It’s been so long since the creation of Android that what you’re about to read about was bound to happen. Any person developing their own OS has thoughts on the hardware side of the story too and Andy Rubin, the creator of Android remains no exception. What has come of years of devotion to the tech world is seemingly a marvel – Essential Phone.
From Andy’s own company – Essential, the phone is directly a competitor to both the Samsung Galaxy S8 as well as the new iPhone coming up later this year. Boasting only the highest end specs, it comes with a Snapdragon 835, 4gb RAM, 3040 mAh in battery and 128gb internal storage. On the back we have a dual camera setup similar to the Huawei Mate P9 with a monochrome sensor for the secondary camera to enhance detail and low light performance. The front facing camera is a 8MP shooter capable of recording video in 4K.
The Essential Phone is taking a take on modularity the same route as Motorola – magnetic pins. It’s got two holes on the back wherein you could attach the Essential accessories (a neat pun though). Currently the company only has one, a 360 degree camera attachment that takes 3480×1920 spherical UHD images for $199. There is also a charging dock available should you just want a cradle to show off that sleek new device along with charging it.
The phone is designed to work with Home, a smart home device that runs on a platform called Ambient OS. It has a large, circular display and a speaker, which can help you play music, look up information online, set timers and everything else we’ve come to expect from Echo-like assistants and hardware.
The phone will come in four different colors — Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths and come with Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box. The Verge reports, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack though there will be a dongle in the box. It is available for preorder right now for $699, or $749 with the bundled 360-degree camera.