AGM X3 hands-on preview: the toughest phone with Snapdragon 845 around
Design: a big phone with big armor and water protection
IP68 water protection and military standard compliant, the AGM X3 is a survivor
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.
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.