This Is Essential (ARCHIVED)

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Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, has released his new smartphone: Essential PH-1. It features a 5.7″ QHD edge to edge display that uses an interesting method to fit everything on the front. There is a little “U” shaped cutout on the top of the screen that makes room for the camera and a few sensors.

 

Essential uses an interesting method to fit the camera and sensors on the front of the phone.

Essential’s camera is the world’s thinnest dual camera system built for a phone and is optimized for low light performance. Both cameras can record in 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, and 720p at 120fps. That means that you can use the rear camera and the front facing camera to record slow motion video, something I haven’t seen yet. The rear camera is 13MP while the front camera is 8MP.

A closer look at the cameras on Essential.

 

The Essential phone will ship with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor and a 3040 mAh battery. Something that I didn’t mention yet is the accessory pins. Andy Rubin doesn’t want the Essential to become outdated every year, so he added a magnetic connector that can be used to connect accessories to. Right now they have a 360 degree camera that will snap right on.

 

The Essential’s magnetic connectors allow you to add stuff, like this 360 camera, to the phone.

 

 

You can reserve the Essential PH-1 right now at the Essential Store. There is no cost to reserve one. Currently, you can only reserve it in Black Moon and Pure White, but the Essential will also be available in Stellar Grey and Ocean Depths. You can see all the colors below. I have emailed the PR team at Essential and I am hoping they send me a review unit. Check back for an update or new article when the phone starts shipping out.

 

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