Essential Phone vs ZTE Axon M

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Display

Display size

5.7 inches
5.2 inches

Resolution

1312 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

504 ppi
424 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

84.85 %
68.98 %

Features

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

Additional display

 
5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS LCD, Colors: 16 777 216, Touch screen: Yes, Capacitive, Multi-touch: Yes

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 megapixels
20 megapixels

Hardware Features

Laser and Phase detection autofocus
Doubles as a front camera, Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Sensor size: 1/3.09"
Aperture size: F1.8; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1 μm

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
Dual LED

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, 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)
5.94 x 2.82 x 0.48 inches (150.8 x 71.6 x 12.1 mm)

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
8.11 oz (230 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Materials

Back: Ceramic; Frame: Titanium
Back: Aluminum

Resistance

Splash, Dust; IP 54
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Notification light
 

Colors

Black, Gray, Blue, White
Black

Multimedia

Headphones

USB Type-C (reversible)
3.5 mm jack

Speakers

Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Earpiece, Loudspeaker

Features

aptX-HD
Album art cover, Background playback, Dolby Atmos

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share

Additional microphone(s)

for Noise cancellation
for Noise cancellation

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro-AB

Processor

Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit, 14 nm

GPU

Adreno 540
Adreno 530

RAM

4 GB
4 GB

Internal storage

128 GB
64 GB

Available to use

 
49 GB

Storage expansion

 
microSDXC up to 256 GB

OS

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

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth

5.0
4.2

Wi-Fi

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

USB

USB Type-C (reversible)
USB Type-C (reversible), USB 2.0

Features

Mass storage device, Video out
Mass storage device, USB charging

Location

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
GPS, A-GPS

Sensors

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Accelerometer

Other

NFC, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
NFC, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
Bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30, 66

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
 

UMTS

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

Data

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

SIM type

Nano SIM
Nano SIM

HD Voice

 
Yes

VoLTE

 
Yes

Battery

Capacity

3040 mAh
3180 mAh

Type

Not user replaceable
Not user replaceable

Charging

Yes
Yes

Talk time

 
28.70 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)

Stand-by time

 
12.1 days (290 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)

Phone features

Notifications

Haptic feedback
Haptic feedback, Music ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone

Other features

Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval

 
 

Date approved

Jun 26, 2017
Oct 09, 2017

FCC ID value: 2ALBB-A11 link
FCC ID value: SRQ-Z999 link

FCC measured SAR

 
 

Head

0.28 W/kg
0.68 W/kg

Body

0.76 W/kg
0.10 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission

0.92 W/kg
1.48 W/kg

Wireless Router

0.70 W/kg
0.59 W/kg

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 700
$ 725
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