Essential exited the smartphone market earlier this year. The company quit with just one phone under their name. But recently, former designer Kevin Hoffman revealed a set of concepts for the discarded Essential PH-2 which close to a release. The designer also presented ideas on Essential PH-3, which was in its early stages of development in a blog post.
According to the renders PH-2 closely resembled the PH-1 with a similar waterdrop notch display. The PH-2 design also showed flat glass back, dual cameras and a fingerprint scanner with a proprietary pogo pin connectors for attaching modular accessories.
The sides and top follows the current trend of a curvature, unlike the previous phone. The volume buttons and power button were placed on the right side. The glass back was supposed to have a matte finish like the iPhone 11 Pro for better grip. The bottom of PH-2 housed two speaker grilles, and the phone was designed keeping IP68 water and dust resistance intact. According to Hoffman, the company decided to pull the plug after the second round of prototype testing when Essential PH-2 neared a possible release date.
However, the Essential PH-3 was in an early stage of development as the project commenced earlier this year. Essential PH-3 was supposed to come with a triple camera setup at the back and an aggressive price tag. In addition, the PH-3 concept had an OLED display, slimmer bezels and an all-aluminium build.