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Old May 30, 2017, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default The Essential Phone (Android Smartphone)



So the original creator of Android has come out with his new device. It's called Essential (lol) but man it look awesome. The design and the specs are right up there with every flagship handset.

It also looks to think outside the box with its design a thanks to a more durable body design while still looking sexy as hell. No talk of waterproofing though.

I went ahead and reserved one.

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Rear Camera
13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology
13MP True Monochrome mode
f/1.85 lens
Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus
Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Front Camera
8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio
f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens
Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD
Aspect Ratio: 19:10
Diagonal Size: 5.71” with radiused corners
Brightness: 500 nits (typical)
Contrast Ratio: > 1:1000 (typical)
Technology: CGS / LTPS

System Architecture / OS
Android
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835
CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit
https://www.essential.com/

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Old May 30, 2017, 10:26 AM   #2
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Looks pretty cool. Looks to take some cues from the other phone manufacturers for its design though. $699 price is right up there with the big boys so lets see how it does. It may be a little too late though with the Note 8 and the iPhone 8(or whatever they are going to call the new design) right around the corner.
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Old May 30, 2017, 11:09 AM   #3
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Looks stunning indeed. Specs are great too. Really like the clean look of it. Make sure to keep us informed once you get your hands on a real one
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those three dots are for accessories that get treated like they are not accessories, like internal devices.

also, he is releasing a gadget called Home, which is a hub for IoT that will tie into the phone, and your toaster nicely

here he is talking to wired:
https://www.wired.com/2017/05/essential-andy-rubin/

" Over dinner and wine, he and his wife, Rie, discussed his next move. “How do I top Android?” Rubin asked. “What could I possibly do that would be bigger than that?” “Don’t do one thing,” Rie replied. “Do 10.” And so Rubin launched Playground, a venture capital firm where a few dozen engineers and designers at Playground Studios help startups build stuff."
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Screen wrapping around the front camera is stupid. Front firing speakers would be preferable.
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Old May 31, 2017, 03:10 AM   #6
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yeah the wrapping is a bit weird, but i really like the idea of the modular design.
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Everyone likes the idea of modular design... Until it comes time to buy the phone, and having to carry the modules with you becomes a pain, and losing a module is a real concern. Modular smartphones are silly, IMO.
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Everyone likes the idea of modular design... Until it comes time to buy the phone, and having to carry the modules with you becomes a pain, and losing a module is a real concern. Modular smartphones are silly, IMO.
Well, you think wireless charging is silly, sooooo
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Well, you think wireless charging is silly, sooooo
And it still is.
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i don't think so, but as usual, different blokes....
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Been seeing reviews on this... I think this is one of the only Android phones that would tempt me back. Looks really good, despite the modular bits
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So the original creator of Android has come out with his new device. It's called Essential (lol) but man it look awesome. The design and the specs are right up there with every flagship handset.

It also looks to think outside the box with its design a thanks to a more durable body design while still looking sexy as hell. No talk of waterproofing though.

I went ahead and reserved one.

Code:
Rear Camera
13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology
13MP True Monochrome mode
f/1.85 lens
Hybrid Auto Focus combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus
Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Front Camera
8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio
f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens
Video at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps

Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD
Aspect Ratio: 19:10
Diagonal Size: 5.71” with radiused corners
Brightness: 500 nits (typical)
Contrast Ratio: > 1:1000 (typical)
Technology: CGS / LTPS

System Architecture / OS
Android
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835
CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit
https://www.essential.com/

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/30/1...oid-andy-rubin

From Specs page:

Weatherproof: Water and dust resistant (IP54)

No QI = meh.. pass
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