Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Features Edge-to-Edge Display, Modular Design And More For $699

 

Today, Andy Rubin unveiled the first smartphone for his new company, Essential. The Essential PH-1 is now official (along with a smart home hub) and all of the details are in the wild. Ready to know all there is to know about Rubin’s new phone, including price and availability? Let’s talk about it.




The Essential PH-1 is an unlocked device with the price tag of $699 with premium specs like, ceramic and titanium body, an all-display front, no logos, a dual 13MP RGB + monochrome camera system, Android powering it all, and a magnetic connector for modular accessories, like a 360-degree camera. It has some familiar design aspects to others already on the market, but clearly stands out with that 5.71-inch QHD 19:10 aspect ratio edge-to-edge display which is even better than the Galaxy S8 as the top bezel is almost non-existent and the display actually wraps around the selfie camera.

Inside it, you will find, Snapdragon 835 processor, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, 4GB RAM, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, 3040mAh battery with fast charging, and connectivity on all of the major carriers, including Verizon. Full specs here.

Now, Essential Phone is a bold and modular smartphone in many ways. The rear of the Essential Phone features two metal pins that act as a connector for the modular accessories that Essential will be offering for the phone. Similar to Moto’s approach, accessories can be attached to the back of the Essential Phone thereby giving it a modular nature. For now, Essential is launching a 360-degree camera accessory for the smartphone which it is calling the world’s smallest 360-degree camera.

As I mentioned, the phone costs $699, but does work everywhere. As of right now, you can reserve the phone in either Black Moon or Pure White. Additional colors (grey and ocean) will arrive before long. The phone ships with a Type-C cable, 3.5mm headphone adapter, and fast charger. If you reserve soon, it looks like Essential will let you add-on the 360-degree camera for an additional $50.

To reserve the Essential PH-1 at zero cost, head over to the Essential store.

Source : Essential