Android creator Andy Rubin unveils ceramic Essential phone, home control device

Why would Andy leave Google and start his own venture?

Andy Rubin had announced that he will reveal something big on May 30. The Essential Phone managed to immediately to attract attention with its edge to edge display that leaves just a tiny bit at top for the front camera. Devices like the LG G6 and especially the Samsung Galaxy S8 have all ditched the side bezels and the Essential has too.

After months of anticipation, Andy Rubin's Essential Phone has finally launched.

"So what we did is we notched it [the camera] out and yes, it looks amusing, but it's in a place where we know that Android, the icons for the notifications grow inward for both the static ones and also the dynamic ones, so you actually don't lose any real estate".

"Unlike aluminum, which is what most phones are made of, titanium doesn't scratch, dent, or bend", the company wrote. This makes aluminium bodies of iPhones seem pale in comparison.

"We've designed Essential Home to run most things on the device itself, so most data stays in your home where it belongs", Desai said in a blog post. The phone comes in four colors: black moon, stellar grey, pure white and ocean depths and is now available for preorder in the US only.

It also ships with a 360 camera in the box, and Essential claims that it will usher in a truly modular way of thinking about phones.

If you read through the material on Essential's site, you come away with three main ideas: Simple is best. This is a QHD display which has a resolution of 2560 x 1312. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the go-to SoC for flagships in 2017; and comes with Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB RAM and a healthy 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage.

The smart home device, which isn't yet available for pre-order, doesn't have a shipping date-nor a confirmed price. It's not clear which phone cameras count as traditional, but the team has clearly put an emphasis on low light performance. On its back, the Essential Phone will house two 13MP camera sensors, out of which one will be responsible to shoot colour images and the other will shoot monochrome ones. On the other hand, the front camera is 8MP which comes with f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens and also video recording up to 4K @30fps. Since it's a next-gen smartphone it embraces USB Type C connectivity but no worries as the company throwing in a headphone adapter for your existing headphones. Under the hood, the handset has a 3,040mAh battery.

The handset's back features a unique sensor setup and a fingerprint scanner.

  • Arturo Norris