Android software creator unveils 'Essential' phone

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Android software creator unveils 'Essential' phone

The Essential phone sports a titanium body that Essential says will withstand drops, even to the corner of the device on concrete. Essential calls the screen a "round auto-display [which] blends into any home environment while providing seamless access to multiple types of information and services".

"For all the good Android has done to help bring technology to almost everyone it has also helped create this weird new world where people are forced to fight with the very technology that was supposed to simplify their lives", Rubin wrote on Essential's website. Priced starting at $699, the phone is created to be upgraded with a variety of magnetically snapped-on accessories, including a 360-degree camera and a docking station. The Essential phone boasts a fingerprint reader, as well as a front-facing 8 MP camera, a rear-facing 13 MP camera and a "monochrome" sensor that is supposed to help with low-light shots. When you're not using the 360 degree camera attachment there is a 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology. The company will ship other modular accessories that connect to the back of the Essential Phone and add additional functionality to it in the future.

No software details have been released yet, beyond that this phone will run Android.

As for the Essential Phone's innards, the handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor alongside 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, according to The Verge.

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With the smartphone, the company also revealed an Amazon Echo-like device and a new operating system called "Ambient".

The much-awaited Essential Phone was finally unveiled today officially. For selfies, the Essential Phone features an 8MP selfie sensor and is capable of recording 4K video. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the frame is made out of titanium which is tougher than aluminum. It also offers proactive info, like telling you if you should leave early for a meeting due to traffic. There's no indication of when the Essential Home will be on sale, either. There is no word yet on its availability but the phone is expected to become available in the USA first.

The Essential Phone can be reserved now on the company's website for US$699.

Apart from this assertion, Rubin has identified a number of other Essential goals, which include "Devices shouldn't become outdated every year". The device is available in four color options: black moon, stellar grey, pure white and ocean depths (green & gold).

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