Android creator Andy Rubin is entering the Smartphone race with a product of his own.
His company, Essential Products, has unveiled Essential, a Smartphone that will enable its owners to update parts of their phone as technology improves, meaning they will no longer have to buy a new phone every year to stay current.
“Devices shouldn’t become outdated every year. They should evolve with you,” Rubin said in a blog post, adding that a few set principles were key in the creation of Essential.
“Devices are your personal property. We won’t force you to have anything on them you don’t want to have,” Rubin said, adding that his devices “will always play well with others. Closed ecosystems are divisive and outdated.”
Essential, which has a titanium and ceramic body and is available in black or white, comes with a $699 pricetag. Currently available in the U.S. only, the Android-run phone sports a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge full display and “the world’s thinnest dual camera system ever built for a phone.”
Buyers also have the option of purchasing the phone with the “world’s smallest 360-degree
personal camera” add-on for $749.
Here’s a look at the phone’s specs:
Dimensions: Height: 141.5mm, Width: 71.1mm, Thickness: 7.8mm, Weight: < 185 grams.
Display: Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD, Aspect Ratio: 19:10, Brightness: 500 nits (typical), Contrast Ratio: > 1:1000 (typical).
Technology: CGS / LTPS, Human Input + Sensors, 10 finger multitouch; palm and water-error rejection, Fingerprint reader: fastest available technology, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Volume buttons, Power button, Environmental pressure sensor (barometer), Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.
Audio: Microphone: 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming, Low Audio (earpiece), High Audio: (loudspeaker).
Rear Camera: 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology, 13MP True Monochrome mode, f/1.85 lens, Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus, Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps.
Front Camera: 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio, f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens, Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps.
Battery: 3040mAh. Fast charging via USB.
Memory & Storage: RAM: 4GB, Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1
Connectivity: Bluetooth: 5.0 LE, Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, NFC: yes, Positioning: GPS and GLONASS.
System Architecture / OS: Android, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor, GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit.
Ports: USB Type-C, 60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector, 2x accessory power pins, NanoSIM tray with pin eject.