The Essential Phone lived up to the hype that came before it. Well, almost. There are a few key things that make the Essential Phone not so ‘essential’.
These things include the lack of water resistance, wireless charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. And of course, a very mediocre rear camera. Yet not having these features also drove the cost down and allowed Essential to release their phone at $699 USD.
That’s also not to say that the Essential Phone doesn’t have a lot going for it. The phone features a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 128GB of internal storage, and 4GB of RAM. It also has a modular design, where users can stick accessories such as a 360 degree camera to the back of the phone.
The Essential Phone camera: Very mediocre
One main point of focus (no pun intended) for consumers was the lack of a camera to rival those featured in phones from Samsung and Google.
It turns out that Essential is listening to user’s complaints though. In an interview with Business Insider, the head of industrial design at Essential, Linda Jiang, said:
“In general, one thing that we got hit hard with was the quality of our camera, and we’re really looking forward to improving that with our next-gen, making sure that we’re listening to our customers and their pain points”
“We can say, we heard you and we’re going to do it better on the second-gen for sure”
Jiang didn’t say what kind of improvements will be made to the Essential Phone 2. However she did give us a few clues of what to expect.
She detailed that Essential is looking into making the second generation of the phone less slippery and less prone to fingerprints. We assume this will come in the form of an oleophobic coating, which is designed to repel natural oils from our fingers.
Jiang also said that “Once you spend money on accessories, you’ll be able to use them on future phones.” This means the accessories that consumers bought for the Essential Phone 1 will still work, and that the Essential Phone 2 will most likely have the same dimensions as its predecessor.
However she didn’t reveal when the second iteration of the Essential Phone will be released. The first Essential Phone was launched in May 2017, so we can reasonably expect a similar launch date for the Essential Phone 2.
Do you have an Essential Phone? How has your experience been with it so far? Let us know in the comments!