Essential Phone PH-2 2018 Specs, Camera, Price, And Release Date

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Essential phone the “brainchild” of Andy Rubin, who is also known as the father of Android, seems to be in works for the company’s second device. The company’s first phone was the Essential PH-1 (Essential Phone), which was one of the best phones when it comes to high-end built quality. The side frame was carved out of titanium, while the front was covered in glass and on the rear, Essential crafted the back panel with the best looking ceramic, making it look a true avant-garde device. The PH-1 packed the best specs available in 2017 and was also a semi-modular device, however, not many mods were released for the device, while the device came with a price tag of $700.

Apart from being expensive, there wasn’t any wow factor backing the device. So, some fans were worried how will the successor of the device be, and will there be any successor to it, in the first place.

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Image shows Essential phone being manufactured, Image Courtesy: Andy Rubin

Fortunately, the answer to that is a strong yes, Essential in an interview with Bussiness insider, talked about the PH-2 and that it will be a much better device and they also added they’re listening to the customers and will consider all thoughts while developing its successor. Moreover, the company also claim to improve upon the camera it will be a big focus for the PH-2.

Apart from that coming towards the mods, the two pins located on the PH-1 doesn’t make the phone to follow a strict design dimension rule, so we could see the size getting more substantial, as the two pins only need to stay on the top side maintaining the same width between the two.

Full-Bezel less front fascia?

Essential Phone

For the PH-2 2018, we could see a completely bezel-free front face and a 19:9 aspect ratio display that might measure up to 6-inches. However, the tiny notch at the top center could also be present for the second gen device as well; within which is the front camera and the earpiece/speaker. Moreover, the rear could be made out of glass this time like everyone else is doing.

Another interesting feature that Essential should consider is the popular request by many users, is the under the display fingerprint reader(In-display Fingerprint reader). Furthermore, the Essential Phone 2 2018 will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 CPU, coupled with the powerful Adreno 630 GPU, which will also be powering all 2018 flagships. Paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB and 256GB storage options.

Essential Phone 2-Camera

Essential Phone camera mods
Image shows the Essential phone with the 360 camera mod

The PH-1 had dual camera’s; the primary shooter was an RGB sensor while the second sensor was a monochromatic unit. However, this time the possible camera combos could be as follows-

  • Wide Angle + RGB sensor
  • Wide Angle + TelePhoto sensor
  • MonoChrome + Telephoto sensor
  • MonoChrome + RGB sensor + a higher megapixel sensor for Hybrid Zoom

The hybrid zooming(Software + hardware) ability is the new gimmick in town, and as move closer to 2019, it will be the new portrait mode in town. A higher megapixel sensor is used to preserve the details along with the Zooming optical ability of the Telephoto unit, this joint strike of cameras gives better zooming results.

Pricing and Availability

Talking about the battery a 3500mAh battery is expected, or something under 4000mAh will arrive with the PH-2. While the pricing could be a little cold this time compare to last year. And we expect a starting price of $649 for the base variant. The Essential Phone 2 2018, might advent within the similar time frame like last year, maybe a couple of weeks earlier compared to last year.

As the company previously did face some delays in manufacturing but now as the company is a bit more established, we could see the company delivering the PH-2 2018 on time, this fall.

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