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Andy Rubin's Essential Android smartphone spotted on GFXBench

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Andy Rubin's new Android phone appears on GFXBench

Andy Rubin's new Android phone appears on GFXBench

The so-called father of Android, Andy Rubin, has been working on a high-end Android handset that is expected to take on top shelf models like the Apple iPhone and the Google Pixel. We recently got a partial look at the phone, and it also was benchmarked on Geekbench. Today, the phone was spotted on the GFX Bench website.

The Essential FIH-PM1 (the name of the company producing the device is called Essential Products) will have a screen rumored to be 5.5-inches. According to GFXBench, the display carries a resolution of 1312 x 2560. This produces an aspect ratio of 80:41 compared to the 82:41 (or 18:9) on the LG G6. The Snapdragon 835 SoC is indeed under the hood, with an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage. We're hoping that the device will be offered with larger storage options.

A 12MP camera rests on the back of the device, with an 8MP selfie-shooter in front. There is no auto focus on the back camera, according to GFXBench, but NFC is supported. Android 7.0 is pre-installed. Reportedly, the phone will offer some modular capabilities through the use of a port found on the device, and the handset could have a feature similar to Apple's  3D Touch.

The device will be churned out by Foxconn (hence the FIH in its name, which stands for Foxconn International Holdings) and could be ready for release some time in the middle of this year.

via mobiltelefon.ru (translated)

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posted on 17 Apr 2017, 12:26

1. kiko007 (Posts: 5188; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

Hold up: Does that say 10GB of storage? Or am I going blind?

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 12:38

3. southernzombie (Posts: 126; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)

nah that says 10gb

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 12:42 6

5. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)

It's likely only a prototype they've been testing, so take some specs with a grain of salt for now.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 13:28

7. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

It also says it has an 18" screen so a maybe a few grains of salt.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 13:58

10. PryvateiDz (Posts: 262; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

Yeah...because I'm like, this is starting to sound like Big NO. lol

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 12:50 1

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3359; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

It says that but that will not be the storage of the finale product, will most likely be 32 or 64gb.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 13:35 1

8. sissy246 (Posts: 3873; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

Sure does, article had 16gb, even that is to low now days.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 14:18

12. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Obviously they mixed it up and meant 10GB of RAM. The storage is 36GB + microSD expansion... JK, but I'd take that.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 12:28 1

2. Divahipsterova (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Mar 2017)

16 GB? Mediocre camera?

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 12:41 1

4. Sealblaighter (Posts: 298; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Let's hope it will be a great device! But that 16 GB of internal storage is not enough!

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 13:44

9. surethom (Posts: 912; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

No auto focus on rear camera & 16gb storage, this sound like a low to low midrange not even a good midrange. If true another company trying to fob off cheap spec android phones.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 15:29

13. omnitech (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

It works on Nokia fans. Father of Android fans I am not so sure. I am thinking this will end up like another Oneplus how they just marketed Oppo phones better.

If Foxxconn is designing it, probably be like the Nokia N1 and look just like an iphone, so an HTC A9 that copies the iPhone 7s\iphone 8 instead of copying the iPhone 6.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 14:09

11. DFranch (Posts: 247; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

I doubt this is anywhere near final specs. There is no way they would pair an 835 with a 16GB phone. I also doubt a camera with no autofocus or HDR is likely.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 17:54

14. jdrch (Posts: 103; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)

16 GB of native storage???? LMFAOOOOOO this thing is DOA.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 18:22

15. Arthurhkt (Posts: 579; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Please don't be just another stock android phones, and hopefully the 16GB is just a prototype models.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 07:08

16. KingSam (Posts: 538; Member since: 13 Mar 2016)

Front camera says 4k video while being 7mp. And their approach to 18:8;is different. Rather that adding vertical pixels they removed horizontal pixels. Shouldn't affect scaling right?

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