Is this the 'Essential' Android smartphone?

Android inventor to launch N250k phone this week

It's also created to be minimalist and stripped down; the phone doesn't even have a logo on the back.

Essential also launched a household assistant called Home that looks like an angled hockey puck with a screen.

You might not know about Andy Rubin but the chap's work has has an impact on billions of peoples' lives; as one of the creators of Android, he is one of the most important figures in the history of technology.

It also ships with a 360 camera in the box, and Essential claims that it will usher in a truly modular way of thinking about phones. There's definitely a wave of interest for retro phones this year, but we doubt Rubin's new phone is a blast back to the eyesore antenna days. We won't force you to have anything on them you don't want to have. Google acquired Android in 2005, and its software now runs on the vast majority of the world's smartphones.

Other specs and features of the Essential Phone include Android OS, 10 finger multi-touch, a fingerprint reader, 4 microphones, a 3040mAh battery, fast charging via USB, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth connectivity, a Qualcomm 835 processor, and a USB Type-C port.

Known simply as the Essential "PH-1" Phone, the device is an ambitious high-end Android smartphone that combines, into one cohesive package, numerous unique and disparate ideas we've seen other smartphone OEMs attempt over the past few years.

The back of the phone is ceramic and the front is covered in Gorilla Glass 5.

The Essential Phone is powered by Android (version 7.1.1), and actually shares a lot in common with other flagships like the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8. Like the P10, the second camera features a monochromatic sensor.

The Essential Home is a voice assistant with a screen that can also be activated by touch and look. It costs around $700 to reserve the phone.

And the phone doesn't carry any branding, which the company said was a decision to prevent customers from being "forced to advertise" for them all of the time.

When is the Essential phone release date? Like the LG G5, the Essential Phone will be launched with a number of accessories that can be connected to the phone's magnetic connector with wireless data transfer. We believe titanium is the ideal material to create one of the most essential things in our lives - one we all sometimes drop. The device is available in four color options: black moon, stellar grey, pure white and ocean depths (green & gold).

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