The Essential PH-1 Review, Price, and Specifications

Essential Phone Review

The wait is over, it’s time to review one of the best bezeless smartphone, Essential Phone. This Essential phone review will cover its price, specifications and a complete review. We have seen many bezel less phones in a couple of years but the Essential phone is special in its looks and it is complete bezel less smartphone.

Andy Rubin, is the former CEO of Google and he is the man behind this charismatic Essential phone. Andy Rubin “The Father of Android”, started his startup company called “Essential Products” and officially announced its first product, Essential phone. Essential Phone is an excellent Android smartphone but it doesn’t fully fill all the needs of a customer. Before looking at the cons let’s go through the pros, price, and specifications of the essential phone.  

Body Build Quality of Essential Phone:

Build Quality of Essential Phone

The Essential phone has an edge to edge display covered with Gorilla Glass 5. The side panel of the phone is made up of titanium and first of its kind. Most of the smartphone’s side panel is made up of aluminum. The back panel of the essential phone is made up of ceramic. The phone has its power and volume button on its side but it is tiny when compared to other phones.


Essential Phone Camera

The Essential phone comes with two 13 megapixel camera and a monochrome sensor at the rear but the second camera is not for optical zoom or detailed cam effects as iPhone 7 plus. And also there are only a few customizable camera settings. There are no manual settings too. The pictures are clear but not sharp and detailed as iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8. The Phone camera app is also slow responsive which has to be improved.

When reached for comment about the camera performance issues, an Essential Products spokesperson said, “There is another OTA coming soon that should address reports of camera laggyness and image quality.”

The Essential Phone’s front camera with 8MP, f/2.2 aperture is located at the top of the screen and we can say it as blended with the screen. It looks great and positioned perfectly.


The Essential phone screen is not LED but it is stunning. The Essential PH-1’s screen embarrasses all others phones in the market. It has a 5.7inch screen in the paper but its dimensions are larger than the iPhone 7 Plus. The Essential PH-1’s size makes you it’s just perfect for your hand.

The Essential phone’s single speaker mostly make you feel good. It’s louder, but audio comes out sounding pretty thin and it’s easy to accidentally cover the down facing speaker grill with your finger when holding the phone sideways. If you spend most of your day listening to music, podcast or audio books that don’t feature striking bass, the speaker won’t bother you much.


The Essential PH-1 runs a clean, mostly fresh version of Android 7.1.1(Nougat). I’ve only found a few changes here. For beginners, the standard Android notification bar is thicker than usual, because it has to realize the camera resting right in the middle of it.


There are no Essential logo, no branding and no capacitive buttons on the phone. The Essential PH-1 uses one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipsets, paired with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 540 GPU. More importantly, every Essential comes with 128GB of internal storage, which is important since there’s no microSD slot. There’s no 3.1mm  headphone jack, just a USB-C port positioned in between the SIM tray and a speaker. These lacks absolutely aren’t dealbreakers, but they still somewhat make you feel limited.


The Essential PH-1’s battery life is surprising. Most people will be gratified with the phone’s power consumption, but people living out in the country may experience a little more difficulty.


As already mentioned, the Essential PH-1 carries an octa-core Snapdragon 835, and 4GB of RAM. Is it any surprise that it runs especially smoothly? General navigation feels pleasingly fast — as fast as the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8, anyway — and frenzied multitasking proved to be no problem either. Visually strong games like Afterpulse ran with no problems as well, frame rates were constantly high, and slack essentially. Admirable, certainly, but maybe not a wonder.


Alternate names Essential PH-1
Release date May 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 141.50×71.10×7.80
Weight (g) 185
Battery capacity (mAh) 3040
Removable battery No
Colours Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White, Ocean Depths
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 5.71
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1312×2560 pixels
Processor 1.9GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Internal storage 128GB
Expandable storage No
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel
Operating System Android
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

The Essential Phone Pros and Con: What We Love and What We Don’t

The Essential PH-1 Pros:

  • Strong Build Quality
  • Future Ready
  • Fast Charging
  • The Dual Camera Advantage

The Essential PH-1 Cons:

  • Not Waterproof
  • No Scope to Increase Memory
  • Heavy
  • No Head Phone Jack

Essential Phone Unboxing and First Impressions

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