Essential’s second device is literally half a smartphone

October 10, 2019

Taller is better right?

Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone may have struggled to achieve some profits since its launch, but decent reviews along with day one support for the latest Android updates made it one of the best smartphones in its category. While it was initially said that the company isn’t making a new smartphone, Rubin’s tweets earlier today may have proven otherwise.

Just this morning, Rubin has posted a smartphone that sports a rather tall and slim profile – think of the Essential phone being sliced in half. From the images, you can see that there’s a punch-hole camera and navigation buttons located on top. This supposed next-generation Essential smartphone definitely got us interested.

The narrow design is beautiful though many have expressed concern if it will actually sell. The rear is probably the best part of the smartphone, it features a new reflective material that changes with the lights. The new smartphone, codenamed ‘GEM’, was said to run on a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 CPU. There’s also a noticeable camera bump and what looks like a fingerprint sensor right below it.

The UI seems customized, but it’s likely that it’ll be running Android as well. While Essential brands this as a new way to ‘reframe your perspective on mobile’, we’ll have to wait and see everyone’s reactions about this new smartphone.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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