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Essential Phone
5.7"
1312 x 2560 pixels
13 MP
8 MP front
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Octa-core, 2450 MHz
RAM: 4 GB
MEMORY: 128 GB
BATTERY: 3040 mAh
Announced: May 30, 2017
Market status: Released
Release date: Aug 17, 2017
Features: Fingerprint Lightweight Thin LTE Rugged NFC Dual SIM

US carrier availability

Upcoming: Sprint

Pros

  • High screen-to-body ratio (84.85 %)
  • Big display (5.7 inches)
  • Extremely high pixel density screen (504 ppi)
  • Lots of RAM (4 GB RAM)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion

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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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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (7.1)
  • 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 5.4 oz (155 g)
  • Materials:
    • Main body: Ceramic; Accents: Titanium
  • Features:
    • Fingerprint (touch)
  • Colors:
    • Black, Gray, Blue, White

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 5.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 504 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:

    Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

    • 84.85 %
  • Features:
    • Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 13 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • Dual LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F1.9
    • Hardware Features:
      • Dual-camera (13-megapixel), Autofocus (Laser, Phase detection)
    • Software Features:
      • Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
    • Settings:
      • Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets
    • Shooting Modes:
      • Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video calling, Video sharing
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 8 megapixels

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
  • Graphics processor:

    Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

      • Adreno 540
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 4 GB RAM
  • Built-in storage:

    Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 128 GB

Battery

  • Capacity:

    Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

    • 3040 mAh
  • Type:
    • Not user replaceable

Multimedia

  • Screen mirroring:
    • Wireless screen share
  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation

Cellular

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 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)
  • Nano SIM:
    • Yes

Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Haptic feedback
  • Other features:
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
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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, USB charging
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. The most common types are GPS and A-GPS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
  • Other:
    • NFC, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 30 May 2017

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 700

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 26 Jun 2017
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        2ALBB-A11 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 0.28 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 0.76 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 0.92 W/kg
    • Wireless Router:
      • 0.70 W/kg

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This device is also known as Essential PH-1


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