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Here's Our First Look at Android Creator Andy Rubin's Super Hyped Secret Mystery Smartphone

Michael Nunez

5/30/17 11:07am
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After months of speculation, the creator of Android, Andy Rubin, is finally showing off his company’s new products. Since leaving Google in October 2014, he has been working tirelessly on launching a smartphone that he claims could shakeup the tech industry. Today, we got our first look at it thanks to an exclusive advertisementstory from the The Verge. Behold: This is Andy Rubin’s super secret mystery phone project.

The Essential Phone is powered by Android (version 7.1.1), and actually shares a lot in common with other flagships like the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8. It uses the same processor as the Galaxy S8 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 835) and features other comparable hardware specs, including 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also has a slightly bigger battery than both the Pixel and Galaxy S8 (3,040 mAh).


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The Essential Phone also has a nice big 5.71-inch QHD (2560 x 1312) display that makes it at least look more like the Galaxy S8 with its edge-to-edge screen. It also has a front-facing 8-megapixel shooter capable of filming 4K videos. That’s about as much as you could possibly ask for from the front of the device.

On the backside, the Essential Phone employs dual-rear facing cameras (13MP RGB sensor and 3-megapixel “monochrome” sensor) that will supposedly give the phone the ability to take photos comparable to its chief rivals in the iPhone, Pixel, and Galaxy S8. It also won’t come with a headphone jack (sorry dongle haters) and will instead rely on a USB Type-C and a dongle for audio output.


The operating system is built specifically with a home network in mind and is meant to anticipate an owner’s every need. For example, one way the device will be more helpful than other smart speakers on the market is that it will automatically notify you to leave early for an important meeting or remind you when anniversary’s come up. The screen can be used to display timers, reminders, and even directions to upcoming meetings.

The Essential Home will use a large circular display and a speaker, similar to the touchscreen Amazon Echo Show announced a couple of weeks ago. The display can apparently help you play music, search for information, set timers, and do some of the other things that you’ve come to expect from products like Google Home and Amazon Echo. The Essential Home will likely learn more skills over time through the Ambient OS API that gives developers access to devices, services, and other information about a person’s home network so that they can build more useful apps.
For now, you can only pre-order the Essential Phone, and there’s no word on when the phone will begin shipping or be on sale in other places. There’s no indication of when the Essential Home will be on sale, either. We’ll certainly be following the phone’s rollout closely, but it’s safe to say Andy Rubin’s super secret phone project is... well... not much different than every other Android flagship phone on the market
 
It stumbled out of the gate but is now a great phone. There were a lot of bugs/issues that were fixed with updates and, because of the issues, it was overpriced. The camera, it's most famous trouble area, has been greatly improved and is still being updated. Some issues still remain for some peeps with reception, it's mostly T-Mobile though. I have no problem on Verizon. The build quality is fantastic. It's now up to Oreo 8.1.0 and security updates come within days after being released, I got the May one on the 5th.

The accessories, except the clip on 360 camera, never made it to market...lawsuits abound I guess.

It's a good first try for a new company but maybe not the phone for everyone. I do love mine.

What is troublesome is that Andy may be selling the company and plans for a PH-2 have been scrapped so who knows what will happen. Updates/support is still planned for 2 years though.
 
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How is this not so old? The Essential Phone has been out for nearly 10 months, the specs were released months before that. This is just a copy/paste of the gizmodo article you've linked to.

I'm not sure I understand why you've posted this.

Please give me your specifications on what you think I should or what you think I shouldn't post in Android Forums?
 
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First and foremost we don't know why a lot of us do anything, ( As for myself) I just thought it was a pretty good subject to speak about considering I didn't know too much about this phone? But as I asked if you could kindly give me your specifications on what you think I should or what I shouldn't post in Android Forums, I would kindly like to know?
 
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Please give me your specifications on what you think I should or what you think I shouldn't post in Android Forums?

This would've been fine, but you've not asked any question or stated what it is you want to talk about. All you've done is copy and paste text (links and all) from another website and other than a vague title, we've no idea what you want to talk about.
 
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How is this not so old? The Essential Phone has been out for nearly 10 months, the specs were released months before that. This is just a copy/paste of the gizmodo article you've linked to.

I'm not sure I understand why you've posted this.

I think he's going for the 'News source VIP' membership.. But yeah, that's and advertisement for a phone brand that is shut down & selling..
 
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