[REVIEW] : OSOM OV1, the smartphone that promises to go straight to the point

As an extension of the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona at the end of February, the start-up OSOM has revealed some key information about its very first smartphone, the OV1.

OSOM is a young American shoot. It is an extension of Essential, a company founded by one of the fathers of Android, Andy Rubin, who notably created the Essential Phone PH-1 in 2017. Through this model, the firm wanted in particular to bring a pure version of Android.

Essential has since been closed. It now gives way to a new structure, OSOM, formed by a large part of the Essential team. Their strategy remains in line with that of the old firm, namely to focus on “the essentials” and thereby leave on the side of the road, and to the competition, all superfluous marketing elements.

An OV1 strongly inspired by the Essential Phone PH-1

On the occasion of MWC 2022, OSOM presented its very first smartphone. Called OV1, it sports a sleek and modern design, with a flat stainless steel frame, reminiscent of that of the iPhone 13. The back panel is made from zirconia, a very resistant material, both shocks and high temperatures.

The mobile’s screen is “significantly larger” than that of the Essential Phone PH-1 (5.7 inches). The phone features fast charging and a more generous battery, for an announced autonomy of more than a day, but also full connectivity, probably 5G therefore, according to OSOM’s statements reported by TechCrunch.

In terms of photography, OSOM is content with a relatively minimalist module, with two Sony sensors of 48 Mpx and 12 Mpx, without however the manufacturer providing more precision on this point. The selfie camera, also from Sony, has 16 Mpx. It is therefore in particular on this functionality that the brand wishes to stand out by going to the essentials.

Performance and safety: central elements for the OV1

The OV1 should run either Android 12 or Android 12L. OSOM also promises 4 to 5 years of security updates.

The power should be there with a latest generation Qualcomm Snadragon 8 chip, without mentioning which of the foundry’s two flagship chips (Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Snapdragon 888+) has been selected.

Due to the shortage of chips currently hitting the smartphone market, and even electronics more broadly, the OV1 is not expected to be launched before the end of 2022.

OSOM: why is this brand of smartphones being talked about?

If you have been following the news of the high-tech sector in recent days, you may have seen scrolling articles about a mysterious brand called OSOM.

And this brand is talking about it, it’s because it’s a new challenger for Apple and Samsung. OSOM also has a chance of succeeding since the team behind this new brand is the one that designed Essential’s smartphone.

As a reminder, Essential was a smartphone brand founded by Andy Rubin, the father of the Android operating system. The brand released a single smartphone, the PH1, before going out of business.

But this smartphone has made a mark on the industry thanks to an interesting technical data sheet, a neat design, and, above all, an operating system that has been supported for years. Unfortunately, Essential did not break through.

On the other hand, its engineers and designers want to try their luck again, with the new OSOM brand. And recently, she decided to share some information about her first smartphone: the OSOM OV1.

OSOM: an iPhone-style design on an Android smartphone?

OSOM has already shared images of its future smartphone. And when it comes to design, the brand intends to stand out from other Android smartphone makers.

First, there is the minimalist look of the smartphone. But besides that, the choice of materials used could also make the OSOM OV1 an exceptional Android device.

Indeed, while the other brands (with the exception of Apple) use aluminum frames, OSOM chooses stainless steel (although this can weigh down the smartphone and therefore have an impact on the size of the battery). The physical buttons, as well as the camera bump are made of titanium. The back is made of zirconium ceramic. And on the front, we will have a Gorilla Glass Victus glass screen.

A high-end smartphone with a focus on privacy

OSOM has not yet shared the full specs of the OV1 smartphone. Nevertheless, we know that the device will use a Snapdragon 8 series chip, which will allow performance worthy of a flagship. We also know that this device will have two sensors on the back: a 48-megapixel sensor with a second 12-megapixel sensor. And on the front, there will be a 16-megapixel sensor.

The screen will be OLED type. But the resolution and size of this screen are not yet specified. On the other hand, we know that the OSOM OV1 will have 5G (but only 5G sub-6), an NFC module, as well as an Ultra Wideband chip.

For the moment, the manufacturer is content to indicate that the battery of its smartphone will be able to last a whole day in normal use, and that the load will have an acceptable speed.

To stand out, OSOM should provide a few privacy protection software features. Indeed, on its site, the brand indicates that it will make confidentiality its hobbyhorse.

Moreover, the OSOM OV1 will be delivered with a rather special USB-C cable. This is equipped with a switch to disable the data transfer wires. Thus, you can charge your smartphone on public terminals, for example, with the assurance that this connection will not be used to suck data.