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Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone

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If you’ve heard it, then you’ve heard correct, the father of Android “Andy Rubin” is back with his own “Essential” Smartphone company and a brand new Android Smartphone.

Its just been recently unveiled so you will have to wait for the full hands on review. We will work with the limited information we have and our main focus will be on the Smartphones main attraction its Camera setup.

The Essential phone looks completely bezel-less, its got super thin bezels to make extra room for the 5.71 inch display. In Effort to enlarge the display the front side of the Smartphone is kept clean of any components and any logos, with only a front camera sitting at the top. However its missing a microSD slot so we will miss out on extending storage. You also wont find a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the handset, so its almost a port-less Smartphone.

The front camera has been cut into the display in a U shaped impression. The placement of the front camera seems slightly off, Essential could have placed it in the bottom bezel which is thicker in comparison. The back side of the phone is also clean of any logos and contains two pogo pins, using magnetic attachments and wireless data transfer modular accessories can be connected to the phone. You will also find the dual camera setup at the back along with second lens (monochrome sensor).

Unlike iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7, Essential’s body features a ceramic and titanium build instead of the usualĀ Aluminium frames which we find on most Smartphones. Essential proudly stated that while comparing there device with iPhone 7, there smartphone survived a fall on the concrete floor whereas iPhones 7 got injured. However there is no mention of the Smartphone being Waterproof, for a device that’s compelling you to spend 699.0 US Dollars this could be a big turn off.

Front Camera:

There’s an 8 Megapixels front facing camera on the Essential Smartphone which also handles 4K video Recording. Unfortunately at the moment we cant tell you what its actual results are, but the 8 MP cam along with auto-brightness and proximity sensors just might bring out some decent looking shots.

Rear Camera:

A 13 Megapixels rear camera comes with a monochrome sensor. We are aware that this sensor works to enhance the lo-light performance, taking in more light and combining with the 13 MP sensor to give extra rich results.

360 degree Modular Camera:

Essential’s 360 degrees camera is the worlds smallest modular camera for your Smartphone, it measures 2.6 x 1.25 x 0.47 inches and weighs only 35 g. This tiny camera clips to the back of the Smartphone via magnetic connections. It photo-shoots the world all around the user, so no need to aim the camera at your target anymore. The 12 Megapixels camera is supported by a 210 degrees lens and can render a pixels resolution of 3840 x 1920 at 30 FPS. This camera definitely changes how we take pictures, users will get the most immersive experience they could have in photography.


The Smartphone comes with some high end specs and features. It has 4 GB of RAM with 128 GB of built in storage and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset (Octa-Core processor) clocked at 1.9 GHz. It runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 version, so its definitely got some power under the hood. The 5.71 inch QHD display has a resolution of 1312 x 2560 pixels along with an extra tall aspect ratio ’19:10′. Essential packs a 3040 mAh battery accompanied with a fast charging USB-C port. The company also provided a charging dock which looks more like a comfy mat, its designed for lying the phone on it. You will also find a Fingerprint sensor on the back of the handset. Overall the numbers seem to add up and the spec sheet is pretty impressive.


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