Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is out – maybe one of the most interesting smartphones of the year

- Adrian Ungureanu

Ever since Xiaomi released it Mi Mix with seen a drastic change with the new smartphones design-wise and big names as LG or Samsung and many other smaller companies joined the trend the released smartphones with smaller and smaller bezels.

Now we get to see Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, that the Android co-founder had teased a while ago. Essential PH1, as it was officially named by the company, has an impressive screen-to-body ratio, covering most of the front panel of the phone.

The weirdest thing about this new smartphone is the selfie camera that has been placed at the top within the screen territory. The screen was cut around the camera and that’s why Essential Phone has a strange look.

Otherwise, the smartphone is very well equipped and it comes with some interesting features as two pins connector at the back of the phone that will allow users to attach different accessories as a 360-degree camera.

Essential Phone
Platform Android 7 Nougat
Display 5.71″ LTPS LCD with 19:10 ratio
2560 x 1312 pixel Quad HD
141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8mm
185 grams
Snapdragon 835 (10nm)
Cameras Dual rear camera (13MP Dual RGB + Mono fusion system)
8MP front cam with 4K video
Storage 128GB UFS 2.0
– no microSD card slot
Battery 3,040 mAh
with USB-C fast charging
Special features Titanium body, Ceramic back, Gorilla Glass 5
Magnetic dock, 6Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector
4x microphones with noise cancellation support
Bluetooth 5.0 LE


The new smartphone will cost $700, its already available for pre-order in the US and according to Andy Rubin, shipping should start in about a month and it will be available at all relevant US carriers.