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Essential PH-1

A Biased Review of the Essential PH-1 Mobile Phone


Pros: Excellent build, look, and feel. Great features!

Cons: N/A


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It’s been a very long time I was ever so excited to write a review about any phone, but the Essential PH-1 is something that you can hardly overlook, and once you have a look at it, it is sure to ignite that excitation in you.

First of all, this phone is created by one of the creators of Android, Andy Rubin! Secondly, it is built with Titanium, the same metal that is used for building rockets and replacing bones. If you didn’t know, Titanium doesn’t bend, dent, or scratch. I can’t guarantee how much that is true for the Essential PH-1, but it has been tested for corner drops on solid concrete. Essential PH-1 survived drops without blemish.

Essential PH-1In fact, there’s no section for phone cases for the Essential PH-1 on the manufacturer’s website. It can only mean that they want us to enjoy the freedom of using the phone without worrying about protecting it against every little accidental drop, or buying a case. A case-free phone does go in tone with the manufacturer slogan Freedom is Essential.

At this point, I should light some shade on the ‘biased’ term I used in the title. Those of you, who thought I was trying to mean something else using the term ‘biased’ in the title, already know that ‘biased’ was what I meant. Rest assured, my biasedness toward Essential PH-1 has nothing to do with paid review or anything of that sort.

I have been disappointed with the latest smartphones manufactured by the giants in the industry. They all disappointed me either in performance, built, style, look, or price. They all looked and felt the same to me. It felt like they were supplying us the same thing but in different shells. Essentially, the Essential PH-1 felt like that fresh air of spring after a long winter. But let’s not drift off to that discussion; let’s go back to the phone’s features.

The Essential PH-1 comes with a full edge-to-edge display. In fact, its body to screen ratio is an insane 84.9%. This gives the phone a breathtakingly astonishing look and appeal. The display is 2560 x 1312 QHD; and it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass.

Essential PH-1It features world’s thinnest dual camera (RGB and monochrome), 13 MP each. You can record 4K videos at 30 FPS, 1080p videos at 30 or 60 FPS, 720p videos at 60, and 120 FPS. The 8MP front camera is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 FPS too. Essential PH-1’s camera option doesn’t end there, you can buy a tiny, well not that tiny, but world’s smallest 360 camera built only for the Essential PH-1. The 360 camera is a separate part of it, sold separately. The good news is that it is priced at $50.

The 360 camera can be attached to the magnetic port on its ceramic back. Yes, the Essential PH-1 has Modular features to upgrade its capabilities.

Under the hood, Essential PH-1 features Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) CPU and Adreno 540 GPU. It comes with 4GB RAM and 128 GB memory storage. It will run any graphic intensive game you will throw at it; also, you will not run out of storage so easily downloading games and apps.

The phone comes with all the other features you may find in any other latest high-end phones including finger print sensor. It comes with a 3040mAh battery.

Last but not the least, the Essential PH-1 is available under $350.00. If you buy the 360 camera, it will cost you $400.00. At that price range, I don’t believe, there’s any other true competitor of this phone available in the market. And it won’t be wrong to say that Essential PH-1 maybe the One Phone to Rule Them All!

If you want something new and fresh, you should go for Essential PH-1. gives a five star to this phone.


Model Name: Essential PH-1

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

Dimensions: (H) 141.5mm x (W) 71.1mm x (D) 7.8mm

Weight: <185 grams

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit

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

Display Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD
Aspect Ratio: 19:10

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

Human Input + Sensors: 10 finger multi-touch; palm and water-error rejection
Fingerprint reader: fastest available technology
Proximity / Ambient light sensor
Volume buttons, Power button
Environmental pressure sensor (barometer)
Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope

Microphone: 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming

Battery: 3040mAh.

Connectivity: Bluetooth: 5.0 LE, WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO
NFC: Yes
Positioning: GPS and GLONASS

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

System Architecture / OS

USB Type-C
60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector
2x accessory power pins (magnetic)
NanoSIM tray with pin eject

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