Without a doubt, the Essential Phone is one of the hottest flagships of 2017. The phone was announced earlier this year and teased in a May tweet by Essential’s creator, Andy Rubin in which he showed the phone covered by his hand and said “I’m really excited about how this is shaping up.
Eager to get it in more people’s hands…” As the Verge reported at the time: “Today, Rubin showed off the first glimpse of what Essential’s first smartphone will look like, and as promised, the bezel is almost nonexistent. Beyond that, we can see that the phone will feature a cutout on top for a speaker, along with a visible button on the side of the device. The software seems to be some version of Android, but it’s hard to say for sure without confirmation. There’s obviously still a lot we don’t know about the device, but as a first impression, it definitely looks like Essential could have something interesting on its hands here.”
Well, the good news is that in the three months since the tweet, everything has become known about the essential and, as of this week, the phone has now launched in several markets across the globe. But if you feel like you still don’t know enough about the phone, here are ten essential (sorry for the horrible pun) things to keep in mind.
It Lacks A Headphone Jack
Yep, the Essential has no headphone jack. Apple got slammed for removing the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, but it appears that’s the way the world is heading. Instead, the Essential comes with a USB-C to headphone jack adapter so you can plug your wired headphones in.
It Was Created By Android Co-founder Andy Rubin
This is the first Android phone that was designed by one of the co-founders of Android OS. Back in 2005, Rubin developed the Android software, which Google then bought up. After co-creating Android, Rubin then went to work in various other areas of the tech sector before founding Essential Phone.
It Has An Unusual Aspect Ratio
There’s no denying the Essential’s design is amazing and that edge-to-edge display is beautiful. But the phone does have an unusual 19:10 aspect ratio. We suspect that’s because more display could be fit on the device since its bezels are so thin.
It Has A Dedicated Monochrome Sensor
The Essential has a dual lens rear camera, which is all the rage today. However, one of the lenses in the rear camera has a dedicated monochrome sensor, which will let you take improved black-and-white pics.
Also – ALL Essential Phone PH-1 handsets come with 128GB of storage as standard.
There’s A 360-degree Camera Accessory For It
Essential also makes an official 360º camera accessory that can be snapped to the top of the device that allows you to take photos in 360º.
It Runs Android
Yep, no surprise here. Essential runs Android without any modifications. Rubin has also stated that every Essential will get two years worth of Android software updates and three years worth of monthly security patches. Essential ships with Android 7.1.1.
It’s Shipping Later Than Promised
Essential only started shipping this week, which is way later than Rubin originally said it would. When he teased the phone in May 2017, he said it would ship just a month later. In reality, it’s taken three months to ship it to market.
You Can’t Expand Its Storage
Unlike most Android phones, the Essential doesn’t have a microSD card slot so you can’t expand its storage. But that shouldn’t be a problem for most. It comes with 128GB of storage built-in.
It Features Bluetooth 5
Essential packs the latest version of Bluetooth–version 5. Bluetooth 5 offers two times the speed, four times the range, and eight times the data broadcasting that Bluetooth 4 offered.
It’ll Probably Look A Lot Like The iPhone 8
With its thin bezels and edge-to-edge display, the Essential is one of the most beautiful Androids on the market–and looks much sexier than the iPhone 7. However, with Apple just weeks away from unveiling the iPhone 8, we’re betting the two flagships look a lot alike.
Though the Essential Phone will be MASSIVELY cheaper at $699 vs the $1000+ Apple will be asking for the iPhone 8.
If you pre-order the Essential Phone now via Sprint you can save 50% on the final retail price.
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