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Essential PH-1 vs Razer Phone: for $699, here are your new kids on the block


Both Essential PH-1 and Razer Phone are two of the newest kind in the smartphone arena, and they are both off to a flying start.

Let’s begin by taking a close look at Essential from Android’s operating system founder – Andy Rubin. With Android OS dominating the world, perhaps it is time to start off a new challenge.

Here’s to Essential PH-1 then with its amazing specs:

  • 5.71-inch 2K 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
  • USD 699 price tag

As mentioned, Essential PH-1 got off to a flying start with its great 5.71-inch 2k LTPS IPS edgeless screen. It has great looks and an even better on the feel department with the titanium and ceramic body.

Then there’s the Gorilla Glass 5 to provide the necessary protection for your precious investment.

In terms of performance, you should expect nothing but the best with the Snapdragon 835 chipset, fast octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM found under its hood. It will blaze through everything that you can possibly throw at it.

Now let’s talk about the fun stuff, where we find Essential PH-1 sporting a dual 13MP primary camera that comes with features you would expect from a high-end flagship smartphone. Then there’s also the 8MP selfie camera to make it complete.

With 128GB of internal storage, there’s more than enough for you to install all your favorite apps and games. But with no expansion slot available, you may then have to turn to cloud storage or USB on-the-go for more space.

If there’s one small chink on its armor, it would have been on its small 3040 mAh battery. If you are a very heavy user, it is best that you carry a powerbank just in case.

One unique thing about Essential PH-1, is the fact that it is designed to be modular and has a lot of Snap-on accessories that can extend the functionality of the smartphone. One example of is the 360° camera which has been the latest craze worldwide. Show everyone your surroundings with this add-on.

In another first, the line between gaming and smartphone will be blurred with Razer joining the fray. With a move straight to the high-end smartphone market space, it isn’t a surprise as Razer have already made its name in the gaming industry, and it won’t take much to convert them into loyal smartphone users.

With the release date set on November 17th, it won’t be that long before we got a taste of the real thing. Here you go then with the Razer Phone:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~515 ppi density
  • Aluminum body
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 8GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture + 13 MP, f/2.6 aperture, 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 17th 2017 release date
  • USD 699 price tag

Let’s kick things off with the 5.7-inch Quad HD IGZO IPS screen. It is made from the best of the best, as it comes with UltraMotion™ technology that delivers refresh rates up to 120 Hz. This means there’s zero lag or stuttering on the display; only fluid, buttery smooth motion content for you to enjoy. And with a Quad HD display boasting a wide colour gamut, everything looks vibrant and sharp. It is also blessed with an aluminium body that makes for a great look and feel smartphone.

Performance-wise, Razer Phone will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, blazingly fast octa-core processor, great graphics and a whopping 8GB RAM to deliver only the ultimate performance ever found on a smartphone. Get the ultimate viewing and gaming experience, backed by superior battery life for longer enjoyment. Fine tune your experience with Game Booster, confident that best-in-class thermal design produces less throttling to fully maximize the phone’s power and performance.

Other than being a beast in gaming, you can also have lots of fun with a great camera experience with its great dual 12MP+13MP primary camera. You have complete versatility whether you’re snapping a group shot or zooming in on the action. Smoothly transition from the f1.7 wide angle lens to 2x telephoto to frame the perfect shot. Blessed with a dual tone flash, colours always look balanced and natural. An 8MP selfie camera makes the package complete.

Another advantage that can be found on the Razer Phone is the fact that it will be featuring a best-in-class audio experience. Immerse yourself with true-to-life cinematic audio as you enjoy your favourite games, music or video with Dolby ATMOS. Enjoy a cinematic sound experience reproduced through front-firing speakers and dual amplifiers. And when it is time to put on your headphones, hardware certified by THX guarantees audiophile quality sound for your entertainment.

Finally, Razer Phone will be powered by a 4,000 mAh battery which should have no problem supplying the necessary juice to the smartphone for a full day of charge.


Essential PH-1 is a great smartphone with vast 5.7-inch 2K LTPS IPS edgeless screen, great look and feel with the titanium and ceramic body, great protection, great hardware, great dual 13MP primary camera and a huge 128GB storage.

Essential PH-1 is currently available for $699 USD and comes in Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon and Pure White colours.

“For Gamers, By Gamers”, that’s the tagline of Razer, and Razer Phone will have a shot straight to the highest-end with this beast of a gaming smartphone. Large 5.7-inch IGZO IPS screen with Quad HD resolution and UltraMotion™ technology with refresh rates up to 120 Hz, best of the best hardware with a whopping 8GB RAM, great dual 12MP+13MP primary camera, great Dolby Atmos audio system and a large 4000 mAh battery combining well to give us the complete smartphone.

Razer Phone is expected to be released very soon on November 17th for $699 USD, and it will be available only in Black colour.

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