Introducing Essential

Introducing Essential

Andy Rubin

— Founder and CEO

Andy Rubin, Essential CEO, Android Founder

Why I started Essential

I know people are going to ask me a lot of questions about why I started this company. Why didn’t I just travel the world, ride my motorcycle, tinker with my robots, hang out at my bakery with friends and family. And to be honest I still do ask myself that sometimes…but not too often.

So why did I create Essential? Well, my hardware engineers wanted me to talk about how we are bringing real passion and craftsmanship back into this category. My software engineers wanted me to talk about our vision for making all devices, even those we don’t make ourselves, play well together. My partners wanted me to talk about how we are using methods that could change how successful technology companies are built forever.

But the real reason is because of what happened during a night out with an old friend of mine…

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Don’t you hate it when you have to buy new dongles, chargers, and accessories every time your phone is upgraded? We do too. So we decided to make this a thing of the past. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date.

Other 360° cameras are big, bulky, and complicated to use. We thought it was about time someone made a 360° camera for the rest of us. Simply click the 360° camera to your phone to point, shoot, and share. It’s that easy.

Technical Details


Height: < 67mm

Width: < 32mm

Thickness: < 12 mm (body)

Weight: < 35grams


Microphone: 4x microphones in 3D, ambisonic tetrahedral arrangement

Dual Cameras:

Sensor Resolution: Dual 12MP fisheye imagers

Lens aperture: f1.8

FOV: 210° (each)

Video Resolutions: 360° UHD (3840 x 1920) at 30fps


60GHz Wireless, SuperSpeed USB

2x accessory power pins

System Architecture / OS

Qualcomm® 8053

Why 360 changes everything

If you look at a 360 camera, it’s completely different from a conventional one, in that it captures the entire world around the user. It is an immersive experience that puts the viewer in the center of the action and fundamentally changes how we take a picture. You no longer aim your camera, because you get everything in every shot.

This is a fundamental format change, the largest since George Eastman founded Kodak in 1888.

However, there are a few major issues with where the industry is now, and I wanted to work hard on those aspects to make a miniaturized 360 camera that’s affordable and easy to use for most users.

Your phone is an essential part of your daily life. And like you, it needs to lie down and recharge sometimes. With our unique Click cordless connector, your phone can quickly recharge while always being at-the-ready for when you need it.

Beauty meets brawn

There’s a reason titanium is used to build rockets and replace bones. Unlike aluminum, which is what most phones are made of, titanium doesn’t scratch, dent, or bend.* That’s why you won’t find an area for phone cases on our site.

We believe titanium is the perfect material to create one of the most essential things in our lives – one we all sometimes drop.*Titanium is harder, stronger and more resilient than aluminum

The drop test. We drop tested the Essential Phone on solid concrete to ensure that your phone could survive a bad accident. See it in slow motion.

Titanium: Strong.
Resilient. Distinctive.

When performing a corner drop test on solid concrete, the Essential Phone’s titanium enclosure survived the fall without blemish, unlike the aluminum competitor devices.

What craftsmanship
means to us

Craftsmanship is the intangible quality that a customer senses when they pick up a product for the first time. The experience one feels as the product rests in your hand, there’s an unconscious acknowledgment of whether it’s good or bad. If you hold a poorly crafted product, you can feel the haste in which it was rushed through the R&D process. This abstract notion is impossible to hide. It just doesn’t feel right.

To get a true, crafted feel, we selected unusual materials: titanium and ceramic. Each offers its own challenges, and our task was developing new processes to get them right. But the end result is worth it.

Your phone is your personal property. It’s a public expression of who you are and what you stand for.
Just because we played a part in making it doesn’t mean you should be forced to advertise that fact to everyone in your life. Now you know why we don’t have any logos on the phone. *But we won’t complain if you talk nice about us to your friends.

With the Essential Phone’s stunning edge-to-edge Full Display there’s finally a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

We understand that you won’t use a 360 camera to capture every moment in your life. That’s why we put so much effort into developing one of the world’s best phone cameras.

The result is the world’s thinnest dual camera system built for a phone. It uses both color and monochrome sensors that can capture up to 200% more light than traditional phone cameras. This results in stunning images that are rich in color and detail, even in low light. The phone also offers a true ‘monochrome’ mode.

Essential front-facing camera and Full Display™

The front-facing camera is capable of producing 8MP still photos and 4K video, all in a compact form factor designed to blend seamlessly into our Full Display™.

A tale of two sensors

I’ve dedicated the last 6 years of my career helping people to take better pictures, and I have been fortunate to witness the revolution of mobile photography from the front row. It’s mind-blowing how much mobile photography has progressed, but as the sector starts to mature and commoditize, the pace of image quality improvement also stagger. The industry is calling for out of box thinking and bolder innovations.


Model Name

Essential PH-1


Titanium body

Ceramic back

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass


Height: 141.5mm

Width: 71.1mm

Thickness: 7.8mm

Weight: < 185 grams


Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD

Aspect Ratio: 19:10

Diagonal Size: 5.71” with radiused corners

Brightness: 500 nits (typical)

Contrast Ratio: > 1:1000 (typical)

Technology: CGS / LTPS

Human Input + Sensors

10 finger multitouch; palm and water-error rejection

Fingerprint reader: fastest available technology

Proximity / Ambient light sensor

Volume buttons, Power button

Environmental pressure sensor (barometer)

Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope


Microphone: 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming

Low Audio (earpiece)

High Audio: (loudspeaker)

Rear Camera

13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology

13MP True Monochrome mode

f/1.85 lens

Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus

Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Front Camera

8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio

f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens

Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps



Fast charging via USB

Memory & Storage


Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1


Bluetooth: 5.0 LE

WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO

NFC: yes

Positioning: GPS and GLONASS

Network / Bands

UMTS/HSPA+: 1, 2, 4, 5 6, 8

GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 0, 1, 10

FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66

TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43

TD-SCDMA: 34, 39

System Architecture / OS


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835

CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor

GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit


USB Type-C

60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector

2x accessory power pins

NanoSIM tray with pin eject

Home devices are complicated to set up, they don’t play well with one another, and there are too many separate applications to manage. We don’t think that’s right, so we’re busy bringing an entirely new type of product to the world. One that easily connects and interacts with the products you already have.
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