This Essential Phone scratch and bend test reveals the toughness of titanium and ceramic

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) 

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  • 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



1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Phone is cool, but I refuse to purchase a phone with a screen cutout lol

7. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

The new iPhone is going to have an even bigger cut out. Take a look at it first, you might actually like it. :)

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

As silly as it sounds, I fully agree. I'm good with the trend to continuously lessen bezels, but cutouts are not the right solution.

2. aodmisery

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

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.

3. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I'm still uncomfortable with this phone after the whole phishing debacle.

4. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Almost a home run. As of now, Samsung S8+ / Note 8 has everything I require. This phone needs water proofing, better camera to join the ranks of high end

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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.

6. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Nice phone... but it's risky to spend $700 on something that may or may not be supported in the near future.

9. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

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.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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.

10. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

This phone is really beautiful.

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