Essential Phone Overview Updated January 18, 2018

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May 2017 - January 2018


After hinting at a new device, Andy Rubin’s start-up, Essential, announced the Essential PH-1 (Phone). Unlike other OEMs, Essential is all about keeping only the essential aspects of a smartphone. This means almost-stock Android, no pre-install bloatware, and quality materials such as titanium and ceramic to make up the handset.

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Full hardware specifications for Essential’s Phone:

Essential Phone Specification
Android version Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Screen size 5.7-inch LCD
Resolution  2560×1312 pixels
PPI 505 ppi
Primary camera Dual 13MP cameras (color + monochrome), f/1.85, phase-detect + laser auto focus
Front camera  8MP, f/2.2
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz octa-core Kyro 280 CPU, Adreno 540 GPU
Storage 128GB
Expandable storage up to N/A
RAM 4GB
Battery 3,040mAh (nonremovable)
Ports USB Type-C
Weight 185 g
Dimensions 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm
Other features Rear-facing fingerprint sensor, modular accessories
Color options Black Moon, Pure White, Stellar Grey, Ocean Depths
Carrier availability Sprint, Unlocked
Base price off-contract ~$699
In-box accessories USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter, USB-C charging/data transfer cable, fast charging wall adapter

Essential Phone Stories January 18

Essential has resources ‘specifically committed’ to fixing touch latency on the Essential Phone

The Essential Phone is easily my favorite piece of Android hardware of all time, but the phone, unfortunately, has a few big issues that make it tough to recommend. One of those is touch latency, and now Essential has confirmed that it’s actively working on fixing that.

Essential Phone Stories January 15

Essential’s awesome chargers and headphone adapters are now for sale starting at $15

The Essential Phone may not be the best phone you can buy today, but it’s certainly one of the best in terms of hardware. The build of the PH-1 is unlike anything else, and the company extended that attention to detail to its accessories as well. Now, those awesome accessories are for sale on their own.

Essential Phone Stories December 21, 2017

Essential Phone picking up second Oreo beta w/ bug fixes and more features from 8.0

Andy Rubin’s Essential has been working hard on bringing Android Oreo to its first device, the PH-1, and that process kicked off with a public beta last month. Now, the company is pushing out the second beta for Android Oreo.

Essential Phone Stories December 14, 2017

Despite underwhelming sales, Andy Rubin’s startup Essential isn’t playing games when it comes to updates. In the company’s latest Reddit AMA, it discusses the latest features coming to the Essential Phone, and there are some fun goodies in store…

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Essential Phone Stories December 13, 2017

Andy Rubin’s startup Essential produced a gorgeous first device in the PH-1, but it’s been plagued by camera complaints and high pricing since launch. At one point, it was believed by some that only 5,000 units had been sold, but the actual number is about ten times that…probably.

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Essential Phone Stories November 29, 2017

This morning, news broke that Andy Rubin, founder of Essential, would be taking a personal leave of absence from the company following a report about misconduct while at Google. Despite this news, Essential went ahead with its bi-weekly Reddit AMA and announced several new updates coming to the Phone and future development…

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