New AGM X3 with satellite phone module

Rugged smartphone specialist AGM announced their new Model AGM X3. The new Flagship Phone will come with a 5.99-inch screen with a 1080 x 2160 resolution. It is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 2.649GHz which has been confirmed to be the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform. There will be two configurations – one will have 6GB RAM and 64GB storage while the other will have 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

In cooperation with China Telecom, AGM also presented an geek version of the phone, increased with a satellite phone module!

You can find AGM’s Promotion Video here.

Two more rugged BV phones anounced

While the BV9500Pro is still waiting to receive Googles GSM-Certrification and being shipped to the crowdfunding backers shortly, Outdoor-Phone Manufacturer Blackview already announced two new rugged BV Phones.

The BV6800Pro will be a revised successor to the legendary BV6000. Later this year also a BV9700Pro is planned to be “sold” over a crowdfunding campain again. I am curious how everything will continue and will keep you updated.

BV9500 Pro: Crowdfunding campaign started

Smartphone manufacturer Blackview presented technical details about its new flagship model BV9500 Pro. The rugged outdoor phone comes with an integrated real walky talky. The presale is currently running exclusively as a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo. There you can order it including free Qi-Ladepad from 369USD. I have secured a copy for myself and will report here as soon as I receive it.

Technical specifications:
▪️Not only a sturdy smartphone but also equipped with integrated walkie talkie / radio: works with the removable antenna on frequencies between 400-470 MHz
▪️Waterproof to IP68 and IP69K (!)
▪️Military standard: MIL-STD-810G
Test 501.5 High temperature
Test 502.5 Low temperature
Test 514.6 vibration
Test 516.6 Shock
▪️screen: 18: 9, 5.7 “FHD +, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (originally incorrectly stated Gorilla Glass 3)
▪️ Supports all common LTE frequencies in Germany and worldwide! (Note: I have read elsewhere from the LTE tapes 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26 / 28A / 28B / 34/38 / 39/40/41 / BC0 / BC1
▪️Nest Android 8.1
▪️GPS & Glonass
▪️ “3.5mm” headphone jack connection
▪️USB-C connection
▪️Sensors: Proximity / Air Pressure / Gestures / Gyroscope / Magnetism / Compass / Fingerprint / NFC / Coulomb Counter
▪️Dual SIM card slot (2x SIM + 1x MicroSD)
▪️10,000 – 11,000 mAh BAK battery
▪️Sony 16MP dual main camera
▪️Samsung 13MP front camera
▪️Helio P23 Octa-core Processor, MT6763T
▪️6GB Ram / 128GB Rome
▪️12V / 2A Qi Wireless Charging
▪ Dimensions: 163.2 x 80.8 x 18.7mm

BV9000 Pro: First impression

Last week I got the smartphone Blackview BV9000Pro and would like to share my first impression with you. Overall, I like the new outdoor smartphone even better than its predecessors (BV8000Pro, BV7000Pro and BV6000).


– It comes with Android 7.1.1
– The Android security patches are up to date
– Nice, big screen with good color rendering
The double camera on the back allows a simple switching between different sharp levels in the picture
Finally, an adapter is included with which every normal headset and headset will work with the device
The included headphones have a much better quality than before
The firmware is much more thoughtful than its predecessors
For example, there is now a real free allocation of the Smart Keys in three levels
Unlike the BV8000Pro, this model has gaskets again. If they are closed you can be sure that the use in the pool is not a problem.
To change the SIM card, the device must not be screwed on
The outdoor phone is not unimportant: GPS fix super fast and reliable.

What bothered me a little:

There are only 2 slots for SIM cards and Micro-SD. At the same time only one SIM + SD or two SIMs works.
Like the BV8000Pro, this model has again relatively “sharp corners”
The first time I got a warning about an expired Google certification. After the first firmware update (Over the Air via WLAN) this problem was solved.
There is no jack connection anymore. Listening to music is only possible via loudspeakers, Bluetooth or the enclosed USB C-to-Jack adapter. As a result, you can not charge the smartphone and listen to music via headphones without buying another adapter at the same time.
The annoying sound during the startup animation is now felt to be twice as loud. If one has set a password for the Android start both appear even twice. the sound can only be avoided by connecting adapter + headphones. Otherwise, the whole company automatically knows that the phone is restarting.
There is no longer any air pressure sensor. I never needed it, but there are certainly people who are interested in buying it.
Still “only” support for tracking via GPS and Glonass satellites. – Galileo and Beidou can not be used although the chipset supposedly supports it.
Unfortunately, there are no replacement seals on this model.