After months of anticipation, Android co-founder Andy Rubin has finally unveiled the much-awaited Essential smartphone – and it is a stunning piece of hardware.
The premium Essential handset has an elegant edge-to-edge display, and it sports a titanium body with a ceramic back and a corning Gorilla Glass 5 front. Smartphone’s front-facing camera has the most interesting placement, which is situated right in the middle at the top of the screen.
In addition to its exceptional thin bezels and screen-to-body ratio, Essential’s 5.71-inch panel boasts a QHD resolution of 2560×1312 and an unusual 19:10 aspect ratio.
Essential packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and it is powered by Android. Device sports 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3040 mAh battery. Handset comes with a 13MP dual-cam setup with image fusion technology and an 8MP front-facing camera with support for 4K video.
Other than the top-notch hardware and latest tech features, the company is aiming to build an ecosystem of accessories around the device. Essential will be shipped with a 360-degree camera that can click in to the top of the phone, and a charging dock will also be offered.
Speaking of ports, the device doesn’t offer traditional 3.5mm headphone jack — which is a bummer. But as The Verge reports, the device will be shipped with a headphone dongle in the box.
In addition to the mobile device, Andy Rubin has also announced that the company is prepping a smart speaker, Essential Home, as well as its own operating system, Ambien OS, to power it.
Essential is priced at $699 and it is currently available for pre-orders in the United States. As of now, the handset offers only two color options – Black Moon and Pure White, but it will be eventually available in Stellar Grey and Ocean Depths as well.