Andy Rubin Reveals New Essential Phone With A Weird Design

Essential Gem

Essential Products' new handset has a new shape and sparkling colors.

Essential, led by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, on Wednesday showcased prototypes of what could be the next design standard for phones. The gadget sports a shape we don't typically associate with smartphones, and some pretty wild colors. Due to a different form factor, the smartphone features a new UI with widgets and cards for apps.

No word on when we can expect this new handset to show up in consumers' hands. He called the smartphone "GEM Colorshift material" so we can assume that the phone will be named as an Essential Gem phone. They look highly-reflective, and the colour hues appear to change depending on the angle (refer to video above). It can be seen that there is a fingerprint sensor on the back and a hole - punch selfie camera on the front. Both make it clear that this new device looks very different compared to the original Essential Phone. Rather than the tweets of Rubin and essential official account, no further information is given about Essential's next phone. The phone also has a single rear camera.


There are two buttons on the right side that are likely power and volume buttons for this new phone.

In a statement published by 9to5Google, the company confirmed that it's "been working on a new device that's now in early testing with our team outside the lab". Last December Essential announced its debut PH-1 phonewas effectively discontinued, but promised a follow-up device and has continued releasing software updates. However, an XDA Developers report states that the Essential's next phone could be powered by the Snapdragon 730 processor and run Android 10 out of the box.

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