Andy Rubin

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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Android creator teases new smartphone

Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, has teased[1] a new smartphone he is building. Essential Products, a company run by Rubin which is making the smartphone, plans to release a range of smart devices following the launch of the phone, according to reports. Engadget reported[2] that several of its smartphone prototypes are larger than an iPhone 7 Plus, featuring bezel-free screens and ceramic backings.

A version of Apple’s 3D Touch and magnetic charging are also being experimented with by the company, according to reports.

The new smartphone is expected to launch during the middle of 2017.


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