After a long wait and a couple of teasers, Android’s creator Andy Rubin has finally taken wraps off the first smartphone from its new company Essential. The smartphone is named as the Essential Phone and as it was expected, it is a premium and flagship-level phone aimed at taking on the likes of Samsung and Apple.
To start off, the Essential Phone comes with a bezel-less display which has started to become an important aspect of a premium phone with the addition of the likes of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ along with LG G6. The major difference here is that Essential has opted for the glass panel for almost all of the front panel including the area around the front-facing camera.
For the build quality, it is made up of ceramic and titanium combination which not only makes it sturdier but also gives a premium feel. The overall design of the phone looks stunning and to make sure that there is no spoilsport, Essential has not even added its branding or logo to the phone. Now, that’s surely something in a time where companies are usually more than ready to showcase their brandings to everyone.
In terms of technical specifications, the Essential Phone sports a 5.71-inch Quad HD edge-to-edge display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and 500 nits of brightness level. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The phone offers 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage with no support for microSD card expansion.
The phone has a 13MP dual rear camera system which essentially works like what we have seen with Huawei P9 and P10 series smartphones. It means there is an RGB sensor and a monochromatic sensor. This will allow users to click either black and white photo using only the monochrome sensor or use both sensors to get best possible colored photos. As for taking selfies, it has an 8MP shooter with support for 4K video recording.
The whole package is powered by a 3040mAh battery with support for fast charging. While Essential has listed the phone will run on Android, it has not mentioned which version but we can expect it to come with the latest version which will most likely be Android O. It also features USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner, and Bluetooth v5.0. While everything is good about the device so far, it is worth mentioning that it lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack which will surely be disappointing for many.
The Essential Phone will initially go on sale only in the United States at $699 (about Rs. 45,144) for the unlocked model. There are no carrier specific models on offer. Once it becomes available, buyers will be able to choose from Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White, and Ocean Depths color variants. If interested, click the source link below to pre-order one for yourself but there are no words on when the shipping will start.