AGM X5 Review: Known for making mobile phones that not only serves as a communication device but a practical assistant crafted to withstand the toughest of environments, Chinese smartphone company AGM recently unveiled the AGM X5 smartphone in its home market.
Touted as the world’s frst 5G-enabled ruggedized smartphone, the AGM X5 sports an armor-style shell structure and offers 6-sided protection that protects it from impacts. The phone’s well-received predecessors include the AGM X1, X2, and X3, of which the AGM X2 was featured in the 2017 film, Wolf Warrior 2.
AGM took the wraps off its much-awaited X5 outdoor mobile phone during Double Twelve 2020. We would be sharing the experience of using this phone while putting the X5’s protection ability to the test.
The X5 adopts the same rugged and tough design style seen in the X series. The body measures 174.5mm, 84mm, 11.8mm and it weighs in at 274 grams. It feels solid and stable in the hand, but the weight of the fuselage presses on the hands.
The phone draws its juices from a robust 5600mAh battery, which makes up for the issues associated with the 5G mobile phone battery life. It features a water drop full-screen design, and the phone’s screen-to-body ratio is higher than its predecessors.
Furthermore, it sports a 6.53-inch LCD screen with 1080 pixels resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The screen has a Corning Gorilla Glass on top, keeping it safe from scratches and impacts. The company uses screen dispensing technology to help the phone withstand the impact of a fall.
The back shell is made using aviation-grade metal, and the middle frame of the fuselage is wrapped in rubber, and the four corners are also wrapped in rubber. The protruding rubber buffer absorbs the impact of a fall while protecting the other parts of the fuselage.
The fingerprint recognition is placed at the back, and the power button is placed on the right side, while the volume keys are located on the left side. There is aseparate camera key that you can press and hold to activate the camera.
There are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Type-C charging port at the bottom. Aside from that, the X5 has a JBL Bluetooth headset, which is included in the box. Although the X5 does not sport a highly appealing design, the phone is practical and its protective performance will help you overlook the design shortcomings.
AGM X5 has passed through several tests including, the IP68 certification, IP69K certification, and 810G certification. In the IPXX grade, the digit is 0～6 represents the dustproof level, while 0～9 or 9K represents the waterproof level. The K in IP69K is for hot steam scouring, meaning, the IP69K protection level represents applications that are cleaned and scoured.
Official information suggests that the test standards for IP69K by professional institutions are water pressure at 100bar (1450psi) and temperature 80ºC waterproof. Check out the GIF images below to catch a glimpse of how the machine was tested.
Despite passing these tests, the AGM X5 showed some signs of abuse, especially on the corner of the fuselage in the form of scratches. The X5 is without an iota of doubt a sturdy phone, however, it is not 100 percent indestructible.
AGM packed the X5 with the domestic Ziguang Huben series SoC-Huben T7510, which is the first 5G phone solution launched by Unigroup Zhanrui last year. It integrates the company’s first 5G baseband chip, Ivy V510. The AI Benchmark list, the Huben T710 socred 28097 in the AI Benchmark list, grabbing the first spot.
Moreover, the Huben T7510 uses an 8-core CPU architecture, consisting of four 2.0GHz Arm Cortex-A75 and four 1.8GHz Arm Cortex-A55, backed by an IMG PowerVR GM 9446 graphics processor with an 800MHz operating frequency.
The Ivy V510 is the company’s first 5G multi-mode chip which is based on Makalu 5G dedicated technology platform. It automatically adapts to 5G NSA and SA dual-module networks, supports 5G mainstream frequency bands such as n78/n41/n79, and fully supports 5G/4G/3G/2G full-standard call plan.
If the X5 is powered by the second-generation 5G SoC Huben T7520 from Unigroup Zhanrui, instead, there will be a notable upgrade in the performance. Mobile phones with T7520 under the hood will be launched later this year, according to reports from the supply chain.
In the photography department, the AGM X5 houses a 48MP main camera, an 8MP super wide-angle, macro + depth-of-field lens, coupled with a standard four-camera lens. While the main camera is good, the pictures look slightly underexposed in some scenes. The ultra-wide-angle distortion processing is also good, but the color looks a bit reddish.
The AGM X5 will set you back 3699 yuan. Although the camera performance isn’t quite impressive, the phone offers long battery life and a stable 5G experience. The phone can be used in various environments without worrying about accidental splashes, scratches, or even the impact of a fall.