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Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1: A Dark Horse on the Smartphone Industry



             How exciting to know that the founder of Android Inc., has come out of his box and finally built his own Android smartphone? Most of us might ask if it is the “ideal Android phone?”… Well, to see is to believe.

Before we go on the specifications, let us first do a little history trivia.


Andy is the founder of Android Inc. in March 2004 and leaves at July 2005 to be the Senior Vice President of Google until November 2014. After that, he have founded Playground.Global which is an investment, innovation, and a venture capital company.


Two years ago, we have spotted Andy’s LinkedIn post about engaging engineers to join their team – Playground.Global.


Followed by a more specific subject last year and we can clearly read here that he is working on a new mobile company.


            And now, all questions have been answered. Andy finally revealed his Essential PH-1 on an interview on the Code Conference few days ago. Although there is no specific date for the launching, you can now reserve your order for $699 on their website — www.essential.com


The Essential Phone Specifications:

Model Name: Essential PH-1

Materials: Titanium body, Ceramic back, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass

Dimensions: 141.5mm height, 71.1mm width, 7.8mm thickness, and <185 grams weight

Display: 2560 x 1312 QHD resolution, 19:10 aspect ratio, 5.71” with radiused corners diagonal size,  500 nits (typical) brightness, >1:1000 (typical) constrast ratio, and CGS / LTPS technology

System Architecture / OS: Android (no specific version), Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor CPU, and Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit GPU

Network / Bands:

UMTS/HSPA+: 1, 2, 4, 5 6, 8

GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 0, 1, 10

FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66

TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43

TD-SCDMA: 34, 39


Bluetooth: 5.0 LE

WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO

NFC: yes

Positioning: GPS and GLONASS

Memory & Storage: 4GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 ROM

Rear Camera:

13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology

13MP True Monochrome mode

f/1.85 lens

Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus

Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Front Camera

8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio

f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens

Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps


Microphone: 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming

Low Audio (earpiece)

High Audio: (loudspeaker)


10 finger multitouch; palm and water-error rejection

Fingerprint reader: fastest available technology

Proximity / Ambient light sensor

Environmental pressure sensor (barometer)

Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope


USB Type-C

60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector

2x accessory power pins at the back

NanoSIM tray with pin eject

Battery: 3040mAh fast charging via USB