Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Essential Teases Wild New Design for Its Next Phone

Andy Rubin tweets photos of shapely new Essential phone Andy Rubin shows off a phone with a 'radically different formfactor'
Cecil Davis | 11 October, 2019, 04:29

In a statement published by 9to5Google, the company confirmed that it's "been working on a new device that's now in early testing with our team outside the lab". This now seems quite plausible as Essential doesn't appear to be focused on the high-end of the smartphone market with this device as it was with its original Essential Phone PH-1. The hues of the phones change depending on the angle at which you view the phone. Dubbed as GEM, these smartphones have unique slender design. The phone also has a single rear camera.

As TheNextWeb pointed out, neither Andy Rubin nor the Essential account said that this is a phone but, if you look closely at the images, you can see that the elongated device has a phone icon on the home screen. Now, in a twist, Andy Rubin has previewed the next Essential Phone and it comes in a form-factor that's completely different from anything we have seen so far.

There is now no release date or pricing information for Essential's upcoming Project GEM smartphone.

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While the Essential Phone is no longer in stock, it continues to be one of the first devices updated whenever Google releases Android Security and firmware updates for Android phones. However, there's no news about the phone's launch date and the design of the lastest Essential phone 2 is yet to be finalized. The former was pretty simple, showcasing the phone's form factor, while the second demonstrated the Colorshift material of the device's exterior. Not only did it have a great looking design and wonderful build quality, but it was also the brainchild of the father of Android Andy Rubin.

One image shows the smartphone running a mapping app over the narrow display.

The next Essential product is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and is now being developed on top of Android 10. You can also see a small speaker grill at the top of the device, while bezels look decently thin as well.