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Essential — a minimalist elegantly designed smartphone

I’ve now had a chance to play with the Essential smartphone but, because of my travel schedule, I’m not quite ready to write my review. So, here is the “essential” info on this high-end new phone. And if you’re looking for a review, here are several to chose from.  And here is my one minute CBS News Radio segment about the phone:


Essential info about the Essential

  • It’s from a company founded by Andy Rubin who is regarded as “the father” of Android
  • It has virtually no bezel so it’s 5.7 inch screen fits into a relatively small body
  • It supports an optional 360 degree VR camera that attaches to the phone’s magnetic mount with the phone supplying power to the camera.
  • It costs $699 and doesn’t come with a headphone jack, but there is a dongle for those who want to use a standard headphone or earbuds.

And here are the phone’s specifications from the Essential website


  • 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