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Crosscall Action-X3 Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, 👁 Florian Schmitt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Moritz Jordan), 08/14/2018

Aaaand... action! The Crosscall Action-X3 smartphone is supposed to convince outdoor buffs, not movie enthusiasts. As a matter of fact, this might work out thanks to an extensive number of accessories and carefully considered features.

Crosscall Action-X3

The French-based smartphone and feature phone vendor Crosscall offers devices that are particularly suitable for outdoor usage under difficult conditions. Crosscall primarily targets athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. The latest model Action-X3 is a middle-class smartphone, which features a dust and waterproof case, a magnetic docking port, and specific accessories for biking or usage on the water.

Outdoor smartphones have been a niche for a long time. Meanwhile, there are more and more companies targeting active people. The manufacturer CAT, which is represented by the S31 in the line of competitors, has produced outdoor phones for quite a while. Apart from that, there exist numerous devices from Chinese manufacturers, such as the Oukitel WP5000, the Blackview BV9000 Pro, and the significantly cheaper Cubot King Kong

Crosscall Action-X3
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 800 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 128GB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C, X-Link magnetic port
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (900/​1800/​2100), LTE (B1/​B3/​B7/​B8/​B20), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.5 x 152.5 x 79 ( = 0.49 x 6 x 3.11 in)
Battery
13.3 Wh, 3500 mAh Lithium-Polymer, wireless charging, QuickCharge
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Phase detection auto focus, LED flash, Videos @1080p/​24fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker on the back, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, quick charger, USB cable, headset, lanyard, X-Blocker, 24 Months Warranty, VoLTE, bandwidth (download/upload): 150Mbps/​50Mbps (LTE); SAR value: 0,803W/​kg (head), 1,463W/​kg (body); UKW radio; IP68-certified, MIL-STD-810-certified; emergency function, fanless, ruggedized
Weight
213 g ( = 7.51 oz / 0.47 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
349 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Outdoor smartphone with ruggedized case

The Crosscall Action-X3 looks like a typical outdoor smartphone: massive casing frame with chamfered edges, visible screws on the back, and a non-slip surface. Red color and an extraordinary shape accentuate the earphone. The camera module on the back follows this unusual design language as well. The weight of 213 grams (~ 7.5 oz) is quite low for such a ruggedized smartphone. The display is protected by the slightly protruding frame of the case. All ports are covered to prevent dust or dirt from getting into them. The Crosscall Action-X3 is dust and waterproof and certified in accordance with MIL-STD-810 and the shock resistance standard IK02. If you are interested in details about the test scenarios, please take a look at the corresponding article on the Crosscall website. In a nutshell: The Crosscall Action-X3 is able to survive quite a lot. For instance, it withstands not only falls from head height, but also high and low temperatures.

Our relatively harmless compression test on the front and back did not leave any visible traces on the display. We were not able to warp the case. The screen is covered with a protective foil, which has some bubbles on our review unit. This looks unpleasant.

Crosscall Action-X3
Crosscall Action-X3
Crosscall Action-X3
Crosscall Action-X3
Crosscall Action-X3
Crosscall Action-X3
Crosscall Action-X3
Crosscall Action-X3

Size comparison

Connectivity - Action-X3 with dual SIM

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The Crosscall Action-X3 features 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM, which is decent for a smartphone in this price range. The Oukitel WP5000 or the Blackview BV9000 Pro, however, offer substantially more storage. The magnetic port on the back complies with the USB standard and can be used for charging and data transfer using the matching accessory.

The Action-X3 is a dual SIM phone, but you can insert a microSD card with up to 128 GB into the second SIM card slot. The microSD card can be used as an external storage. Apps cannot be installed on it.

Software - Pure Android on the Crosscall smartphone

The manufacturer has installed a relatively pure Android 7.1.2 on the smartphone with almost no additional apps. You can find only an app showing the sensor functions and an emergency app on the phone. At the beginning of our test, the security patches were on the level of January 1, 2018. During our test, they were updated to at least the level of April 2018.

Software Action-X3
Software Action-X3
Software Action-X3
Software Action-X3

Communication and GPS - Fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi as a unique selling point

The Crosscall Action-X3 features Wi-Fi according to 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, which is what you can expect of a device at a 350-Euro price point (~$410). The competing devices, however, do not offer the 802.11ac standard. Most of them do not even support 5-GHz Wi-Fi. Therefore, the Action-X3 has two advantages here. With 200 MBit/s for upload and download, it reached the highest transfer rates in our test with the router Linksys EA8500.

The phone supports only the most relevant LTE frequencies for Europe, but the competing devices are not better. The Cubot King Kong does not provide LTE at all. Nevertheless, you should not take the Action-X3 too far from home if you intend to use LTE. At home, the LTE works well. The reception was quite stable during our short test. The smartphone also supports VoLTE.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=311)
212 MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Crosscall Action-X3
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
199 MBit/s ∼94%
Oukitel WP5000
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
114 MBit/s ∼54% -43%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 128 GB eMMC Flash
111 MBit/s ∼52% -44%
Cubot King Kong
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
54.4 MBit/s ∼26% -73%
CAT S31
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
41.6 MBit/s ∼20% -79%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=311)
206 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Crosscall Action-X3
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
201 MBit/s ∼98%
Oukitel WP5000
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
109 MBit/s ∼53% -46%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 128 GB eMMC Flash
99.8 MBit/s ∼48% -50%
Cubot King Kong
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
57.7 MBit/s ∼28% -71%
CAT S31
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
39.3 MBit/s ∼19% -80%
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

Indoor GPS localization is not possible with the Action-X3. Outdoors, the phone quickly reaches an accuracy of 8 meters (~26 ft). This is a decent value but not great for an outdoor smartphone.

For a field test, we took the Action-X3 on a bike ride, along with the professional Garmin Edge 520 for comparison. The latter, however, showed a significantly higher accuracy than our review unit: The GPS module in the Action-X3 often cuts corners. The side of the street we used was far better identified by the Garmin device. Overall, the Action-X3 is suitable for simple navigation tasks, but, according to our tests, it cannot fully replace a dedicated GPS device for outdoor enthusiasts.

GPS Crosscall Action-X3 – Overview
GPS Crosscall Action-X3 – Overview
GPS Crosscall Action-X3 – Forest
GPS Crosscall Action-X3 – Forest
GPS Crosscall Action-X3 – Bridge
GPS Crosscall Action-X3 – Bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Forest
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Forest
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge

Telephone features and call quality - Dull sound

Crosscall uses the standard Android telephone app. This is a good decision, since it is easy to operate, and many customers are already used to it.

The call quality is unexceptional. The earphone is able to produce a high volume, which is accompanied by background noise. Furthermore, the voice sounds a little dull and booming. The call partner is able to hear your voice clearly - if you do not speak too softly. The sound impression of the speaker during handsfree mode is similar: The call partner sounds a little dull but quite loud if desired. He is able to understand you well, unless you speak too softly.

Cameras - Well-engineered single cameras

Front-facing camera
Front-facing camera

Crosscall does without the marketing prestige of a dual camera and has equipped the Action-X3 with a single camera on both sides. The 5-MP front-facing camera takes decent photographs, which are quite sharp in the focus range of the fixed-focus lens. The colors could be bolder for our taste.

The main camera on the back has a resolution of 12 MP and shows decent dynamics in bright and dark areas. The blossoms of the plant appear a little mushy. Here, the reproduction of detail could be better. The low-light image shows only a low sharpness. For the price, however, the camera is quite decent. Ambitious photographers would expect more from a camera, but it is sufficient for occasional snapshots.

Videos can be recorded with 1080p and 24 FPS maximum. The exposure adapts dynamically to changes in brightness, but the reproduction of detail could be better.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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In our laboratory test, the main camera showed a mediocre sharpness of detail, but the overall image quality was decent and, most of all, not too dark. However, our image of the ColorChecker table shows that color shades are not very well exposed.

Screenshot of ColorChecker colors. Original colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.
Screenshot of ColorChecker colors. Original colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.
Test picture
Test picture
Test picture detail
Test picture detail

Accessories and warranty - Extensive number of accessories

Crosscall ships the Action-X3 with a quick charger, a USB cable, a waterproof in-ear headset with an acceptable sound quality, and the so-called X-Blocker, which helps to attach the phone to the available mounts. You can buy two different bike mounts. The Action-X3 attaches fast and easily to them (using the magnetic port) while being secured by the X-Blocker. There is also a car mount available.

The magnetic port also serves as a connector for the docking station, which can be used not only for charging but also for data exchange with a PC. The X-Dock currently sells for 36 Euros (~$42) on the internet. For usage on the water, Crosscall offers floating protective cases and a floating bluetooth speaker.

The Action-X3 comes with a 24-month warranty.

X-Dock
X-Dock
X-Bike
X-Bike
X-Car
X-Car
X-Play
X-Play

Input devices and operation - Physical camera button on the side

The Action-X3 uses Google’s GBoard as a keyboard app. It allows quick and hassle-free typing. The touchscreen works precisely even in the corners. Thanks to a glove mode, it can be operated in winter without getting frostbites.

A physical camera button on the edge of the case offers additional comfort.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display - Resolution and brightness could be higher

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

High resolutions are apparently not a concern for outdoor enthusiasts: All competing devices, including the Crosscall Action-X3 feature relatively low 720p displays. The Action-X3’s display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a brightness of 425 cd/m². Therefore, it represents the darkest display in the competition. With 91%, the distribution of brightness is quite consistent. Even larger areas on the screen appear to be illuminated evenly.

455
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
413
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
425
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 455 cd/m² Average: 425.4 cd/m² Minimum: 8.05 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 417 cd/m²
Contrast: 1438:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.12 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 6.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
89.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.687
Crosscall Action-X3
IPS, 1280x800, 5
Oukitel WP5000
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
Blackview BV9000 Pro
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
CAT S31
IPS, 1280x720, 4.7
Cubot King Kong
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Screen
-63%
-3%
23%
-2%
Brightness middle
417
506
21%
621
49%
784
88%
466
12%
Brightness
425
503
18%
598
41%
750
76%
449
6%
Brightness Distribution
91
86
-5%
91
0%
92
1%
90
-1%
Black Level *
0.29
0.97
-234%
0.64
-121%
0.45
-55%
0.25
14%
Contrast
1438
522
-64%
970
-33%
1742
21%
1864
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.12
9.4
-32%
5.5
23%
4.28
40%
7.03
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.19
19.9
-95%
10
2%
8.75
14%
16.25
-59%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.1
13
-113%
5.1
16%
6.1
-0%
7.1
-16%
Gamma
2.687 82%
2.59 85%
2.52 87%
2.49 88%
2.26 97%
CCT
7687 85%
10219 64%
7362 88%
7175 91%
7244 90%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 156 Hz ≤ 10 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 156 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 10 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 156 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The black level is quite low with 0.29 cd/m², which results in a good contrast ratio of 1,438:1. Colors appear reasonably bold on the screen.

Our tests with the spectrophotometer and the software CalMAN showed a blue color cast. The divergences from the reference color space for colors and grayscale are average. Therefore, the smartphone is not suitable for photographers who want to evaluate colors on the display. We also noticed a significant screen flickering at brightness levels below 10%. The frequency is rather low, which could be problematic for sensitive users.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 45 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The screen is relatively dark for an outdoor phone. Outdoors in bright environments, the display is just readable.

The display has good viewing angles. There might be some minor shifts in brightness when looking at the screen from the side.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angle
Viewing angle

Performance - Middle-class performance

The SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with eight cores and a clock frequency of up to 1.4 GHz is appropriate for a middle-class smartphone. According to our benchmarks, however, the devices from Oukitel and Blackview provide a significantly better performance. The graphics chip Adreno 505 offers middle-class performance as well, but it is outperformed significantly by some devices in this price range.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
42924 Points ∼56%
Oukitel WP5000
57489 Points ∼75% +34%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
64441 Points ∼84% +50%
CAT S31
24865 Points ∼32% -42%
Cubot King Kong
23540 Points ∼31% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (42798 - 47066, n=15)
44925 Points ∼59% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=394)
76519 Points ∼100% +78%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
57023 Points ∼48%
Oukitel WP5000
78088 Points ∼66% +37%
Cubot King Kong
21088 Points ∼18% -63%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (44992 - 59990, n=8)
56213 Points ∼48% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=171)
117893 Points ∼100% +107%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
3666 Points ∼81%
Oukitel WP5000
4174 Points ∼92% +14%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
3865 Points ∼85% +5%
CAT S31
2300 Points ∼51% -37%
Cubot King Kong
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (3508 - 3892, n=13)
3699 Points ∼81% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (3146 - 9868, n=256)
4551 Points ∼100% +24%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
4665 Points ∼94%
Oukitel WP5000
4947 Points ∼100% +6%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4465 Points ∼90% -4%
CAT S31
3080 Points ∼62% -34%
Cubot King Kong
3041 Points ∼61% -35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (3347 - 5290, n=15)
4632 Points ∼93% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (4058 - 13531, n=424)
4956 Points ∼100% +6%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
2045 Points ∼45%
Oukitel WP5000
2663 Points ∼59% +30%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
2635 Points ∼58% +29%
Cubot King Kong
773 Points ∼17% -62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1731 - 2224, n=10)
2031 Points ∼45% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=198)
4508 Points ∼100% +120%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
2360 Points ∼55%
Oukitel WP5000
3943 Points ∼92% +67%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
3818 Points ∼89% +62%
CAT S31
1135 Points ∼26% -52%
Cubot King Kong
1237 Points ∼29% -48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2270 - 2889, n=13)
2575 Points ∼60% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=248)
4298 Points ∼100% +82%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
634 Points ∼50%
Oukitel WP5000
863 Points ∼68% +36%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
828 Points ∼65% +31%
CAT S31
437 Points ∼34% -31%
Cubot King Kong
425 Points ∼34% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (619 - 681, n=13)
654 Points ∼52% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=249)
1267 Points ∼100% +100%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
1098 Points ∼67%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1353 Points ∼82% +23%
CAT S31
560 Points ∼34% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1034 - 1360, n=15)
1192 Points ∼73% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼100% +50%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
234 Points ∼20%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
600 Points ∼51% +156%
CAT S31
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (234 - 271, n=15)
249 Points ∼21% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼100% +407%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
284 Points ∼25%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
685 Points ∼60% +141%
CAT S31
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (284 - 330, n=15)
303 Points ∼27% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼100% +299%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
1099 Points ∼71%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1505 Points ∼98% +37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1002 - 1339, n=15)
1194 Points ∼78% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=385)
1538 Points ∼100% +40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
492 Points ∼30%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
921 Points ∼57% +87%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (483 - 535, n=15)
508 Points ∼31% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=385)
1627 Points ∼100% +231%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
561 Points ∼41%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1008 Points ∼73% +80%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (554 - 613, n=15)
582 Points ∼42% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=393)
1384 Points ∼100% +147%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
8864 Points ∼69%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
11176 Points ∼87% +26%
CAT S31
6396 Points ∼50% -28%
Cubot King Kong
8112 Points ∼63% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (8864 - 10364, n=14)
9165 Points ∼71% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=540)
12875 Points ∼100% +45%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
9342 Points ∼52%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
10023 Points ∼56% +7%
CAT S31
5042 Points ∼28% -46%
Cubot King Kong
2396 Points ∼13% -74%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (9342 - 10271, n=14)
9721 Points ∼54% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=540)
17971 Points ∼100% +92%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
9231 Points ∼61%
Oukitel WP5000
Points ∼0% -100%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
10258 Points ∼68% +11%
CAT S31
5291 Points ∼35% -43%
Cubot King Kong
2841 Points ∼19% -69%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (9231 - 9977, n=15)
9586 Points ∼63% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=541)
15098 Points ∼100% +64%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
15 fps ∼48%
Oukitel WP5000
24 fps ∼77% +60%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
21 fps ∼67% +40%
CAT S31
5.6 fps ∼18% -63%
Cubot King Kong
4.2 fps ∼13% -72%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (15 - 18, n=15)
16.3 fps ∼52% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=565)
31.3 fps ∼100% +109%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
26 fps ∼84%
Oukitel WP5000
31 fps ∼100% +19%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
31 fps ∼100% +19%
CAT S31
9.8 fps ∼32% -62%
Cubot King Kong
7.5 fps ∼24% -71%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (14 - 27, n=15)
20.7 fps ∼67% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=568)
24.9 fps ∼80% -4%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
6.7 fps ∼40%
Oukitel WP5000
11 fps ∼65% +64%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
10 fps ∼60% +49%
CAT S31
1.9 fps ∼11% -72%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (6.7 - 7.7, n=15)
7.15 fps ∼43% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=487)
16.8 fps ∼100% +151%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
14 fps ∼78%
Oukitel WP5000
18 fps ∼100% +29%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
17 fps ∼94% +21%
CAT S31
4.3 fps ∼24% -69%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (6.6 - 15, n=15)
11 fps ∼61% -21%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=490)
16 fps ∼89% +14%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
4.4 fps ∼31%
Oukitel WP5000
6.8 fps ∼48% +55%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
6.9 fps ∼48% +57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.2 - 4.9, n=15)
4.27 fps ∼30% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼100% +225%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
10 fps ∼67%
Oukitel WP5000
15 fps ∼100% +50%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
15 fps ∼100% +50%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (4.3 - 11, n=15)
7.65 fps ∼51% -23%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼93% +39%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
2.4 fps ∼24%
Oukitel WP5000
4.1 fps ∼42% +71%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4.1 fps ∼42% +71%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.4 - 2.7, n=15)
2.54 fps ∼26% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +311%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Crosscall Action-X3
5.3 fps ∼60%
Oukitel WP5000
7.3 fps ∼82% +38%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
8.2 fps ∼92% +55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.4 - 5.9, n=15)
4.09 fps ∼46% -23%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +68%

Legend

 
Crosscall Action-X3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel WP5000 Mediatek Helio P25, ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Blackview BV9000 Pro Mediatek Helio P25, ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
CAT S31 Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909, Qualcomm Adreno 304, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Cubot King Kong Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash

The Action-X3 has a mediocre web-browsing performance. The rendering speed of websites is average, but images need a considerable loading time.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=423)
36.7 Points ∼100% +103%
Blackview BV9000 Pro (Chrome Mobile 53)
32.424 Points ∼88% +80%
Oukitel WP5000 (Chrome 66)
26.91 Points ∼73% +49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (17.6 - 21.5, n=14)
19.3 Points ∼53% +7%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
18.048 Points ∼49%
Cubot King Kong (Chrome 66)
12.789 Points ∼35% -29%
CAT S31
12.442 Points ∼34% -31%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=559)
5558 Points ∼100% +71%
Oukitel WP5000 (Chrome 66)
5132 Points ∼92% +58%
Blackview BV9000 Pro (Chrome Mobile 53)
4155 Points ∼75% +28%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
3251 Points ∼58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2604 - 3438, n=15)
3181 Points ∼57% -2%
Cubot King Kong (Chrome 66)
2208 Points ∼40% -32%
CAT S31
2010 Points ∼36% -38%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Cubot King Kong (Chrome 66)
18388.4 ms * ∼100% -38%
CAT S31
17827.9 ms * ∼97% -34%
Blackview BV9000 Pro (Chrome Mobile 53)
16298.4 ms * ∼89% -22%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
13331 ms * ∼72%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (10396 - 14709, n=15)
12507 ms * ∼68% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=579)
11477 ms * ∼62% +14%
Oukitel WP5000 (Chrome 66)
10209.2 ms * ∼56% +23%

* ... smaller is better

As expected, the access speed of our reference microSD card Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 and of the internal eMMC storage is at an average level. Sometimes, you have to wait for data to be loaded. Overall, access speeds are similar to other devices.

Crosscall Action-X3Oukitel WP5000Blackview BV9000 ProCAT S31Cubot King KongAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-11%
23%
-20%
-64%
3%
-4%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
56.17 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
20.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-64%
68.46 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
22%
59.5
6%
10.3 (Kingston 32GB)
-82%
47.3 (3.4 - 87.1, n=113)
-16%
45.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=323)
-18%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
21.11 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-75%
76.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-9%
81.8
-3%
20.6 (Kingston 32GB)
-76%
66.4 (8.2 - 96.5, n=113)
-21%
64 (8.2 - 96.5, n=323)
-24%
Random Write 4KB
8.4
9.89
18%
12.72
51%
14.81
76%
7
-17%
18.9 (0.75 - 77.3, n=151)
125%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=608)
92%
Random Read 4KB
47
66.88
42%
72.6
54%
14.28
-70%
17.2
-63%
36.3 (3.59 - 117, n=151)
-23%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=608)
-19%
Sequential Write 256KB
139.3
162.14
16%
174.62
25%
62.13
-55%
32.6
-77%
95 (14.8 - 189, n=151)
-32%
79.8 (2.99 - 246, n=608)
-43%
Sequential Read 256KB
264.7
257.52
-3%
244.73
-8%
71.06
-73%
77.3
-71%
230 (25.8 - 440, n=151)
-13%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=608)
-13%

Games - Simple games playable without any problems

You can play games on the Crosscall smartphone. Even though the current racing game “Asphalt 9” lags sometimes, it is generally playable. With the game “Temple Run”, we examined the control via touchscreen and gyroscope. The control worked reliably, the gyroscope showed only a negligible delay.

Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
Temple Run
Temple Run

Emissions - Extensive warming

Temperature

We experienced hot temperatures of the Action-X3 during our measurements: We measured up to 50.3 °C (~123 °F) under load on the front of the device, which is clearly too hot. Particularly in summer, it might be very uncomfortable to carry the phone in the pocket, when it was running under load for a prolonged period. Even when idle, the device reached a noticeably high temperature: With 37 °C (~99 °F), the front showed the hottest temperature, which is not as critical as the one under load.

Max. Load
 50.3 °C
123 F
43.2 °C
110 F
42.8 °C
109 F
 
 50 °C
122 F
43.7 °C
111 F
43.4 °C
110 F
 
 47.9 °C
118 F
43.6 °C
110 F
42 °C
108 F
 
Maximum: 50.3 °C = 123 F
Average: 45.2 °C = 113 F
38 °C
100 F
42.1 °C
108 F
47.3 °C
117 F
39.4 °C
103 F
38.7 °C
102 F
46.7 °C
116 F
39.6 °C
103 F
43.5 °C
110 F
44.1 °C
111 F
Maximum: 47.3 °C = 117 F
Average: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.5 °C = 116 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 45.2 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 50.3 °C / 123 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 47.3 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap back
Heatmap back

Speaker

Speaker test pink noise
Speaker test pink noise

The speaker is located on the back, which is not ideal for the sound quality. It happens that the speaker is obstructed or does not face the user, so that the sound appears more dull. Overall, the sound is ordinary and not particularly clear, but the speaker produces a well-balanced sound with no protruding treble.

The included headset is not perfectly suitable for noisy environments. It does not deliver a high bass pressure. However, the sound transmission over the 3.5-mm headphone jack or bluetooth to other devices works very well.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.137.92537.634.83135.930.34028.128.35028.629.36327.826.48029.824.310030.424.712522.220.816023.922200202925019.434.231517.240.240016.45050016.553.963015.159.680015.165.6100014.666.4125014.464.4160013.766.5200012.365.2250012.161.8315011.861.3400011.759.9500011.759.9630011.660.4800011.657.91000011.557.61250011.558.51600011.656.9SPL57.971.366.356.725.974.8N11.324.316.810.40.832.5median 14.4median 58.5Delta3.39.835.235.732.939.637.238.431.74039.64028.331.627.334.726.932.626.730.32430.820.93620.94119.551.818.561.917.567.817.573.715.781.215.882.316.67915.873.115.470.715.571.81670.515.874.61678.116.382.216.37916.272.716.464.516.462.328.689.31.178.9median 16.4median 70.72.112.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseCrosscall Action-X3Oukitel WP5000
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Crosscall Action-X3 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 14% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Oukitel WP5000 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 65% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery life - Good battery life despite the small battery

Power consumption

Under full load, the Crosscall Action-X3 consumes a fair amount of energy: It needs up to 8.4 W, which explains the excessive heating. The maximum consumption when idle is also higher than on other devices. In other respects, the power consumption is on a similar level with other smartphones in this price range.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.08 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.1 / 1.9 / 2.9 Watt
Load midlight 4.8 / 8.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Crosscall Action-X3
3500 mAh
Oukitel WP5000
5200 mAh
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4180 mAh
CAT S31
4000 mAh
Cubot King Kong
4400 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
10%
7%
26%
29%
17%
21%
Idle Minimum *
1.1
1.18
-7%
1.04
5%
0.73
34%
0.7
36%
0.843 (0.52 - 1.4, n=15)
23%
0.879 (0.2 - 3.4, n=642)
20%
Idle Average *
1.9
2.17
-14%
2.14
-13%
2.21
-16%
1.6
16%
1.96 (1.4 - 4.17, n=15)
-3%
1.721 (0.6 - 6.2, n=641)
9%
Idle Maximum *
2.9
2.26
22%
2.17
25%
2.25
22%
1.8
38%
2.19 (1.52 - 4.2, n=15)
24%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=642)
31%
Load Average *
4.8
3.68
23%
5.11
-6%
2.99
38%
3.8
21%
3.98 (2.85 - 7.5, n=15)
17%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=636)
16%
Load Maximum *
8.4
6.06
28%
6.37
24%
4.12
51%
5.5
35%
6.51 (4.88 - 13.7, n=15)
22%
5.76 (1.2 - 14.2, n=636)
31%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The 3,500-mAh battery is quite small for an outdoor smartphone. However, 14 hours of battery life is quite decent. Even a long hike should not be a problem if you can charge the device at night.

The phone supports QuickCharge. The battery can be charged in a little more than 1.5 hours with the supplied charger.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 03min
Crosscall Action-X3
3500 mAh
Oukitel WP5000
5200 mAh
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4180 mAh
CAT S31
4000 mAh
Cubot King Kong
4400 mAh
Battery Runtime
41%
-31%
27%
30%
Reader / Idle
1139
WiFi v1.3
843
1189
41%
579
-31%
1074
27%
1098
30%
Load
277

Pros

+ Ruggedized case
+ Fast Wi-Fi
+ Great magnetic port

Cons

- Protective foil on display has bubbles
- Display could be brighter

Verdict - Stylish and outdoor-suitable

In review: Crosscall Action-X3. Review device provided by Crosscall Germany.
In review: Crosscall Action-X3. Review device provided by Crosscall Germany.

The Crosscall Action-X3 is well-tailored to its purpose: It features extensive protective measures against the elements and the clumsiness of the user. The battery life is sufficient for one whole day in the open, and the performance is high enough for most of the relevant apps. For perfect outdoor adaption, however, it lacks a brighter display and a higher GPS accuracy.

The Crosscall Action-X3 is a good outdoor smartphone with great accessories.

The extensive number of accessories and the brilliant magnetic port, which even allows data transfer, compensate for the flaws. Therefore, we recommend outdoor enthusiasts to take a look at the Action-X3. And for style-conscious users: The Crosscall smartphone has a French design.

Crosscall Action-X3 - 08/11/2018 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
46 / 60 → 76%
Weight
88%
Battery
97%
Display
83%
Games Performance
18 / 63 → 29%
Application Performance
34 / 70 → 49%
Temperature
80%
Noise
100%
Audio
55 / 91 → 60%
Camera
66%
Average
70%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2018-08-14 (Update: 2018-08-15)