A new Android phone that aims to simply your life. TBC | ESSENTIAL.COM
The Essential PH-1 is the debut smartphone from Android co-creator Andy Rubin’s Essential company. The handset is made from ceramic and titanium, and has a 5.71-inch 2,560 x 1,312 QHD edge-to-edge display, which Essential calls the Full Display. There’s a slim bezel at the bottom of the phone, with a cut-out at the top for the front-facing camera. At the back, there’s a fingerprint scanner and a rear camera. According to Essential, the PH-1 has the world’s thinnest dual-camera system for a smartphone. There’s an 8MP front-facing camera and dual 13MP f/1.85 rear cameras with one monochrome and one colour lens; the two-lens setup works to capture up to 200% more light than traditional smartphone cameras. There’s a 3,040mAh battery inside, which is bigger (just) than the Samsung Galaxy S8’s, and the PH-1 supports fast charging via USB Type-C. Pony up some extra cash and you can buy a slick charging dock with magnetic connector. A fast Snapdragon 835 chipset powers the thing, with 4GB of RAM. There’s also 128GB of storage. As we go to print, the PH-1 is available in America, with AU availability to be announced.