestimated, as well as the brightness of the lamp OSRAM and its construction.
The only con is the noisy fan -or rather its being always on, not handled by a sensor. Problematic to understand, however, since it does not come for high-fidelity. When Doogee will update the firmware to fix major bugs (Play) we can assess as one of the most practical low cost category. Until then we must make do somehow with USB memory sticks, apk and Bluetooth accessories, but I assure you it’s all tolerable. Cheap Android projectors are a category that deserves attention. Smart Cube P1 costs about 150 euros on gearbest.