Essential PH-1
Essential PH-1

Andy Rubin, the creator of Android OS who is popularly known as the ‘Father of Android’ launched a smartphone company headed by him which is known as ‘Essential’. The company has teased a new phone for this year which would be the company’s first phone. The company announced its first smartphone yesterday which is named as PH-1. Now we would not go into detail about why the phone was named as the PH-1 but the smartphone comes with high-end specifications and a premium price tag.

Looking at the specifications of the smartphone, the Essential phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, dual 13MP rear cameras, and a near bezel-less 5.71-inch QHD display, the Essential Phone offers support to a 360-degree camera which is an approach to a modular phone. The 360-degree camera attaches to the back of the phone via two magnetic points. Moreover, the Essential phone’s 360-degree camera comes with live streaming support. The camera can be used to live-stream the content directly to social networks.

Essential Phone - 360 degree camera module

Talking about the specifications of the 360-degree camera, the camera is less than 67mm in height, 32mm in width, and around 12mm (body) in thickness. Most importantly, it weighs only 35 grams which is not much weight added to the phone. There are two 12MP f/1.8 fisheye images sensors with 210-degree field-of-view (FOV) each. The camera is capable of recording 360-degree UHD (3840 x 1920) videos at 30fps. It connects to the smartphone via small metal pogo pins. Also, the camera has 4 microphones with ambisonic tetrahedral arrangement to record audio in 3D. There’s a Qualcomm 8053 chipset which powers the camera.

Talking about the price of 360-degree camera, the camera is sold as an extra accessory or bundled with the phone. The camera is priced at $199 but it is currently discounted and is available at $50. The smartphone along with the 360-degree camera is available only in the U.S currently and the smartphone is available for $699.

Playground and Essential CEO Andy Rubin announced this evening that his new company’s premium Android smartphone, the Essential Phone, will ship within the next 30 days. Rubin made the announcement onstage at Recode’s Code Conference in a conversation with Walt Mossberg, who inquired about Essential’s timeline for getting the device to consumers.