Essential Phone PH-1 cheat sheet

The Essential Phone PH-1 is one of the most intriguing Android devices, particularly because of its connection to Android superstar Andy Rubin. Here’s what you need to know about the unique phone.

It looks as if the mobile world has come to a plateau with design. Each iteration of the latest and greatest brings fewer changes to the physical designs. The reason? Most companies seem to have found the sweet spot for their devices. However, the consumer is still in the “what have you done for me lately?” mode and wants more.

Andy Rubin, co founder of Android Inc. and Danger Inc., computer programmer, engineer, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist, also wants more. After growing dissatisfied with the state of design within the tech industry, he decided to create the Essential Phone PH-1.

This cheat sheet is a quick way to get up to speed on the Essential Phone. We’ll update this article periodically when news and updates about this Android device are released.

Executive summary
What is the Essential Phone? The Essential Phone is a new take on the Android smartphone. The flagship device is made from premium materials, such as titanium for its enclosure, and it has add-on features, including a 360-degree camera. It was developed by Essential Products, Inc., whose founder and CEO is Andy Rubin.
Why does the Essential Phone matter? It will be one of the few devices that is completely free of bloatware, and its add-on devices enable cord-free expansion of features and functions. Also, anytime a flagship-level smartphone is released that’s even somewhat free from carrier lockdown (Sprint did win a contract with Essential, but unlocked devices can still be purchased from Essential), it is a win.

Who does the Essential Phone affect? The Essential Phone affects enterprise users and consumers.
When is the Essential Phone available? The Black Moon version of the Essential Phone will be available for purchase August 23, 2107. There is no solid release date for the Pure White edition.
How do I get the Essential Phone? In the US, you can purchase either a Black Moon or Pure White version of the PH-1 from the Essential site, Sprint, Best Buy or Amazon; in Canada, it’s available through Telus.

What is the Essential Phone?
Essential Products, Inc. created a phone that will be simple to use, play well with other technologies, make use of premium materials and craftsmanship, better assist the user (rather than work against the user), and will not be outdated every year.

The Essential Phone offers users a new experience—physical add-ons that “snap” to the device by way of magnets and wireless data transfer. The add-ons available for purchase are:

a cradle for charging; and
the world’s smallest 360-degree camera, which makes taking 360-degree video simple. The camera features dual 12-megapixel sensors for video and four microphones for 3D audio.

The Essential Phone sports a 5.7 inch edge-to-edge display that takes up the entire front of the device, only making room for a small camera cutout.

With the Android platform powering the Essential Phone, it will require zero learning curve for Android users.

Specs for the Essential Phone
OS: Android 9.0 (as of August 7, 2018)
CPU: Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4 GB
Internal storage: 128 GB
Battery: 3040mAh
Cameras: 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front
Fingerprint reader on back
Dimensions: 5.57 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and .31 inches thick (141.5mm tall, 71.1mm wide, 7.88mm thick) and weighs 11.1 oz (185 grams)
The bands the device will function with are:

US bands:

CMDA EV-DO Rev. A (Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular)
GSM (AT&T and T-Mobile)
UMTS (AT&T and T-Mobile)

Outside the US:

LTE-FDD
LTE-TDD
TD-SCDMA

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