A few days back, Andy Rubin and his team at the Essential Company gave us a heads up on Twitter about “something big” coming on May 30th and all of the rumors and predictions about the new Essential smartphone are now confirmed. Sure enough, the company just launched their first smartphone today in the US and it has tech-geeks across the world positively excited.
The Essential smartphone bears no brand, no big title. Andy Rubin envisioned a smartphone that was a basic, clean to the core Android phone without any label on it. Online forums are already dubbing the new Essential smartphone as an Anti-iPhone device and we might see this new smartphone coming up to par with the two electronics giants – Samsung and Apple.
Let’s talk specs now. The Essential smartphone packs some incredible specs unlike we’ve ever seen in a phone. For starters, the display features a large edge-to-edge bezel-less screen that might even be a level higher than the Samsung Galaxy S8. The front screen does not bear any logos or other unnecessary items, with the focus primarily on the screen itself.
It seems like Essential is keeping up with the trend when it comes to the headphone jack, which basically means there is no headphone jack in the phone. Although not entirely convenient for the vast majority, the company seems to have jumped into the ditching the audio jack bandwagon like many of the latest smartphones.
Another unique feature of the new smartphone is the dual-camera setup – the 8 MP secondary camera, and the 12 MP primary camera that can be coupled with a 360-degree camera by simply clipping the accessory to the top through magnetic docks. The Essential Company plans to ship the 360-degree camera along with the phone in the box. This attachable camera itself is hardly the size of your thumb. This feature of the new Essential smartphone is definitely something new and never before seen in other devices.
Perhaps one of the most important features of the Essential smartphone that makes it standout is the tiny magnetic docks at the back. These magnetic docks are dot like and are designed to attach accessories to the smartphone. One of those accessories is the 360-degree camera but the company has promised more accessories to be made soon.
As far as the processor is concerned, this new smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which is the latest in the market right now. The Essential smartphone will run Android 7.11 Nougat but will most probably be upgradeable to the new Android O once it is available. The new handset will feature a 4GB RAM coupled with 128 GB of internal storage. In addition, the phone packs a 3040mAh battery.
The Essential smartphone is built on titanium and ceramic and according to The Verge, Andy Rubin claims the sturdy build will be able to give better results in the drop test than either Samsung or iPhone, and if that proves to be true, the smartphone might actually give some serious competition to the two electronics giants. The company has also announced new developments including the Ambient OS and the Essential Home Speaker further emphasizing that the company means business.
Priced at US $699, the Essential smartphone packs some incredible specifications and features and we’re definitely excited to see this new electronics company to rise to the spotlight. Are you impressed by the new smartphone, or do you think the monopoly will stay with Samsung and Apple? Let us know in the comments section below!