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Android co-founder Andy Rubin to launch his own smartphone, features and specifications revealed

Rubin, who co-founded Android, is working on an iPhone and Pixel competitor.

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Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android before the company was acquired by Google in 2005, is now working on developing a new smartphone. The smartphone will be made for a company called Essential Products Inc that currently employs engineers who have previously worked for industry bigwigs such as Apple, Samsung, and Google. When such a pool of talent comes together to work on the most ubiquitous product, the results are expected to be nothing short of amazing. Rubin and his team is expected to bring out a smartphone that will be a high-end device competing with the Apple iPhones. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends

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The smartphone being developed under the leadership of former Android chief has not been given a moniker just yet. However, a smartphone with model number Essential FIH-PM1 has been spotted on Geekbench and gives a glimpse into some key specifications of the purported smartphone. According to the benchmark leaks, the smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat, keeping Rubin s toil on the world s most popular mobile OS intact. At the heart of the Essential FIH-PM1 will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz. It is further paired with 4GB of RAM. Benchmark scores further reveal that the purported smartphone has achieved single-core score of 1,844 and a multi-core score of 5,426. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022

Based on earlier reports, the purported smartphone aims to take on the likes of Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S line of smartphones, and the latest Google Pixels. There have been rumors about the smartphone featuring an edgeless 5.5-inch display. Additionally, it is also speculated that the smartphone could be packed with technology similar to Apple s 3D Touch, PhoneArena notes. ALSO READ: Ok Google, your Pixel smartphones are impressive

It is further speculated that the Essential smartphone will include a proprietary port that will offer some modular capabilities. There have been reports about Foxconn assembling the smartphone, which falls in line with the latest model number that includes FIH (which stands for Foxconn International Holdings).

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Today, manufacturers are betting big on artificial intelligence and machine learning. With the focus gradually shifting from hardware to software, makers are now increasingly adding these capabilities to smartphones, enhancing as well as enriching the user experience. Rubin s team is also expected to put to use this technology and attempt to build a smartphone that isn t a regular device with some frills. It is expected that Rubin s team aims to release an AI-based premium smartphone.

Meanwhile, Essential Products Inc is also reportedly working on developing a range of other AI-based consumer electronic products. A report on Bloomberg notes that Essential Products Inc is working on a suite of consumer hardware products, including ones for the mobile and smart home markets. At the center of the ecosystem will be the rumored smartphone that is expected to be available for purchase as early as June this year. ALSO READ: Should you buy the Apple iPhone 7?

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  • Published Date: January 16, 2017 12:31 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 16, 2017 2:52 PM IST



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