They say that home is where the heart is, but if you ask Google and now Andy Rubin's Essential, it's also a smart speaker that can help you control connected devices. It's a 19:10, 2560 x 1312 pixel QHD screen that one-ups similar bezel-less displays from Samsung and LG by extending all the way to the top of the device and around the phone's front-facing camera. But this new smartphone is using the dual camera just like Huawei's P9 and P10.
In addition to the high quality standard photos, you can use the monochrome camera by itself for 13-megapixel "true monochrome" photos. Essential is trying to target a very particular market of smartphone users who want a powerful phone with minimal flourish and are willing to shell out some cash on a newcomer. The screen will be protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5, which is capable of surviving being dropped face-down from a height of 1.6 meters.
Its casing is titanium and ceramic, and it comes in four colours - Black Moon (glossy black), Stellar Grey (matte dark gray), Pure White (glossy white), and Ocean Depths (a glossy green with bronze sides).
Latest update on May 30, 2017 at 11:27 AM by PaulRubens.
According to Essential, the smartphone will ship with 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU, and 128GB of on-board storage.
The Essential Phone is only 7.8mm thick and weighs less than 185 grams. Alongside the removable camera, the phone will also have a charging dock that can connect via the pins on the top of the device.
Unfortunately, those are all the details that we now have about the Essential Home.
The standard camera has 13MP lens on the back and a 8MP selfie-camera. Essential promises that its Home will be privacy-conscious and will work with a variety of devices. Designed with an ambient OS for automatically connecting with other devices, the Home can be activated by voice, tap, or vision. 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". Essential's device features a round display and an assistant that can do things like answer questions, set timers, and integrate with services to perform actions like playing music and controlling your smart home products.