Andy Rubin, the father of Android has a new child—the PH-1 or the Essential phone. It is not just ambitious and audacious in its physical features but is also packed and suited to wage war against the giant company brands of this era.
To give you an overview of what this new device is all about, here is the basic information about the Essential phone: It is reportedly 5.71 inches in 1312 x 2560 screen resolution. It’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 for graphics. It also has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory for saving all your files and apps.
Now, that might sound good on paper but basically, those hardware specs are not so new compared to other flagship devices have had to offer.
What’s outstanding about this new smartphone is the idea that it was derived from and how it integrated other unique smartphone features into its own.
For example, the bezel-less screen and the ceramic body feature was earlier seen in Xiaomi’s Mi Mix phone released last November 2016.
The magnetic modular system was highlighted by Motorola’s Moto Mods series of smartphones. And the Essential phone has two initial accessories that they plan to release alongside the phone—the smallest 360-degree camera to date and a phone dock.
The bloatware-free Android operating system was proudly initiated by Google’s Pixel phone last October 2016. And with the Essential phone, they promise similar feel to it—no bloatware, just plain and pure user experience.
Then there are the not-so-great about this phone. First is, it is not water-resistant. It has no headphone jack (well, it’s not really a big deal if you’re a Bluetooth dude). And it is priced quite a bit expensive for a phone and a brand that is just about to be introduced for the first time.
The fact that it is made by Android’s co-founder Andy Rubin makes it a head-turner for the time being. But how well this device will do in the mainstream is up for the user-experience and feedbacks as soon as it is released which is expectedly around the third quarter of this year.