Android creator Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone looks stunning and will cost $699


There’s been much speculation around the new project from Andy Rubin, the man responsible for developing Android, and now we have the answer. Well, part of the answer, at least.

Essential, Rubin’s new company, unveiled its first smartphone alongside an Amazon Echo-like device and a new operating system called “Ambient”. The three were revealed online, but all that Essential is providing at this point is renders and graphics so we’ll have to wait on the final verdict.

The phone is the most anticipated item here, and the firm has teased its unveiling over the past month.

The first thing to notice from the renders — again, these are company supplied graphics not independent product shots — is the impressive edge-to-edge screen and tiny bezel. The design is really quite striking. The screen starts at the top of the 5.6-inch device, leaving a small space for the front camera, rolling down to the bottom with just a tiny gap.

The screen is a blend of titanium and…

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