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The man behind the development of Android, Andy Rubin, is back with a bang.

Not so long ago, Essential, the company he has been working on for a while now, set up a Twitter account and made an announcement that “something big” was to come on May 30th.

Indeed this happened as the company unveiled its first Essential Phone, which also goes by the name Essential PH-1. There’s no doubt that the new Essential handset is targeting the flagship market, something the price tag of $699 justifies. But to standout, Rubin has something different on this phone – something the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 or even LG G6 haven’t achieved so far.

Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S8

While the design is close to the revolutionary Xiaomi Mi MIX, where there are no bezels on the sides and top, the Essential Phone has a new home for the selfie shooter. The sensor is up top, housed by what would have been the top bezel, but as noted earlier, there’s no bezel on the top end of the screen. In short, the phone has a selfie shooter that is surrounded by the display while leaving a tiny bezel at the bottom.

Note that this bottom bezel is not meant to house the fingerprint scanner or even navigation buttons, because these features are found on the back and on-screen, respectively. The Essential Phone uses a combination of titanium and ceramic, giving the phone a robust build that is more durable than any of the glass and aluminum designs we see from day to day.

Like the Moto Z and LG G5, the Essential Phone supports modular functionality, with the back of the phone featuring a magnetic connector for attaching the accessories. So far, the two confirmed accessories are a wireless charging dock and a 360-degree camera with two 12MP sensors. Although just about everything on this phone is perfect, the omission of the 3.5mm audio jack will always create some divided opinions, but in the long run, it seems the used USB-C port will soon be the new standard not just for future Essential Phone successors, but also for other smartphones in the market.

Essential Phone

To show you just how the new Essential Phone compares to the other flagship phones in the market, here’s a head-to-head look at the phone against the big beats such as Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 3T, a phone that has gotten many looking forward to the release of the new OnePlus 5 later next month.

  Essential Phone Google Pixel XL Galaxy S8 OnePlus 3T
Dimensions (mm) 142x 71×7.8mm 154.7×75.7×8.6mm 148.9×68.1x8mm 152.7×74.7×7.4mm
Display size (inches) 5.71 inches LTPS IPS LCD 5.5 inches AMOLED 5.8 inches AMOLED 5.5 inches AMOLED
Resolution 2560×1312 pixels, 504ppi 2560×1440 pixels, 534ppi 2960×1440 pixels, 570ppi 1080×1920 pixels, 401ppi
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 Gorilla Glass 4 Gorilla Glass 5, IP68 Gorilla Glass 4
Processor Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 821 Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 821
Storage 128GB 32GB/128GB 64GB 64GB/128GB
MicroSD No No Yes No
Software Android 7.1 Android 7.1 Android 7.0 Android 7.1 (via Update)
Main camera Dual 13MP+13MP (RGB and Monochrome sensors) 12.3MP 12MP 16MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP 8MP 16MP
Battery 3040mAh 3450mAh 3000mAh 3400mAh
Fast charging Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted Rear-mounted Rear-mounted Front-mounted
Price $699 $769/$869 $750 $440/$470


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