OSOM’s Essential Phone successor eyes Q4 launch with new details revealed

What you need to know

  • OSOM’s OV1 smartphone will launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series processor. 
  • The privacy-focused device will use a specially designed USB-C called a “Secure Date Cable.” 
  • The OV1 is due for release in Q4 2022 .

OSOM, the former team behind the Essential Phone (PH-1), is preparing to release its own smartphone — the OV1. Today, the company announced a few more details of the upcoming device, giving us more insights into what we should expect when it gets released.

OSOM said that the new phone will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series chip in an announcement via Twitter. While it could end up being the Gen 1 found in some of the newest smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, the phrasing in the tweet is a bit vague, and the OV1 could end up using a different version of the processor. However, by going to this chipset OSOM says that it will add a slight delay, pushing it to Q4 2022. 

(Image credit: OSOM Privacy)

OSOM says that, unlike Essential, the company has assembled a team working to bring a true flagship camera experience to its phone. In terms of the cameras, while details are a bit thin at the moment, the OSOM OV1 will sport a dual-camera setup on the back with 48MP and 12MP sensors. On the front, there will be a 16MP camera.

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