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

Osom, the company founded by the employees of Essential after the startup went bankrupt, has released new details about the upcoming OV1 phone, including a very well-known list of building materials. Meant to compete with flagships from Apple, Google and Samsung, the OV1 will feature a stainless steel and titanium case, a ceramic back, Corning Victus cover glass and a Qualcomm processor.

The stainless steel will be for the phone’s frame, while titanium will be used for accents like the power and volume buttons and the bezel around the camera bump, according to android police† It sounds like the phone has some use for it – Osom says the OV1 will be “significantly larger” than the Essential Phone, which had wafer-thin bezels and a 5.7-inch screen. The company also says that the phone will come in white and matte black, but there will be “some surprises” in colors.

Speaking to Osom founder and CEO Jason Keats, he said the OV1 was not intentionally intended to evoke the Essential Phone. The resemblance is simply the natural result of the same team engineering and designing it. In my opinion, it still manages to stand out – the materials are still relatively uncommon in most phones, even five years after we had high praise for the build of the Essential Phone. No doubt Apple is probably the closest with the stainless steel sides and “ceramic shield” of the iPhone 13 Pro, but I think most people would be able to tell the difference between the iPhone and an OV1 immediately. (Plus, there’s the price – Osom didn’t say exactly how much his phone would cost, but told) android police it would be well below $1,000, which is where the 13 Pro begins

The OV1 would be fully unveiled this week, according to TechCrunch, but Osom pushes back the announcement and ship date so it can upgrade the phone’s processor. The company says it will use a “Snapdragon 8-series chipset”, although it cannot provide details, according to TechCrunch† Qualcomm recently changed its chip naming scheme with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, although it seems unlikely that the OV1 will use that particular chip given its vow of silence.

Osom says the phone will have “all-day” battery life and it will have ultra-wideband, or UWB, the same technology that other manufacturers like Apple, Google and Samsung use for things like accurate location tracking and digital car keys. Keats wouldn’t say exactly what that radio is for, but said the company is “cooking up some interesting stuff” that it would announce later. There will be room for two physical SIM cards – Keats says the company has deliberately chosen not to go with an e-SIM card to avoid being tied to certain carriers. (He also said that working with a particular carrier was a “devastating mistake for Essential”.)

The OV1 will be equipped with a camera bump with two cameras.
Image: Osom

Osom says it has also learned from Essential’s camera mistakes and wants the OV1 to have a “true flagship camera experience.” In terms of design, the OV1 has a camera bump, something the Essential phone avoided. That hump contains the two rear cameras, with 48 and 12 megapixels. The front camera will be 16 MP. Because software is so important to the mobile photography experience, it’s hard to say how these specs will translate into snapshots at this point.

You can disable the data pins with the included USB cable.
Image: Osom

Finally, there is the USB-C to C cable that comes in the box. There’s usually not much to say about that, but Osom has one with a neat trick: the ability to flip a switch that physically disconnects the data pins, making you feel more comfortable charging your phone through a public outlet (although in my experience those are usually still USB-A). Unfortunately, the mechanical disconnect means the cable runs at USB 2 speeds, according to Osom spokesperson Andy Fouché — an icy 60 megabytes per second. However, the OV1 port can support the much faster 625MB/s speeds of USB 3.2 Gen 1 when paired with a different cable.

Keats couldn’t say how fast the OV1 will charge, only that it will be “impressively fast”. However, it is BYOB (bring your own rock), it does not come with a charger in the box.

Update March 3, 6:22 PM ET: Updated with additional information about the supplied cable from the OV1.

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