This Essential Phone scratch and bend test reveals the toughness of titanium and ceramic
by Florin Troaca / Sep 07, 2017, 1:42 PM
Priced at $699, the Essential Phone is more than just another high-end handset - thanks to its design and the rather rare materials that it's made of, including titanium and ceramic. As it turns out, these materials make the phone tougher than most of its competitors.
The scratch and bend test seen in the video below shows that the Essential Phone is seriously well built. The entire front of the device (camera included) is covered by Gorilla Glass 5 - this puts it on par with the likes of Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. In other words, the handset's front won't get scratched by keys, coins, or other similar objects that you may be carrying in your pocket.
The back of the Essential Phone is made out of ceramic, which is even harder to scratch than Gorilla Glass 5 - only super-tough minerals like topaz or diamond can leave marks on it. However, the rear camera is covered in Gorilla Glass 5, while the LED flash next to it is protected only by plastic (which is quite easy to scratch).
As for the edges of the Essential Phone, these are made out of titanium with a bit of special plastic on one side. Titanium is harder to scratch than aluminum, while also making the Essential Phone nearly impossible to bend, at least in normal scenarios.
All in all, it's good to see that, at least when it comes to build quality, the Essential Phone is worth its price.
source: JerryRigEverything (YouTube)
- 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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Phone is cool, but I refuse to purchase a phone with a screen cutout lol
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 1:43 PM 0
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too bad theyre still have some sort of shipping issues, the white ones havent even started shipping out and no word on when they will.
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 1:56 PM 4
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It hasn't been smooth-sailing for the Essential Phone so far, Andy Rubin needs to get supply-and-demand straoght. But I suppose this is an issue which is normal for start-up companies, like it happened to OnePlus with the original OnePlus One handset. I hope by Essential will have things sorted out by the next iteration of its handset.
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 2:17 PM 1
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The phone has some really nice things going for it, that's for sure, but the end of the video perfectly summarizes how I feel about the phone in general: "...the lack of a headphone jack, no water resistance, no SD card, and no standardized wireless charging, brings the usefulness of this phone down to a level that I'm not willing to accept. I don't need the bare essentials, I need all of the essentials." Well said.
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 3:24 PM 9
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Agreed. I want all those with the tungsten frame and ceramic body. And a big battery. Also, lose the cutout, it's a compromise that ruins the aesthetic. Of course, then the phone will probably be in the $900+ range.
posted on Sep 08, 2017, 8:19 AM 1
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