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Essential Phone

Featured in Best Mid-range
Announced:
May 30, 2017
Market status:
Released
Release date:
Aug 17, 2017

PhoneArena Rating:

4.0
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Essential Phone

Featured in Best Mid-range
Announced: May 30, 2017
Market status: Released
Release date: Aug 17, 2017

PhoneArena Rating:

4.0
Read Full Review
  • 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
  • Fingerprint
  • Lightweight
  • Thin
  • LTE
  • Waterproof
  • NFC
  • Dual SIM

Display

Display size:

5.7 inches

Resolution:

1312 x 2560 pixels

Pixel density:

504 ppi

Technology:

IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio:

84.85 %

Features:

Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

Rear:

Dual camera

Main camera:

13 megapixels

Hardware Features:

Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications:

Aperture size: F1.9; Sensor size: 1/3.09"

Second camera:

13 megapixels

Hardware Features:

Black and White, Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications:

Aperture size: F1.9; Sensor size: 1/3.09"

Flash:

Dual LED

Video recording:

3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)

Features:

Video calling, Video sharing

Front:

8 megapixels

Design

Dimensions:

5.57 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm)

Weight:

6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 5.9 oz (169 g)

Materials:

Main body: Ceramic; Accents: Titanium

Resistance:

Splash, Dust

IP certified:

IP 54

Biometrics:

Fingerprint (touch)

Colors:

Black, Gray, Blue, White

Hardware & Performance

  • benchmark

System chip:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998

Processor:

Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU:

Adreno 540

RAM:

4 GB

Internal storage:

128 GB

OS:

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)

Battery

Capacity:

3040 mAh

Charging:

Yes

Cellular

CDMA:

800, 1900 MHz

GSM:

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

UMTS:

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

LTE (FDD):

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30

LTE (TDD):

Bands 38, 39, 40, 41

Data:

LTE-A Pro Cat 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s)

SIM type:

Nano SIM

Connectivity

Bluetooth:

5.0

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band

Mobile hotspot:

Yes

USB:

Yes

Connector:

USB Type-C (reversible)

Features:

Mass storage device, Video out

Location:

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

Other:

NFC, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer

Notifications:

Notification light, Haptic feedback

Other features:

Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Multimedia

Screen mirroring:

Wireless screen share

Speakers:

Earpiece, Loudspeaker

Headphones connector:

USB Type-C (reversible)

Additional microphone(s):

for Noise cancellation

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Jun 26, 2017

FCC ID value:

2ALBB-A11 link

FCC measured SAR:

Head:

0.28 W/kg

Body:

0.76 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

0.92 W/kg

Wireless Router:

0.70 W/kg

Shopping information

MSRP price:

$ 700

This device is also known as Essential PH-1

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Pros

  • High screen-to-body ratio (84.85 %)
  • Extremely high pixel density screen (504 ppi)

Cons

No Cons

Description

The Essential Phone – brought into existence by Android veteran Andy Rubin – blends cutting-edge hardware, meticulous engineering, and bloat-free software into a high-end Android device that aims to be a step ahead of anything that we've seen so far. At the front, a screen occupies nearly all of the space that's available, while titanium and ceramic are fused together to create the durable body of the handset. The main camera at the back is backed by a secondary one with increased sensitivity that shoots monochrome, providing additional visual data that is added to the final image. And speaking of cameras, you can grab an additional 360-degree camera accessory that conveniently snaps to the phone via magnets. One downside: no US carrier will offer the Essential Phone, but you can buy one unlocked and use it with a provider of your choice.

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