With the specifications now leaking, it may not be long before we see Essential’s first phone become official.
Andy Rubin, Android’s co-founder who left Google in 2014, is getting back in the game. His first phone designed through an unfiltered vision will be from Essential. That’s the company he now runs alongside former Google, Apple, and HTC employees. Last month, Rubin teased an image of the phone for the very first time. It just showed a bezel-free display and the presence of Android. Now, though, things are heating up even without Rubin or essential putting out information themselves.
Specifications for the phone surfaced on GFXBench today, as spotted by Mobiltelefon.
There’s no question, at least by considering what we’re learning here, that Rubin is pushing Essential to create a high-end phone. It features a display with 2560×1312 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, at least 10GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K content, a 7MP front camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
The listing also tells us that Foxconn will manufacture this device.
If you go by Eric Schmidt’s tweet from a few weeks ago, Essential’s first phone could debut as soon as next month. There’s a rumor going around Android’s co-founder will be invited to Google I/O 2017 in order to showcase his latest product. The benefit for Google would be to show Android O already running on an outside device. It’d be quite the way to appreciate Rubin’s work over the years and wish him luck as Essential enters the mobile industry.