The Osom OV1 will be made of ceramic and stainless steel, with a Q4 release date

by Ijlala Maqbool

The Essential PH-1 team has been working hard on the OV1, a new device from the Osom brand. 

It’s a smartphone that prioritises privacy by informing users about what information apps are accessing at all times. 

During MWC, the company’s CEO, Jason Keats, provides Tech Crunch with additional information about the upcoming OV1. 

To begin, the company has decided to postpone the phone’s release until Q4 of this year. 

Based on the timing of that release, it is speculated that the flagship-grade smartphone will be powered by the successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

One of the OV1’s selling points will be privacy, built into the USB-C cable that comes with the phone. 

A render was shared with Tech Crunch that shows the USB-C plug has a physical switch on it that allows the user to choose whether the cable allows data or only power to pass through. 

Osom plans to sell this cable separately, though pricing has not yet been determined.

It will have stainless-steel and a display protected with Gorilla Glass Victus. The phone will have a ceramic back cover. The phone will come in white, matte black, and a “fun” color. 

It will have a 48MP primary and 12MP secondary camera with Sony-made sensors and a 16MP selfie camera.  

We’re curious if Osom will be able to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s successor, as the cost of using Qualcomm’s newest chipsets (especially in recent times) usually drives the price of any device closer to $1,000. 

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