Essential Smartphone with Smallest 360° Camera

Camera Phone Technology

We first saw 360° camera on action cam like Nikon Keymission that captures everything in every shot. Some device offer 170° camera which is good enough for travelers in capturing landscape. A new brand was introduced to the smartphone market called Essential with super wide angle lens and high-end specs for USD699.

This smallest 360° camera is an Essential phone accessory. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date. It has dual 12-megapixel fisheye lens with F1.8 aperture and 210° (each) FOV. The Essential smartphone with 360° camera has a limited time offer of USD749.

They tried to do a drop test on solid concrete, the Essential Phone’s titanium enclosure survived the fall without blemish. Yes, it’s titanium material, much stronger compare to other phone’s aluminum frame.

Essential PH-1 specification:

Dimension: 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 185 g (6.53 oz)
Build: Titanium frame
Display: 5.71-inches LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 835
Graphics: Adreno 540
Internal storage: 128GB
Rear Camera: Dual 13-megapixel, F1.9 with LED flash
Front Camera: 8-megapixel, F2.2
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USB: Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Bluetooth: ver. 5.0
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Battery: Li-Ion 3040 mAh
Colors: Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon, Pure White

For me, over all features is great and looks promising, I’m now thinking of getting one for photography and travel purposes. It was globally announced in May 2017 but there is no specific date yet on when it will be available in the Philippines.

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