Essential teases a unique, mysterious image of upcoming smartphone

Next week newcomer to the smartphone market Essential will announce their first smartphone. Although the company is new, it has some serious history in the form of none other than Andy Rubin, one of Android’s co-founders. That connection is generating a lot of buzz for Essential and the company decided to try to amp it up just a bit today by tweeting out a mysterious image of the upcoming device.

The image shows a smartphone being held in someone’s hand, but is silhouetted so that most details are concealed. A very odd part of the image though is something that is extending from the top edge of the device. On Twitter, many users are taking guesses at what it may be and trying to filter or tweak the image to discover detail that Essential may have been trying to obfuscate.

A leading contender for those offering up guesses is a 360-degree camera. This seems to be of great interest to many people along with the previously reported bezel-less screen the device will apparently have. Another alternative could be a camera that can flip to be rear-facing or forward-facing to cut down on the number of lenses installed. One issue that is not clear is whether this camera or whatever else it may be, is a part of the phone or something attached to it as an accessory. If it is part of the phone, the next question would be how it is connected.

Another detail revealed in the image is the placement of buttons on the edge. The image appears to show volume rockers positioned above a power button.

What is your guess as to what Essential has connected to their new smartphone?

source: Essential (Twitter)


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.