Meet The New Entrant In The Smartphone Market - Essential Phone
There is a lot of hype surrounding the Essential Phone since it has come from the person who helped create Android itself. This phone runs standard Android, but it's meant to be a part of Essential's new ecosystem of smart home devices and services connected by the new Ambient OS. However, for now, the Essential Phone is just another well-designed Android phone. Read on to see whether this phone has some exciting features.
- The Essential Phone is an ambitious device. It has a unique way to connect modular accessories, starting with a 360-degree camera. The edge-to-edge screen is paired with materials such as ceramic and titanium. And it has a dual camera system that is meant to compete with other flagship devices.
- There's a cutout at the top for the selfie camera (and a couple of sensors) shaped like a little U, splitting the status bar in half between notifications and radio status icons. The 5.7-inch LCD screen is bigger than what you’d expect from this relatively small phone (141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm). The aspect ratio is 19:10. The display is great (2560 x 1312 pixels). It has wide viewing angles and is totally viewable in sunlight.
- The Essential Phone has very appealing hardware design. The phone's materials are unique too: it's a mix of a titanium rail, a ceramic back panel, and a Gorilla Glass 5 front. There are also some lines of plastic around the screen. Essential says the titanium makes the phone more rigid and less susceptible to cracking if you drop it. And the ceramic is meant to be very scratch-resistant.
- There's one speaker at the bottom, which is quite loud. The fingerprint sensor is on the back, in the middle where you can comfortably reach it. There is no standard 3.5 mm headphone jack and the phone ships with a USB-C dongle.
- The camera system works by combining two 13-megapixel sensors; one is full color and the other is black and white. Combining the images from each sensor allows phones that work this way to take the data from each and create a better image. On the Essential Phone, the overall performance is great.
- The Essential Phone is the first of many Essential devices that is compatible with a new system for wireless module accessories. The first of these is a 360 camera that snaps on to the back of the phone via magnets. There are two little metal contacts that are there solely to provide power. The data gets transferred wirelessly.
- The modules don't need their own batteries, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi – they can get them all from the phone from either the pogo pins or the wireless USB connection. The magnets make it easy to attach and detach the camera module. The biggest advantage of the Essential system is that these modules could work on other devices, not just phones.
- As for the processor, performance, and software, Essential does all the right things. It runs on a Qualcomm 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. The OS is the latest version of Android. Performance and battery life are overall excellent.