The Essential Phone by the creator of Android
Andy Rubin is one of the stalwarts of the technology industry who created and developed the operating system that now runs on more than 2 billion smartphones, cars, televisions and watches; Android. After he left Google in 2014, having a career that was nothing but above the salt, his hunger for success wasn’t satiated yet. And thus Playground Global was found, the company that helped Andy launch his first smartphone, the Essential.
After working on a phone operation system for a decade which reached its zenith, creating something that would be competing with it was no bed of roses. The Essential is an incredibly ambitious project which Andy wants to make into the first great gadget maker after Apple, one that builds a platform which will eventually power millions of devices.
The Essential is an absolute banger of a phone and will definitely intimidate the sharks of the industry. From its top notch design to top-of-the-line specs, it leaves no stone unturned to create a lasting impact.
The front of the phone is unlike any phone I’ve ever seen before. The almost bezel-less QHD display looks flat-out edgy which tapers all the way to the top leaving a cut-out just for the front camera. This might distort the notification bar on the top, but maybe it won’t meddle a lot with notifications.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which immediately puts it in the flagship bracket. The phone’s built boasts of Titanium which gives it much more brawn than traditional aluminium-made phones.
Essential’s beauty is further enhanced by the absence of any logo whatsoever. That’s clean!
The back features a dual-camera setup (Obviously, duh!) with a 13MP dual RGB sensor along with a monochrome sensor to help with low-light situations. The back also houses the fingerprint scanner. The front snapper has an 8MP sensor which can also shoot in 4K!
The phone, unfortunately, misses the 3.5mm jack, although the phone will come with a USB Type C headphone dongle. The phone also gets a Bluetooth 5.0 which is capable of streaming to two devices simultaneously. The phone’s software is also expected to be free of bloatware and offer a clean Android experience.
The phone will be launched with a couple of accessories, the first one being the 360-degree camera. This camera will click on to the top of the phone. The company will also offer a charging dock. Both the accessories will attach to the phones via small metal pogo pins on the back.
The phone is priced at $699 and will be made available in the US first. The 360-degree camera along with the phone will set you back by $749. It will come in 4 colours – Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths.
In this world of intense competition, it’s not easy for a good smartphone to survive. But since this one’s coming from Andy Rubin, a man who knows how to make it to the top, I only expect it to fare well.