ES­SEN­TIAL PH-1

A new An­droid phone that aims to sim­ply your life. TBC | ES­SEN­TIAL.COM

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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.

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