Andy Rubin's Essential to unveil its new mysterious smartphone on 30 May

Andy Rubin's Essential to unveil its new mysterious smartphone on 30 May

Andy Rubin's Essential to unveil its new mysterious smartphone on 30 May

Andy Rubin is somewhat of an icon in the Android community and he's finally given us our first look at his new Essential Phone.

That said, with the edge-to-edge display, the phone competes with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. You can reserve one today for $699. For starters, Essential will ship a 360-degree camera module which will retail for $199 but is available for early buyers for $50 in a bundle with the phone.

Another highlight of the phone is that it's built of Titanium and Ceramic, which makes the device incredibly sturdy.

The Essential Home is running a new operating system called Ambient OS, which includes support for a variety of platforms including HomeKit and SmartThings. That's why we put so much effort into developing one of the world's best phone cameras.

When it comes to smartphones, most of us buy Apple, Samsung, or "whatever phone happened to be on sale and in my budget".

Android creator Andy Rubin is jumping back into the US smartphone market just as the Chinese vendor LeEco is sounding the retreat. "The 5.71" display spreads across the entire screen, even seeping into where the front facing camera is placed, with a 2560 x 1312 resolution. The phone comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The first accessory, a 360-degree camera, uses two fisheye lenses to capture images ready for simple Facebook sharing. It has a massive screen that takes up almost the entire front of the phone, wrapping around the selfie camera.

Both the front and rear camera records videos at 4k (30fps), 1080p (60fps) and 720p (120fps).

The phone will be available in black, grey, white, and dark green or "ocean depths".

The Essential Home has a screen, making it look a bit like the Echo Show from Amazon, and shares a name with the smart-home hub from Rubin's former employer, Google. The connector allows for modulars to the Essential Phone, using wireless data transfers on the port.

The Essential Phone has a dual-lens setup similar to Huawei's P9, which uses the second lens for monochrome images instead of telephoto, bokeh, or wide-angle shots. But Rubin is aiming to solve some pain points, promising that users won't have to have anything on their phone that they don't want, the ecosystem will be open, and that the phone will "evolve with you". It is expected to ship first in the U.S. and later in other regions, and also be available in the colours "stellar grey" and "ocean depths".

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