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Short Bytes: Andy Rubin, the father of Android, has finally unveiled his much-anticipated smartphone — Essential Phone. Loaded with top-notch specifications like Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128 GB storage, Essential Phone also features a dual camera and a 360-degree camera accessory. This almost bezel-less phone will cost $699 and first launch in the US.

Update (May 31, 2017, 11:15 am IST): At Recode’s Code Conference yesterday, Andy Rubin announced that Essential Phone will start shipping in the next 30 days. So, we can expect the device to hit the stores before the end of June. It’s already known that device will come with a $699 price tag along with black and white color options.

We’ve been reading different rumors about an upcoming smartphone from the father of Android, Andy Rubin. This device, called the Essential Phone, has now been finally unveiled.

Essential Phone is powered by Android and comes with a hint of modularity. If you look at the phone, the first thing that strikes you is its magnificent edge-to-edge screen, which leaves little space for the bezel. The Verge points out that there isn’t even a logo on the phone exterior, so chances are that there won’t be much bloatware to slow down your phone.

Essential Phone, which costs $699, will be launching first in the US. The other top-end specifications of this phone are Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128 GB storage.

Essential has stressed heavily on accessories. It’ll ship with a 360-degree camera that’ll stick to the top of the phone. You’ll get a magnetic connector and wireless data transfer. It also comes with a phone dock with a unique click cordless connector. The phone has a 12MP dual camera at the back which records 360° UHD (3840 x 1920) videos at 30fps.

Just like iPhone 7, Essential Phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack and it ships with a dongle in the box. We can hope that audio accessories will be connected using the magnetic connector.

Talking about the phone’s body, it’s made of titanium and ceramic. The company claims that the phone is able to withstand a concrete drop test.

Essential Phone Specifications:

Model Name

  • Essential PH-1

Materials

  • Titanium body
  • Ceramic back
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass

Dimensions

  • Height: 141.5mm
  • Width: 71.1mm
  • Thickness: 7.8mm
  • Weight: < 185 grams

Display

  • Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD
  • Aspect Ratio: 19:10
  • Diagonal Size: 5.71” with radiused corners
  • Brightness: 500 nits (typical)
  • Contrast Ratio: > 1:1000 (typical)
  • Technology: CGS / LTPS

Human Input + Sensors

  • 10 finger multitouch; palm and water-error rejection
  • Fingerprint reader: fastest available technology
  • Proximity / Ambient light sensor
  • Volume buttons, Power button
  • Environmental pressure sensor (barometer)
  • Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope

Audio

  • Microphone: 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming
  • Low Audio (earpiece)
  • High Audio: (loudspeaker)

Rear Camera

  • 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology
  • 13MP True Monochrome mode
  • f/1.85 lens
  • Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus
  • Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Front Camera

  • 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens
  • Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Battery

  • 3040mAh.
  • Fast charging via USB

Memory & Storage

  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: 5.0 LE
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO
  • NFC: yes
  • Positioning: GPS and GLONASS

System Architecture / OS

  • Android
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835
  • CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
  • GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit

Ports

  • USB Type-C
  • 60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector
  • 2x accessory power pins
  • NanoSIM tray with pin eject

Essential Phone Pictures

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