The Essential Phone (PH-1) is a combination of premium hardware paired with the power of stock Android. Built with only the highest quality components, the Essential phone was produced to compete with the biggest names in the flagship smartphone market. Essential prides itself on offering a phone that will last through years of use. They strive to provide lasting phones which will survive much longer than most of the other devices on the market.
Essential Build and Design
The Essential phone really shines in its build quality and solid design. The body of the phone is made of Titanium, with the back of the device constructed from a thick piece of Ceramic. The front of the device is equally well-built with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass installed on the 5.71” screen. The team at Essential managed to pull off a striking design unlike any other phone out right now. Although many are familiar with the iPhone X “notch”, the Essential PH-1 was actually the first device to offer such a screen. No branding or logos clutter the design, leaving a solid and reliable impression.
Enhancements to the Essential Phone
Essential also sets the bar higher for device-specific mods and accessories. The 360-degree camera simply clicks on with a few small magnetic connectors. It offers up to 4k 360-degree video to capture your life experiences better than ever. The entire modular system is wireless and designed for maximum adaptability. This means other mods can take advantage of the simple connection and enjoy future-proofing through updates. (Please note, all accessories are sold separately.)
The fast-charging USB-C connector means that you don’t have to wait overnight for your battery to fill up. Quad-carrier compatibility provides a connection through any of the major US carriers. Of course, this gives Best Cellular the opportunity to put you on the best coverage in your area through the Essential Phone! With no bloatware and a stock Android experience, the PH-1 performs as fast and clean as possible.
Reception for the Essential itself was favorable, with many tech blogs and critics speaking highly of the design and performance aspects. The main concerns they voiced were the lack of a headphone jack and the picture quality out-of-the-box. Essential has since released software patches and updates to correct the camera performance as well as other reported issues.
Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, created the Essential phone as part of a new beginning in the smartphone market. As such, it contains many innovations and improvements that will set the standard for devices in the near future. The team at essential reports that they will provide updates to the software up to two years after release, ensuring that the Essential stays competitive. There is also an Essential Home device and an Essential Phone Dock in the works, so stay tuned for all of the exciting things to come!
|Dimensions||5.57 × 2.8 × 0.31 in|
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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Unlocked GSM, Verizon
USB Type C
60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector, Bluetooth: 4.2, CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 0, 1, 10, FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz, NFC: yes, Positioning: GPS and GLONASS, TD-SCDMA: 34, 39, TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, UMTS/HSPA+: 1, 2, 4, 5 6, 8, WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO
Height: 5.57 inches (141.5 mm), Thickness: 0.31 inches (7.8 mm), Weight: 0.41 lbs (185 grams), Width: 2.80 inches (71.1 mm)
2560 x 1312 pixels, 5.7 Inch HD Display
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Android 8.1 Oreo
CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor, GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit
Fingerprint Sensor, Password, Pattern, PIN