Essential Could Soon Unveil Its New Smartphone, CEO Andy Rubin Hints


In reply to a nine-month-old tweet encouraging Essential to launch a new smartphone, Andy Rubin, Founder, and CEO of Essential has tweeted saying “Thanks. We’ll make an announcement. Hang tight,” suggesting that the brand might soon launch a new smartphone.

The details about the upcoming smartphone are sparse at the moment. In fact, we didn’t even know about this upcoming smartphone from Essential until Andy revealed it himself. The first Essential smartphone was announced at Recode Code Conference last year. This year’s Recode Code Conference will go on until tomorrow. And a few reports online suggest that we might hear about the new Essential smartphone tomorrow at the conference. Well, we will have to wait and see.

What Should You Expect from Essential’s Upcoming Smartphone?

Although there is no information regarding the upcoming smartphone from Essential, we can expect it to be based on the Essential PH-1 and come with upgraded hardware.

The Essential PH-1 focused on offering the users with a higher screen to body ratio compared to other smartphones, and it was the first Android smartphone to feature a notch on display. Well, you can expect the same with the upcoming Essential smartphone; it could be focused towards offering a higher screen to body ratio as well. And if so, there is a high possibility that it might come with a truly bezel-less and notch-less display by adapting to a pop-camera design.

The Essential PH-1 also came with flagship chipset from Qualcomm at the time, the Snapdragon 835. So, it is very likely that the upcoming Essential smartphone might come with the flagship smartphone chipset from Qualcomm for 2019 – the Snapdragon 855. The Essential PH-1 was also among the first Android smartphones to feature 27W USB PD 2.0 based charging. And therefore, you can expect the upcoming Essential smartphone to feature an even faster charging rate.

In terms of imaging, the Essential PH-1 had a dual-camera setup at the rear with 13MP primary camera and a 13MP monochrome sensor. So, you can expect the upcoming Essential smartphone to come with at least two rear cameras; apart from the primary camera, there could be an ultrawide unit or most probably a telephoto unit.  And if the upcoming Essential smartphone comes with Snapdragon 855 (which it will most likely), it could feature 4K video recording at 60 frames per second, as the chipset supports it.