It was 30th May 2017, when a brand new Essential phone came into the spotlight. At the first look of the phone, all you will see a titanium body and edge to edge display which looks astonishing. The display too is very different from what we see in other phones. The Essential is a billion-dollar startup of the person who actually helped in developing Android. It is Andy Rubin‘s very own startup.
Essential Phone is a pure Android Smartphone with top-of-the-line specs and beautiful and bold design. The project Essential Phone is an ambitious project which is focusing on a modular ecosystem. Motorola has Moto Z2 which is a great device for those who are looking for modes to attach with the phone. You need boom sound, get a JBL speaker mode, you want to take a better photo, add a camera mode and you are good to go.
Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is also coming up with a modular accessory (Single mode as of now) where you can get a 360-degree camera mode for capturing 360-degree shots and videos. Let’s dig out more about the Essential Phone
Essential Phone: What Runs the Phone?
I am not that interested in talking about the specs here but for those who are keen to know the behind the scenes, here are some technical specifications for you. The Essential PH-1 (Model Name) runs on Qualcomm® Snapdragon 835 Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) 64 bit, 10nm processor with Adreno 540. It comes with 4GB RAM and 128 GB UFS 2.1 Storage. The Essential PH-1 has 3,040mAH battery and comes with the support of Fast Charging.
It does come with NFC, Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C but unfortunately, there is no 3.5MM jack. You don’t need to worry, Andy Rubin is giving you USB to 3.5MM adapter within the box.
For Camera job, it has dual 13MP f/1.8 RGB + Monochrome rear camera with PDAF, Lazer Auto Focus and dual tone LED Flash. The Essential PH-1 can record Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps.
For selfies, it has 8MP F/2.2 camera sensor with 16:9 aspect ratio which can also record Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps.
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Essential Phone: The Bizarre Display
This is my favorite part of the phone. We have seen what Samsung came up with Samsung Galaxy S8‘s Infinity Display. That was so beautiful. iPhone 8 is about to come and render leaks are showing that we are going to get an edge to edge display with some really awkward display aesthetics on the top of the display for the earpiece, camera, and sensors. Nothing is so sure yet for iPhone 8 or 10 or Edition or whatever it is but we are so sure about the display of Essential PH-1 Phone.
The Essential PH-1’s display is gorgeous. It has 5.7 Inches 2560 x 1312 QHD display with Aspect Ratio of 19:10. The display is very much similar to China’s giant, Xiaomi Mi Mix but Andy Rubin’s phone has something Bizarre with the display.
Essential Phone has a round cutting at the top of the display that creates space for front-facing camera and sensors and the thing that is making it awesome is that the display is fully accessible by the user. It may sound weird to you but once you will see the working of the Essential Phone display, you will find it pretty interesting.
You may find Cyclops eye on the display distracting at times but 95% of the time, the Android doesn’t put anything on that part. It remains black and blends beautifully with the edge of the screen. The apps like Google Messenger, Gmail, Google Calendar and other Google Apps blends the Cyclops eye with the color of the app but a third-party app like Facebook just filled that part of the display with the black color which doesn’t seem distracting or annoying at all.
Another good thing with the display is that inspite of having a 5.7-Inch display, the phone looks small in hand. All thanks to edge to edge display. You literally don’t get any significant head above the screen but you would get chin on PH-1 which is acceptable.
Apart from all these fancy display features, the display itself is a great display with some really great viewing angles.
Essential Phone: 360 Camera Mode
Just like Moto Z/Z2 Play, the Essential phone is also a modular phone and you can add modes using metal pins at the back of the phone. Unfortunately, there is only one Essential Mode as of now & that is a 360 Camera. The price of 360 Camera is $199 but you can get The Essential Phone and 360 Camera bundle for $749 ($699+$50). The offer is for a limited period.
It is a camera that connects through magnets and all the data and power is transferred through metal pins. The moment you mount the camera mode, a custom camera app opens up that can capture 360 photos and Videos (also in 4K). On removing the camera mode, everything rolled up back to normal.
Essential Phone Pricing & Availability
Essential Phone is a start-up of Andy Rubin who is one of the reasons we are using Android Phones today. The startup has some really big goals but for a startup, it is not that easy to capture the established market with the brands like Apple, Samsung, LG etc. There is no saying about when The Essential phone would being displayed in the stores but you can still buy the phone from Essential Online Store.
The phone is available unlocked and with Sprint for $699 and if you want to buy the bundle of Essential Phone and 360 Camera then you have to shred $749 (limited offer) from your pocket. The separate 360 cameras after the limited offer will cost you for $199. If you are thinking about ordering one for you, it is worth taking a look at The Verge’s saying about Andy Rubin’s phone.
The essential phone is a pretty good device with top of the line specs and amazing edge to edge display but there is still something which company has to do for winning the trust of the consumers.