The Essential Phone brought to us by the ‘Father of Android’ — Andy Rubin, is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s a unique take on a big screen that makes the phone stand out — and it’s smart, too.
Essential Phone will initially be launched in the US first. Essential is clearly planning on releasing a very well-made phone: the screen looks promising, it has no annoying logos, and it is built with a combination of titanium and ceramic so it can survive a drop test “without blemish, unlike the aluminum competitor devices.”
Nowadays, It isn’t hard to get nice hardware to come by on Android phones, so the company is aiming to build an ecosystem of accessories. It starts with a magnetic connector and wireless data transfer. Essential will ship a 360-degree camera that can easily attach to the top of the phone, and the company will also offer a charging dock.
As far as Design is concerned, the Essential Phone boasts of a futuristic aesthetic with an almost edge to edge display, a dual camera setup, and a fingerprint scanner situated at the back. The flushed camera design keeps the phone free of any unsightly bumps, and there are two magnetic pins at the back for modular attachments as well.
Now coming to the specifications, Essential Phone comes with Android 7.1.1 out of the box, sports a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge QHD (1312×2560 pixels) display with 19:10 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by the 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) processor with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. The internal storage option is at 128GB.
As mentioned, there’s also a pair of magnetic back pins for a modular accessory system that will “keep your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date.” The pins will act as a click cordless connector that will hook up to Essential’s two modular accessories launched alongside – the 360-degree camera and its Essential Phone Dock. There is no traditional 3.5mm headphone jack — which is a bummer. We’re told that it will ship with a headphone dongle in the box.
The Essential Phone’s built-in camera is, at least on paper, promising too. This Phone comes with the 13-megapixel dual rear camera setup similar to the Huawei P10, with separate full-color and monochrome sensors next to one another. The front-facing camera, meanwhile, is an 8-megapixel snapper capable of shooting 4K video.
There’s no mention of an exact release date but you are able to pre-order the phone from the Essential shop. Essential Phone will cost a $699 and $749(roughly Rs. 48,400) with a bundled 360-degree camera. Alongside, the company has also launched the Essential Home – a smart speaker with a big round display that runs on the brand new Ambient OS.
Essential Phone will give tough competition to Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7. Let’s see How will this Phone perform.