Former Essential Phone designer shows unreleased PH-2 and PH-3 concepts

21 March 2020
Check out what Essential was cooking up before it closed its operations.

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  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020People keep cars much longer than they do phones, therefore... moreEven on this site a majority of users would prefer a phone 5.8” or smaller:
https://m.gsmarena.com/weekly_poll_whats_the_ideal_screen_size-news-34934.php
https://www.poll-maker.com/results2206053x814f4C59-63#tab-2

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020i liked small phones too...until i got a big phone Even sometimes big phones looks small

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020There is more demand for SUVs, but there is still a market ... morePeople keep cars much longer than they do phones, therefore are much more picky when choosing a car. While with phones people believe the bigger versions are always better and buy into smartphone marketing much more than car marketing.
Smartphones are also more likely to be seen as accessories whereas a car isn't, so people don't think as logically when buying a phone compared to a car

  • Anonymous

CompactPhones5ever, 21 Mar 2020I mean I get that most people prefer the larger phones, but... moreYeah, which is why I was happy to see the S10e come out last year. It was a small flagship and the compromises were acceptable. It's a shame Samsung didn't have a follow up this year but maybe someone else will step in and make a similar device soon

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020The problem is, there is more demand for bigger phones. The... moreThere is more demand for SUVs, but there is still a market for sedans, coupes, estates, trucks... Unlike the endless feed of massive slabs manufacturers keep releasing, there is an underserved pent up demand for something smaller.

  • Anonymous

Nothing wrong with the original design IMO. It’s still tasteful and elegant today, and this titanium & ceramic beast still looks as good as the day I bought it.

All they needed to do was improve the camera, refresh the SoC, and add wireless charging to make PH-2 a solid buy. If they also managed to squeeze in a 3.5mm jack it would have been killer. Their dedicated support of PH-1 earned them many fans, and I believe would have translated into viable sales.

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020The problem is, there is more demand for bigger phones. The... moreI mean I get that most people prefer the larger phones, but there's obviously at least *some* demand for smaller phones that's not met at all these days. All manufacturers like Oppo and Xiaomi are pooping out absolutely identical phablets all the time, to the point that their new devices are basically same as their older generation (see Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro), I just don't understand why don't they try something different for a change.

  • Anonymous

six_tymes, 21 Mar 2020looks like apple copied the PH-3 renders Yeah Apple copying an ugly design with teardrop notch lol.

  • Anonymous

This design are really ugly no wonder why company shut down.

  • Anonymous

CompactPhones5ever, 21 Mar 2020Agreed. There've been absolutely zero (decent) compact phon... moreThe problem is, there is more demand for bigger phones. The proof is in the sales. S10+ sold more than S10. S20 Ultra is getting more orders than the other two S20s. XS Max and 11 Pro Max sold more than their smaller versions. If more people are choosing the larger option then why would they make a small phone that won't sell as much?
I prefer smaller phones too but I realize the majority of customers don't care

  • Anonymous

CompactPhones5ever, 21 Mar 2020Agreed. There've been absolutely zero (decent) compact phon... moreExactly. What's the point of a fancy glass back when it's going to be covered in a case ?

  • Anonymous

CompactPhones5ever, 21 Mar 2020Agreed. There've been absolutely zero (decent) compact phon... moreAbsolutely agree. I'm also waiting for the iPhone 9, or SE2. They should retain the metal back from the iPhone 7 or the original iPhone SE. the Sony compact series isn't available here or I'd buy those without even reading the entire spec list.

  • Anonymous

six_tymes, 21 Mar 2020looks like apple copied the PH-3 renders Can‘t y’all read? This render is from early 2020, when Apple had their 11 Pro released for half a year already

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020PH-3 look like something....near, close, alright Apple, you... moreWtf are you talking about. PH-3 development began in Early 2020, iPhone 11 Pro was RELEASED in Late 2019

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020I don't care the name on it, make a small phone and I'll bu... moreAgreed. There've been absolutely zero (decent) compact phones in past several years. Why doesn't some manufacturer make some decent midranger with 5.2" display? With today's slim bezels, such phone would be about as big as the old iPhone SE. I've never owned a single Apple device, but I'm probably going to switch from android to iPhone SE 2 once it comes out, because Android manufacturers completely forgot how to make pocket-able devices.

btw "In addition, the PH-3 was supposed to sport (...) an all-aluminum build." - that's a shame. Another thing I hate about these days smartphones is the stupid glass back which breaks on the first fall. Aluminium backs should make a comeback.

  • Anonymous

looks like nothing was lost with the cancellation of the PH-2. the PH-3 would've been nice, though, if only because it's not all glass for a change

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2020I don't care the name on it, make a small phone and I'll bu... moreThen why dont you just put a mp4 in your pocket? That's what you want one day bet

  • T M

Smaller chin than Nokia.

Looks the same as every other phone this past two years

  • Anonymous

card board, 21 Mar 2020yeah... i want a small phone too. I hope for some old boxy... morei liked small phones too...until i got a big phone