Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 smartphone has started shipping for customers who have pre-ordered the phone. Essential has announced via twitter: “We’re beginning to ship Essential Phone! Please look out for an e-mail today with tracking info. We appreciate everyone’s patience!”
Andy Rubin recently shared pictures of the smartphone and informed buyers that the company is working to deliver the phone as soon as possible. The Essential PH-1 was announced in May and is priced at $ 699.
As of now, Essential will only ship the glassy black color variant of the PH-1. The White color variant is listed as “coming soon” on the website. The matte variant of the phone is not available for pre-order as of now. It is not clear if customers who pre-ordered the 360-degree camera will the Essential PH-1 will receive it along with the phone as well.
The Essential PH-1 comes with impressive specs. The phone comes in a titanium and ceramic case and competes with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 series and the iPhone 8. The PH-1 comes with magnetic sensors to support mods. The company has also made available a 360-degree camera as an add-on attachment. The 360-degree camera costs $749 (Rs. 48000 approx).
The Essential PH-1 comes with an edge-to-edge 5.7-inch QHD screen with a resolution of 2560×1312 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is 7.8 mm thick and weighs about 185 grams. The phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat.
One of the features that sets the Essential PH-1 apart from other phones is its dual rear camera setup. There are two lenses 13 MP + 13 MP, where one lens takes pictures in dual RGB and mono while the other takes shots in true monochrome. The camera has f/1.85 aperture and features hybrid autofocus. There is also an 8 megapixel camera on the front with f/2.20 aperture and fixrd hyperfocal lens.
The phone is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. For graphics there is the Adreno 540. There is also 128 GB of internal storage. The phone draws power from a 3040 mAh battery.
Essential PH-1 Smartphone:
- Display: 5.7-inch QHD screen with a resolution of 2560×1312 pixels
- Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor
- Memory: 4GB of RAM
- Storage: 128 GB internal storage
- Camera: 13 MP + 13 MP dual camera setup on the back & 8 megapixel camera on the front
- Battery: 3040 mAh battery
- Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat