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.
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.
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|
|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|
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