Essential Phone

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

PhoneArena Rating:

4.0
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Display

Size:

5.7 inches

Resolution:

2560 x 1312 pixels, 504 PPI

Technology:

IPS LCD

Screen-to-body:

84.85 %

Features:

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

Hardware & Performance

System chip:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998

Processor:

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

GPU:

Adreno 540

RAM:

4GB

Internal storage:

128GB

OS:

Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)

Battery

Capacity:

3040 mAh

Type:

Li - Ion, Not user replaceable

Charging:

USB Power Delivery

Camera

Rear:

Dual camera

Main camera:

13 MP

Features:

Laser and PDAF

Second camera:

13 MP

Features:

Black and White, Laser and PDAF

Video recording:

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Features:

Video calling, Video sharing

Front:

8 MP

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 6.2 oz (179 g)

Materials:

Back: Ceramic; Frame: Titanium

Resistance:

Splash, Dust; IP 54

Biometrics:

Fingerprint (touch)

Features:

Notification light

Colors:

Black, Gray, Blue, White

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 17(700 b), 20(800 DD), 21(1500 Upper), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS)

LTE (TDD):

Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+)

UMTS:

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

Data Speed:

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

SIM type:

Nano SIM

Multimedia

Headphones:

No 3.5mm jack

Features:

aptX-HD

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

5.0

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot

USB:

Type-C (reversible)

Features:

Mass storage device, Video out, Charging, Headphones port

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer

Other:

NFC, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Shopping information

MSRP:

$ 700

This device is also known as Essential PH-1

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US CARRIER AVAILABILITY

Discontinued

Pros

  • High screen-to-body ratio (84.85 %)
  • High pixel density screen (504 PPI)

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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