Monday, 11 December, 2017

The Essential Phone: Everything You Need to Know

Image Credit Essential The Essential Phone: Everything You Need to Know
Derrick Tucker | 31 May, 2017, 00:40

Users can interact with Essential Home by speaking to it, tapping it or even looking at it.

Essential also launched a household assistant called Home that looks like an angled hockey puck with a screen.

Andy Rubin's Essential Products has unveiled a no-logo modular smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen.

What is potentially interesting is the ability to wirelessly transfer data with a magnetic connector, and a modular approach that lets you snap on an accessories such as a small 360 camera.

The main camera is dual and its resolution is 13 megapixels. It does this via a separate 360-degree camera module which attaches to the back of the handset magnetically.

This one is a bit harder to interpret: yes, the Essential Phone is an open ecosystem, but the same can be said about other Android phones as well.

It's a high-end Android phone that hopes to bring modulars back into the forefront - an idea that never took off with Google's Project Ara and struggles to gain ground with Motorola's projects. The Essential Home will also offer up proactive information, letting you know when you should leave your house based on traffic.

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Rubin on Tuesday detailed his company's two new devices: the Essential Phone and Essential Home. The cameras are one colour and one monochrome sensor like on the Huawei P10, and the rear mounted fingerprint sensor confirms to what we'd expect from a 2017 flagship, much like the USB-C port.

Along with that 128 GB of internal storage, it packs 4 GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

As mentioned, much of the details about the new Essential Phone are already available, with the company providing a breakdown of some of the handset's features on its website.

For now, the Essential Home seems to be in concept stages and the released images appear to be renderings rather than photographs. For just the phone, it'll cost $699. Muller previously ran North American retail operations for phone maker HTC, according to his LinkedIn profile, suggesting that Essential plans to sell phones through retail stores, carriers or both.

As far as the device itself goes, we don't yet have solid specs, but from what we've seen of it it'll have a big, clear display - something that's lacking on its rivals - for displaying contextual info and results.

Its casing is titanium and ceramic, and it comes in four colours - Black Moon (glossy black), Stellar Grey (matte dark gray), Pure White (glossy white), and Ocean Depths (a glossy green with bronze sides).

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