Essential Phone with 5.7-inch QHD bezel-less display, Snapdragon 835, dual camera announced for $699

Essential PH-1

Android creator Andy Rubin has finally introduced the Essential Phone, as expected. The much anticipated phone has been teased from some time.  has a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge display and is powered by latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It sports a titanium and ceramic body that offers it a premium look.

The highlight of the phone is its modularity feature that allows you to attach a 360 degree camera that can be clipped on the device thanks to the magnetic connector. The 360-degree camera is capable of shooting UHD (3840 x 1920) video at 30fps. The company also offers a charging dock. Both these accessories connect to the phone with small metal pogo pins. Unfortunately, the phone does not comes with a headphone jack and will ship with a headphone dongle in the box. It will run Android, but the company did not specify the version of Android.

Essential PH-1 360-degree camera

Essential Phone key specifications

  • 5.7-inch (2560 x 1312 QHD) with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass
  • 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core processor (Quad + 1.9GHz Quad)
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Android OS
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology, 13MP True Monochrome mode f/1.85 lens, Video recording at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps
  • 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens, Video recording at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps
  • 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming
  • Dimensions: 141.5mm x 71.1mm x 7.8mm; Weight: 185 grams
  • USB Type C, Bluetooth 5.0,WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, NFC, GPS and GLONASS
  • 3,040 mAh battery with fast charging

The Essential Phone is priced at $699 and comes in four colors: Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths. It is available for pre-order in the U.S. A bundle with the 360-degree camera is also available for the promotional price of $749.


Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+