Andy Rubin created Android, as a modern mobile operating system, which would later be acquired by Google, and later become the dominant operating system in this modern era – yes, surpassing even Windows. Now, Android's father returns with his new company, Essential, and a new phone – with Android – that he hopes to break into the high-end phone scene.
And yes, "Phone" – the name of the phone – is a high end where you look.
Essential Phone, Features.
First, the most striking. The Essential Phone is a modular phone, with a pair of magnetic pins – from where the charge is made – that serve to place accessories or "modules", such as the 360 camera you see in the photo. And yes, it is a proposal very similar to that of Motorola with its Moto Mods.
This modularity is complemented by a Dual camera that follows the same Huawei concept, with a monochrome and a color camera for greater detail and better image quality in low light. (You can see the differences between the different dual cameras on the market, here). However, both sensors are 13 megapixels, while Huawei, this year, updated one of its sensors to 20 megapixels. The front camera is 8 megapixels, and capable of recording 4K video.
In processor, we have the Snapdragon 835, the latest Qualcomm processor, 4 GBs of RAM and 128 GBs of storage for the base model, from $ 699. Complements it with a 5.71 ″ screen with a QHD resolution (2560 x 1312) and a 19:10 format (yes, also longer than wide, but in other proportions than the LG G6 or Galaxy S8).
The phone has removed both the edges, which now the screen wraps around the front camera, as you can see here:
Finally, We have a somewhat small battery, 3,040 mAh, in addition to 185 grams of weight. The battery thing is worrying; especially considering that the Snapdragon 835 is not a processor that stands out for its low power consumption.
It should be noted that the phone does not have a port for headphones. It seems that Andy Rubin does not consider it "essential", but that it will come with a dongle in the box to connect any headphone through the USB-C port.
Exciting, no doubt, especially because of the pedigree that Essential has. The design looks very nice, but part of me thinks that both LG and Samsung stole some excitement from the launch and design of the phone. Now that we are somewhat "used" to screens that cover almost the entire front, the debut of the Essential Phone has been, in my opinion, somewhat overshadowed. Perhaps also, in part, because the entire conversation around the Essential Phone revolves around hardware. In software, it's still Android, like millions of other phones on the market.
More information on the phone, on the official page