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Essential Phone specs: Snapdragon 835, 128GB storage and dual 13MP cameras

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone has a lot going for it, including an edge-to-edge display and a modular system that lets you attach accessories like a 360-degree camera. The phone itself is crafted out of titanium, and it has a ceramic back that gives it added protection from tumbles.

Here's the complete spec sheet for the Essential Phone:

CategoryEssential Phone
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1
Display5.7-inch LCD, 2560x1312 (505 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 835
2.45GHz octa-core Kryo 280 CPU
Adreno 540 GPU
RAM4GB
Storage128GB (UFS 2.1)
Non-expandable
Rear CamerasDual 13MP camera (color + monochrome)
f/1.85 lens, phase-detect + laser auto focus
4K video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps
Front Camera8MP with f/2.2 lens
4K video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps
Battery3040mAh
Non-removable
ChargingUSB-C fast charging
Water resistanceNo
Connectivity802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
NFC, GPS and GLONASS
Accessory power pins with 6 Gbps wireless data transfer
SecurityOne-touch rear fingerprint sensor
AudioSingle down-firing speaker
USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter included
NetworkLTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/11/12/13/17/20/21/25/26/28/29/30/66
TDD-LTE Bands 38/39/40/41/42/43
Dimensions141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm
185g
ColorsBlack Moon, Pure White, Stellar Grey, Ocean Depths

The Essential Phone is certainly intriguing, but there's a few notable omissions, such as the lack of a 3.5mm jack, wireless charging, and water resistance.

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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

10 Comments
  • Solid specs! Out of the omissions, the headphone jack is the only thing that bothers me.
  • And no wireless charging... And no ip68 weatherproof... No go for me...
  • I still use my headphone jack almost daily, but I think the lack of water resistance bothers me the most. I never needed it, but it's very nice to have.
  • "The Essential Phone is certainly intriguing, but there's a few notable omissions, such as the lack of a 3.5mm jack, wireless charging, and water resistance." ...YEP. It's missing several "essential" features IMO!
  • Any promo codes available?
  • It has wireless charging. Essential PH-1 phone dock. https://www.essential.com/
  • Sorta. Apparently, it's not backwards compatible with other standards
  • I haven't used my phone to listen to music for years, I use either my iPod Touch 5th generation or my Sony ZX2.
    Plus doing this keeps me from killing the phones battery.
  • Sealed battery and no expandable memory is the quickest way for me to look the other way.
    I know I know, there's nothing but sealed in batteries now on flagships. I'm dying over here bc of it
  • Smallish battery (for the screen size) and no headset jack remove this from being interesting for me :/