Andy Rubin played a pivotal role in taking Android to a larger scale. After exiting Google in 2014, he has been quietly working on the next big thing which he teased on Twitter last month. Now the same bezel-less smartphone with Essential FIH-PM1 name has passed through the GFXBench.
Andy Rubin’s upcoming Essential FIH-PM1 phone ends up revealing some finer details at the GFXBench listing. The Essential FIH-PM1 runs the 2.2GHz Octa-core mobile processor and we suspect it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. Actually the Adreno 540 GPU gives it away.
This smartphone will pack 4GB of RAM and will offer only 16GB of on-board storage. Quite often the GFXBench’s display detection throws us off. As in this case, it detects the Essential FIH-PM1 to pack 18-inch display which would be preposterous. However, the display’s 2560 x 1312 pixel resolution does promise a QHD display. By default, it boots Android 7.0 Nougat.
At the back is a 12-megapixel camera with LED flash and it can record UHD resolution video. Even the front-facing 8-megapixel camera will be able to record UHD videos. Other features include Bluetooth, Accelerometer, Light Sensor, Pedometer, Proximity Sensor, GPS, Compass, and thermometer.
The Essential FIH-PM1 will also feature a proprietary magnetic connector that will allow attaching other hardware accessories. Speculations suggest that this phone will have a ceramic rear panel.
While the actual launch time of this phone is unknown, rumours hint that it will cost $649 (Rs. 41,900 approx.).