Essential Phone PH-1 – After various leaks appeared in early 2017, finally made by Andy Rubin smartphone officially launched under the name Essential Phone PH-1. In addition to qualified hardware specifications, Essential Phone is equipped with a screen almost without bezel and modular accessories that are easy to dismantle.
Essential Phone PH-1 Review
Essential Phone PH-1 Modular design
Almost similar to the concept offered by Moto Z smartphone, Essential Phone PH-1 is also equipped with modular accessories that are easy to dismantle or install. If Moto Z has many magnetic pins on its back, the Essential Phone has two magnetic pins on the right near its rear camera.
For now, there are only two modular accessories on the Essential Phone, the 360-degree camera and Essential Phone Dock. The 360-degree camera is equipped with a dual-camera 12 MP resolution fisheye lens (210 degrees) and four microphones to create immersive videos with a resolution of 3,840 x 1,920 pixels at 30 fps.
While Essential Phone Dock can connect on two pin magnet on the back which has a function to charge the smartphone battery like wireless charging technology owned by another flagship smartphone.
Essential Phone PH-1 Almost without a bezel
Now the concept of display bezel-less has been popular pinned on some world smartphones, such as Xiaomi Mi MIX and Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 +. Following these developments, Essential Phone is equipped with 5.71-inch screen Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1,312 pixels).
This LCD LTPS screen with almost no bezel aspect ratio reaches 19:10. In minimizing the occurrence of scratches, Essential also has embedded screen guard Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on this smartphone.
If the Xiaomi Mi MIX sacrifices the front camera is under to make the screen look like no bezel, unlike the Essential Phone PH-1 that pinned the front camera on the top center that cut off the notification bar area. Somewhat strange and eccentric indeed.
Essential Phone PH-1 Dual-camera monochrome
Essential Phone equipped with a dual-camera main that has a combination of 13 MP camera with RGB sensor (color) + 13 MP with a monochrome sensor. Dual-camera also has the ability to take photos bokeh, telephoto, and true monochrome mode. Not to forget, f / 1.85 aperture support, Hybrid Autofocus (Contrast, Phase Detection, and IR Laser Assist Focus), and LED flash is present on the camera behind it.
While the front camera has a resolution of 8 MP with 16: 9 aspect ratio and aperture f / 2.2 for the hyperfocal lens for selfie needs. Both the main camera and the front camera both have the ability to record 4K video speed 30 fps, Full HD 60 fps speed, and HD 120 fps speed (slow motion).
Essential Phone PH-1 Hardware flagship
As an upscale smartphone, Essential Phone has been equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor 2.45 GHz, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage. With a combination of hardware specifications can make this smartphone devouring various applications and heavy games. Unfortunately, the storage capacity cannot be added microSD.
The possible deficiency will be felt is the battery capacity of only 3040 mAh (Quick Charge). With super fast CPU, large screen, and high resolution, this battery capacity is actually somewhat doubtful to last long.
Essential Phone PH-1 Titanium body
If usually the current smartphone body using Aluminum metal, different from Essential Phone that uses Titanium materials. The essential party said that this one smartphone will be more resistant to scratches, impacts, or bent. In addition, the rear body has a ceramic material that makes it look elegant.
Essential Phone PH-1 Price
Just introduced early June 2017, a smartphone that does not have a 3.5 mm audio jack will be priced at the US $ 700. But if you want to buy a package with 360-degree camera accessories then you need to spend up to the US $ 750.
Essential Phone PH-1 Specifications
Already released (June 2017)
141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm, 185 grams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 2.45 GHz
128 GB (no microSD slot)
LTPS LCD 5.71 inches (2,560 x 1,312 pixels)
13 MP + 13 MP & 8 MP
WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer