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All posts tagged "Essential Phone"

  • Ouch: Essential Phone sold 88 000 units in 2017

    The Essential Phone showed a lot of promise, offering mostly stock Android, some great specs and a lovely design. However, a mediocre camera and high launch price made for a somewhat unattractive proposition, it would seem. Now, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, citing company research, claims that Essential sold just 88 000 Essential Phones in 2017. . @Arubin's @essential smartphone is still a long way from becoming a successful venture. In 2017, it shipped less than 90K units (first six months after launch) pic.twitter.com/NHVlA2Gjzr — Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) February 12, 2018 It's difficult to compare the performance to more established players, but these figures can't look...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...

  • Essential Phone: will Android co-founder’s phone succeed?

    Earlier this week, we saw the launch of the Essential Phone, being the brain-child of Android co-founder Andy Rubin. Featuring a hardware add-on system similar to Moto Mods and Huawei's dual-camera setup, the new smartphone is also packing some impressive specs. There's the Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Then there's the design, featuring a screen that stretches from edge to edge (only breaking for a front-facing camera), as well as a titanium and ceramic build. But what are the odds of success? Could it take the fight to the Apples and Samsungs of the world? That depends...

  • Essential Phone: Android co-founder’s new phone revealed

    Andy Rubin has been teasing a new phone for a while now, but the Android co-founder has finally taken the covers off the Essential Phone. The new phone seems to tick all the boxes for a 2017 flagship, namely a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a sharp display (2560x1312, but it's unclear if LCD or AMOLED), a 3040mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the back. The phone also packs four microphones, which could result in great audio recording credentials. Speaking of audio, the company has removed the earphone jack, in a rather dick move. Instead, it's sticking with...