Andy Rubin's Essential Android smartphone spotted 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.

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16. KingSam

Posts: 1553; Member since: Mar 13, 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?

15. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

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

14. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

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

11. DFranch

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

9. surethom

Posts: 1778; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

13. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

4. Sealblaighter

Posts: 443; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

2. Divahipsterova

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

16 GB? Mediocre camera?

1. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

3. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

nah that says 10gb

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1489; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

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

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

10. PryvateiDz

Posts: 447; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

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

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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


Posts: 657; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

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

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