The founder of Android, Andy Rubin, has unveiled his new Android smartphone.
Dubbed the ‘Essential Phone PH-1’, the handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display.
It boasts Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Rubin claims is ‘one of the world’s best phone cameras.’
The phone is modular and can be fitted with a 360-degree camera accessory, designed for recording content to view back in virtual reality
– 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display
– Screen protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5
– Will display at a 19:10 aspect ratio at 500 nits brightness
– Dimensions: 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across, 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick.
– Will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)
– Titanium body with a ceramic back
– 13-megapixel dual-camera system
– 360-degree camera accessory
– 128GB of internal storage
– 3,040mAh battery
– a USB Type-C port
– A fingerprint sensor
– Costs $699 (£543) and comes in black, grey, white and green
The phone is made out of titanium, instead of aluminium, to help it survive accidental drops. It features a ceramic back.
It is modular and can be fitted with a 360-degree camera accessory.
This clips to the rear of the phone, weighs 35g and includes a dual 12-megapixel fisheye sensors that can capture 4K 360 video at 30fps.
The back has a 13-megapixel dual-camera system designed for low-light photography.
The front camera of the Essential smartphone is a 8MP unit with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
It comes with a magnetic connector, 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor.
The screen is protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 and it boasts a 19:10 aspect ratio at 500 nits brightness. Average LCD displays produce between 200 to 300 nits.
There is no traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, but the Verge claims it may ship with a headphone dongle in the box.
The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams).
Essential is launching the phone in the US to begin with, and it will be rolled out globally the near future.
It costs $699 (£543) and comes in black, grey, white and green.
Rubin believes the phone is an ‘iPhone killer’ and can take on the likes of Apple and Google.
The founder of Android, Andy Rubin, has finally unveiled his new Android smartphone. Dubbed the ‘Essential Phone PH-1’, the handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display
It also boasts Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Essential claims is ‘one of the world’s best phone cameras’
This graphic shows the smartphone’s 360 degree camera accessory. This clips to the rear of the phone, weighs 35g and includes a dual 12-megapixel fisheye sensors that can capture 4K 360 video at 30fps
Earlier this year it was reported Rubin had recruited over 40 people to his new firm, to be called Essential, according to Bloomberg.
It aims to build an entire technology ecosystem using AI – from phones and smart home gadgets to app stores.
A previous tweet shows an extremely small bezel, with Rubin saying he was ‘excited to get it into more people’s hands’.
ANDROID INVENTOR UNVEILS HOME ASSISTANT
The Essential Home (pictured) is a home assistant with a distinctive round top that displays useful information
Alongside the Essential phone, Andy Rubin has unveiled a new home assistant to rival Apple’s upcoming Siri Speaker.
Called the Essential Home, the assistant is similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo.
The Essential device constantly listens to its owner and answers commands and questions when called upon.
But the gadget has a distinctive round top that displays useful information such as upcoming calendar events and traffic news – without being prompted.
The Essential Home also offers more security by handling data on local devices instead of pushing to external servers.
The device can also be activated from a mere glance, according to its inventors.
It’s not yet known has this is possible, but tech experts suspect the assistant will use a sensor or a camera to register its users glances.
The assistant will be released this summer and is not yet known how much it will cost.
Apple is also rumoured to be developing a home assistant, which will be known as the Siri Speaker.
The handset (pictured) will be available in black, grey, white and green and features 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor
The Essential comes with a magnetic connector which will allow for connection of a 360 degree camera accessory (pictured)
The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)
A search in LinkedIn reveals several of the employees, including Niccolo De Masi, the ex-CEO of Glu Mobuile, who is listed as the firm’s President COO.
Rubin also recently hired Andy Fouché from Magic Leap, a Google backed firm developing AR glasses.
Bloomberg claims Essential will produce an range of both home and mobile products, and Rubin discussed his handset plans with Sprint executives at the recent CES show.
Essential is launching the phone in the US to begin with, and it will be rolled out globally the near future, at a cost of $699 (£543)
Rubin also teased last month that Essential is working on a device that would have 360-degree video recording capabilities
ANDY RUBIN’S CAREER
Born in 1963, New Yorker Any Rubin worked on the first generation of wireless digital assistants, known as PDA.
In December 1999 he launched Danger, creator of the Hiptop, a proto-smartphone, which was later bought by Microsoft.
Rubin cofounded Android in 2003 and sold it to Google in 2005, moving to the firm.
In December 2013, Rubin started management of the robotics division of Google, before leaving on 30 October 2014 to start an incubator for hardware startups.
Rubin and his wife, Rie, also own and operate Voyageur du Temps, a bakery in Los Altos, CA.
Rubin registered Essential Products Inc. with California regulators in November 2015, and in late 2016, the company registered ‘Essential’ with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
There, it listed smartphones, tablets, accessories and ‘computer operating software for mobile phones’ among its goods and services.
Rubin is convinced AI is the next big change to ripple through the technology industry.
‘New computing platforms happen every 10 to 12 years,’ he said at the Bloomberg Technology Conference in June.
He believes that AI in the future will go one step further – being so powerful that it underpins every connected device.
Mr Rubin said a combination of quantum computing and AI advancements could yield a conscious intelligence that would control every internet-enabled gadget.
Andy Rubin has recruited over 40 people to his new firm, to be called Essential, according to Bloomberg. It aims to build an entire technology ecosystem from phones to app stores and smart home gadgets.
‘If you have computing that is as powerful as this could be, you might only need one.
‘It might not be something you carry around; it just has to be conscious.’
While Mr Rubin’s claims are currently theoretical, his investment fund, Playground Global, is investing $300 million in companies trying to make this future of AI a reality.
One of the companies his fund is investing in, is a quantum computing firm. Its name has not been disclosed.
The company is made up of researchers who may one day be able to commercialise quantum devises using standard manufacturing processes, which could massively boost processing power.
Bloomberg claims Essential will produce an range of both home and mobile products, and Rubin (pictured) discussed his handset plans with Sprint executives at the recent CES show.
Mr Rubin said: ‘In order for AI to blossom and fulfill consumer needs, it has to be about data.
‘That’s where robotics come in – robots are walking mobile sensors, who can sense their environment and interact and learn from those interactions.’
Foxconn is in talks to manufacture Rubin’s new smartphone, according to people familiar with the matter.
At least one prototype of Rubin’s phone boasts a screen larger than the iPhone 7 Plus’s (5.5-inches) but has a smaller overall footprint because of the lack of bezels, one of the people said.