To date, most manufacturers have forgotten some of the main specs those phones had years ago: resistance. Many manufacturers are replacing plastic and aluminum in favor of glass, so they are more likely to suffer damage, but luckily there are some who still bet on safe and resilient phones, one of these are AGM. Today we receive a new AGM X2 for the review.
From AGM we have been hearing a lot in recent months, especially for offering totally resistance equipment at ridiculous prices and now come back to load with the AGM X2, a smartphone that will withstand all kinds of damage, IP68 certification and also have a huge battery of 6000mAh with fast charge.
5.5 inch with 1920 x 1080 Pixels, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 6000mAh, Android 7.1, Snapdragon 653 Octa Core 1.95GHz
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This has always been the case and will always be so. The AGM X2 tries to look as simple as possible. Despite the enormous size of 168.5 x 83.4 x 14 millimeters, this also works quite well.
Surely one could have designed everything a bit more compact because the screen to body ratio is unfortunately not well chosen. Up and down, golden dots loosen the design slightly. The Home button with the fingerprint sensor is flanked by unlit hardware buttons.
On the right side behind a plastic cover are the SIM cards/microSD card slots, just below the power button. Like the loud-quiet buttons on the left, this has a good pressure point and is also easy to feel with thinner gloves.
At the bottom are the Micro-USB and the 3.5 mm headphone jack. These hide behind a plastic cover, which must be opened each time with the fingernail.
In order not to lose it, it is secured with a small ribbon, which is also made of plastic. So 100% certainly does not appear to me in the long run.
In addition, the cover always hangs in the way if you want to listen to music through headphones. This is due to the IP68 certification, thanks to which the AGM X2 in the test is waterproof to 1.5 meters. Samsung has shown with its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 however, that this can also be different.
With such covers, there is always the danger that they are not pressed properly and thus with the water tightness is not far. It often happened to me that I later realized that there was still air through which water could have penetrated.
The AGM X2 does not require any processing except the covers. Everything is solid and the plastic housing makes a valuable impression.
The back has a ripple that provides better hold, even with wet hands. The triangular logo dominates and leaves the main feature of this smartphone somewhat in the background, the dual camera.
The 5.5 inch Full HD AMOLED display with 1920 by 1080 pixels, which is also unusual for outdoor smartphones, resolves at 401 dpi.
It is also good to read in the sunlight and has an excellent viewing angle so that a hiking partner can read the information well. The colors are strong but not overstated. A real plus!
Hardware and Performance
AGM X2 in the review has unusual for a Chinese smartphone, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Octa-core SoC. This is not exactly the flagship of the processors, but we see here usually the more favorable variants of MediaTek. An Adreno 510 GPU ensures that you can also play with the outdoor smartphone. The Antutu benchmarks are already neat, if not outstanding. This should be sufficient for the normal hiker. Also, you can see it has a good performance like 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
In the case of the software, in particular, the operating system, the AGM X2 gets the full point deduction. Who 2017 still a smartphone with Android 7.1 Nougat to the market, did not hear the shot. Since we are wondering about the extreme fragmentation of the Android versions, in which the current Android is not even over the 5% mark and this after over a year in the market.
The main feature of the AGM X2 is probably the dual camera. Here we find this feature for the first time in a rugged smartphone. Well, the above was already specifications that were known thanks to the information provided by the manufacturer during the MWC 2017, but now we learned that they would use a double 12MP camera with dual camera technology RGB + Mono so that they can get sharper pictures and enhance images in low-light conditions. In this way, they seek to confront the iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, Google Pixel, Galaxy S8, among others.
To explain it in the simplest way, the possible dual camera with RGB and Mono sensor will allow taking a photo simultaneously. The RGB sensor will take pictures in color (red, green and blue), without focusing on the details, while the monochrome sensor would take the same photo but in black and white, when they join, they would from the photo that the equipment would show us.
This configuration would also bring a backlight algorithm, so you could take photos even when the light is strong enough to take it. This would adjust the expression to remunerate for the framework and foreground difference. If this comes to be confirmed the AGM X2 would have a clear advantage over its rivals.
The AGM X2 does not stick with the battery, but clogs. A total of 6000mAh has the power pack, which should supply the outdoor smartphone over two days.
The time is however relatively to be seen. It basically depends on the usage behavior, whether it is really enough and, for example, by the network coverage. If the device is constantly searching for a network, it is more logical to use more power than in an area with good coverage.
In our test, we were able to reach up to 50 hours, but only with the relatively economical use of the screen. Every hour over the 5, which we had managed, shortens the running time.
Thankfully, the AGM 2is equipped with Quickcharge 3.0, so you do not have to wait too long before the battery is full. In one and a half hours the battery again has 75%, up to 100% it needs two and a half, to three hours.
The design of AGM X2 has a rugged smartphone pleasantly conspicuous. However, one has to admit that there is today also the smartphone with IP68 certification, which one does even look at it.
We were also pleased with the good performance and powerful autonomy of battery life.