Android co-founder Andy Rubin is working on his own high-end smartphone which is set to compete against the likes of Apple iPhone and Google Pixel. The yet-to-be-named smartphone will be sold under Essential Products Inc that employs engineers who have previously worked for brands such as Apple, Samsung and Google. While we do know how the smartphone with narrow bezels will look like, thanks to the latest spotting on a benchmarking website, more details have emerged on its specifications. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Fake apps scam: How to identify fake apps on Android, iOS
Spotted on the GFX Bench website, the smartphone is listed as Essential FIH-PM1. Based on the leaks, it will feature a 5.5-inch display that will carry a resolution of 1312 x 2560 pixels. With this, the display will get an aspect ratio of 80:41. ALSO READ: Android co-founder Andy Rubin finally gives a peek into his iPhone, Pixel rival Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Based on the leaks, the smartphone could join the league of top-of-the-line smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 by running Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU. It will further pack Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. Although the RAM is lesser as compared to competing devices which feature up to 6GB of RAM, we can expect that there will be more variants when the smartphone is officially launched.
Given that it is Rubin s own smartphone, it is expected to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. In terms of photography, the smartphone could pack a 12-megapixel rear camera along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Both the cameras are further likely to allow 4K video recording. Other rumors about the smartphone include NFC support, modular capabilities, and an Apple 3D Touch-like feature. ALSO READ: Andy Rubin s flagship Essential will run Android confirms Eric Schmidt
One of the talking points of the smartphone is said to be its bezel-less display design. Recently, Rubin posted a teaser image of the smartphone which hinted at an edge-less display, physical buttons which are placed on the right edge of the smartphone. Back in January, when the smartphone was first spotted on another benchmarking website, the tests revealed a single-core score of 1,844 and a multi-core score of 5,426.
Given that it is said to be a premium-level smartphone, it is further expected that it will feature artificial intelligence or machine learning capabilities. Apple already has its own voice-based assistant Siri in its flagship iPhone and Samsung recently introduced its homemade Bixby assistant that is aimed at providing users a better experience. If Rubin s smartphone is to take on these names, it might also include such a technology to be an AI-based premium handset. Although there is no official word, but it is expected that the smartphone could be released sometime in mid-2017.