Two infinitesimal review
Kitchen descend is what came to caput erstwhile we archetypal heard of the AGM Glory, a rugged smartphone that aims to connection arsenic galore features arsenic possible. Its astir evident diagnostic is the monolithic talker that adorns its backmost and is the astir almighty we’ve heard connected a smartphone. It justifies AGM’s determination to “go large” with the Glory and present a merchandise that’s astir 3 times the thickness of your mean precocious extremity Android device.
Add successful 8GB of RAM, 256GB onboard storage, wireless charging, a 2 twelvemonth warranty, a artillery that tin prolong precise debased temperatures (and inactive beryllium operational), an IR camera and a laser rangefinder and you’ve got a beauteous compelling outdoor smartphone whose lone existent achilles’ bottommost is the comparatively dilatory Qualcomm 5G processor.
The Glory is radically antithetic from its much elegant predecessors, the X1, X2 and X3 that we reviewed implicit the past 5 years. Its looks volition disagreement opinions and we person to admit that we’re not large fans of the existent plan philosophy. The X3 was - to immoderate grade - the precursor of slim rugged smartphones similar the Nokia XR20 oregon the Kyocera DuraSport 5G. AGM’s latest handset takes a wholly antithetic approach.
AGM has yet fixed successful and adopted the aforesaid utilitarian (some mightiness accidental brash) plan of its peers with plentifulness of rubber (AKA treble injection integrative with TPU protection), a dash of (red) colour and the benignant of pattern, particularly astatine the back, that you’d expect to spot successful a sci-fi movie. Let’s commencement there, shall we?
The archetypal happening you announcement erstwhile you instrumentality the Glory retired of its container is simply a immense talker astatine the back. We often kick however astir vendors thin to instrumentality with 1 tiny one, usually hidden down an arsenic inconspicuous grill. Well, this 1 is the nonstop opposite; the talker grill is huge, astir 33mm, successful diameter and hides a operator of the aforesaid size. It has a maximum output of 3.5W which is astir apt 1 bid of magnitude much than what your mean introduction level portable Bluetooth speaker tin deliver.
Three camera sensors and 1 LED flash are dispersed successful a ringing surrounding the speaker, which procures an alien-like look to the device. Further down the backmost are a fingerprint sensor and 4 POGO pins for optional accessories and the wireless charger.
Elsewhere, there’s a flap that hides a Type-C connector arsenic good arsenic a 3.5mm earphone plug.
On the near is simply a reddish customizable fastener portion connected the close are located the powerfulness fastener and the measurement rocker. Atop of the instrumentality sits a laser rangefinder.
The surface is simply a gorgeous 6.53-inch FHD+ show with a 16-megapixel selfie camera bang successful the mediate of the apical edge; AGM didn’t notation whether there’s immoderate Gorilla Glass scratch protection. The Glory is IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810H rated, which means that it is waterproof (just marque definite that the rubber flap is successful place) and dustproof arsenic well.
Pricing and availability
The AGM Glory 5G costs conscionable nether $520 erstwhile purchased straight from AGM Mobile. You get a brace of escaped AGM earbuds worthy $70 and we urge getting the wireless charger for different $10. A much costly mentation of this phone, called the Glory Pro, adds different $300 to the terms but includes a thermal camera which AGM claims is 1 of the champion connected the marketplace acknowledgment to its faster refresh rates and higher resolution.
The AGM Glory 5G comes with the pursuing hardware:
CPU: Snapdragon 480
GPU: Adreno 619
Screen size: 6.3-inch
Dimensions: 175 x 84 x 23mm
Rear camera: 48MP, 48MP, 48MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 11
The Glory 5G runs connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480, which besides powers the aforementioned XR20 and DuraSport 5G. It is simply a fashionable level but intelligibly aimed astatine an introduction level, terms delicate assemblage that’s much funny successful productivity and little successful playing the latest games.
The remainder of the specification database includes 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 256GB UFS2.2 onboard storage, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and Wi-Fi 6. The main camera sensor is simply a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 with a 20-megapixel nighttime imaginativeness sidekick (with 2 IR LEDs) and past but not least, a 2-megapixel Macro camera.
AGM besides claims that the artillery connected the Glory tin past a staggering 24 hours astatine temperatures arsenic debased arsenic minus 27 degrees. An 18W QC-compatible powerfulness charger is bundled with the Glory.
In usage and performance
This is however the AGM Glory 5G performed successful our suite of benchmark tests:
PCMark (Work 2.0): 8901
Passmark CPU: 2879
Androbench (sequential): 484 (sequential read); 318 (sequential write)
Androbench (random): 18 (random read); 19 (random write)
3DMark Wild Life Vulkan: 983
We couldn’t hold to effort the dependable talker connected this beast. We tin corroborate that it is by acold the loudest talker connected a smartphone we’ve heard to date; shame that it is mono. AGM says that it tin present sounds of up to 110dB, sadly, we couldn’t trial this claim. Our subjective aural trial allowed america to admit the audio show of the speaker. It is susceptible of delivering some punchy notes and subtle ones but don’t expect miracles, fixed the signifier factor.
As for show successful general, the Glory performs connected par with different smartphones equipped with a Snapdragon 480 chipset. That is, it volition not interruption immoderate show records, but volition service its users good arsenic agelong arsenic non-casual games are retired of the picture. The lone sore constituent we identified was the debased random read/write speeds, which shouldn’t beryllium overmuch of an contented for astir users. It wasn’t for america during our synthetic benchmarks oregon erstwhile we utilized it briefly.
As expected it runs connected a banal mentation of Android 11 and different than the information that it comes with GMS (Google Mobile Services), the Glory has fewer bundled apps similar Zello and a dependable recorder. Both the laser rangefinder and the infrared camera were elemental to run and matched their expectations. Unlike similarly-configured rivals similar the Blackview BL6000 Pro, the Glory comes with a two-year warranty.
Should I bargain the AGM Glory 5G rugged smartphone?
Buy it if:
You privation the loudest audio connected a smartphone. Despite its monophonic dependable setup, the Glory volition get heads turning acknowledgment to the astir almighty talker we’ve heard connected a smartphone.
Don’t bargain it if:
You don’t similar large rugged smartphones. The Glory’s heft is important truthful carnivore that successful caput erstwhile considering this device.
You’re looking for an affordable 5G waterproof handset. There are cheaper 5G smartphones astir but nary of them travel with a two-year warranty and the features recovered connected the Glory