It is real: a hands-on with the Essential Phone, presented by Andy Rubin

It is real: a hands-on with the Essential Phone, presented by Andy Rubin
So, the Essential Phone was just revealed yesterday and it has some cool things going on about it. Titanium and ceramc build, a 360-degree accessory camera, an all-screen front, so on and so forth — it's definitely a head-turner. But we didn't get to see any live footage of the handset, just renders.

Today, Essential founder Andy Rubin sat down with Recode to show and talk about the product he is so proud of. He discusses the titanium build, the magnetic connector on the back, why the Essential modules might be better than the Moto Mods, the 360-degree camera, and other tidbits.

It's interesting to note that the two Essential Phones that Mr. Rubin pulls out actually have different finishes. While the black one is a super-shiny fingerprint magnet, the white one is actually matte! This means that if you are tired of the fingerprint smudges on shiny devices, Essential will give you the choice of going for a non-glossy option. Unfortunately, it's still not clear which colors would have the soft, non-reflective finish.

The full interview is available at the Recode page, linked in the source — you can check it out to hear Mr. Rubin talk about the new phone, the camera, the slowdown of innovation in mobile technologies, and the universally "loved" bloatware.


source: Recode

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12 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wish all smartphones had the 360 camera accessory for only $50 more.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2545; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

One thing is pretty clear now. Every other smartphone oem should just leave modularity for lenovomoto. They own that space! Its night and day.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The specs on this smartphone are awesome. SD 835, 128 gb of storage, Bluetooth 5, 1 gigabit LTE, dual SIM, wifi ad, USB-C with USB 3.1 transfer speeds, titanium casing, gorilla glass 5, QHD display, 85% screen ratio, two 13 mp cameras on the rear. Then for only $50 more, or a total of $750. You are a wicked smartphone with Android Nougat 7.1, and a 360 degree camera add on as well. Please Bankz list another smartphone that comes close to what this smartphone offers. The smartphone makes the iPhone 7 or 7 plus look like a complete rip off for its asking price.

8. NoAllegiance unregistered

For that price, it's quite a steal. Insta360 and Huawei's Panaromic cam cost almost triple that ($129).

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It actually has a lot going for it. Including 1 gigabit LTE.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Stereo speakers.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Standard 128 gb of storage, and 4 gb of ram.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Everyone comes with dual SIM, Bluetooth 5, USB-C​ with USB 3.1 transfer speeds.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wish all smartphones had the 360 camera accessory for only $50 more.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

calm down dude.. 6 of 9 comments in this article are from you :-/

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hey, be nice, You shouldn't criticize people for being overly excited about something new. It's a cool device, looks good and the specs are really impressive, though frankly, I'd go without having a front facing camera if it meant having an unobstructed display. I'm not all that into selfies and while I have used it quite a bit at work, I wouldn't mind going without if it meant I could cut the bezel as much as they have without affecting the display.

9. alhajiash

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

This looks nice, where's that salty writer complaining about the modern "bezel-less" design?

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