Just how ‘essential’ is Andy Rubin’s Essential phone?

May 31, 2017

That’s one gorgeous smartphone.

Yesterday we finally saw the smartphone that’s been teased by Andy Rubin who we know as the creator of the Android operating system. the nearly bezel-less display is the main highlight of the smartphone, now known as the ‘Essential’ phone.

Since most of the display occupies the front, this means that the fingerprint reader and various other sensors are placed at the back. It’s beautiful and considering that it is made from titanium and ceramic, it means that it is also durable and (hopefully) withstand drops and bumps.

Let’s get the good part – the specifications: The Essential phone will come with a Snapdragon 835 processor with the Adreno 540 GPU. There’s 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The (almost) borderless display measure 5.71-inches and will have a 19:10 aspect ratio with a 2560 x 1312 pixel resolution. Don’t forget the 13-megapixel rear camera, the 3,040 mAh battery that charges through USB Type-C and the inclusion of a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Of course it will also run on Android (7.1.1 Nougat to be exact).

The additional metal pins on the Essential phone adds a modular function to it – meaning that you can add accessories such a 360-degree camera (available at launch) among other things. This works in the same as the Moto Z with the Moto Mods.

The official website lists down some of the Essential smartphone’s key features. The $699 price may put it on the premium side, but that display is definitely something awesome to look at.

The Essential naming may just be the name – but its features and its specifications may seem similar to what others are already offering. We may have to wait and see how it will fare when used in real-world scenarios and how it will survive with the plethora of Android devices available at the moment.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.