Essential Phone Review – Sweet Pixel 2 Alternative at $499
Lisa Gade reviews the Essential Phone PH-1, an unlocked Android smartphone with a stunning bezel-free display and titanium and ceramic construction. Essential is a new company started by Andy Rubin, the father of Android, and while it got off to a rocky start last month, several software updates and a price drop to $499 have greatly improved the phone. The phone supports both GSM and CDMA so it will work on most carriers. Sprint also sells it. The Essential supports modular accessories like a 360 degree camera via 2 pogo pins on the back.
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The Essential Phone runs Android 7.1.1 (8.0 Oreo coming later this year) on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. it has a 5.7” QHD 2560 x 1312 display that’s striking, with a widescreen aspect ratio of 19 : 10 and a front camera that floats at the top of the display. The mobile phone has dual 13MP f/1.85 cameras (one color, one monochrome) and a front 8MP f/2.2 camera, both of which can shoot 4K video.