After plenty of teasing, Andy Rubin’s Essential on Tuesday unveiled its first smartphone, and it looks pretty fantastic. We knew it would be a high-end flagship even before it was announced, but the company still managed to surprise us. We can’t wait to see it in person.
On paper, the device shares a lot in common with the Galaxy S8. It features a Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM, and the latest version of Android. But it also one-ups Samsung’s handset in a few key areas: It has a 3,040mAh battery and 128GB of built-in storage.
The Essential Phone’s biggest draw is its large 5.7-inch QHD display, which is G6-like in its execution. The bottom chin is a little bigger than the top, though it lacks any obnoxious branding unlike the G6. It also leaves a small cutout for an 8-megapixel camera, which can apparently record 4K selfie videos.
As for the back, the Essential Phone features a dual camera setup, making it a more tantalizing prospect for those who prioritize photos over raw power. The device features one 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel monochrome sensor, which the company claims can capture 200-percent more light than traditional phone cameras.
There’s a lot to like about the Essential Phone, and it’s coming from a man who knows his stuff (Andy Rubin is the co-founder of Android). But just because it looks nice and sounds nice doesn’t mean it’s better than what’s already on the market. We have yet to use the device; it’ll have to walk the walk in order to earn the respect of consumers.
If we’re just comparing apples to apples, however, the Essential Phone is certainly providing the S8 with a lot of competition. Check out the table down below to see how they stack up on paper.
Essential PH-1 Gallery
Galaxy S8 Gallery
|Essential - Essential PH-1||Samsung - Galaxy S8|
|Display Size||5.71-inch, 1312 x 2560 pixel display (504 ppi)||5.8-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (568 ppi)|
|Display Type||CGS / LTPS||Quad HD+|
|Operating System||Android||Android 7.0 (at launch)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process|
|Main Camera (Back)||13MP||12MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||8MP||8MP|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 LE||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Height||141.5 mm (5.57 inches)||148.9 mm (5.86 inches)|
|Width||71.1 mm (2.80 inches)||68.1 mm (2.68 inches)|
|Depth||7.8 mm (0.31 inches)||8 mm (0.31 inches)|
|Weight||185 g (6.53 oz)||155 g (5.47 oz)|
|Colors||Black, Grey, Ocean Depths, White||Midnight Black, Orchard Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold|
|Supported Audio Formats||N/A||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF|
|Supported Video Formats||N/A||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|