Essential may be one of the few mobile startup companies capable of disrupting Apple’s market dominance at the top of the smartphone market. Essential is headed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, who aims to create a smart device ecosystem.
The company’s first smartphone, the Essential Phone, comes with a “nearly bezel-less screen design” and the latest version of Android as its operating software. In terms of performance alone, it’s more than capable of matching some of the best Android phones on the market, the site says.
Camera quality is also impressive, according to Expert Reviews, as the device has a dual-lens rear-facing shooter that can capture “20 times more light than regular phone cameras”.
The Phone is the first product from Essential, a startup founded and led by Andy Rubin, the “Father of Android.” Its price, design, operating system, and camera all make it first rate.
But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. As might be expected for the first gadget from a brand-new company, the Phone has a few kinks that need to be ironed out. Among its big shortcomings: It lacks a headphone jack.
I’m thrilled that the Phone runs the stock version of Android. All too often, smartphone makers add an extra layer of software, sometimes called launchers or “skins,” to give their phones a signature look. And all too often those fall flat.
The stock, unadulterated version of Android is far better designed than any smartphone makers’ launcher. And the Phone is proof that stock Android looks fantastic on an ultra-premium device.
This phone carries some beefy specs:
Display Size: 5.71″, Resolution: 1312 x 2560 pixels (~504 ppi density)
Operating System: Android 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
GPU: Adreno 540
Internal Memory: 128 GB Memory, 4GB RAM
Primary Dual: 13 MP, f/1.9, phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face detection, HDR
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.2, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
At the moment, the Essential Phone is only available to order in the US, but this could change if it proves popular.
To conclude the Essential Phone is the most beautiful smartphone on the market that cannot be bought in India.