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  1. Father of Android, Andy Rubin finally reveals new ‘Essential’ smartphone: specs, price and features

Father of Android, Andy Rubin finally reveals new ‘Essential’ smartphone: specs, price and features

Andy Rubin, Android co-founder has come up with a new 'Essential' smartphone. Rubin, also known as the father of Android, is making a high-end smartphone to take on big brands like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

By: | Published: May 31, 2017 10:41 AM

Andy Rubin, Android co-founder has come up with a new ‘Essential’ smartphone. Rubin, also known as the father of Android, is making a high-end smartphone to take on big brands like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The Essential, revealed by The Verge, is a modular phone designed to enhance the functionality, with add-on attachments in the form of a 360-degree camera and a charging dock. Meanwhile, the premium smartphone features a 5.7-inch QHD (2560×1312), bezel-less display. The edge-to-edge display reaches the top edge of the front face. Just a selfie camera will be visible. The bezel is not there to house a home button, but rather a fingerprint scanner cum a home button can be found on the back of the phone.

The new phone is made out of a titanium-ceramic combo, which the manufacturers have claimed to be more durable than competing devices from the rival brands. The phone comes with top-of-the-line specifications, featuring a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. On the camera front is a 13-megapixel dual rear camera setup, with the secondary lens being a black and white sensor. The front camera is an 8-megapixel sensor that is equipped to record 4K video recording. However, the Essential lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, but The Verge says the company will ship a headphone dongle in the box.

The Essential is Rubin’s big bet on the modularity concept which essentially differentiates the device from the Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus and LG G6. To begin with, the company has introduced two new accessories – a 360-degree camera and a wireless dock. Both accessories can be attached to the phone via a magnetic connector.

The Essential will run on Android when it launches but is currently available on pre-order in the US. Andy Rubin’s first smartphone doesn’t come cheap though, with the device costing $699 (around Rs 45,202). The company will sell the Essential with a 360-degree camera that will cost $749 (around Rs 48,437).

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