Cupertino firm, with its grandly feature, introduced the iPhone X. He clearly overshadowed his keynote mates, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus , because it is the first smartphone without frames of the apple.
In Tutureview we do not want you to mess up, that’s why we have a comparison between iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, so you know what differences there are. We also face other high-end terminals without frames. Such as the Galaxy S8, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the LG G6 and LG V30. But what about the Essential Phone?
It was introduced three months ago, and it is Andy Rubin’s first smartphone. Or, what is the same, the father of Android. This moment model is unique to the US market, but there are plans to make it available in these other regions. Let’s look at the differences and similarities.
iPhone X vs Essential Phone: comparative
|Dimensions and weight||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
|141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm
|Screen||OLED (Super Retina HD)
2.436 x 1.125 px
Compatible with Dolby Vision and HDR10
|LTPS + OGS (One Glass Solution)
QHD 2.560 x 1.312 px
Ratio of 19:10
500 nits of glitter
Gorilla Glass 5
|Processor||Chip A11 Bionic
Motion coprocessor M11
3-core Apple GPU
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540
|OS||iOS 11||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Capacity||64GB / 256GB||128 GB (UFS 2.1)|
2 hours longer than iPhone 7 Plus
charge Wireless charge
Fast charging via USB Type-C
|Wristwatch||Main : Dual 12 MP
Wide-angle and telephoto
f / 1.8 and f / 2.4
Zoom Digital Zoom x10
Portrait Mode Portrait
True Tone 4-LED
Live Photos Flash with Stabilization
Front : 7 MP
f / 2.2 TrueDepth
Portrait mode Portrait
|Main : Dual 13 MP
Monochrome and RGB
f / 1.85
Image Fusion Technology and True Monochrome Mode
Front Laser : 8 MP
f / 2.2
4K at 30 fps
16: 9 Ratio 360 degree
|Video recording||4K at 24/30/60 fps
1080p HD at 30/60 fps
720p HD at 30 fps
2160p at 30 fps
1080p at 60 fps
720p at 120 fps
|Others||Face ID (Face Recognition with TrueDepth Camera)
Apple Pay with Face ID
Water and Dust Resistance (IP67)
Sensor Ambient Light Sensor
|Rear foot sensor
Dust and splash protection (IP54)
sensor Ambient light sensor
|Prices||64 GB: 1,159 euros
256 GB: 1,329 euros
|699 dollars (surely 750 euros)|
Materials and design
We are facing two terminals that follow the trend of screens that do not have frames . The one initiated by Xiaomi with the Mi MIX ( these vignettes illustrate it very well ), that now has successor with the Mi MIX 2. If you want to know what has changed between them take a look at this article. Going back to the iPhone X and the Essential Phone, they have quite different designs even though they are both without bezels.
They are also different bets on materials . The Apple is made of glass with stainless steel edges, while that of Andy Rubin seems much more resistant. It is made of titanium and ceramic, so it is slightly heavier. In addition, it has the invaluable protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on its screen.
So in case of drops or bumps the Essential Phone comes out winner. There are even tests of resistance to scratches and falls that prove it. It is still early to check what the iPhone X supports , so far we only know that it is waterproof and dustproof (IP67 certified). The father of Android stays on the IP54, which translates into protection against dust and splash. So it is best not to submerge it because it is not prepared.
In this section there is an important difference: the iPhone X is OLED. Undoubtedly, this is the best technology we can find at the moment in the panels. It offers much more vivid colors, in addition to better contrast, brightness and clarity . This is because this technology creates the image using diodes to emit light that act as independent pixels.
An OLED screen is capable of providing better energy efficiency, something that is very important when dealing with a smartphone. In fact, to show the black color does not consume energy. It also allows to be thinner than the rest, something that helps a more compact design. Of course, these advantages make their manufacture more expensive.
The Essential Phone has a LTPS type display and has OGS (One Glass Solution) technology. This allows the thickness of the panel to be reduced by removing one of the glass layers and replacing it with a thinner layer of insulation material. Although it is smaller in inches, Andy Rubin’s screen has a higher density and higher resolution.
However, it is difficult to compete against an OLED, which is also compatible with Dolby Vision and HDR10 content. So at this point we could say that the iPhone X is better.
As for processors, both are well armed. Because we are the best chip that has made Apple against the most powerful of a giant such as Qualcomm. Each is the best we can find today for iOS and Android.
The iPhone X mounts the Bionic A11, with 64-bit architecture and 6 cores, 4 of them efficiency and the other 2 designed for performance. It has a neural motor, which allows it to perform up to 600,000 million operations per second. In addition, Apple has integrated its own 3-core GPU for the first time. Another novelty of this SoC is that it has a second generation performance controller , for an extra power without affecting the autonomy.
The Essential Phone installs the Snapdragon 835, with 64-bit architecture and 8-core, 4 of them Kyro 280 at 2.45 GHz and the other 4 at 1.9 GHz. It is the first to have 10-nanometer FinFET transistors. This manufacturing process makes the phone capable of delivering greater performance with lower power consumption. It is in the company of an Adreno 540 GPU, which is faster and perfect for virtual reality.
The photographic section also has an important weight in these two models. In both cases they are very powerful bets by the dual cameras . But there are differences.
The iPhone X features a dual 12 MP camera . We return to find the configuration of the previous generation. That is, wide-angle and telephoto, f/1.8 and f/2.4, respectively. It has optical zoom and digital zoom up to 10x, plus dual OIS and 4-LED True Tone flash. It could not miss one of the most successful features, Portrait Mode, which this time comes with a function for lighting (in beta).
For its part, the Essential Phone bets on a dual camera of 13 MP, but with a different configuration. One sensor dedicated to monochrome and the other is RGB (for colors), similar to that of Huawei P10. It has a focal aperture of f/1.85, LED flash, PDAF, IR Laser and HDR. But where this smartphone looks to make a difference, it’s in its 360 degree modular camera. We know that the modules have failed to catch on, but Andy Rubin has wanted his first phone to be able to play with accessories that are coupled by magnetic pins.
Seeing the specifications of these two terminals, it is evident that their two manufacturers have put all the meat in the rotisserie. Both the iPhone X and the Essential Phone are worthy of the high range without frames. But they are two very different philosophies, apart from that the prices differ a lot. The father of Android costs half, and has almost nothing to envy the Apple.
As always, the signature of the apple fails to put prices too high, not to mention that the accessories are also expensive. This makes it, despite being a good smartphone, the iPhone X is more than questionable. Especially considering that there are very powerful alternatives and more affordable . It is also true that presents “novelties” that were already present on Android.
As for who has copied more, it is difficult not to think about the aforementioned Xiaomi. It was the one that opened the way of the phones without frames, so the others who arrived later were inspired by the Chinese signature. In any case, the iPhone X and the Essential Phone are different enough to think that one copies to the other. What do you think?