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

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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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