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Essential Phone Officially Announced; Features Weird Screen Design and Mods Support

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Andy Rubin officially announced Essential Phone

One of the hottest tech items today is the recently announced Android Essential Phone from Andy Rubin.

The said phone was officially announced yesterday. And it looks like it is a worthy flagship competitor to the likes of Google and Samsung.

The Essential Phone, like all mid-2017 market offerings will sport a Snapdragon 835 chip from Qualcomm. This SoC will be paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Unfortunately, unlike most high-end Android phones in the market, the Essential Phone does not have a microSD slot so storage expandability is not an option.

In addition to top-notch specs, the upcoming Android phone also features a unique interface. This interface lets users connect mods like a 360-degree camera at the back of the phone. Apart from the camera, mods are currently being designed to work with the Essential Phone. Which includes a hardware virtual assistant similar to the Google Home.

Andy Rubin officially announced Essential Phone

Essential Phone (via pcworld.com)

Other worthy mentions about the Essential Phone is the uniquely designed 5.7-inch 2K display and the dual camera setup at the back. Ceramic and glass materials not only sandwich the titanium frame, it also offers extra protection to the phone in case of drops.

A few rather unfortunate omissions to the phone are the waterproof feature, wireless charging, and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone relies on either Bluetooth or USB Type-C interfaces for audio playback. However, Rubin clarified that a headphone dongle will be added in the phone’s packaging.

On other notes, one intriguing marketing decision that Rubin announced it that the phone will not be adorned with any branding. The Essential phone will feature a clean ceramic and glass design with only the camera openings and fingerprint sensor to disrupt its clean look.

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is expected to be released later this year. Anyone who wants the phone can pre-order it online for a limited price of $699. It will be available in four different colors: Black Moon, Pure White, Stellar Grey, and Ocean Depths. For more updates on the Essential Phone, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

Also read: LG G7 Could be the First Android Phone to Have Snapdragon 845 SoC

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