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Essential Phone PH-1 vs ZTE Axon M (Z999)

Side by side comparison between Essential Phone PH-1 vs ZTE Axon M phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare ZTE Axon M XEssential Phone PH-118Points
Essential Phone PH-1
5.71"
IPS

1312x2560

13
MP

8mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3040
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
ZTE Axon M (Z999)
5.2"
IPS

1080x1920

20
MP

4GB
RAM

64bit Quad

3180
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Essential Phone PH-1

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Phone PH-118 Advantages Essential Phone PH-1vsAxon M (Z999)6 Advantages ZTE Axon M (Z999)
+2.45Ghz 64bit Octa-Core58%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2.15Ghz 64bit Quad-Core
+128GB (114GB available)153%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs64GB (45GB available)
+185 grams (6.48 ounces)24%
Lighter
vs230 grams (8.05 ounces)
+7.8 millimeters (0.31 inches)56%
Thinner
vs12.2 millimeters (0.48 inches)
+Titanium frame, glass front, ceramic backAdvantage
More resistant material
vsPlastic body, glass front
+1312x2560 pixels62%
Higher resolution screen
vs1080x1920 pixels
+504 PPI19%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs424 PPI
+5.71"10%
Larger screen
vs5.2"
+(dual camera) 13MP + 13MP29%
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 20MP
+HDR photo on both camerasAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
vsHDR photo only main camera
+(front) 8MPAdvantage
A front-camera is best for taking selfies
vsNot supported
+Android 10Advantage
Android 10 is newer and safer
vsAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat
+(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbps2 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 300 Mbps
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Face unlockAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+27W50%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
vs18W
+5.0 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.0 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster
vs4.2 + A2DP
+IP54 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example
vsNot supported
Not supportedvs+Until 256GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
LED flashvs+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
1/3" inchesvs+1/2.8" inches7%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
f/1.9 (aperture)vs+f/1.8 (aperture)6%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
Type-C jack with 3.5mm jack adaptervs+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
3040 mAhvs+3180 mAh5%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use

27 Common items in both devices
4GB LPDDR4
LTPS IPS LCD / TFT IPS LCD
16 million
Only digital zoom
LDAF/PDAF: laser/phase detection autofocus / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
EIS: Digital stabilization
4K UHD (3840x2160)
+20 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
ModelPhone PH-1Axon M (Z999)
Other model namesEssential PH-1 UnlockedAT&T ZTE Axon M foldable, ZTE Z999, 中兴天机Axon M
Country or region available(Europe)CanadaUSAJapan
(Europe), Canada, USA, Japan
USA
USA
BrandEssentialZTE
Release dateAugust, 2017November, 2017
Depth7.8 millimeters (0.31 inches)12.2 millimeters (0.48 inches)
Size (width x height)71.1 x 141.5 millimeters (2.8 x 5.57 in)71.6 x 150.9 millimeters (2.82 x 5.94 in)
Weight185 grams (6.48 ounces)230 grams (8.05 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsTitanium frame, glass front, ceramic backPlastic body, glass front
Protection against water and othersIP54 certified: protection against dust and splashingNot supported
System (OS)Essential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
Operating systemAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat
Firmware updateAndroid 10feature not registered
HardwareEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 (10nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996AB Pro (14nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.45Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
1.9Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
Quad-Core, 2 processors:
2.15Ghz Dual-Core Kryo
1.6Ghz Dual-Core Kryo
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 540Qualcomm Adreno 530 624Mhz
RAM memory4GB LPDDR44GB LPDDR4
Internal storage128GB (114GB available)
UFS 2.1
64GB (45GB available)
External storageNot supportedUntil 256GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplayEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
Display typeLTPS IPS LCDTFT IPS LCD
Screen size5.71" inches5.2" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~84.9% (screen-to-body ratio)~69% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1312x2560 pixels1080x1920 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)504 PPI424 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 5
Display features60Hz, 500 nitsfeature not registered
Mobile networksEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload1024/150 Mbps300/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Dual-Band 850/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800, GSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
UMTS 850/1700/1900
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43)
VoLTE
LTE Cat12 (Bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30, 66)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder
CameraEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
• 13 megapixels
• 13MP mono (f/1.9 1/3.1" PDAF/Laser)
20 megapixels
Main camera resolution4128x3096 pixels5472x3648 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.9 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor size1/3" inches1/2.8" inches
Pixel size1.12µm pixel1µm pixel
AutofocusLDAF/PDAF: laser/phase detection autofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo on both camerasHDR photo only main camera
2ª cameraEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
Front camera (secondary)8 megapixelsNot supported
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixelsNot supported
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)Not supported
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)feature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviDMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, OGG, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, OGG, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivityEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
USBUSB 2.0 Type-C reversible connectorUSB 2.0 Type-C reversible connector
TV outputNot supportedNot supported
Audio outputType-C jack with 3.5mm jack adapter3.5mm jack
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE4.2 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensor
Hall effect
Other features- Colors: Black, White, Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths
- WiFi direct, hotspot
- Colors: Carbon Black
- 2.5D glass screen
- Additional 5.2" IPS screen (Dual screen)
- Quick Charge 3.0 (47% in 30min)
- Dolby Atmos sound
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Sony IMX350 sensor in both cameras
- Slow motion 720p@240fps
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplyEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity3040 mAh3180 mAh
Charger, watts• 27W Fast battery charging
• USB Power Delivery 2.0
• 18W Fast battery charging
Talk time autonomyfeature not registered1710 minutes | 28.5 hours | 1.2 days
Standbyfeature not registered17400 minutes | 290 hours | 12.1 days
Radiation rateEssential Phone PH-1ZTE Axon M (Z999)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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