Android Inventor Shows Off iPhone Killer

Android Inventor Shows Off iPhone Killer
Andy Rubin's Essential Products has unveiled a no-logo modular smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen.

(CCM) — Andy Rubin, the inventor of Android, has unveiled a new phone which he hopes will go toe-to-toe with Apple's iPhone at the very top end of the smartphone market. The Essential Phone PH-1 is equipped with a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 pixel edge-to-edge display. However, what marks it out from the competition is its ability to take 360 degree movie footage. It does this via a separate 360-degree camera module which attaches to the back of the handset magnetically. The module weighs just 35 G and includes dual 12 megapixel fisheye sensors that can capture 360-degree video with 4 K resolution at 30 frames per second.

The phone also features built-in cameras: an 8 MP front-facing camera with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a rear-facing 13 MP dual camera system designed for low-light photography.

The Essential Phone has also been designed to be extremely sturdy, and is built inside a titanium, rather than the usual aluminum, carapace. "We believe titanium is the perfect material to create one of the most essential things in our lives – one we all sometimes drop," Essential Products, the company behind the phone, says on its web site. 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.

The Essential Phone is available to pre-order today for $699, or $749 including the 360-degree camera module. It carries no logo or branding, and comes in a choice of four colors: black, white, grey, and dark green.

Image: © Essential Products.