Andy Rubin, the father of Android, has finally unveiled his new smartphone. Rubin founded the startup Essential after leaving Google in 2014. Rubin is aiming to give Samsung and Apple a run for their money with the Essential Ph-1 Smartphone. So, how does it stack up against the major players?
The Essential PH-1 runs on the newest version of Android, the Nougat 7.1.1. It has some pretty solid features, including a premium titanium-ceramic build, a large screen, an incredibly high-resolution camera and very fast processors.
The edge-to-edge display on the Essential Ph-1 is similar to the Galaxy S8’s display. The nearly bezel-free 5.7-inch display is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and wraps around the front camera.
The phone itself is pretty resilient to wear-and-tear and drops due to the titanium-ceramic build. One of the most exciting features of this phone is the fact that it has a UHD 360 camera that can shoot 3840×1920 images at an astonishing 30 frames per second. The camera also has a monochrome sensor, which provides better low light performance.
One of the most interesting features of the PH-1 is the pair of magnetic pins located on the back of the phone. These allow it to attach to all kinds of accessories, from a 360-degree camera to charging docks.
Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of RAM 128 gigabytes of internal storage, rear 13MP camera, a USB-C port, Bluetooth 5.0 and a fingerprint sensor. The phone comes in a titanium black colour.