Essential Phone sequel to have a much better camera, company promises

Essential Phone sequel to have a much better camera, company promises
The Essential Phone was a unique device until Apple launched the iPhone X, as many consider the first smartphone to have introduced the notch. Unfortunately, Essential's phone had one major problem: the camera.

The dual camera simply failed to deliver, while the camera app was a total disaster at launch. Even though the latter has been consistently improved since the smartphone's launch, people remain with the impression that the Essential Phone doesn't offer the same level of quality when it comes to the camera as any other flagship available on the market.

The good news is Essential has acknowledged the problem and promised the next smartphone it will launch will offer much better camera features. Linda Jiang, head of industrial design at Essential told BusinessInsider that the company is ready to deliver on that promise.

Now it remains to be seen when exactly the Essential Phone number two is going to be introduced. Based on the previous history, the handset should be unveiled during the summer, but that's hard to guess since Essential launch a single phone until now.

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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. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It has a brilliant camera sensor, it's just that the software let it down. Anyone who owned the Essential Phone, and tried the Gcam port, will tell you how great the pictures come out of this thing. I did my own comparison while owning both the Essential Phone and the Note 8, and the Essential Phone gave me better pictures 10/10 times.

11. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

I wish I could agree with you, but I tried out an Essential for a few days and even with the GCam port, it was miles behind my old Nexus 6P. It wasn't the worst phone, but anyone touting it's camera quality must be smoking something.

13. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The tons of forums with pictures to prove it, says otherwise. Maybe you didn't know how to use the right settings and HDR+ wasn't kicking in for you.

2. Venom

Posts: 3823; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think the Essential phone gets too much flack. It's definitely better than a lot of other first Android phones. I think a few things that are essential for the next iteration is stereo sound, a headphone jack for sure, and better QC this time around before they release it. And please get rid of that notch. That's essential.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1978; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The Essential Phone brought one year earlier the same design features that manufacturers are only now putting in their phones. Also, the Essential is only 140mm long, it is much more compact (8-14mm shorter) than any notched flagship on the market right now.

4. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

I really enjoy mine. Just a few things that hopefully will be improved upon in the next version. Most annoying thing is how slippery it is! it is so beautiful that you don't want to put an ugly, bulky case on it... but the thing has almost slid off the table on its own. I also don't like the placement of the speaker because if you play a game in landscape mode it is very easy for your hand to muffle it.

5. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree, it was way too slippery, especially when wearing cotton pants with big pockets. And I also agree with you about the speaker placement. As a right handed person, it was easy for me to cover the speaker with my pinky while holding the phone with one hand.

6. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

How you feel about the weight of it, or the cell reception?

7. gamehead unregistered

Get rid of the notch


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Essential could imo keep the same design but integrate the pop up camera they have the patent too, and just put a under the screen fingerprint scanner.

9. SyCo87

Posts: 326; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

The more, the merrier.

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

New design. Notch is ugly

12. lostdaynight

Posts: 31; Member since: May 16, 2011

I'm good with the design, and the camera was overhated for daytime shots and such. The reason why I had to send my PH-1 packing is another pain point that, unfortunately, is rather widespread: the phone reception. It's not a great phone, and I missed call after call in building after building with it. I couldn't take it after awhile and switched to a superbly priced HTC U11. Way better camera, much better phone reception and it sounds better on calls too. I miss the design and all-screen front, but oh well. Better bigger bezels than bad phone calls....

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