One obvious fact about 2017 is that smartphone manufacturers are literally trying to kill what was previously known as bezels. Leading the pact was Samsung with their new Galaxy line of smartphones the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 +. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 + are two of the very first smartphones to try and completely cover the entire front of the device with a display.
Leaked information on the upcoming 2017 iPhone points to Apple making a smartphone that has a display that covers an even larger portion of the front of the device than the Galaxy S8, but i’m pretty sure the Essential smartphone has got both of them beat.
The Essential smartphone is the very first device created by a new company called Essential, which is the brainchild of the same guy who brought us Android, Andy Rubin. Andy was co-founder and former CEO of Android Inc, after Android was acquired by Google in 2005, Rubin became the company’s Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content, where he oversaw development of Android. Android has since grown to become the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
How Essential Was formed
In a blog post on essential.com Andy sheds light on the thoughts that lead to the creation of the company, he explains that “the real reason” he created the company “is because of what happened during a night out with an old friend of mine. As the night went on we inevitably began talking about what we didn’t like about the current state of technology. Less and less choice. More and more unnecessary features cluttering our lives. An increasing sea of products that didn’t work with one another…” This discussion lead to a conclusion that Andy needed to create a company that uses “21st century methods to build products for the way people want to live in the 21st century,” and this is pretty much lead to the creation of the company.
The Essential Smartphone
It’s hard not to be impressed by the Essential smartphone, it introduces a completely new front design that is pretty much bezel less at the top with the introduction of a camera that is placed right at the top center of the display. The bottom front of the device has a small bezel that blends well with the overall front of the phone and everything is well put together to form a quite elegant and modern looking smartphone. The back of the device is made of ceramic while the front is made of gorilla glass 5, and the entire frame is titanium.
Essential Smartphone Specifications
The Essential Smartphone runs Android 7.1 and promises future updates, and is powered by a 3040mAh non removable battery. It measures 141.50 x 71.10 x 7.80 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 185.00 grams.
The phone comes with a 5.71-inch touchscreen display, resolution of 1312 pixels by 2560 pixels, and is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. It has 128GB of internal storage that is non expandable. The main camera is 13-megapixels and the front facing camera is 8 megapixels.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.
The Essential smartphone is the very first smartphone to be released by Andy Rubin’s new company and it’s already a very impressive device. It is made of premium materials, runs an almost pure version of Android and is expected to cost US $699. If you are in the market for a new Android smartphone and you have the cash to spare, then the Essential smartphone is definitely a good option.