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The AGM Glory is a smartphone designed to survive at temperatures as low as -40°C

AGM launches its Glory series of phones. (Source: AGM)
AGM launches its Glory series of phones. (Source: AGM)
Most lithium-ion batteries, those found in mobile devices included, are incapable of working when exposed to temperatures of about -20 degrees Celsius (°C) or lower. However, the new AGM Glory series of rugged Android phones has a power-pack rated to function for a time at -40°C. They also have a 5G Qualcomm processor, 8GB of RAM, a 48MP main camera and more.

AGM is a brand that claims to have solved the problem of phones that "won't last for 20 minutes under -20°C". It has accordingly invented a new type of battery rated to stay on "for a day" at -27°C, and even for a few hours should it be exposed to temperatures of -40°C.

The company has apparently achieved this feat by re-arranging the structure and discharging mechanism of its lithium-ion batteries. The results are found in the new Glory, Glory SE and Glory Pro toughphones. The extreme cold-resistance of their 6,800mAh batteries are packaged in casings rated for the IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G standards of durability.

The new line of rugged phones also hass a 6.53-inch LCD FHD+ display in common, with a water-drop notch and a noticeable chin. This screen is driven by a Snapdragon 480 SoC, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Where the 3 variants differ is in their rear camera tech. The Glory, SE and Pro have a 48MP main sensor and a 2MP macro camera apiece. However, where the SE has dual flash torches, the Glory and Pro have a laser rangefinder and an IR night-vision camera each, whereas the Pro adds a thermal imaging camera on top of that.

Furthermore, the Glory and Glory Pro offer the wireless charging function that the base SE variant lacks. Therefore, should you need an Android 11-capable phone that can stay functional during your extreme sub-zero day trip, the AGM Glory series can now be ordered via the OEM's own website. The SE starts at US$399, whereas the mid-level variant goes for $499 and the top-end Pro costs $799.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-10-31 (Update: 2021-10-31)