Andy Rubin, the man who created the most popular mobile OS, Android, left Google a while ago and founded his own company called Essential. Rubin wanted to design the ultimate Android smartphone, one that will offer everything and one that won’t succumb to a single design constraint. After years of development, Rubin unveiled his new company’s first smartphone called the Essential Phone.
As soon as you look at the Essential Phone you’ll notice extravagant edgeless display that almost completely covers the front side of the device, except for the thin strip at the bottom, and the front-facing camera at the top. The front side looks like it came a couple of years from the future. It’s like Andy Rubin managed to predict how a regular smartphone would look like in 2020 and then he somehow managed to put the gorgeous edge-to-edge display on the device launching in 2017.
The front side isn’t the only thing about the Essential Phone that looks amazing. The device is made out of titanium and ceramic, making it luxurious, stylish, and rugged. Since titanium is one of the strongest metals out there you can be sure that the phone won’t damage easily, and that titanium will provide much better protection that aluminum used on most metal-chassis phones. And the fact that the Essential Phone doesn’t feature a single logo on its body (even Google’s Nexus and Pixel phones sport logos) is phenomenal. Don’t know about you but I always dreamt about a logo-free device that looks amazing, and Rubin successfully delivered just that.
As for the specs, the Essential Phone features top-of-the-line hardware capable of chewing through everything you throw at it. The Snapdragon 835 combined with 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage and a solid 3040 mAh battery are the main hardware features. On the back, you can find a dual camera setup along with a dual-LED flash and a fingerprint sensor. The camera setup is similar to the ones used by Huawei on the P9 and P10 with one sensor dedicated to monochrome imaging, while the other being a regular color sensor.
But that’s not all. If you take a look at the back of the device you’ll see two holes next to the camera lenses. The two holes are used for connecting various accessories, similar to Moto Mods, the modular feature that debuted with the last year’s Moto Z line. The first accessory for the Essential Phone is a small 360-degree camera capable of recording spherical UHD (3840×1920) videos at 30 frames per second. We hope that the company will release other interesting mods for the phone. On the front, there’s an 8 MP camera capable of shooting 4K video.
The Essential Phone will run the latest version of Android, the Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box. The device supports wireless charging, and unfortunately is doesn’t come equipped with the 3.5 audio jack, but it does come with a dongle for you will be able to use your regular headphones. The phone will ship in four color choices – Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths, and you can pre-order it today from the Essential’s website for $699.