Essential Phone (PH-1) Review: the best bezel-less smartphone existing?

As every individual year has a particular impact and trend they introduce to the smartphone scene, the year 2017 wasn’t left out of the norm. This year saw our smartphones go super smart; smarter than we never thought they would be. Also, smartphone’s aesthetics became super impressive.

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One of the contributing feature of smartphone beauty was the trimming down (or elimination) of the redundant bezels (read: frame) around our smartphone display, giving our phones sleek looks and likewise, a slim feel.

Spoiler: 85% screen-to-body ratio. All hail the King!

We have been presented with many bezel-less smartphones in their tens and hundred over the past couple of months but at the moment, we find one of them surprisingly impressive and everly head-turning. The device is no other than the Essential Phone (PH-1).

Lord of the Bezel-less kindgom

Essential Phone PH-1

So far, the Essential Phone PH-1 sits comfortably on the throne of the bezel-less kingdom by featuring the highest screen-to-body ratio ever on a smartphone. Pay zilch attention to the false information made available by several brand on the specifications sheet of their supposedly bezel-less phones – the Essential Phone runs the bezel-less world with its true 84.9% screen-to-body ratio. The highest so far (as proved by DigitalTrends).

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Android Originality

The Essential Phone is an Android device, and when I say Android, I mean “pure, unaltered Android”. The device runs the Android Nougat operating system (version 7.1.1) in its pure/stock form. All applications that come with the Essential Phone are in their basic and origin form – the way Google made them for the Android OS. No bloatware, no foreign app (well, except the camera app which was made specifically by Essential for the device’s camera).

This rationale behind the pure Android experience of the Essential Phone PH-1 can however be attached to the fact that the device was brought to life (conceptualized) by the founder and father of Android himself, Andy Rubin. So, nothing short of stock Android was expected.

Cut-out front-facing camera

Essential Phone PH-1

As it as always been in the past, the front-facing camera of smartphones was always at the top of the device’s display. But as the tri-bezelless evolution hit the smartphone world, one of the major (awkward) change we had to put up with was the position change of the selfie camera to the bottom of display.

Despite joining the tri-bezelles display bandwagon, the Essential Phone managed to stand out in this regard. The front-facing camera retained its position at the top of the display , and in a very unique cut-out manner. Simply put, the selfie camera isn’t above the display, but inside it! Yet another feature that sits the Essential Phone PH-1 on the bezel-less throne.

Amazing dual rear-camera

The Essential Phone has a dual camera set-up on the rear with each individual lens being of 13-Megapixels quality. And like I mentioned earlier, Essential Phone has a specially made camera application for even more optimized camera-experience on the bezel-less giant.

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Albeit the camera of the device was quite problematic in the initial stage, and users have complained that the device’s camera has been problematic during usage, Essential Mobile have responded to that via release of several updates to its camera app, solving the camera problems and glitches users have complained about in the past.

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The latest of the camera app updates have solved almost all the camera issues and has been followed by thousands of downloads and praises by many users worldwide. Says much about customer service and having customer satisfaction at heart. Impressive.

The above goes a long way to put the Essential Phone in a position where it seem not to be leaving for any brand soon – the seat of the throne!

The Essential Phone is proving to be the best bezel-less smartphone existing. Do you think so too? or otherwise? Let’s hear you in the comments.

Peek some specs of the Essential Phone PH-1 in the table below;

Essential Phone PH-1 Specifications

Device / Specifications  Essential Phone PH-1
Device type  Android Smartphone
Release date  May 2017
Screen size  5.7 inches
Screen type  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen protection  Scratch resistant Gorilla Glass
Display resolution  2560 x 1312 Pixels
Pixel density  504 ppi
Available colours  Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon, Pure White
Length  141.5 mm
Width  71.1 mm
Thickness  7.8 mm
Weight  185 grams
RAM  4GB
Internal storage (ROM)  128GB
Primary/ Rear camera  Dual 13MP + 13MP camera with dual LED flash
Secondary/ Front facing camera  8MP camera
Processor (CPU)  2.45GHz Octa core Kyro processor
Fingerprint sensor  Rear mounted
GPU  Qualcomm Adreno 540
Chipset  Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
SD card support  Not supported
SIM support  Dual SIM
SIM type  Nano + Nano
Connectivity  2G, 3G and 4G
Operating system (OS)  Android Nougat v7.1.1
Battery type  Non-removable Lithium Polymer
Battery capacity  3,040 mAh
Fast/ Quick charge  Supported
Sensors  Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer sensor
Price  Approx $500


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