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iPhone X vs. Essential Phone: The newbie doesn’t stand a chance

by Brandon Russell | September 12, 2017

Essential first entered our lexicon just a few short months ago with the introduction of the Essential Phone. It offers the basics in a gorgeous package of ceramic, titanium and glass. Even Android is stripped down to its pure essence with zero add-ons. Needless to say, it’s a cool device.

Apple is the polar opposite of Essential, and the newly announced iPhone X follows suit. It is jam-packed with crazy tech like Face ID and touch gestures, along with an operating system designed specifically for the hardware. The design was revamped with no home button, a glass back and 5.8-inch OLED display. It is Apple’s first big-time iPhone announcement in a long time.

It’s too early to make an informed opinion of which device is better, but judging from early looks, the iPhone X bests the newbie in just about every category that matters—with the most important being the camera.

Check out the galleries and spec sheet down below for a more in-depth breakdown of the iPhone X and Essential Phone.

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Apple - iPhone X Essential - Essential PH-1
Display Size 5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi) 5.71-inch, 1312 x 2560 pixel display (504 ppi)
Resolution X 1125 1312
Resolution Y 2436 2560
Display Type Super Retina HD CGS / LTPS
Operating System iOS 11 (at launch) Android
Processor A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 3GB (unofficial) 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 8MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 800, 1900, 2100
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100
  • 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 N/A 3040mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • Lightning port
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • QZSS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 5.65 inches (14.35 cm) 141.5 mm (5.57 inches)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 71.1 mm (2.80 inches)
Depth .30 inches (7.6 mm) 7.8 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 6.14 oz (174 g) 185 g (6.53 oz)
Colors Space Gray Silver Black, Grey, Ocean Depths, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+) N/A
Supported Video Formats HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG N/A

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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...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...