Unlike previous years, where Mobile World Congress would showcase the premier devices on the latest chipsets, this year was more muted. The product cadence for most companies is slightly offset, due to chipset availability. Some companies were not announcing their latest devices, while others were previewing what is to come. So any device manufacturer willing to state they have a device with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC in the pipeline was interesting news. One such company was AGM, distributing information about its upcoming flagship, the X3. 

AGM is primarily known for various rugged smartphones, aimed at professionals working in harsh conditions or active lifestyle aficionados. In most of the cases such rugged devices are bulky and are generally not stylish, which typically shrinks the addressible market. However, this year AGM plans to add a more elegant model to its lineup, which will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC and will feature specifications in-line with top-of-the-range smartphones from other makers.

AGM’s flagship X3 smartphone promises to be 'light and professional', implying a focus on premium materials, yet like all AGM handsets it will be IP68-rated against dust and water. The phone will feature a 5.99” display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and will be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC. AGM will offer two versions of the device: one equipped with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, another outfitted with 8 GB of LPDDR4X and 128 GB of NAND flash.

Connectivity features of the AGM X3 will include the integrated X20 LTE modem in the SoC, 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C. Imaging capabilities of the phone will comprise of a dual rear camera featuring 24MP and 12MP sensors as well as a front camera featuring a 20MP sensor. As for security features, the smartphone will support a fingerprint reader and a facial recognition technology.

AGM did not demonstrate a physical version of the X3 handset at the show - the only materials regarding the new unit were a flyer and a poster. The only visuals the poster showcased were the left and right sides of the phone. Based on these pictures, we can see that AGM plans to use its traditional bolts in the construction, but this is about it. AGM stresses that the phone will be considerably sleeker than its X1 and X2 smartphones already in the market, but does not disclose whether it plans to integrate its signature sensors its phones are also known for (e.g., air pressure sensor, ambient temperature relative humidity sensor, VOC sensor, etc.).

Which market segments AGM plans to target with the X3 is unknown, but given the fact that the X3 is to be based on the Snapdragon 845, it will rival flagship phones from other makers. AGM intends to launch the X3 smartphone this summer.

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  • Manch - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    Oh dear god, I've heard this argument before.

    You don't need more than 64K....1MB....256MB.....2GB!!!!

    64K....1MB....256MB.....2GB is more than enough!!!!!

    WTF?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!! This POS OS/APPLICATION NEEDS 64K....1MB....256MB.....2GB........8GB of RAM?!?!?!?! This is absurd!!!!

    Progress happens. More processing power, more memory are added, applications eventually take advantage.

    I bet it would be a different tune if we were talking about GPU's & Crysis or whatever

    It's a tired complaint.
  • nobodyblog - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    it happens???? >> It never happened about RAM... It happened about CPU in the days when 0.1 Ghz was what provoke people to buy new CPUs.. RAM was not a brand thing, which thankfully is now... I have 1GB RAM, too. And have no problem.. It works well, why should you pay for something that you don't need now???????? It is crazy......

  • WithoutWeakness - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    If you don't need it then don't buy it. If there is anyone who legitimately needs more than 4GB of RAM in their phone today then it is great for them to have an option with 8GB. There is really no harm in adding more memory to an Android phone other than slightly higher power draw. You seem to be very worked up about the idea of a company building and selling a phone that doesn't fit your idea of what a smartphone should be.

    The LPDDR4X in this phone is not the same kind of memory you're going to find in a desktop or laptop. Nobody sells LPDDR4 DIMMs. This little company putting 8GB of RAM in their phone that will sell a few thousand units is not causing the global RAM shortages and price hikes.
  • Drumsticks - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    Yeah, but every single mobile company stuffing their phones full of as much RAM as they can get their hands on is. Samsung, fortunately, puts only 4GB of RAM in the Galaxy S9 - except they plan to sell 43 million of them this year. That's a single manufacturer using more RAM than possibly the entire PC Graphics market, given the volume those cards are at. Then, throw in LG, who has non-trivial marketshare, and the surely at least 4GB of RAM in the future G7, and the hundreds of millions of iPhones that have 2GB of RAM, and, yeah, mobile phones are causing the global RAM shortage.

    Even if the RAM isn't exactly identical, you can still cause a shortage by sucking up the production line for one type of RAM. That's going to prevent the production of GDDR5 or GDDR6 or DDR4 just as readily as if it was those kinds instead.
  • Tams80 - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - link

    You're just going to have to suck up the higher RAM prices. Tough.
  • Manch - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - link

    Yes it did. RAM became cheaper, people started adding more, vendors did the same, then software took advantage. It has always been like this. HW gets better, software gets better. It's not going to cause a shortage of RAM for your desktop/laptop. That's just absurd.

    People were crying, bitching and moaning about 95 -->XP --> Vista, etc when they came out and the RAM req.

    It's simple if you want more powerful software, you'll buy more powerful HW to run it. If you don't need/want a phone with 8GB, don't buy it. If you do, buy it. Don't cry about it. It doesn't affect you in any way.
  • PeachNCream - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    No one in the comments here denies the usefulness of additional RAM in the coming future. I think the point is that the memory isn't really necessary right now. Since phones have such a short operational lifespan and are sealed, disposable devices, being future-proof isn't as valuable as it might be with something like a desktop PC.

    I don't think it the extra memory has serious implications with respect to the RAM shortage though as each phone since less capacity doesn't exactly translate into fewer ICs on a phone's PCB or fewer wafers in a factory. I think the substantial impact is to drive up handset costs for the person making the purchase. Based on some responses, more RAM, necessary or not, is going to drive sales and make a phone more competitive among other phones. If one competitor offers "better" specs, then all of them must follow suit or they won't remain competitors in the flagship market for very long.
  • Manch - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - link

    That's always been the case though. I had my 386SX w math coproc(OHYEAH!!) crammed with RAM. I did the same with my last build in 2015, crammed it with RAM. It may not be needed now but it will help future proof your purchase. Did I need to max it out? nope. Did it become useful later? yes. TBF I can upgrade my DTs and some LTs at anytime. My UBs and phones, nope People like having more in their HW especially when its something you cant upgrade.

    Ultimately though, so what if its not needed yet. It may very well be needed in the not too distant future. Again no cried about this when GPU's w 8GB came out. Not too long ago 4GB was just fine, even on "4k" titles and it wasn't needed. That changed relatively quickly.
  • Adipoli - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    How about adding micro HDMI out port to phones. If possible a USB port to the phones.
  • Quantumz0d - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    Why is AT posting all these rubbish phones which won't care to comply with GPL, barely make it US. Would have been much better if we got a Sony's Xperia XZ2 hands-on which also sports an SD845 with some improvements and regressions alike.

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