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Apple iPhone 8 vs Essential PH-1: clash of the titans


With the recent launch of Apple iPhone 8, how will it stack against Essential PH-1 which has the same price tag from Android’s camp?

With a release date set today, September 21st, here’s the breakdown of iPhone 8 as follows:

  • 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 750 x 1334 pixels or ~326 ppi pixel density
  • True-tone display
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant for up to 1 meter and for 30 minutes
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
  • 3D Touch display & home button
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Apple A11 Bionic chipset, Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral) processor, Apple GPU (three-core graphics) graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS and quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 7MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture, face detection, HDR and panorama
  • 64GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • iOS 11
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Wireless charging
  • 4G LTE
  • September 21st 2017 release date
  • $699 USD for 64GB

Starting with the obvious, iPhone 8 stays true to its trusted 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS screen. But there’s something up its sleeve with the true-tone display technology that automatically adjusts white balance to match the light around you. This will give a better viewing experience in all different kinds of environments. With a wide colour gamut and the best colour accuracy in the industry, everything on the screen looks more brilliant and vibrant.

To round it up, it also has the added advantage of IP67 certification that makes it dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and for up to 30 minutes.

Performance-wise, iPhone 8 will now be equipped with the latest A11 Bionic chipset that comes with six cores altogether. There will now be four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion, and two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster. Then there’s the upgraded Apple GPU and 2GB RAM in total. Augmented reality or AR is seen as the future, that’s why you will need the A11 Bionic chipset to power up the extraordinary augmented reality apps and games.

Camera-wise, the 12MP-7MP camera combination makes a return on iPhone 8. Don’t be fooled by its low amount of Megapixel, as iPhone’s camera capabilities are well-known.

In terms of storage, there will be only 64GB of internal storage available with no expansion slot. You may have to turn to Apple Cloud for expansion purposes.

Battery-wise, you might see that there’s a reduction in its battery capacity. But don’t be deceived, as it comes with the second‑generation performance controller that provides more power when you need it; while delivering the same great battery life. With no charging cable required, iPhone 8 is truly designed for the future of wireless.

Not to mention that iOS 11 is also Apple’s most advanced operating system yet. New features and capabilities fundamentally improve the way you do things. The Files app brings all your files together. iOS 11 takes advantage of the security of Face ID and Touch ID to bring Apple Pay to Messages.

You will benefit from a trusted virtual assistant, Siri. With sophisticated features like proactive suggestions, predictive typing, and everybody’s favourite intelligent assistant, iOS makes everything you do easier, quicker, and more fun. Talking to Siri is an easier, faster way to get things done. And iOS makes Siri even more helpful. Thanks to advanced machine learning, you can simply speak naturally. And Siri does too, with a new, more expressive voice.

Whew, now that’s a lot to talk about. Without further ado, let’s turn our attention to Essential PH-1. Here’s what we know of the PH-1:

  • 5.71-inch Quad HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1312 x 2560 pixels or ~504 ppi pixel density
  • Edgeless screen
  • Titanium and ceramic body
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, phase detection & laser autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3040 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Snap-on accessories
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • $699 USD price tag

With the same price tag, we can see that it is targeted at a different crowd altogether. Starting with its large 5.71-inch Quad HD, there’s also the edgeless screen which makes for a cool look as well.

In terms of performance in the Android world, PH-1 is way up there in the high-end category with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chipset, fast octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM. There’s enough firepower to run just about everything.

Camera-wise, PH-1 also joins in the dual primary camera bandwagon with its highly-rated dual 13MP primary camera. You get to take high-quality photos and play around with bokeh effect. Then there’s the 8MP selfie camera for all your selfie needs.

As for storage, PH-1 have twice the amount with 128GB of internal storage, with no expansion slot available.

The latest Android Nougat 7.1 OS will be available for you to fully maximize its potential and take it to the next level.

Moving on to the battery side of things, PH-1 comes with 3040 mAh-rated battery which should have no trouble to supply enough juice for a full day in between charging.

PH-1 has the advantage of dual-sim capability as opposed to a single sim on the iPhone 8.

Last but not least, PH-1 is all about being modular where you can snap-on accessories to further extend its functionalities. One of it is a 360° camera which has been the latest craze worldwide. Show everyone your surroundings with this add-on that can be easily fixed to the smartphone. There are more that will be made soon, and it could turn out to be quite similar to Moto Mods by Motorola’ where you can turn a Moto Z smartphone into a projector, boombox and a battery powerhouse among other things.


Apple iPhone 8 is a new generation of iPhone. Designed with the most durable glass ever in a smartphone and a stronger aerospace grade aluminium band. It also charges wirelessly while resists water and dust. Comes with 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone technology. 12MP camera with a new sensor and advanced image signal processor. Powered by A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Supports augmented reality experiences in games and apps. With iPhone 8, intelligence has never looked better.

Apple iPhone 8 will be released on September 21st. It will be available for $699 USD and you get to choose either Silver, Gold and Space Gray.

On the other hand, Essential PH-1 have been around for almost a month and things are already looking great. With Android’s OS creator at the helm, the software expert will now have a hardware prowess to go hand-in-hand. Great 5.7-inch Quad HD edgeless screen, great hardware, great dual 13MP primary camera, large 128GB storage and the latest Android Nougat 7.1 OS makes for a great combination.

Essential PH-1 had just been released last August 2017 for $699 USD price tag. It is available in Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon and Pure White colors.

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