Currently, the only information about Andy Rubin’s upcoming premium smartphone that we can confirm is that it is launching this summer and it will cost $699 unlocked. The only information regarding its design has been the press-release renders provided by Essential. The hardware was speculatively leaked in an advertisement but that no longer matches up with the final product.
So today it was a great surprise when someone caught a glimpse of the upcoming premium Android handset in public. A video uploaded first brought to attention over at Reddit shows a person using the handset in a public space. How do we know it is the Essential, well because of the distinctive selfie-camera which sits within the edge-to-edge display of the handset. In the video, we can see the notification centre and the person using Whatsapp on what looks like a prototype or pre-production model of the Essential smartphone.
The Essential is currently slated to be a Sprint exclusive handset in the U.S. and Telus exclusive in the Canadian market. It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and has a dual camera setup at the back. The phone is running on a highly customised version of Android based on an unspecified flavour. The Essential also features a modular accessory connector which is being tied with a 360° camera initially and we are hoping for more such accessories to show up down the line.
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