The Man Who Created Android Just Released a New Smartphone

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin, better known as the guy who created Android and then sold it to Google only to later leave, will finally show off his new smartphone on May 30.

One of the first things you'll notice about the device is how its QHD-resolution screen improves on the Galaxy S8 and LG G6's "edge-to-edge" displays by expanding it to the very top of the phone, and even wrapping it around the 8-megapixel front-facing camera. When you're not using the 360 degree camera attachment there is a 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology.

The first thing you notice in photos of the high-end device is the screen: It takes up nearly the entire front face, going so close to the edge it curves around the selfie camera.

Essential Phone, founded by Andy Rubin, is a high-end phone with a truly edge-to-edge display and modular design.

The back of the phone is ceramic and the front is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. Black and white color variants are available now, with gray and teal options expected later on.

The Essential Home, meanwhile, is a new smart speaker and smart home hub that relies much less on the cloud than rival devices and aims to consolidate users' various smart home gadgets.

Rubin himself hinted at the question in a blog post on Essential's website.

Essential Phone, which was initially announced on The Verge, is available now for customers to pre-order, though the company hasn't said when it'll begin shipping. It's $700, uses a Qualcomm 835 processor, has 4GB of RAM, and boasts 128GB of storage in a skinny phone that you can tuck anywhere. The cameras are one colour and one monochrome sensor like on the Huawei P10, and the rear mounted fingerprint sensor confirms to what we'd expect from a 2017 flagship, much like the USB-C port. We believe titanium is the flawless material to create one of the most essential things in our lives - one we all sometimes drop. "After a long talk with my friend we decided that I needed to start a new kind of company using 21 century methods to build products for the way people want to live in the 21 century". It runs on an operating system called Ambient OS, which will automatically link a new smart home device with Essential Home for simpler set-up. The Essential home assistant is a small circle with a screen, that can be activated by voice, touch or look, the company said. The company is stressing that the Essential Home is focused on privacy. For just the phone, it'll cost $699.

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