Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Essential PH 1 - Andy's Android

Essential by Andy Rubin might not ring a bell  , but the company , set up by Google's Android creator Andy Rubin is said to focus on making a no-compromise smartphone for $699 , the phone , called the Essential (PH1) brings modularity , a bezel-less display and awesome front and rear cameras with 4k recording .

Display ,Design and Camera

The monolithic design of the phone might not be unique in this day and age , but the phone , even with its looks , is probably one of the hardest made smartphones as it is said to feature a  Titanium chassis and a ceramic back . The display , which is protected by a sheet of Gorilla glass 5 features a 2560x1312 (16:10) resolution LTPS display which  envelopes the 8 mp front facing camera and creates a almost bezel less look up front . The sides of the phone feature metallic anodized accents and features hidden antenna bands akin to most modern smartphones . The frame also features dual bottom firing speakers and a USB type C which sadly doubles as an audio jack with the included adapter . 

The rear side of the phone is probably the most important as it has an accessory hub which can be used to dock the phone to for wireless magnetic charging , the same location can be used to attach accessories to (read below) . Moving on to the side of this ceramic back , we can see the rear mounted fingerprint sensor as well as the the dual 13 MP (1/2.5"sensors which feature f 1.85 apertures on both as well .The camera , like Huawei's P10 , feature 1 RGB enabled 13MP sensor and 1 with the Bayer sensor removed , giving the camera the ability to shoot in monochrome (this also combines with the RGB one to produce high quality photos with rich detail) . The sensors can record 4K @30fps , 1080p @60 and 720p@120fps , Both flash units feature a dual LED flash and a IR rangefinder for quick autofocus. 

Hardware ,Battery and price 

Like most modern smartphones , the Essential phone does not skip the standard features of 2017 , therefore 4GB of RAM , 128GB onboard storage and a 2.45Ghz Snapdragon 835 are on the list . The phone also features global LTE (including CDMA) , Bluetooth 5.0 , GPS and Glonass , and 4x microphones for audio reception . 

Battery wise , the phone features a 3040mAh battery with Qualcomm quick charging enabled , the phone can also use a magnetic dock for charging (similar to the Sony Magnetic charging of older Xperias) .

With pricing starting at $699 , the phone does sit well in the range of every other flagship smartphone around , this includes other Android based rivals such as the Galaxy S8 ,LG G6 , HTC U11  Sony XZ premium and Huawei's P10 , while the more established brands are in a position to demand such a price , the Essential at this level might find itself in a difficult position as it has a me-too identity similar to everyone else in the market today . But considering that the phone will get faster updates and ships with Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box , some might just give it a try , but thats to be seen . 

Currently , Essential offers a magnetic 360 degree camera in a special package which is priced at $749 . 

Source - theverge
Via - essential

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