Essential PH-1: Modulares Smartphone des Android-Erfinders Andy Rubin

Essential PH-1: Modulares Smartphone des Android-Erfinders Andy Rubin

That Andy Rubin, the Android inventor, with his company Essential works on a smartphone, has been known since the beginning of the year. The now presented Essential PH-1 with high-end hardware can be extended modularly similar to the LG G5 (test).

High-end hardware and 19: 10 aspect ratio

The Essential PH-1 features a 5.7-inch display that extends across nearly the entire front of the unit. The screen dissolves in the 19: 10 aspect ratio with 1,312 × 2,560 pixels and is to achieve a brightness of 500 cd / m². The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 with four GB of memory and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 memory.

The 141.5 × 71.1 × 7.8 mm measuring smartphone has a titanium case and a ceramic back. The weight is 185 grams, the battery has a capacity of 3.040 mAh. In terms of connectivity, LTE is offered including band 20, WLAN ac-standard, NFC, GPS and GLONASS as well as Bluetooth 5.0 LE. To connect to a computer, a USB type C connector is provided, a 3.5mm jack plug is not installed Essential – a corresponding adapter is included with the smartphone.

UHD video with front and back camera

The front camera operates with a resolution of eight megapixels, while the rear model takes photos in 13 megapixels with an RGB and a monochrome sensor. Videos can record both cameras in UHD resolution at 30 fps.

Modularly expandable

Essential has built-in connectors on the back of the PH-1 to expand the smartphone modular to add accessories. So far, the manufacturer has only announced two accessories. On the one hand, customers can extend the PH-1 by adding a 360-degree camera, initially bundled with the PH-1 for an additional $ 50 and sold separately for $ 199. On the other hand Essential has announced a charging station. The manufacturer is still silent on further accessories.

The Essential PH-1 is a little surprising in terms of operating system on Android. So far it is not yet known which version is used exactly. The price is 699 USD, for the time being, the PH-1 will only be available in the United States.


Essential PH-1
(Upon appearance)
Display: 5.71 inches
2.560 x 1.312, 504 ppi
Gorilla Glass 5
Service: Touch
Fingerabdrucksensor, Status-LED
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4 × Kryo 280, 2.45 GHz
4 × Kryo 280, 1.90 GHz
10 nm, 64-bit
GPU: Adreno 540
710 MHz
RAM: 4.096 MB
Storage: 128 GB
Camera: 13,0 MP, 2160p
f/1,8, AF
Secondary camera: 13,0 MP, f/1,8, AF
Front camera: 8,0 MP, 2160p
LTE: ?
WLAN: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
And in the examined, concentrated
Bluetooth: 5.0 LE
tracking Systems: A-GPS, GLONASS
Other Standards: NFC
SIM-Karte: Nano-SIM
Battery pack: 3.040 mAh
Firmly installed
Size (W × H × D): 71,1 × 141,5 × 7,80 mm
protection: ?
Mass: 185 g
Price: 699 $


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