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Essential PH-1 (2017) review

Android OS v7.1 (Nougat)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Adreno 540
4 GB / 128 GB
5.71 inches (1312 x 2560 px)
13 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus

Essential announced the launch of the PH-1 smartphone in 2017. The manufacturer is offering the Essential PH-1 phone with 5.71 inches display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

The Essential PH-1 comes with Android OS v7.1 (Nougat) out of the box, and a Li-Po 3040 mAh, non-removable battery.

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Essential PH-1 specifications

Release date2017


The weight of Essential PH-1 is about 6.53 oz with battery, which is average compared to most of the smartphones with same size. The dimensions of this Essential phone are average (5.57 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches).

Weight6.53 oz
Dimensions5.57 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
Colorsblack, gray, green, white
SIM typeNano SIM


The Essential PH-1 comes with Android OS v7.1 (Nougat) out of the box, but it is upgradable to the next OS.

OS versionAndroid OS v7.1 (Nougat)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
CPUOcta-core, Quad-core 2.45 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 1.9 GHz Kryo
GPUAdreno 540


The size of PH-1 screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner. The 5.71 inches LTPS display of Essential PH-1 with 1312 x 2560 px resolution is multitouch capable.

Display typeLTPS
Screen size5.71 inches
Resolution1312 x 2560 px
Multitouch supportyes, up to 10 fingers


The internal memory of Essential PH-1 (4 GB) cannot be expanded.

Internal storage128 GB
Memory card slotno


The camera of the PH-1 is equipped with autofocus. An autofocus (or AF) optical system uses a sensor, a control system and a motor to focus on an automatically or manually selected point or area. Very few Android cameras come without autofocus.

Selfie camera8 MP
Main camera13 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus


The Essential PH-1 supports 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE networks. This phone has a built-in GPS. GPS is a highly accurate navigation system using signals from satellites to determine a location on the Earth's surface, irrespective of weather conditions. Most phones have a GPS unit on board. The PH-1 comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality. Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connectivity technology that makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with a touch. The PH-1 phone doesn't have built-in FM radio.

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv5.0, A2DP
FM radiono


The Li-Po 3040 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is a thin, light-weight, rechargeable battery. No periodic discharge is needed and charging can be done at random. The battery of PH-1 isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

TypeLi-Po 3040 mAh, non-removable


Smartphones today come with a wealth of sensors to facilitate a better user experience. The accelerometer is a sensor that measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. The PH-1 phone has a fingerprint scanner. This sensor identifies and authenticates the fingerprints of an individual in order to grant or deny access to a smartphone. This Essential phones comes with proximity sensor. This proximity sensor detects how close the phone is to an outside object, such as your ear. This smartphone supports fast charging technology, which comes in handy when you need quick juice on your device.

Sensorsaccelerometer, barometer, compass, fingerprint, gyroscope, light, proximity
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 5, Fast charging, Titanium body
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The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Essential PH-1, then don’t hesitate and signal the problem to us.

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