Android creator launches his modular Essential phone


Andy Rubin creator of Android launches his phone, Essential, offering a new take on the modular phone with clip-on components.

Essential phone

The phone has a several unique features. The 5.7-inch display reaches both side edges and the top of the device, minus a gap for the centrally located front camera. The QHD display is at a 2,560 x 1,312 screen resolution at 503 pixels per inch.

With Android Nougat 7.1.1 version and runs on Qualcomm’s top-line Snapdragon 835 processor, and comes with 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 3040mAh battery.

The cameras include a 13-megapixel main sensor and eight-megapixel front sensor, also features fingerprint reader on the back.

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The body of Essential phone is made of titanium and ceramic, which is more resistant to damage than rivals under drop tests.

The two accessories available so far include the 360-degree camera and a charging dock. They both click together via a magnetic connector with wireless data transfer on the rear.

The 360-degree camera receives power from the phone via two pins. It features dual 12-megapixel sensors and four microphones for 3D audio recording.

According to Rubin, devices are your personal property. We won’t force you to have anything on them you don’t want to have. In a nod to its modular design, Essential believes devices shouldn’t need to be replaced every year.

The phone will be available in black, grey, white, and dark green or ocean depths.

The phone will be available initially in the US for $699. It’s offering the phone with its clip-on 360-degree camera for an introductory price of $749. Normally, the pair will cost $898.