Essential confirms new device in testing as first details emerge

Essential confirms new device in testing as first details emerge
Essential PH-1

A spokesperson for Essential Products today confirmed to XDA Developers that the company’s next device is now in “early testing.” The news comes three months after CEO and Android co-founder Andy Rubin teased a new product.

The company hasn’t yet revealed what the device will entail but information uncovered by XDA suggests it may not be the second-generation smartphone everyone has been waiting for. That’s because it defaults to a 90/270º rotation which is typically associated with tablets – smartphones almost always default to a 0º rotation. 

While this is far from confirmation Essential’s next product will be a tablet, other bits of info do seem more reliable. The new device seems to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 and Android 10. References to a total of five cameras including a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586, a 20-megapixel Sony IMX 476, a 16-megapixel Sony IMX519, a 13-megapixel Sony IMX 258, and a 5-megapixel Samsung S5K5E9 were also spotted.

Essential has rather unsurprisingly maintained a close relationship with Google since it was founded but it did appear to be testing a version of Android without any Google apps or services. There’s no guarantee the final product will ship without them, but it’s still a pretty interesting detail that’s worth pointing out.

The last finding by XDA involved a feature called “Fingerprint Walkie-Talkie.” This function's exact use case hasn’t been confirmed but it may allow users to continuously talk to an on-board virtual assistant while the fingerprint scanner is being pressed. But whether this is the Google Assistant or a custom alternative remains to be seen.

Considering Essential’s next product is still in the early phases of testing, an announcement is unlikely to take place anytime soon. Instead, the company will most likely unveil it during the first half of 2020 before a release in either Q2 or Q3.



1. Man_Utd

Posts: 188; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Great to hear they're coming out with a second phone... but what's up with the SD730? Hoping that spec is wrong.

2. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The article clearly says that it won't be a phone. Based on all the information they have, it will most likely be a mid-range tablet.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually no, the article doesn’t clearly state that. “While this is far from confirmation Essential’s next product will be a tablet...” The only reason they believe it to be a tablet is based on the fact that the boot up works in orientation mode. However, even XDA Developers say that there has been no information to think the new device is a tablet.

3. airoid

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

yes release a nexus7-like midrange tablet with 730. That's awesome and good enough.

4. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I hope they release a successor to the Essential phone. That phone was very underrated and deserved a second chance.

6. tuminatr

Posts: 1143; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I hope so to and other than a poor camera the PH-1 is a sweet device

7. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

With a proper gcam port, I was able to get a Pixel like pictures when I had it.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Still like my essential. Battery life is incredible on Android Ten in my usage.

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