The Essential Phone is official: a bezel-less handset for the future by the creator of Android

The Essential Phone has just broken cover. It's the first phone by the namesake company, conceived by Andy Rubin, the person who created Android and showing his idea of what the Android phone of the future should look like...
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39. ancellim

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Im just saying when someone comments that they want a headphone jack, someone else will say stuff like headphone jack is outdated, use an adapter, etc.

44. jellmoo

Posts: 2596; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Fair enough, but let me turn it around for a second then: What discussion were you hoping to start with your initial comment?

54. jimjam unregistered

You are dumb. No debating or arguing.

78. RoryBreaker

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I agree with you!

12. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Its 5.7 inch screen

14. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Great design but 3,040 what??? Why spoil such as great device with a small battery???

18. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Most flagship are hovering within that range, so its no biggie really. As long as the software is optimized.

19. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Even if software is optimized, an average of 3000mAh is not worth it at all. Remember when Samsung messed up with the S6 by giving it a 2,600 battery? Even optimization could not do a tad bit to reduce the battery from being gobbled up.

47. jellmoo

Posts: 2596; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

But check the battery life of the S8 with a 3000 mAh battery. The results are pretty top notch.

74. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

With respect (and as much as I criticize Samsung on some things from time to time) Samsung has been in this phone making game way longer and just recently got immensely burnt (pun fully intended) enough to have had advanced through the aspect (I hope)... Secondly just because OEM A does it quite well on the same set of stats, doesn't mean that it's OK for the rest to slack off and call that a day. $699 internationally could easily balloon up to +$100 more for a variety of reasons.

53. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Except this phone is made by Andy. Hopefully he understands the reason why Android is sucking power...which is the dreaded Google play services. If some maker would be bold enough to put a leash on how gapps interacted they could solve the standby issues with phones. Many phones last pretty good when it involves continually using them, especially mid-range phones, but the screen off standby, wait-to-sleep, and wake lock issues are killing the potential. Chain those gapps and call it a day!

65. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Galaxy S8 is only 3000, S8+ (which i have) is only 3500 and I easily get upwards of 40 hours of usage on a charge. I'm not sure exactly how long you expect or want a battery to last but as long as things are optimized correctly 3040 should be more than enough. Not to mention the power efficiency the comes along with the SD 835 and the 10nm process.

17. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

$700 & America only is a massive Disappointment , I will wait for OnePlus 5. Should have been more like $550 Max & Uk release.

21. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I wish it would have a bit more competitive price, matching the OnePlus, then I am sure it would sell as hot cakes. It looks gorgeous.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No Amoled and too small a battery. Also that hole to place the front facing camera bugs me a lot. Nice renders but it doesn't show the notification bar, so that would make it even worse (the hole).And why is there still a bezel at the bottom?

24. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2386; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There are a few things that will already hinder this device: lack of OLED which even LG is hopping on later this year for VR functionality, $700 while competitive to other devices out there is not an ideal price for a newcomer to the party especially when we don't know software update history or support history, and battery life could be an issue with that 3000 mAH battery since it'll be powering a 5.71 inch LCD screen along with whatever add-on accessory you choose to put on that back.

31. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

Come on, guys, really? How is not having an OLED a downside? A good LCD screen might not have those super deep blacks, but it also lasts much longer and does not suffer from ghosting after a couple of years, AND it's not a Pentile screen. A well-calibrated screen looks great, no matter whether it's OLED or LCD, my two cents.

37. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Well generally, OLED displays look better than LCD displays. Also, OLED displays are much more power efficient than LCD displays. Just based off of specs, it seems the Galaxy S8 will last longer than the Essential phone. Lastly, people are not worried about their displays lasting long or ghosting because they usually upgrade their phone every 1 or 2 years.

60. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I read some articles can't really remember when, where they where stating that the power consumption of OLED and LCD is pretty much the same on such smalls screens as mobile phones. Aditionnaly, seriously, having using OLED on the Samsung Galaxy, except for the fact that I can set the screen to insanely very low brightness at night (but I think that on good LCDs of today this can be possible) and maybe always-on feature, I really dont like OLED. To much color saturation, s**tty pen-tile display adding fuzz even on high resolution screen, and the deep blacks can be a serious problem when watching videos or doing small image editing because of the loss of dark parts of the image and creates artifacts. And even in increasing brightness this is hard to correct. I think that Samsung and others overselled their OLED to have more sales, but the tech ain't in today a serious revolution on LCD.

38. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I'll have to agree with you. Afterall said and done, i think we can all agree that this is a terrific phone especially for a first attempt and even debatabely the best phone currently out (t least judging by first impression). The ui even looks to be stock android too. My question however is, why no hands-on? Why no real photos? Why no videos? Or hasn't the phone been officially revealed yet?

43. NoAllegiance unregistered

After Apple switches to OLED, some of your colleagues will regard it as a con. Just saying the unspoken truth.

66. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You know somebody could make a phone with only the best features of iphone/ios and android and windows phone and smash them into one super device and there will still be people that complain that it is missing something.

68. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2386; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

As I just mentioned the biggest reason for an OLED screen is VR capability which is where the mobile market is moving toward. Now, there are some phones like the XZ Premium that doesn't offer the OLED screen but does make up for it by at least offering HDR and 4K resolution. I don't think I saw anywhere mentioned that this has HDR capabilities. I was just saying that for $700 you would expect something at least on par with like the G6.

26. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Shut up and take my money !

41. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Now u shut up and let them take mine first before yours, lol. Anyway, i already have my eyes set on the iphone 8 and the lg v30 though, as long as it has that sliding design in the mock-ups.

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

LCD display and just 3040mAh? Battey life isn't likely to be great... And the $700 price tag spoils the party.

30. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

The single bezel should be at the top to support a camera, LED notification, etc

36. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I'm still waiting for a decent 4 inch smartphone.

71. Vega007

Posts: 78; Member since: May 18, 2017

iPhone SE is VERY decent, unless you are anti-Apple.

40. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Nailed the design, nailed the fps location, nailed the camera, nailed the ui, nailed the build quality, nailed the radios, nailed the hardware (specs). This is all based on first impression though. We'll now have to wait for the reviewers to give us an indept review and lets hope they'll be as lenient as when it was oneplus one even if this will probably even take the oneplus 5 to the cleaners.
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