Android founder Andy Rubin's Essential Phone remains a somewhat niche device, but Essential has remained committed to supporting their vision of an expertly designed smartphone with its own distinct personality. Now, the Essential Phone PH-1 is available in a new color, Ocean Depths.
The Essential Phone is still struggling to be a commercial hit, but Andy Rubin and co. are still pushing their vision of a phone that stands out from the crowd. At a time when many manufacturers are pushing romantic red versions of their handsets, the Essential Phone PH-1 is coming out in...blue.
To be more precise, it's a blue-green color dubbed Ocean Depths, which was teased on Essential's Twitter account.
As indicated above, the new color variant should be available from February 15. It's worth noting that this Ocean Depths color was advertised as part of the Essential Phone lineup last year, but when it launched in July 2017, you could only get it in Pure White and Black Moon.
That leaves a fourth advertised color, Stellar Gray, which is yet to be seen. Perhaps it's not far down the line now. Essential seems to be backing their vision to the hilt, supporting their original model for the long haul rather than rushing a new generation.
Given the possibility of more mods and color variants this year (and the hope of better carrier support from fans), perhaps a long-term strategy will work out for Essential. For now at least, the Ocean Depths color is a refreshing break from the red trend of the moment.
Anyone tempted for a dip in the ocean?
Andy Rubin was the Senior Vice President of Google’s mobile sector up until 2014. His successor was Sundar Pichai, now the CEO of Google, who was then succeeded in turn by Hiroshi Lockheimer. Rubin was the Android inventor and under his leadership, the OS was installed on billions of devices. Later, he got into robotics at Google, but soon left this area as well to pursue his own interests.
After 2014, Andy Rubin began to work intensely with young startups and, under his tutelage, Playground Global found worldwide success. The focus of the company was on artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented reality. Now, it would like to integrate the innovations that it was able to achieve in a new smartphone, as recently reported by Bloomberg.
With the support of a team of 40 people, made up of former Apple and Google employees, the Android founder has now started a new company called Essential. Essential has ambitions to produce not only smartphones but also smart home hardware, with the high-end smartphone at the center of the ecosystem.
The high-end Essential phone cost $699 to pre-order on Essential's website when it was released, and now it's a full $200 cheaper. It's selling on Essential's website now for $499. Those who have already bought an Essential Phone won't be left hanging, as they will receive a coupon worth $200 which can be used to buy a 360-degree camera or an additional Essential Phone.
The Essential phone is only available in the US for now. An international release will be announced in the future.
Designed to stand out from the crowd
The technical specs alone won't be a massive surprise to many. But if we take a closer look, the Essential phone does seem to pack in a few surprises. First of all, it's worth noting that the manufacturer attempted to get as much display on the front as possible. The body-to-display ration seems to be quite high. If we have a look at the upper segment of the display, we spot a very narrow frame, but within that frame, we can still see an integrated selfie cam (that explains that "incursion" at the top in the middle).
Andy Rubin graced us with another highlight - a magnetic connector, which Essential wants to make use off to build up its own accessory ecosystem. The first two accessories that Essential has lined up will be the aforementioned 360 camera and a magnetic charger.
Concerning the design and build, Essential has decided to be a bit more exclusive. The Essential phone is made of ceramic and titanium, which makes it quite durable and shock resistant. Unfortunately, it seems that the designers also left out a headphone jack.
Yazhu Ling, Lead Image Quality Engineer at Essential, described the details of the main camera of the new Essential Phone in a post to the company blog. The two main things the firm wanted to accomplish with the camera were avoiding an unsightly camera bump and focusing on capturing quality low-light photos.
The dual rear camera of the PH-1 has one monochrome and one RGB lens. When images taken with each are combined, the result is a better exposed image with less noise. Though it's been the subject of much criticism, further updates to the camera's software have led to better results.
|Technical Specs||Essential Phone|
|Dimensions||141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm|
|Display size||5.71 inches|
|Display technology||CGS / LTPS|
|Resolution||1,312 x 2,560 Pixel (19:10)|
|Front camera||8 MP|
|Rear camera||Dual camera, 13 MP, f / 1.85|
|Android Version||Android 7.0 Nougat planned update to 8.1 Oreo|
|Internal storage||128 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core with Adreno 540 GPU|
|Clock speed||2.45 GHz|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, no headphone jack, Magnetic port, 60 GHz, 6 GBps Wireless Accessory Connector|
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Source: The Verge