Android Founder Andy Rubin’s Phone

PH-1 Black Front
Credit: Essential

Android godfather Andy Rubin, has unveiled his company’s first smartphone, the PH-1. As the norm these days, Essential’s PH-1 has an edge to edge display, measuring at 5.7 inch. This industrial looking device is made of titanium and ceramic, supposedly able to fair better on drop tests versus aluminum clad phones. The PH-1 will come in 4 colors, namely, Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths. Judging from the photos, the PH-1 seem to be clear of any branding or logos.

PH-1 Black
Credit: Essential
PH 1 Gold Black
Credit: Essential
PH-1 White
Credit: Essential


Quick specifications:
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
Internal Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3040mAh battery
Wireless Charging: Supported
Similar setup with the Huawei-Leica Phones (Dual lens setup with pan-sharpening implementation. One lens shoots black and white, one shoots with color and processed as one image)
Connectivity: USB Type C
Head phone jack: None (ouch)
Android Version: 7.1.1 Nougat

PH-1 Camera

Much like Motorola with Moto Z, Essential will develop add-on accessories for the PH-1, starting with a 360-degrees camera that attaches to the magnetic connector at the back. The Essential PH-1 will ship for $699, or $749 bundled with the 360-degree camera. Pre-order is on going.

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