Is Bezel-Less “Essential”?

Last year Xiaomi introduced its concept phone Mi Mix in China.

So what’s so special about it?

Well, the answer is, it was a “bezel-less” phone. Now it’s not the first time any company has launched a bezel-less phone. Such phone was first introduced by a Japanese multinational called Sharp.

So in 2017, another company known as Essential has launched its new bezel-less phone called Essential PH-1. The PH-1 have complete 2017 flagship specs inside itself. Launched in May 2017, the Essential phone comes with a 5.71-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1312×2560 pixels. It has a not so common 19:10 aspect ratio. The PH-1 is rocking a SD835 chipset underneath which is based on Kryo 280 (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad). It comes with 4GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage which cannot be expanded. The phone has a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Essential Phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and is powered by a 3040mAh non-removable battery. It is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.

About Essential

Essential Products was founded by Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android. It is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and claims to be a “new type of company focused on creating consumer technology products for the 21st century.” Its first smartphone was the Essential Phone, launched in 2017.


Alternate names Essential PH-1
Release date May 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 141.50 x 71.10 x 7.80
Weight (g) 185.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3040
Removable battery No
Colours Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White, Ocean Depths
SAR value NA


Screen size (inches) 5.71
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1312×2560 pixels


Processor 1.9GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Internal storage 128GB
Expandable storage No


Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel


Operating System Android


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes


Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

So what do you think about the future of bezel-less phone? Let me know in the comments below.


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