Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 Smartphone First Impressions

Essential Phone

The much-awaited Andy Rubin’s Essential phone has been released for $699 in Black Moon and Pure White color variants. Rubin was the head of Android at Google. Hence, you can expect a great smartphone with powerful features. Moreover, the company also released a 360-degree camera. If you reserve your Essential phone, you will be eligible to purchase the add-on camera for only $50 instead of $199.

Designed using titanium and ceramic materials, the Essential phone features a stunning 5.71-inch QHD (2560 x 1312 pixels) edge-to-edge QHD (2560 x 1312) display coupled with the enhanced processor and imaging technology. According to the company sources, the camera sensor provides an ability to capture crisp images even in extreme low-light conditions with the integrated thin dual camera system.


Essential PH-1 Phone is equipped with 5.71-inch radiused corners QHD CGS LTPS display with an aspect ratio of 19:10 and a brightness capacity of 500 nits. The contrast ratio is set to 1:1000, which will help you to experience premium and real-world visuals.


Essential PH-1 features a Snapdragon 835 processor, Kryo 280 chipset, Adreno 540 graphics processor. The processor is manufactured using the 10nm process and runs at a clock speed of 2.45GHz paired with 1.9GHz in an octa-core environment. With 4GB RAM, the Essential phone also includes a storage capacity of 128GB with UFS 2.1 technology for faster read and writes.


Essential phone ships with a 13MP dual camera on the rear with image fusion technology, f/1.85 lens, Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus. Moreover, you will be able to capture 4K videos at 30fps and FHD videos at 60fps.

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When it comes to the front, the Essential PH-1 offers an 8MP sensor alongside f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens. With the help of the front camera, you can capture 4K videos at 30fps and FHD videos at 60fps.


Essential phone is powered by a 3040mAh fast charging battery, which is capable of delivering excellent standby and talk time.


Essential PH-1 comprises of WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, GLONASS in addition to USB Type-C and NanoSIM card tray. The phone includes 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector and 2x accessory power pins. However, the smartphone is unlocked and is compatible with all mobile carriers.


You can reserve Essential PH-1 for $699 with an optional 360-degree camera for $50. The product page states that the shipping and taxes will be calculated during checkout. The product package consists of USB Type-C cable, Type C to 3.5mm headphone adapter coupled with 27W USB-C fast adapter.

Essential PH-1 smartphone is a power packed smartphone with latest processor and technology. If you would like to work with a premium smartphone and have plenty of money, you can consider the Essential smartphone.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at

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