The Essential Phone, created by Andy Rubin, the man who created Android, is finally official. And we can tell you that it’s an incredibly ambitious device, one that’s not only ready for the spotlight but doesn’t skimp on specs. Here’s what you need to know about it, including how its specifications compare to the Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, and Pixel XL.

essential phone compared to Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel XL, LG G6
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About The Essential Phone

As you can see from the image above, the Essential Phone features an edge-to-edge-display. That’s something that even the Galaxy S8 doesn’t have, in fact, its display removes the bezel from the top and bottom, and the top of the phone. Unusually, however, it does not replace the camera there; instead, it wraps around it. And it’s this big screen which makes the Essential phone stand out in a crowd.

Having said that, Rubin hasn’t spent time and money developing this handset for its good looks; It’s also as smart as any other smartphone on the market. Why? Well, unlike other Android handsets, the status bar on this device uses its space efficiently, placing icons, where none dare go on lesser devices.

Back to the screen, yes, it’s not completely bezel-free, there is a small amount at the bottom of the device. Although, it’s still the closest thing to a complete edge-to-edge device you can see right now.

Specs And Price

If you’re based in the USA, you will be pleased to know that the phone will first launch in your country. However, what’s more, exciting is that it will work with all major carriers. So, no having to jump to a carrier you particularly don’t like.

As for specifications, the Essential phone is made to compete with the best. So, you can expect the following high-end specs. Which start with 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 19:10 Quad HD display. Plus a 3,040mAh battery, which means, it can take on the likes of the Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, and LG G6.

Pricewise, you can expect to have to pay $699, which is significantly cheaper, than many other flagship handsets. And that alone makes it worthwhile taking a closer look at the Essential Phone. Rubin, promises that, unlike big manufacturers, his device won’t come cluttered with apps. Unlike, those who have long established vested interests, he doesn’t need to cater for vested business interests. A such, you can expect a software light, Android bare bones experience, one that won’t compromise customization for anything else.

Essential Phone Compared

In the table below, we’ve compared all of the most important specs and features. These are the ones, consumers really want to know about, and understand. So, here’s how Rubin’s smartphone compares to the iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, Google Pixel XL, and Galaxy S8.

Essential phone compared to the Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, and Google Pixel XL

Andy Rubin will be onstage tonight at the Code Conference, where he will be asked about his Essential phone inspirations. You can watch it live, starting at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET, suing the video below.