Tweet sent by Andy Rubin includes photo partially revealing his iPhone/Pixel challenger

Tweet sent by Andy Rubin includes photo partially revealing his iPhone/Pixel challenger
As you probably know by now, Andy Rubin is developing a handset that will challenge high-end phones like the Apple iPhone and the Google Pixel series. Rubin, known as "the father of Android," is working through a new company he started which goes by the name Essential Products. While we don't know the name of the device, a phone with the model number Essential FIH-PM1 was benchmarked by Geekbench in January. The FIH in the model number most likely stands for Foxconn International Holdings, and the contract manufacturer has been rumored to be in charge of assembling the phone.

A tweet disseminated today by Rubin includes a photograph that shows him holding his new phone. The images on the screen confirm that the phone is powered by Android, and the handset appears to sport thin bezels and rounded edges. A message that Rubin included with the tweet says, "I'm really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people's hands..."

The Geekbench  benchmark test in January let us know that the new phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset carrying 4GB of RAM, with Android 7.0 running the show. It certainly sounds like a high-end device. The latest speculation calls for a 5.5-inch  pressure-sensitive screen (similar to 3D Touch) to grace the handset.

Earlier this month, Rubin's company apparently lost $100 million in funding from Sprint parent SoftBank. But the latest word is that Essential Products was able to replace SoftBank with other well heeled investors, and a new round of funding is expected to close soon.


source: @Arubin via AndroidCentral

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1. mikehunta727 unregistered

0_o..

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

1:57 PM doesn't make sense.

17. EnriquePal

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 05, 2017

What part of 1:57pm doesn't make sense? poor fool bet you were thinking about 1:57am and fotgot there was a 1:57pm

20. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

FYI, When someone something leaks from Android, looking at the clock actually gives you a hint of what to expect. Obviously you dont know this easter egg. Go see previous articles if you want to be educated.

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If you have a vanilla Android and have access to System UI tuner, turning your device into demo mode will make your clock in the status bar reflect your base android model number.

26. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Maybe Andy Rubin doesn't know this...

29. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Maybe Andy Rubin, the father of Android itself, doesn't know anything about this.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe Andy Rubin wasn't tweeting about Android, but rather about his new hardware company.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Can he create a cult like following is the question?

10. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

well he has already done it once

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

If it's bang per buck with latest top spec, fanboys are easy.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Fanboys also only make up like 2% of the smartphone buying market. Gonna have to do better than that to top the big dogs. A lot better.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Does he need one?

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I really had a high hope that he may release a new mobile OS or at least some sort of modified Android to take on Google, not just another hardware races.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That wallpaper looks like a red sticker applied to the front of a phone lol.

8. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I don't think it's just a sticker. I think it's either real or there's some Photo-shopping involved as well. A sticker wouldn't emit a red glow on his finger at the far right of the image.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't think it's a sticker, just an awful wallpaper lol.

19. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Agreed. The whole photograph is quite awful to be honest.

6. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

No way can't take off in dominate market iphone and samsung.

9. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Plot reveal: It's not a new device. It's just the Mi Mix, his personal daily driver.

28. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Looks a lot like it, but the volume rocker and powerbutton don't match. The Mi Mix has the volume rocker towards the top at the side and the power button below that towards the middle. This one seems to have the powerbutton at the top and the volume rocker below it.

12. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Isnt that mi mix? Or maybe 3rd gen sharp Aquos with rounded display?

13. htcisthebest

Posts: 435; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

It looks just like a LG G6 with less bezels. Hope it brings some innovative features unlike the out-dated iPhone, otherwise I will wait for the Nokia 8/9.

16. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

It looks like it's in a case

18. cleatglitch

Posts: 162; Member since: May 25, 2013

i think it's a chicken

21. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Looks like Xiaomi Mi MIX, but the battery indicator, I thought Xiaomi's battery indicator is horizontal not vertical.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I was waiting on PA to post thi. I got the Tweet right after he posted it. Very interesting!

25. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Humm, if it's design like the Mi mix, I will give this phone a try. Especially since he have in-depth knowledge of how Android should work.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

You cant challenge something that isn't there... really excited for these bezel-less designs... hoping apple doesn't release another bezel-full device. Come on Apple, make the title of this article a true one..

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