Essential Phone vs Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG G6: a four-way specs comparison

Andy Rubin's latest foray into hardware is now official with the Essential phone, a device that arrives with a splash and obviously skimps neither on specs nor on appearance.

With a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, a 19:10 Quad HD display, two 13MP cameras at the back, and a 3,040mAh battery on deck, it seems to have what it takes to tackle on the Galaxy S8+, the LG G6, and the venerable iPhone 7 Plus.

Phew, what a selection!

Let's see how the bold newcomer compares against these in terms of specs and raw hardware prowess!

SpecsEssentialSamsung Galaxy S8 PlusLG G6Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display5.71-inch IPS LCD
1312 x 2560 pixels
6.2-inch AMOLED
1440 x 2960 pixels
5.7-inch IPS LCD
1440 x 2880 pixels
5.5-inch IPS LCD
1080 x 1920 pixels
Size141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
Screen-to-body ratio83.33%79.47%67.58%
ProcessorSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 835 (US)
Exynos 8895 (Intl)
Snapdragon 821Apple A10 Fusion
Storage128GB64GB + microSD32GB + microSD32, 128, 256GB
Rear camera13MP RGB + 13MP monochrome
4K video recording
4K video recording
13MP f/1.8 + 13MP f/2.4 wide-angle
4K video recording
12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.8
2.0x optical zoom
4K video recording
Front camera8MP f/2.28MP f/1.75MP, f/2.27MP f/2.2
SoftwareAndroid 7.xAndroid 7.xAndroid 7.1iOS 10.x
Water resistance-Yes, IP68-certifiedYes, IP68-certifiedYes, IP67-certified
Special featuresFingerprint scanner, USB Type-CFingerprint scanner, iris scanner, USB Type-CFingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, dual cameraFingerprint scanner, dual camera
ColorsBlack, White, Gray, GreenBlack, Orchid Gray, Silver, Gold and BlueBlack, Silver, WhiteJet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red



1. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

tiny battery for that size.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it has bigger battery than iPhone7+ but much smaller in size

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To be fair iPhone7+ has optimization on its side. Would still be nice if it had a bigger battery though.

18. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

You don't know what you're talking about the iPhone 7+ has horrible battery life! XEETECHCARE YouTube channel. Proof!!!

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Don't let the screen size fool you Its 141.5x 71.1mm, that's like the Pixel (2770mAh) The S8 is 148.9x68.1mm and still has the same size battery as this

16. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

S8 also has fantastic optimization: look at XEETECHCARE on YouTube and you'll see what I mean.

2. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I love monochrome sensor, they have insane depth to picture like Foveon x3 sensors

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Lately,OEMs are messing with displays by making them elongated with weird aspect ratio and by putting camera inside the screen.Too much of abnormal innovation.Simply make an edge to edge display phone by putting sliding camera at the back which can be also used for selfie and 360 degree rotation as well .

4. NoAllegiance unregistered

Waiting for the first phone to embed the fingerprint sensor underneath the display.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

That'll either be apple with the iphone 8 or lg with the v30.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Or Note 8

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Oh thats true. Almost forgot.

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1866; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Looks like a iPhone 4.

6. Cat97

Posts: 2026; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If they still have bezel on the bottom, why didn't they place the selfie camera there ? Also, the fingerprint sensor would have been much better placed on the front bottom bezel than in the rear.

8. notfair

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I feel that the battery life will be very poor :( IPS LCD screens are nowhere near as efficient as AMOLED.

13. KingSam

Posts: 1523; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I don't like that camera in the screen! Its annoying me.

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 2005; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Wow....a true "small" phone. It's only marginally larger than an iPhone 6/6s. This is not one of those super tall phones from Samsung/LG that they incorrectly say are easy to use/hold. I am not on board paying $600+ for this, but could see myself picking one up when it goes on sale in 8 months.

19. S8PlusIsBoss

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

Essentially this is a worthless joke going nowhere on the Android platform today.

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