The Essential Phone which was to be lunch some months ago, is finally released and after all the hype and rumors let see if the Essential Phone can live upto the name “essential”.
The Phone is the first product from Essential, a brand-new billion-dollar startup founded and led by Andy Rubin, the “Father of Android.” Which hopes to make an Android smartphone that will include all the essential features based pure Android, design, performance and cost.
When Andy Rubin first showcases demos about the phone’s various features and what they want to achieve, people were skeptical about the concept, but coming from the founder of Android, there were much anticipation about whether or not Andy Rubin can deliver the “Essential Phone”.
First, the phone basics: It’s a flagship phone with a Qualcomm 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage so it’s not cheap. The Essential Phone costs $699, but it could do enough different to justify the price tag with bold design, modular features and a big, bezel-free screen.
Essential Phone Body Build and Design
It’s a unique take with the Essential Phone, as essential is clearly planning on releasing a very well-made phone: the screen looks promising, it has no annoying logos, and built with a combination of titanium and ceramic which are unusual material choices. But titanium was apparently used because it’s harder, stronger and more resilient than aluminum, so more likely to survive a scratch or a fall. However, while it’s likely to be durable there’s no mention of waterproofing, so you won’t want to get it wet.
The Essential Phone has a 5.71-inch 2560 x 1312 edge-to-edge display that one-ups even the Samsung Galaxy S8 by bringing it all the way to the top of the phone, wrapping around the 8-megapixel front-facing selfie camera which can also capture 4K video.
Right at the back we have a 13-megapixel dual-camera systems which we’ve seen on other flagship phones. It an interesting dual-camera systems as usually with most phone the second lens is use for telephoto or bokeh. But apparently second lens is a monochrome sensor, which in theory will allow you to capture more details and more sharpness than a traditional color camera. So combined with the regular 13-megapixel for perfect and better low-light shots.
At the side of the camera, we have a two pins for magnetic attachable accessories, Essential will ship with a 360-degree camera that can click in to the top of the phone, and the company will also offer a charging dock. Both connect to the phone via the magnetic pins.
The Essential Phone will comes in ‘Black Moon’ or ‘Pure White’ colors, with ‘Stellar Grey’ and ‘Ocean Depths’ shades launching soon.
Essential Phone Performance
- Snapdragon 835 chipset
- 4GB of RAM
- 128GB of storage
- Android 7.1.1
The Essential Phone has a flagship Snapdragon 835 chipset that powers almost all flagship smartphones like Samsung S8 and S8+, HTC U11 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. It’s also an octa-core chip with four cores running at 2.45GHz and four at 1.9GHz, and paired with 4GB of RAM, so on paper this is just as powerful as other recent flagships.
The phone also has just one unlock version a 128GB of storage (though no microSD card slot). Runs Android Nougat, and coming from Andy Robin- you should expect as close to stock Android.
On a final note there’s a 3,040mAh battery in the Essential Phone, which isn’t massive, but is marginally larger than the 3,000mAh one in the Samsung Galaxy S8.
It supports fast charging via a USB Type-C port, and Essential will also be launching a charging dock which will connect magnetically, rather than using cables.
Essential Features missing in the Essential Phone
- Headphone Jack
- Wireless Charging
Andy Rubin promised all essential features in the Essential, but am not completely surprise with the ditching of the headphone jack as the 3.5mm headphone port is an old technology and most smartphones companies are already getting rid of it because of its limitations. But for waterproof and wireless charging….. Well I guess that not an Essential Feature for Andy Rubin.
So what your take with the Essential Phone?