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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Smartphone brand Elephone arrives in the Philippines exclusively through online retail giant Lazada


MANILA, PHILIPPINES – April 2016 – Innovative and user-friendly, superior in quality and performance, elegance in design, and great value for money– these are the pillars that best define the latest smartphones from the fast-growing Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone (HK Elephone Communication Tech Co., Limited). Elephone has been committed to developing high-end smartphones and making it affordable to global customers. With years of development and innovation, Elephone now has gained a very strong market traction in Europe and Southeast Asia.

Elephone’s exclusive partnership with Lazada Philippines will provide both superior product quality in tandem with best-in-class shopping experience to many Filipinos.

first 3 Elephone

“The strategic partnership between Lazada and Elephone gives us great confidence to enter the Southeast Asian market, and offer Filipinos new and exciting products. Lazada is the leading one-stop shopping and selling destination in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia and we are confident that their wide geographical reach, vast cash-on-delivery network, and dedicated customer service will surely add value to our product offerings. We are launching three models which we feel could strongly change how Filipinos appreciate smartphones. This is just the first step as we are poised to offer more exciting products in the coming months,” says Jingui Ji, Chief Executive Officer of HK Elephone Communication Tech Co. Limited. 

“We are very excited for our partnership with Elephone.  Elephone’s impressive portfolio—with sleek designs and cutting-edge features — is the perfect addition to Lazada’s range of smartphone brands. Together we can continue to delight our customers with more variety and greater value for their money. Combining Lazada’s Effortless Shopping with Elephone’s effortless user experience promises a new and fruitful partnership, which we look forward to building here in the Philippines,” says InancBalci, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lazada Philippines.


The Elephone P9000, P8000, and S1 will be available in the Philippines exclusively through Lazada starting April 18, 12:00 NN.

Elephone p9000

The P9000 boasts exquisite craftsmanship and superior performance at an affordable price. Armed with a 1.6mm narrow bezel vision and 5.5-inch OGS screen of 1920 X 1080 resolution and 85% color saturation, the P9000 elevates the everyone’s smartphone experience by providing a better grip and viewing delight as you see images from your screen to real-life likeness.

With micro arc carved surface sophisticatedly built with metal frame, the P9000 is architecturally designed to perfection to make a bold statement. It is also packed with a 4GB RAM in its Helio P10 64-bit OctacoreSoC and operating in Android 6.0 Marshmallow which allows unparalleled optimization to enhance the user experience.


Whether you are indoors or on-the-go, the P9000 will surely keep up to your lifestyle demands with its large capacity battery with PE+ quick charge technology allowing you to enjoy your smartphone experience for hours. It also has a built-in secure fingerprint touch ID which controls app permissions and unlocking the device – no need to type long passwords especially if you are busy.


The NFC-enabled P9000 offers the exchange of data between devices within the 10.00 cm range. Lastly, the P9000 is built with a Sony IMX258 13 Megapixel CMOS sensor, F/2.0 large aperture and laser-aided auto focus feature as well as a speedy shutter to always let you capture those special moments vividly.



Elephone p8000

With 5.5” Full HD display at 1080 P Screen, the P8000 is built to inspire. Packed with 3GB RAM,16GB ROM and running with Android 5.1 OS (it will be upgraded to Android 6 by mid-May 2016), you can easily multitask and store enough files and apps seamlessly with the P8000, so whether you are a gaming fanatic, a photo aficionado, a music-lover or leading a busy lifestyle on-the-go, the P8000 is perfectly the product for you. The P8000 also has 64-bit Octa Core SOC integrated with A53 structure technology, which enables the device to provide high-performance at lower CPU consumption. 


Battery life is often the clincher for most phones nowadays, everyone wants to minimize the lull time of charging the phones. The P8000 offers 21 hours of talk time as well as 2-4 days standby time (at regular use) owing to its MT6753 and 4165mAh battery which keeps the power consumption of the P8000 at a low level. Charging is also not a problem with the P8000, its unique smart 2A input allows the phone to be quickly charged from 0% to 10% in 10 minutes.


Armed with a press-touch ID, the P8000 secures the device with the most advanced fingerprint ID which allows its owner to access the device in one easy stroke.


Lastly, imaging is certainly not a problem with the P8000, with its 13MP Samsung primary camera performing in low-light condition with anti-reflection technology, images taken with the P8000 are certainly at par with those taken using DSLR cameras. Its 5MP front camera also makes the P8000 a perfect selfie companion, whenever and wherever.

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Elephone S1

Designed to minimalist perfection, the S1 races on a league of its own as the most premium amongst all budget phones. The S1 is simply an engineering delight packed in double-sided glass and metal framing, allowing its owner to better enjoy the unit both visually and ergonomically. With its 5.0” HD Screen display and adopted on-cell lamination, IPS technology, and a 720P HD display, you will never enjoy viewing photos and videos like before with the S1. 


Equipped with MT6580 Quadcore CPU, Built-in Hexagon DSP Core, and Running on Freeme OS, the 142.3 gram and 6.7 mm slim Elephone S1 offers fast and all around android updates to make sure you’re well equipped anytime and anywhere.Capturing life’s precious moments are not a problem with the S1 as it is built with a 13MP Sony IMX149 rear camera which allows 1080P shooting and supports various effects such as black and white, embossing, neon glow, etc. Its sapphire lens also protects the camera from any chips and breakage due to falling or scratching.

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Blackberry Curve 9320 specs, features and price Philippines


The Blackberry Curve 9320 is much an entry-level of Blackberry smartphone for both design and specs. It is already available in the Philippines and officially announced together with Blackberry Curve 9220 in Taguig City. These two devices has very similar physically but Curve 9320 has better features and specs. Blackberry 9320 is the newest Blackberry smartphone and comes with latest software version BB OS 7.1. It has a 2.44-inch TFT display with 164 ppi, camera is 3.2 megapixel better than 2 megapixel of Curve 9220, packed with 800MHz processor and 512 of RAM. One of the new feature of Curve 9320 is the voice-activated universal search with Bing Auto Suggest in the Blackberry browser to find what you’re looking for hands-free. What I want about the Blackberry phone is their best QWERTY keyboard for easy and fast texting and emailing especially if you are a busy person.

You can also get it free from Globe’s Blackberry Unlisurf Combo 999 where you will get privileges like unlimited mobile data, BBM, unlimited Facebook and Twitter for Blackberry. It is available in malls nationwide with a mall price of P11,990 but the cheapest price I found online is P9,800.


Blackberry Curve 9320 specification:

  • Dimension: 109 x 60 x 12.7 mm
  • Weight: 103g
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • 800MHz processor
  • 2.44-inch TFT display, 65K colours
  • 320 x 240 pixels, (164 ppi pixel density)
  • 3.2-megapixel camera with LED Flash
  • 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • Speed: HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Blackberry OS 7.1
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Standard battery Li-Ion 1450 mAh
  • Talk time up to 7hrs
  • Stand-by time up to 18 days