The Essential Phone, designed by Andy Rubin, is announced
Andy Rubin, one of the founders of the Android operating system, continued his work at his own company, named Essential. News about him working on a top-of-the-line smartphone has been around for months and has been just confirmed by the company. The device, named Essential Phone, looks like a bold first step with interesting screen design and modular accessories.
The phone that works with the Android operating system will have a price tag of $ 699. Essential’s first phone, which houses top-class components, is visually close to the other flagship phones today. The phone has a screen that covers the entire front surface, just like the Galaxy S8. It hits the eye on the screen just to have a small area reserved for the front camera. The phone, approaching the big screen concept from a different perspective, achieves attention at first glance.
Essential’s first phone will be sold first in the US. The device will support all mobile operators’ networks in the US, while there is no information whether it will later be sold globally. The smart phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. This processor is accompanied with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The lack of any logos on the phone proves that Essential takes care to keep the device simple. For this reason, the number of applications pre-loaded on the phone is not likely to be much. It’s not hard to see Essential working very hard for the phone. The difference of the display, the frame with which the ceramics and titanium are used together and the lack of a logo on it make the Essential Phone’s perception of the difference at first glance. The company does not neglect that the phone’s casing is so durable that it does not suffer a slight damage during the drop tests.
Essential, who is aware of not only making a difference with its stylish design, also plans to build an ecosystem of accessories for it. The company is out of the way with a magnetic connector and wireless data transfer. The phone will also come with a 360 degree camera and charger that can be mounted on top of the phone. Both accessories will be connected to the phone with small metal pins. These ports will not replace the USB-C in the first place, but Essential seems to be aiming to make that transition in the long haul. The headphone jack is not found. However, it is stated that a converter will come from the box of the device. In addition, other audio accessories that can be connected to the device via magnetic accessory input are likely to be offered.
The Essential Phone follows the steps taken by Huawei on the P9 and P10 to take advantage of the dual camera setup. The company has opted for a monochrome sensor instead of using the second lens for telephoto or bokeh. The camera, which can take more light than conventional color cameras, combines with a standard 13 megapixel camera to capture sharper images in low-light environments. The 8 megapixel front camera can also record 4K.
It’s not clear when Essential will go on sale, and when distributions will begin. But the phone was pre-ordered in the US, priced at $ 699. It is not known at the moment whether sales outside of the US will be offered.