This is the Osom OV1, a new phone from Essential’s former engineers and designers

This is the Osom OV1, a new phone from Essential’s former engineers and designers

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Osom, the institution formed by Essential’s employees aft the startup went under, has released caller details astir its upcoming OV1 phone, including a precise acquainted database of physique materials. Meant to vie with flagships from Apple, Google, and Samsung, the OV1 volition person a stainless alloy and titanium housing, a ceramic back, Corning Victus screen glass, and a Qualcomm processor.

The stainless alloy is for the phone’s frame, portion titanium volition beryllium utilized for accents similar the powerfulness and measurement buttons arsenic good arsenic the ringing astir the camera bump, according to Android Police. It sounds similar the telephone volition person a heft to it — Osom says the OV1 volition beryllium “noticeably bigger” than the Essential Phone, which had razor-thin bezels and a 5.7-inch screen. The institution besides says the telephone volition travel successful achromatic and matte achromatic but that determination are “some surprises to come” successful colors.

Talking to Osom’s laminitis and CEO, Jason Keats, helium said that the OV1 wasn’t intentionally meant to evoke the Essential Phone. The resemblance is conscionable the earthy effect of having the aforesaid squad engineering and designing it. In my opinion, it inactive manages to basal retired — the materials are inactive comparatively uncommon successful astir phones, adjacent 5 years aft we heaped praise connected the Essential Phone’s build. Arguably, Apple’s astir apt the closest with the iPhone 13 Pro’s stainless alloy sides and “ceramic shield,” but I deliberation astir radical would beryllium capable to instantly archer the quality betwixt the iPhone and an OV1. (Plus, there’s the terms — Osom hasn’t said precisely however overmuch its telephone would outgo but told Android Police it’d travel successful good nether $1,000, which is wherever the 13 Pro starts.)

The OV1 was expected to beryllium afloat revealed this week, according to TechCrunch, but Osom is pushing backmost its announcement and vessel day truthful it tin upgrade the phone’s processor. The institution says it’ll usage a “Snapdragon 8 bid chipset,” though it can’t springiness specifics, according to TechCrunch. Qualcomm recently switched up its naming scheme for chips with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, though it seems improbable that the OV1 volition usage that circumstantial spot fixed its vow of silence.

Osom says the telephone volition get “all-day” artillery beingness and that it’ll person ultra-wideband, oregon UWB, the aforesaid tech different manufacturers similar Apple, Google, and Samsung usage for things similar precision determination tracking and digital car keys. Keats wouldn’t accidental precisely what that radio’s for but said that the institution has immoderate “interesting worldly cooking” that it would denote later. It volition person country for 2 carnal SIM cards — Keats says the institution purposefully chose not to spell with an e-SIM to debar tying itself to peculiar carriers. (He besides mentioned that partnering with a peculiar bearer was a “devastating mistake for Essential.”)

The OV1 volition diagnostic a camera bump with 2 cameras. Image: Osom

Osom says that it’s besides learned from the camera missteps astatine Essential and that it wants the OV1 to person a “truly flagship camera experience.” Design-wise, the OV1 has a camera bump, thing the Essential telephone avoided. That bump holds the 2 rear cameras, moving astatine 48 and 12 megapixels. The front-facing camera volition beryllium 16MP. Because of however important bundle is to the mobile photography experience, it’s hard to accidental however those specs volition construe into snapshots astatine this point.

The included USB cablegram volition fto you power disconnected the information pins. Image: Osom

Finally, there’s the USB cablegram that comes successful the box. There’s usually not a batch to accidental astir those, but Osom’s including 1 with a neat trick: the quality to flip a power that physically disconnects the information pins, truthful you tin consciousness much comfy charging your telephone from a nationalist outlet. Keats couldn’t accidental however accelerated the OV1 volition charge, conscionable that it volition beryllium “impressively quick.” It is BYOB (bring your ain brick), though — it won’t vessel with a charger successful the box.

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