The Essential is a smartphone created by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, who started a new company, also called Essential, to address some of the shortcomings he had seen in the tech industry. He wanted to create devices that work well with others, are made of premium materials, are simple to use, and won't become outdated every year.
The Essential phone has a titanium body with a ceramic back. It was built so that it wouldn't scratch, dent, or bend when dropped. The majority of the phone's surface is made up of the 5.7" edge-to-edge QHD screen. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1312, and a brightness of 500 nits. It also has 10 finger multitouch with palm and water-error rejection, and a fingerprint reader.
The Essential phone has a 13MP dual camera system that uses color and monochrome sensors with image fusion technology to capture more light. This allows it to do better in low-light scenarios, and it can offer a true 'monochrome' mode as well. It has a hybrid auto focus that combines contrast, phase detection, and IR laser assist focus. The front facing camera has an 8MP resolution, and both cameras are capable of 4K video recording.
Inside, Essential has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad). It has an Adreno 540 710MHz GPU. It has 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It uses USB Type-C and 6Gbps wireless.
Essential has accessories that magnetically snap to the phone for power, and transfer data wirelessly. For example, Essential is selling a 360° camera that clicks onto the back of the phone. There's also a magnetic dock for recharging.
The Essential Phone is exclusive to Sprint, but it can also be purchased unlocked and used on other networks. It's available in four colors — Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White, and Ocean Depths. Essential is available to reserve now for $699.