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Essential PH-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Essential PH-1. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the battery and usability are overall positive. The screen and design also get good feedback, but there are some critical opinions about the camera and connectivity.

performance, design, screen, usability, battery

connectivity, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Essential PH-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (

Essential Phone (PH-1) Review


The Essential Phone is an Android phone that nails it with design, performance, and software.

Gorgeous bezel-less design ; Crisp, high-resolution screen ; Pure Android, fast updates ; Great performance ; Intuitive modular system

No headphone jack ; No IP67 or IP68 water resistance ; Camera quality still not great

The Essential Phone is a great first phone from Andy Rubin’s company. It nails design, performance, and software, but still falls short with the camera.

Dec, 2017

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Essential PH-1 review: A beautiful blank slate


From its impeccable fit and finish to its impressive bezel-less design, the Essential PH-1 is a truly beautiful smartphone. Even better, it boasts impressive performance and battery life, not to mention one of the cleanest Android experiences you'll...

Incredible build quality ; Beautiful edge-to-edge display ; Excellent performance ; Very good battery life ; Clean build of Android 7.1.1

Camera needs a lot of work ; No headphone jack or water resistance ; Screen could be brighter ; Glossy back picks up smudges easily

I had such high hopes for the Essential phone that there's almost no way the PH-1 could have lived up to them. This isn't just a reflection of my own unreasonable internal hype though; as truly impressive as the PH-1 can be, it lags behind the...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (

Essential Phone PH-1 review


The moment I picked up the Essential Phone , I fell in love.

The stunning Essential Phone PH-1 feels brilliant in the hand and it’s one of the fastest phones we’ve tested. There's no bloatware or unsightly logos, and its premium materials survived a six-foot drop. Compatible with all major US carriers.

Essential’s camera app is terrible. Battery life is merely OK. No photo or video stabilization. No headphone jack. Essential’s modular accessories aren’t ready for primetime.

We can't recommend the Essential Phone over competitors, but it’s a mostly competent handset that’ll definitely turn heads.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Brad Linder (

Essential PH-1 smartphone ships this week for $699


The first smartphone from is set to start shipping within the next 7 days. Customers who reserved an Essential PH-1 smartphone are letting them know that they can now order the phone for $699 and expect it to ship within a week… at least if they want...

But honestly, the main reason this Android phone has been getting so much attention since it was first

Aug, 2017

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3040


Auto focus:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Maximum frame rate:120
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Dual camera
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):13


Brand color:Black Moon / Halo Gray / Pure white
Color of product:Black / White
Fingerprint reader:Y
Finish type:Gloss
Form Factor:Bar
Housing material:Ceramic, Titanium
International Protection (IP) code:IP54


Aspect Ratio:19:10
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1
Display brightness:500
Display Diagonal:5.71
Display Resolution:2560 x 1312
Display Type:LTPS
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N


Ambient light sensor:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y


GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y


2G standards:GSM
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth version:5.0
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n


Graphics adapter:Adreno 540

Ports & interfaces

USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y


64-bit computing:Y
Processor cores:8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.45
Processor model:835


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:7.1


Internal storage capacity:128
RAM capacity:4

Weight & Dimensions

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