Apple has tried making a titanium iPhone, but failed; Essential made one, but it is "not for everybody"
by Victor Hristov / May 30, 2017, 8:10 AM
The Essential Phone has just gone official, and it's a lush concoction: it ditches the common aluminum in favor of a more premium, titanium frame, it swaps the glass back for ceramic, and it is packed with the most powerful hardware out there and a novel magnetic modular system. And it's not yet ready. You can reserve the phone for $700, but there is no release date just yet.
Essential Phone is "not for everybody", according to Jason Keats, head of product architecture at the company.But if you like it, you'd still better reserve it now because the
In fact, that's what makes it awesome: "We’ve gone after technologies and methods of manufacturing that aren’t designed to support 50 million devices," Keats says. While companies like Apple are forced to choose material and strategies that scale well for 50 million plus people each quarter, Essential has the luxury of being new and not needing to sell 50 million in a quarter. This means that it can use technologies that might be available for a manufacturing gig on a lesser scale. Companies like Apple would be forced to reject those for their flashy and popular gadgets for obvious reasons, but Essential does not need to.
The Essential Phone is made from titanium, a durable material that is extremely hard to mold
This is not just talk: the Essential Phone is made of titanium, a material that is especially tough to machine.
"So we literally traveled around the world to find somebody who could process in a different way," Keats says. And they did: they found a relatively small German shop that injection molds titanium.
Essential engineers even proudly say - off the radar - that Apple tried to build the next iPhone from titanium, but simply could not.
This means that your Essential Phone could be special. In a way that a luxurious Swiss watch is special. In a way that an iPhone cannot be. At the very least, it will not be a commodity.
“You know it’s going to be a little exclusive,” Keats sums it all up about the Essential Phone. And we take notice.
- Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 3040 mAh
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Making the essential all the more impressive. Honestly, cant wait till sept to see what the iphone 8 brings too much potential tech to pass up.
posted on May 30, 2017, 8:16 AM 6
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LOL did you read the article? If the iphone is tethered to something that can be manufactured by the millions and this company is not. Why do you expect even half those rumors to be true is beyond me. You are getting the iphone 7s this year and that's it.
posted on May 30, 2017, 4:31 PM 1
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I wonder how they are going to mass-produce it...
posted on May 30, 2017, 9:47 AM 0
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It made me to think this though. You know if you look at cars, their bumper, etc are made out of thin aluminium so that they absorb the impact when crashed. I wonder how this phone is actually better than iPhone or Galaxy. Because yeah, it may be more scratch-resistant, but when you drop it, your phone may just bounce around giving the front glass more chance to break. It may be the case that titanium transmits the majority of impact to the front glass causing it to crack more easily.
posted on May 30, 2017, 10:28 AM 0
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Good job on use of titanium. iPhone build quality is terrible. It just looks pretty, sitting on table.
posted on May 30, 2017, 9:50 AM 0
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From their "Manifesto": "Premium materials and true craftsmanship shouldn’t be just for the few." but.... It's $700. And “You know it’s going to be a little exclusive” Which is it?
posted on May 30, 2017, 10:34 AM 2
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Titanium from outside BUT Android from inside!!!!! No, thank you.
posted on May 30, 2017, 11:22 AM 1
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