Android founder launches highly-anticipated smartphone

Android founder Andy Rubin has launched his new smartphone, the Essential Phone[1]. The device features a titanium body with a ceramic back and a Gorilla Glass 5 cover. The display is a 5.7-inch QHD unit, while processing is taken care of by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

Rubin’s company Essential also unveiled its 360-degree camera attachment for the phone, which it claimed is the world’s smallest 360-degree person camera. The Essential Phone runs on Android, and will be available in four colours: Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White, and Ocean Depths (Green). The smartphone, bundled with a 360-degree camera, can be reserved for £749.

The standalone phone can be bought for £699.

Essential Phone PH-1
Dimensions 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm
Weight 185g
OS Android
Display 5.71-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,312)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Andreno 540
Storage 128GB
Main Camera 13MP Dual f/1.85
Front Camera 8MP f/2.20
Battery 3,040mAh
Connectivity Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Network LTE


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