Essential Phone Unboxing - Is This Your Next Phone?

  • Published: 18 August 2017
  • Essential Phone Unboxing! The essential unboxing video you've all been waiting for. Subscribe for my Essential Phone review.

    This video is about the new Essential Phone available only from TELUS in Canada. Pre-order yours now at

    The Essential phone is one of the most exciting developments in smartphones for 2017 / 2018. Essential is a new brand in the Android space but it's headed by individuals very familiar with Android. In fact without Essential's founder Andy Rubin, Android might not even exist. The Essential phone packs a clean "stock" type of Android interface similar to the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The Essential Phone also includes a unique, modular accessory capability. Through a magnetic point on the back of the phone one is able to clip accessories including the new 360 camera for Essential phone. The Essential Phone is the first I've ever handled that's made of titanium and ceramic. Essential claims that the titanium structure makes the Essential Phone more durable if you're to drop it. I won't be doing a drop test on my channel (I like the Essential phone too much) but according to Essential's website, when compared to other leading devices (made mostly of aluminum) the Essential fared better when dropped on concrete. The front of the Essential Phone is covered in Gorilla Glass 5, it's got dual 13 megapixel cameras on the back and an 8 megapixel camera on the front (capable of 4K video recording). It's also packing the Snapdragon 835 and 128GB of storage standard. The dual lens system on the Essential phone is different than the system on the iPhone 7 Plus. Rather than going for an extra zoom lens Essential decided to use the dual camera system to enable better low light photos / video and high contrast monochrome photos as well. The Essential phone is also one of the highest screen-to-body ratio devices I've ever looked at (if not the highest) it's got a 5.7 inch QHD display at 2560 x 1312. The battery is 3040mAh battery and supports quick charge via the 27 watt power brick that ships with the phone. Essential claims quick charge potential of up to 5 hours battery life in just 5 minutes of charging. There is currently a pre-order option to order the Essential Phone along with the 360 camera attachment as a kit. The Essential phone is available in four different color combinations including Black Moon (featured here), and Pure White. Stellar Grey and Ocean Depths color combos will be available soon. Another key feature of the Essential Phone is the fact that it includes no branding at all. In fact the device has no visible text on the body... Anywhere! It's actually kind of shocking at first glance as one is conditioned to expect some level of branding. Not so with the Essential Phone, minimalists rejoice!

    *Thanks to my partner Telus for making this video possible.

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Comments • 8 327

  • Unbox Therapy
    Unbox Therapy   2 years back

    Essential Phone or Galaxy S8?

  • PowerPixel456
    PowerPixel456  2 weeks back

    No headphone jack and an ugly notch hmm.... Reminds me of something (🍎)

    • blader x
      blader x  2 weeks back

      Essential phone: *exists*
      Google pixel: "hold my beer"

      • spyguygaming 69
        spyguygaming 69  4 weeks back

        I watched this video on the essential

        • Sulav Pokharel
          Sulav Pokharel  4 weeks back

          Unbox Gionee S7 elife model

          • Kevin Whiting
            Kevin Whiting  1 months back

            An essential skip

            • Angultra
              Angultra  1 months back

              Still the best notch.

              • Jeri Brown
                Jeri Brown  1 months back

                I like the design of this phone. It's quite smooth

                • B
                  B  2 months back

                  A year later, used the phone for 6 months. Loved it. Only thing I couldnt continue to use it for was screen size. Reluctantly, went back to Samsung Note 8, and now Note 9. I miss the Essential. If they could make a larger screen unit, I would switch to it, mainly for the stock Android experience. Got lots of feedback from people, all positive. Come on Essential, larger screen!

                  • Jason Braden
                    Jason Braden  2 months back

                    thank you

                    • Google User
                      Google User  2 months back

                      Now every phone has this ugly design

                      • Hamza Tahir
                        Hamza Tahir  3 months back

                        @Unbox Therapy, need a daily life use, more extended review.....

                        • John Kavanaugh
                          John Kavanaugh  3 months back

                          Excellent phone I wonder if we're going to be able to unlock the bootloader and maybe they'll be some developers out there that'll build a custom ROM for this amazing phone yes we want to see an in-depth review on this phone once you got a chance to put it through its paces yabba dabba doo keep the videos coming we need all the therapy we can get after (who knows what we're doing).

                          • Alessandro D. Sánchez
                            Alessandro D. Sánchez  3 months back

                            Does anyone know what song is playing in the background?

                            • Fill Black
                              Fill Black  3 months back

                              fuck off this is UGLY

                              • The Ali
                                The Ali  3 months back

                                Pretty owsome phone getting good day by day.. Love it

                                • James Charbonneau
                                  James Charbonneau  3 months back

                                  Why the chin though?

                                  • lhalls9116
                                    lhalls9116  3 months back

                                    I like downfiring speakers. Its not in my face for vids hahah and mostly for music which pushes sound more anyways in that horizontal aspect boom

                                    • Trajen Muse
                                      Trajen Muse  3 months back

                                      I bought this phone and returned it. The software is glitchy. The rounded screen at the top and not at the bottom is lazy. It feels plastic and cheap. It scratches easily. It's not black but more like an old man brown color. It can't run P properly. I think the honor 7x is much better. This phone is a knock off. I went with the pixel and love it.

                                      • Thomas Kinkade
                                        Thomas Kinkade  4 months back

                                        The texture of the metal on this phone makes my teeth hurt. Chew aluminum foil. Scratch a chalkboard. Think about your last paper cut. My plastic Galaxy S4 feels like heaven after this.

                                        • Jimel Quann
                                          Jimel Quann  4 months back

                                          Worst phone ever made

                                          • Elvis Alexandru
                                            Elvis Alexandru  4 months back

                                            You defended this phone a lot, and hated Samsung very bad just to praise this one

                                            • Mohamed Abd-Elhamed
                                              Mohamed Abd-Elhamed  4 months back

                                              What about Essential phone 2?

                                              • random for life
                                                random for life  4 months back

                                                Essential phone owner here where are the others out there!!

                                                • gamez buddy
                                                  gamez buddy  4 months back


                                                  • John d
                                                    John d  4 months back

                                                    None of the phones you review work with Verizon very frustrating for me have a good day Lou Wherever You Are

                                                    • Hoodxo Calum
                                                      Hoodxo Calum  4 months back

                                                      I’m looking for s phone for my grandma. Just might get this for her :)

                                                      • javaholic5
                                                        javaholic5  4 months back

                                                        Essential Phone or Pocophone F1

                                                        • Bilal jahangir
                                                          Bilal jahangir  4 months back

                                                          father of 2018 notch phones

                                                        • Leng Saringan
                                                          Leng Saringan  4 months back

                                                          I wish i could have one of your old phones that i can give to my college friend who can't afford to buy one.

                                                          • K I Я Λ
                                                            K I Я Λ  4 months back

                                                            This where the notch all started

                                                            • Tom Jay
                                                              Tom Jay  5 months back

                                                              Im looking for a new phone. any suggestions? also NO IPHONES THEY SUCK.

                                                              • village idiots
                                                                village idiots  5 months back


                                                                • Johnny
                                                                  Johnny  5 months back

                                                                  Whats the song at 06:50 ?

                                                                  • IRON ASGUARDIAN
                                                                    IRON ASGUARDIAN  5 months back

                                                                    No branding is a good move

                                                                    • Mohamed Gomaa
                                                                      Mohamed Gomaa  5 months back

                                                                      do the huawei y9 2019

                                                                      • Abdul Wahab
                                                                        Abdul Wahab  5 months back

                                                                        what is the name of this phone?

                                                                      • Life and personality development

                                                                        Is this the New Samsung U/V design just tested with you anonymously

                                                                        • Emilian Ożóg
                                                                          Emilian Ożóg  5 months back


                                                                          • Namu Cuddles
                                                                            Namu Cuddles  5 months back

                                                                            fyi i watch all your videos in 1.5x

                                                                            • Zachary Staley
                                                                              Zachary Staley  5 months back

                                                                              Elegant Looking

                                                                              • Josh pearce
                                                                                Josh pearce  5 months back

                                                                                when is the oneplus 6t happening

                                                                                • Josh12342
                                                                                  Josh12342  5 months back

                                                                                  Motorola's turbo charger on the original z force came with a 28.5 watt charger, 1.5 more than the essential ph-1 charger

                                                                                  • Drizzy Daniella!
                                                                                    Drizzy Daniella!  5 months back

                                                                                    I HAVE A PH1 OH YEAAA

                                                                                    • Mayank Patel
                                                                                      Mayank Patel  5 months back

                                                                                      The birth of the notch!

                                                                                      • AlphaShadow
                                                                                        AlphaShadow  6 months back

                                                                                        i have that phone, its shit

                                                                                        • Brent Fox
                                                                                          Brent Fox  6 months back

                                                                                          Has anyone dropped this in water? Did it survive?