Essential Phone Gallery

Essential Phone Gallery

Is there room for something different in the smartphone industry? That’s what Andy Rubin believes, and the Essential Phone is his answer. Intended to launch a consumer-positive brand in electronics, it’s a sleek Android handset that makes thoughtful design and modular expansion its guiding principles.

Form follows function. The carefully-crafted titanium, ceramic, and Gorilla Glass body uses materials picked for their resilience, but they’ve been combined to accommodate a stunning edge-to-edge display. It left Essential’s engineers little space to fit the front-facing camera, earpiece, and all the sensors on a modern smartphone.

The effort was worth it. The 5.71-inch Quad HD display is bigger than that of an iPhone 7 Plus, but the Essential Phone itself is much smaller. That makes for a device that’s easier to use single-handed. There’s no Android bloat, either, with a clean version of Google’s OS installed and the promise of monthly security updates for at least the next three years. It makes a nice change from the usual clutter most carriers push onto new devices.


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