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

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:

source: @Essential

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  • Display 5.7 inches
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  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3040 mAh
  • OS Android 10



10. Cat97

Posts: 2056; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

9. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

6. monoke

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

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

2. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Hope this one to be a game changer...

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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

5. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

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

4. Bankz

Posts: 2554; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

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

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

8. Sealblaighter

Posts: 438; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

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