Android's Creator Launches A New Phone For People Who Want Simplicity

Android's Creator Launches A New Phone For People Who Want Simplicity

Android's Creator Launches A New Phone For People Who Want Simplicity

The Essential Phone is the first smartphone from Andy Rubin's company, Essential and we had brought you news last week that it would be unveiled on May 30.

The Essential phone features a 5.71-inch nearly bezel-free display, similar to the design of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and a look that's also expected for the next iPhone to be released later this year. But this new smartphone is using the dual camera just like Huawei's P9 and P10. The large screen leaves only a little space for the front camera and only a tiny gap at the bottom of the Essential smartphone. The rear camera is 13 megapixels, while the front-facing camera is 8 megapixels. The design looks very minimalistic even lacking any logo but is attractive. The screen will be protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5, which is capable of surviving being dropped face-down from a height of 1.6 meters. It has magnetic connectors on the back of the device that let you attach accessories, including a 360-degree camera that can be ordered alongside the phone. The phone will come in black, grey, white and blue, without any logos on the device. Essential Home is a smart home device like Amazon's Echo, providing users control over their smart homes with voice commands. You can ask it to play music and because it has a speaker it will play on the device itself. The handset will be available only in the US when it launches; Essential didn't say when it will ship or provide pricing for the home product. 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. For a limited time, the 360-degree camera accessory is available for $50 (a $150 discount from its $200 full retail price).

Like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, the Essential Home will bring together numerous other smart products you have in your house.

The standard camera has 13MP lens on the back and a 8MP selfie-camera. Essential Home also aims to make sure that "your privacy is taken seriously". 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.

"Essential Products is a new type of company focused on creating consumer technology products for the 21st century", the Palo Alto-based startup's website says. Essential's Home comes with a screen, like Amazon's Echo Show, and will include proactive notifications like Google Now. It's a top tier phone in terms of specs, plus it costs a pretty penny at $699.

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