The Essential Phone was made official by Andy Rubin yesterday where we go to know about what the smartphone has to offer and to see a bunch of promo images. But we all were waiting to see the device in real and thankfully, it happened later in the day during the Code Conference where Rubin showcased the phone alongside the 360-degree camera accessory.
The first thing to notice about the Essential Phone right off the bat is its edge-to-edge display which reminds of devices like the Xiaomi Mi MIX and Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+. While the all-glass front looks amazing, it is the placement of the front camera in the center and glass around it which makes the overall appearance slightly weird.
As for the back panel of the Essential Phone, you will find dual rear cameras along with LED flash and fingerprint scanner. There are two magnetic connectors as well which allows modular accessories to get attached to the device with ease. In the image below, you can see the 360-degree camera snapped on the smartphone.
It should be noted modular accessories including the 360-degree camera will be sold separately and will not come with the smartphone. Here is a video shared by Recode which shows Rubin showing a demonstration of the camera in works.
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As for the Essential Phone itself, it features a 5.71-inch Quad HD display (2460 x 1312 pixels) with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. The phone has 13MP dual cameras on the back and an 8MP camera on the front. The whole package is powered by a 3040mAh battery and it will be shipping with a yet to be disclosed version of Android. Unfortunately, there are no words on the international availability of the device yet.