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OnePlus 5 vs. Essential Phone: An intriguing battle between two startups

by Brandon Russell | June 20, 2017June 20, 2017 11:30 am PDT

Arguably the biggest release of the summer is the OnePlus 5, which was (finally) announced on Tuesday. Fans due for a new smartphone have plenty of options to choose from, including the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. There’s also Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, which may be a dark horse in this year’s race.

What makes the Essential Phone stand out is its beautiful edge-to-edge display and Moto-like approach to modularity. The device also features a durable build and some of the latest technology on the market, including a dual-camera setup that sports color and monochrome sensors.

In other words, the Essential Phone is one of the market’s most powerful devices, and it’s intriguing for its potential. We still have yet to use the handset, so we’re not exactly sure if it can compete against the likes of the S8, G6, or OnePlus 5, but we’re anxious to give it a shot.

Even without getting our hands on the OnePlus 5, we know it’ll offer solid performance, a terrific build, and great software. But will its dual-camera setup live up to the hype?

OnePlus talked a big game before the OnePlus 5 was officially unveiled, partnering with DxO in order to optimize the camera to get the best performance possible. Whether we get the results OnePlus is promising remains to be seen.

No matter how you slice it, the OnePlus 5 and Essential Phone are among the market’s most exciting devices, mostly because they’re attempting to challenge the status quo. Where the OnePlus 5 has an advantage is with its price, which starts at $479. That’s much more affordable compared to the Essential Phone’s more typical flagship price of $699.

See how these two devices compare in the chart below.

OnePlus - OnePlus 5 Essential - Essential PH-1
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (401 ppi) 5.71-inch, 1312 x 2560 pixel display (504 ppi)
Resolution X 1920 1312
Resolution Y 1080 2560
Display Type AMOLED CGS / LTPS
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Oxygen OS (at launch) Android
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB/8GB 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 16/20MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 16MP 8MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0
  • FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
  • TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
  • UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 0, 1, 10
  • FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66
  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • TD-SCDMA: 34, 39
  • TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43
  • UMTS/HSPA+: 1, 2, 4, 5 6, 8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Battery 3300mAh 3040mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB-C port with USB 2.0 support
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Electronic compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 154.2 mm (6.07 inches) 141.5 mm (5.57 inches)
Width 74.1 mm (2.92 inches) 71.1 mm (2.80 inches)
Depth 7.25 mm (0.29 inches) 7.8 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 5.4 oz (153 g) 185 g (6.53 oz)
Colors Black, Gray Black, Grey, Ocean Depths, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY N/A
Supported Video Formats MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM N/A

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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