First Essential smartphone (developed by Andy Rubin) could be announced next week


Ex-Google chief engineer and entrepreneur Andy Rubin, seen by many as the father of Android, will soon announce a brand new high-end smartphone that's supposed to compete with the likes of Apple iPhone and Google Pixel.

The new smartphone is developed under the umbrella of an equally new company founded by Rubin and called Essential. Today, Essential announced - via its first Tweet ever - that "something big is coming May 30th." It's very likely that the company will officially showcase its first handset on this date, especially since Andy Rubin already revealed a teaser image showing the upcoming device - you can see it for yourself above.

As previously reported, the first Essential smartphone should run Android, though we assume that it's going to be a customized version of Android. The handset seemingly features thin bezels around its display, but it doesn't look like we're talking about a curved screen (à la Samsung Galaxy S8). For now, the device appears to be resembling the LG G6 to some degree.

Rumors have it that the first Essential smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display with an unusual 1312 x 2560 pixel resolution, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 - the very same chipset that's found inside flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or HTC U11. Other features could include at least 4 GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP front-facing camera. 

We're excited to discover what Andy Rubin and Essential have been cooking up, so we're obviously looking forward to seeing what the May 30 announcement will bring. Stay tuned!


source: Essential (Twitter) via Droid-life

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16 Comments

1. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

"We're excited to discover what Andy Rubin and Essential have been coking up" Heh heh

3. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Cant wait tbh.. Looking like a very beautiful piece, if his tweet (bout the phone) was anything to go by. Lets just hope that the bottom bezel doesnt look like the mi mix.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Intrested...

4. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'd be more interested if it was running a new OS.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hopefully it's pure stock Android.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hope not or it won't be a contender in sales.

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

WE had too many stock Android OEM these day, I don't really think we need another one :/

12. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

We had too many stock Android OEM these day, I don't really think we need another one :/

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

We had too many stock Android OEM these day, I don't really think we need another one :/

14. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Can never have too many. They should all be stock.

15. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Stock android is ugly in comparison with the new Samsung Experience.

6. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

"new high-end smartphone that's supposed to compete with the likes of Apple iPhone and Google Pixel" Yeah, not with Sammy. Cause the S8 is way out of the league of any of those two.

8. jimjam unregistered

We could do with some more competition. Hopefully something innovative in there that is useful.

9. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I think this will mix up the silent water. I have a feeling it will be real surprise and can compete with the flagships in 2017 with a very friendly price, aka OnePlus "2" company.

10. renan_batista2

Posts: 21; Member since: May 11, 2013

I asked them for a tesear and they sent me one. Now live on twitter kkkkkkkkkkkk Im already in Love with Essential company.

16. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I can't wait to see what is all this about! A Google competitor sounds good. :)

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