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Andy Rubin's Essential phone gets teased on Twitter, is this a 360-degree camera we're seeing?

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As you might have heard by now, Andy Rubin, one of the co-creators of the Android OS, is about to jump into the smartphone game once more with the upcoming Essential smartphone, which is supposedly launching May 30. Thus, the time is nigh for teasers, and one of the latest ones comes straight from the company's Twitter account, on which a silhouette of the device got published for all to see.

Mind you, the teaser looks a bit odd due to what seems like a large circular add-on at the top of the device. Meddling with the image reveals that this might be a 360-degree camera of sorts, which seems like it would latch to the top of the phone. There's also the possibility that it's an integral part of the phone itself and... flips out of the body, which would be a peculiar design decision.

Of course, we could be wrong with our speculations, so let us hear your take - what's that at the top? Drop a comment with your best guess!

Aside from that curious hump, we also get a glimpse of the phone's volume buttons and the power button, both positioned on the left side of the device. Business as usual. One thing is certain - this teaser does a good job at sparking interest!

So far, we know that the Essential phone will likely have a very high screen-to-body ratio and minuscule bezels (at least in the upper part of the device), as well as some rather high-end specs. A 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1312 x 2560 pixels that works out an aspect ratio of 1:1.95, Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and a 12MP rear camera might be making the cut. Of course, the phone will run Android, but it's doubtful that it will be bone-stock. 

That's not the first teaser for the Essential we've seen; here's the first one that got jettisoned a few months ago:

The Essential phone

The Essential phone


source: @Essential


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posted on 26 May 2017, 02:52

1. neela_akaash (Posts: 1228; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Hope this one to be a game changer...

posted on 26 May 2017, 02:54

3. tango_charlie (Posts: 334; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Game changer? Does is run 1 week on a single charge?

posted on 26 May 2017, 06:01

5. Master_Oogway (Posts: 81; Member since: 06 Oct 2016)


It's expected to be a gamechanger because it comes directly from the Creator of the original Android.....

posted on 26 May 2017, 03:48 2

4. Bankz (Posts: 1932; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Btw, whats the fascination with 360 degree cameras? Of all things to have added on the phone.

posted on 27 May 2017, 05:07

7. sgodsell (Posts: 4731; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


If it's a 360 degree camera built into a smartphone, then it doesn't matter how you hold your phone. You will always get everyone around you. Just one camera click, and you have the best panoramic image around. If they use 2 - 16 mp 185 degree cameras, then you could make one 30 mp 360 degree photo. Personally I hope they use 2 - 21 MP cameras or higher.

posted on 27 May 2017, 08:30

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


They will not use 2 21 MP camera, because no CPU would cupport that for now.

posted on 26 May 2017, 02:53 1

2. tango_charlie (Posts: 334; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Looks like it's attached to the phone. Probably some type of a tiny 360 degree camera. Maybe 2 ultra wide angle lenses, 180 degree on each side, creating a 360 degree image.

posted on 26 May 2017, 07:04

6. monoke (Posts: 736; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


This guy's a one man oem... "What phone u got?... Oh it's the new Andy Rubin Essential bruh."

posted on 27 May 2017, 08:56 1

9. dimas (Posts: 2511; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I'm guessing that it will have smaller bezels than the g6. Might be having the sharp aquos designn language.

posted on 27 May 2017, 16:26

10. Cat97 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


If the bottom bezel is as thin as the top one, it will really be a game changer and I will buy one.

It is possible that the phone has a single camera (the "rear" one) that flips to allow selfies, and this way all the bezels can remain thin, there is no need for a separate selfie camera.

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