Essential Phone - All about the Andy Rubin smartphone

by Timo30. May 2017
For many weeks, the rumor mill seethed around the first smartphone of the Android inventor "Andy Rubin". Today, the Essential Phone has finally been released and as expected, the smartphone belongs to this year's flagship models!



Essential Phone


Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU: Adreno 540
Internal memory: 128GB UFS2.1
Memory extension: no

Display Type: CGS / LTPS
Display glass: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display diagonal: 5.71 inches
Display resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD
Luminance: 500 nits
Contrast Ratio: 1: 1000
Multitouch: 10 fingers

Main Camera: 2x 13 megapixel (RGB + monochrome)
* Aperture: f / 1.85
* Hybrid AF
* LED flash
Front camera: 8 megapixel

WiFi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac MU-MIMO
Bluetooth: 5.0 LE
GPS: Yes

* Brightness sensor
* Proximity Sensor
* Accelerometer
* Magnetometer

UMTS / HSPA +: 1, 2, 4, 5 6, 8
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
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
TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43
TD-SCDMA: 34, 39

Battery: 3.040 mAh
Quick batch: Yes
Connection: USB Type-C

SIM: 1x Nano
Fingerprint scanner: Yes
NFC: Yes
Operating system: Android
Size: 141.5 71.1 x x 7.8 mm
Weight: 185g

Essential Phone

2K edge-to-edge display

That the Essential Phone a edge-to-edge display has built, you could see the first teasers. Since today it is now known that the smartphone high-resolution 2K (2560 x 1312) LTPS display will have installed at a Case size of just once 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm a Display diagonal of 5.73 inches reached. Thus, the smartphone is even more compact than a conventional device with 5 inch display diagonal! The small recess in the front camera, which is still above the display on the Essential Phone and is virtually surrounded by it, is particularly striking. With a Luminance of 500 Nit the display lights up above average and should remain legible even in bright sunshine. The contrast ratio is typical 1:1000, The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Essential Phone (1)

Snapdragon 835 and 4GB memory

As befits a high-end smartphone, the essential phone is Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor fitted. This manufactured in 10nm process Octa-core processor is one of the currently most powerful smartphone processors on the market and is among others in the international model of the Samsung Galaxy S8 installed. Supportive stand RAM 4GB who will ensure fluid multitasking. With the internal memory, Essential relies on one 128GB large UFS 2.1 memory, A memory extension is not provided.


Up to LTE The smartphone supports all standard network standards. Of course, the device is synonymous for the in this country usual LTE tapes equipped. At the same time 4 microphones for the best possible call quality. What is not supported is the use of two SIM cards. Here the slot holds only a Nano-SIM. The built-in WiFi module supports Dual-band AC and also the new one MU-MIMO, Bluetooth will be up to the new Standard 5.0 LE which is characterized by higher data rates and an improved coverage. To determine the position, the Essential Phone uses the GPS and GLONASS, To what extent the smartphone copes with Beidou and Galileo is not known. The physical connection possibility amounts to one USB-C socket. Following the trend, the device has no 3.5 mm headphone jack!

The sensory equipment is comparable to other flagship models. In addition to the typical brightness sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer, there is also a barometer and a magnetometer. On Fingerprint scanner is housed on the back of the case. NFC is available.

Essential Phone backside


The Essential Phone has one dual main cameraconsisting of one 13 megapixel RGB color sensor and another monochrome 13 megapixel sensor, Information about the sensors used Essential does not. It is known that the main camera a Aperture f / 1.85 has, it one Hybrid autofocus consisting of one PDAF, IRAF and contrast AF will give and that the main camera will be able 4K videos at 30 pictures-per-second take. The extent to which optical image stabilization is present is also not known. The front camera consists of a 8 megapixel image sensor of unknown origin. The aperture is f / 2.20, The front camera is also able to record high-resolution 4K videos.

Titanium case, battery and accessories

For an attractive design Titanium frame and Case back made of ceramic, Unlike most aluminum cases on other smartphones, Essential promises higher shock and break strength to the case. Of the Accumulator owns one Capacity of 3040 mAh and can be by means of an unspecified Quick Charge recharge in no time. In the previously announced Accessories it is a wireless charging station and an attachable 360 ° camera.

Price and availability

Essential Phone Colors

When the Essential Phone will appear, the manufacturer has not yet announced. Presumably, a publication in the coming months is expected. If you do not want to wait any longer, you can pre-order the smartphone via the official homepage. The smartphone is in total 4 colors available and costs $ 699 (about 626 €), As a temporary offer, there is that Smartphone in a set with the 360 ° camera for $ 749 (about 670 €), As soon as we hear more about the Essential Phone or even get our hands on a test copy, the news and the test will follow!

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a similar equipment as the s8 but much cheaper. Sounds good as far as ever. Now the whole please with stock android and good camera and I would seriously consider if this is not my next.


Not only narrower edges than the Samsung, the absolute display area is also larger (display ratio 19: 10 vs 18,5: 5) and I personally find the aspect ratio even more charming (about 2: 1 aspect ratio is just too narrow for me)
By the way, only I have the feeling that the manufacturers only make the aspect ratio so extreme, so that they can advertise with large diagonals? Eg Galaxy S8: With the classical aspect ratio 16: 10 the display area would be larger with the same diagonal 14,3%. I think enough, not to round it off.
Take care ^^