AGM X3 hands-on preview: the toughest phone with Snapdragon 845 around

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How would you like a tough, rugged Android phone with one of the most powerful processors available out there and a big battery inside?

Phone maker AGM has been around since 2008, specializing in phones that are meant to survive in the most extreme conditions, and its latest flagship, the AGM X3, is running the Snapdragon 845 chip, sports a massive, 4,100mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 and for fast, 10-watt wireless charging, and is tough as nails on top of all that. This interesting mix of features comes for the price of a mid-range phone. Intrigued? Let's take a closer look.

Design: a big phone with big armor and water protection

IP68 water protection and military standard compliant, the AGM X3 is a survivor

The first thing you notice about the X3 is that it is a rugged phone that weighs 216g (7.62oz), which actually qualifies as a light and slim design given the tough construction and when you compare it to other rugged phones. It also sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixel) LCD display. The phone is made out of metal and has a drop-proof back cover, a Gorilla Glass 5 protective screen glass, a metal frame and an overall rugged construction that feels extremely solid.


There is an innovative shock-absorption system on board here, meaning that the inside of the phone literally floats in the body and allows the phone to survive even tougher drops. The four corners of the phone are protected by an extra layer of rubber, again ensuring your phone does not break when you drop it.

The AGM X3 is IP68 certified and is water and dust protected, and it also meets military grade standards for protection. Moreover, the phone will keep on functioning even in blistering cold when temperatures fall down to as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius). Of course, you wouldn't want to use the X3 in such conditions without gloves, and that's where the "Glove Mode" on the phone comes in handy. It will work with gloves that are up to 1.5mm thick once you have enabled "Glove Mode", a useful addition.

The best loudspeakers on a smartphone?

Loud and clear, these speakers rock the party

The other great thing about the X3 is its loud and powerful sound system. There is a dual tone speaker developed in collaboration with JBL on board here and it really rocks the party. We compared this to other flagship phones and it clearly stands out. Here is one number that illustrates the power of the speakers very well: the JBL-tuned speakers reach loudness levels of up to 98dB within a distance of 20cm. Add to that a built-in Smart PA Intelligent audio chip and you get well-layered, three-dimensional, and unclipped audio.


Under the hood

Snapdragon 845 and up to 8GB RAM/256GB storage

Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 845 with either 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM, and you can get the phone with 64 gigs, 128 gigs or 256 gigs of storage. All those versions come with a hybrid card slot, so you can either use the phone in dual SIM mode or as a single SIM device with an additional microSD card.

The platform it is based on is Android 8.1 Oreo and a very clean version of it with no added apps except for the AGM tools app where you can find a compass and other tools that might be helpful outdoors.

On the back, there is a dual camera system with a 12-megapixel main shooter and a secondary, 24MP camera. This setup supports AI Scene Detection and you get a wide, f/1.8 aperture combined with a high-resolution output and automatic dual-pixel auto-focus. (Note: The final picture comes out with a resolution of 12MP) This setup also allows you to blur the background to images for a cool portrait mode effect.

Up front, you've got a 20-megapixel camera with a face recognition system and neat beauty optimizations that would help achieve a more flattering look for selfies.


Price, release date and final words


So overall, this phone looks like one tough and fast device for the adventurers out there. With a large, 5.99-inch Full HD+ screen, a top-notch hardware and superb rugged construction, it's an interesting offer for those looking for a phone that is powerful and tough as nails at the same time.

The price of the AGM X3 starts at around $700 dollars and the global release date of the phone is set for February 20th.

You can buy the AGM X3 at the links right below:

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4 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Looks like a solid option, but Android One should be provided and let Google take care of updates. Not sure how many people would trust a lesser known company with the updates.

2. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

It seemed cool when you guys first posted it last year but that price seems a little steep for a phone with last year's specs. It's also one of the largest smartphones but with those bezels the screen size isn't as impressive as it could be.

4. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Agreed. Design is a bit outdated and specs are yesteryear, and the pricing should be around $500. Still intriguing though for the toughness and waterproofing while having decent design and specs. Other competitors have rugged phones that look like crap with huge chins and Mediatek processors.

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I am interested with this phone due to one reason, it used TRUE STOCK ASOP.

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