Android creator’s Essential phone wants to change your premium smartphone experience for your lifetime

Andy Rubin's Essential phone is finally off the wraps. It's a sleek, Android powered smartphone for your premium, personal experience.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone is finally off the wraps and is available for purchase in the United States. The Essential phone has been hyped for quite sometime now, and by looking at the specs, the hype’s been healthy all along.

Essential creator Andy Rubin says that he wanted to bring in real passion and craftsmanship to the smartphone category, and wants to make the high-end quality available for all. Thus, Essential was born.

Essential phone camera
Image credits: Essential

The team at Essential wants to play by the following terms.

  • Devices are your personal property. We won’t force you to have anything on them you don’t want to have.
  • We will always play well with others. Closed ecosystems are divisive and outdated.
  • Premium materials and true craftsmanship shouldn’t be just for the few.
  • Devices shouldn’t become outdated every year. They should evolve with you.
  • Technology should assist you so that you can get on with enjoying your life.
  • Simple is always better.

Let’s get on to what Essential phone actually holds for us.

The Essential phone comes with a full edge-to-edge display that sits comfortably in your hands and has a set of top-notch specs to make it look all premium: is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 2560×1312 QHD (503 PPI), 19:10 aspect ratio, a fingerprint sensor at the rear to quickly unlock your phone, 3040 mAh battery with fast charging via USB and has 4GB of RAM + 128GB of storage packed in.

This USB Type-C phone boasts of a 13MP dual camera at the rear and has a 8MP selfie camera coupled alongside, and, yes, no headphone jack there.

It comes in 4 colors: Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths.

The phone’s made of Titanium body and has a ceramic finish at the rear. It comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover screen.

The phone’s sized at 141.5mm x 71.1mm x 7.8mm and weighs less than 185 gram.

The Essential phone supports networks/bands as shown below.

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The 360 camera on the phone is purely an addon and can be bundled on the website’s checkout page if needed. The idea behind 360 camera being the first accessory to the new Essential phone comes from the fact that capturing images with a limited FOV (field of view) is outdated these days.

Essential phone rear
Image credits: Essential

Xiaoyu Miao believes that a 360 camera fundamentally changes how we take photos, with no constraints on field of view and with no necessity to focus on particular objects, the user is free to capture the world as she sees it.

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Essential’s camera setup promises a very ease social sharing process alongside. “The user experience and workflow for taking a picture and uploading it to your social network is cumbersome”. It looks like the Essential phone might introduce a completely new way to change this process, and can be visualised when you unwrap one.

The phone comes out of the box with Android Nougat 7.1.1 and promises to “play well with others”. The team wants the phone to be everyone’s premium, personal experience and does not add any sort of logo at the rear, or the front for that matter. The company won’t force you to have “anything on them you don’t want to have”.

Essential’s retailing on their website at the time of writing this post and costs 699 USD a pop. The 360 camera addon can be bundled in too at 50 USD. It currently ships only to US addresses.