Andy Rubin, co-founder and the backbone in the building of Android left Google in 2014, but it was not all about his magic and something special that was yet to come until he introduced 'Essential'.
The father of Android, Andy Rubin revealed the Essential Phone in an exclusive post by The Verge.
As the flagship phones are already doing great in the market, with Essential Phone, Andy planned something different by introducing better modular eco-system and bezel-less display in the phone industry. It is just not the looks and design of the phone but the hardware too, the phone is featuring every possible best that the company could get in 2017, along with the announcement that the phone will be running on its own customised Artifical Intelligence too.
For the starters, the phone will be making an entry in the U.S.A. only but after the initial success, you may see the phone going places.
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Now bezel-less displays are no new, we have already seen Xiaomi Mix presenting probably the best ever bezel-less display. Essential is not as bezel-less as Xiaomi Mix because you get the front camera on the top, unlike the bottom placed selfie camera module in Mix.
Though the phone has better bezel management when compared with Samsung S8, this is not the thinnest bezel-less device we have seen.
The fact that the bezel-less display has a great capacity to make the phone way compact is going to help as the average preferred screen size is going up every year, and it is a challenge for phone makers to keep the device compact at the very same time.
The phone comes with magnetic connectors, which means supported modular devices can be connected to the device. This is actually the sector that probably most of the phone companies will be focusing in 2018, but Essential introducing the magnetic support in its very first Gen. device is going to help a lot in R&D. Again, the magnetic connectors are not what we are seeing for the first time, but this is probably the best management of it that we are seeing.
Though there are very limited magnetic supported devices available in the market, Essential will be shipped with a 360-degree camera and a charging dock (if the customer chooses that in the package while ordering).
The phone is tagged at $699!! Yes, the company is new and is not standing at any position to charge prices like iPhone and Samsung, but it will be great to watch what really happens when the device actually gets hands-on to see if the device manages to perform according to on-paper specs.
With some great features like Bezel-less display and magnetic connector support, the device is obviously expected to rock a good hardware inside. And as expected the phone does feature the best and notch parts wherever possible.
For the processors, we get latest and fastest Snapdragon 835 processor backed up by 4GB of RAM.
For all the photogenic people out there, the phone features 13-megapixel dual camera setup at the back and an 8-megapixel front camera with 4K recording support.
The phone supports a 5.7-inch 2560x1312 bezel-less display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is 7.8mm thin and supports fast charging on 3040mAh battery via USB-C. The phone has 128GB of internal storage but unlucky no support for MicroSD card is provided.
Okay, I know this pointer should go upside but we have already talked a lot about the design and display of the phone, so that is the reason we are taking this now. The phone is slim and glossy at the back but is actually made up of titanium and ceramic unlike the other phones from Samsung or iPhone, titanium and ceramic are also claimed to take some drop without blemish.
The phone has no audio jack *ugh* well not a big deal for iPhone users, but the phone is again not water resistant.
The phone undoubtedly has flagship features, and the only one possible reason at this point without getting hands on the phone to say NO to the phone is its price. $699 is the price at which one can simply afford an iPhone. iPhone seems to be a better choice in every manner at this time because of the great after sale support and better backup. Essential, on the other hand, is a new company in the phone maker space so many factors can force you to say NO but it's too early to make a judgment.
Also, the good on paper specs don't guarantee a good real-time performance, so the final verdict about the phone will come after hands-on only. For the people looking interested, the phone will out in late June.