Andy Rubin's new high-end Android smartphone to be unveiled later today?


Back in January, word leaked out that Andy Rubin was working on a high-end Android handset that was said to be aimed at the Google Pixel and the Apple iPhone. What makes this a big deal is that Mr. Rubin is considered to be the "Father of Android." After leaving Android in March 2013, he departed Google 19 months later. By December 2015, there was speculation that Rubin was about to start a new company that would produce Android smartphones. The name of the company is called Essential Products, and we expect it to make Rubin's unnamed Android handset official later today, according to a tweet the company itself sent out a few days ago.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen partial images of Rubin's phone leak including a silhouette that appeared on a tweet last week. This image revealed that the phone will have some type of add-on that will be related to the camera, possibly allowing it to take 360-degree photos. The latest rumored specs include a 5.5-inch screen with the Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood, carrying an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage. The latter figure seems light for a high-end 2017 model, so we are hoping that higher storage options are going to be available. The camera combo will weigh in at 12MP/8MP from back to front respectively, and Android 7.0 is pre-installed.

Will Rubin's new Android high-end handset throw a money wrench into the current Android landscape? Will it be a game changer? To find out, keep checking in throughout the day.

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10 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I just hope its refreshing and brings something new to the game either in design or in functionality and features and not just being an mi mix "wanna be" or a "me too" kinda phone.

2. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I'm SUPER excited to see what this phone brings to the table! However, IF the rumored specs are true, then there are two things that stand out in a negative way: 1. The screen seems to be bezel-less according to the picture, meaning that a 5.5" screen is too small since they could have easily gone bigger to compete with other flagships of 5.7"+ screens. 5.5" is the bare minimum for a flagship these days (although it would make an amazing "compact" version given the size of the bezels.) 2. 16gb internal memory??? That's gotta be a mistake...no way is a phone launching in 2017 with 16gb! Even if it's expandable, or if larger capacity options are available, it too little no matter how you slice it! It should not exist as an option at all.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wow, another 5.5 inch phone. You know what would shake things in Android world? Doing something different, right now every phone is basically the same device with different camera sensor and different companies delivering the bloatware

5. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I know its strange but i'm of the opinion that flagships should be launched every 2 years at this point. Phones are now mature enough that none is really better than the other be it in performance, camera, design, battery or features. Thats why u see different results for different camera/battery/performance tests across different sites for instance. Now, theres just no excitement in the smartphone landscape anymore. Gone are the nokia and motorola days. Now aside lg, and motorola no one does anything different, non of them even tries to think outside the box. All i see are very rich companies doing 'me too' devices everywhere, and trying to cripple and frustrate smaller companies with the latest spec available. One company brings out a new feature/design and then every other oem copies them do death. Companies don't even thinks simultanously anymore. All they do is wait for the next fad/breakthrough then copy/paste them without shame till the next one comes along. Such a shame. I just hope the v30 is true.

10. .7.8.6.

Posts: 75; Member since: May 25, 2017

True I love my V10 dual SIM better than hideous looking Lg5 Phones should have 18=24 no the gap not every 12m

4. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So, if it was a 5.4" phone, it was really interesting nut 5.5" is not ? This phone is bezel-less and it solves the selfie camera issue on bezel-less phones. It could very well shake thinga.

6. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

16GB storage in a high end device? Thanks but no thanks. You can keep it.

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Please don't be just another Stock Android OEM, I really wish there would be more Android flavor for me to choose.

8. ezMoney

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

I think I saw a prototype of this on a recent flite in US. Person told me it was a prototype, he couldnt tell me more -- looked awesome!

9. .7.8.6.

Posts: 75; Member since: May 25, 2017

Only 4gb Ram user experience will lag and will need to close clean every 10 open apps 6gb Ram please

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