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Android co-founder Andy Rubin has announced a new Android-based smartphone, called the Essential Phone.
As bland as the name is, the design and feature set of the phone is anything but. The Essential sports a 5.71” edge-to-edge display which the company calls a “Full Display”, with 2560x1312 resolution and a 19:10 aspect ratio.
The phone also packs in a Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset, with four cores running at 2.45Ghz and the other four at 1.9Ghz. It also has 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage, and a 3040mAh battery to keep all of that running. There is also a new AI assistant of some kind, although the company has yet to demonstrate its abilities.
In terms of optics, the phone will have dual 13MP f/1.85 rear cameras, where one is a color lens and the other a monochromatic one. It’s apparently the thinnest dual camera system ever built for a smartphone, and promises to provide fantastic low-light capability as it can capture 200% more light than traditional phone cameras. Both the rear, and the front 8MP camera, can record 4K videos.
Much like the LG G5, the Essential Phone will support a number of modular attachments via a proprietary magnetic connector. So far the company has announced a charging dock and a 360-degree camera for it. There is no pricing on the dock yet, but the camera cost $199, with a special price of $50 if you pre-order.
The Essential Phone is priced at $699, and will be available sometime late this month. It comes in four colors, namely Black Moon, Pure White, Stellar Grey and Ocean Depths.
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