Andy Rubin’s “Essential” smartphone specs leak via GFXBench

Bezel-less smartphones have become the norm for flagship devices from top OEMs now. And when Android creator Andy Rubin himself teased one such device around a month back, it made us all sit up and take note. Looks like the release of his phone is round the corner. A device with codename Essential FIH, which very likely should be a prototype of Rubin’s new phone, has been spotted on GFXBench.

First spotted by MobileTelefon.ru, the codename gave way to the website to guess that this was indeed Rubin’s new smartphone. The Essential FIH name listed by GFXBench is a combination of ‘Essential’ which is the name of Andy Rubin’s new startup and ‘FIH’ which as per a a previous Bloomberg report is Foxconn International Holdings, the company that is supposed to be manufacturing the phone for Essential.

As per the GFXBench listing, the Essential phone will be powered by a Qualcomm octa-core chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz, possibly Snapdragon 835 and run Android 7.0 Nougat. Although the RAM shown in the listing is 3.6GB, we believe the final product will pack in 4GB RAM. On the imaging front, it will sport 12MP camera with no support for auto-focus, HDR or face detection while up front there is 7MP selfie shooter with 4K video capture.

Read: Android creator Andy Rubin teases his upcoming bezel-less smartphone

Now it is very unlikely that the final product will be shipped with a rear camera sans basic features such as auto-focus, HDR or face detection. So, the only logical conclusion that can be drawn here is that the listed phone is a prototype. This also explains the meager 10GB of in-built storage on board and the 18-inch screen.

According to a past report, Andy Rubin is planning to release a flagship device around the middle of this year which will carry the brand name of Rubin’s company Essential Products Inc. This flagship device will be the base for a whole suite of connected products.

via Mobile Syrup / Source: GFXBench

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22 Comments

  1. Pressure sensitivity in a phone is all cool, but as long as you are not an artist, there’s not much you could do with it. Anyways, I am super excited. :). Thanks Android Soul, for the heads up.

  2. I hope there’s expandable storage. But even though that’s present, 16GB is so old school now!

  3. those r some beefy specs for the companies 1st Bezel-less smartphone!! looks like they don’t want to take any risks and going all out on their Bezel-less Beast!!

  4. Pressure sensitivity in a phone is all cool, but as long as you are not an artist, there’s not much you could do with it. Anyways, I am super excited. :). Thanks Android Soul, for the heads up.

  5. I hope there’s expandable storage. But even though that’s present, 16GB is so old school now!

  6. those r some beefy specs for the companies 1st Bezel-less smartphone!! looks like they don’t want to take any risks and going all out on their Bezel-less Beast!!

  7. Loving the Bezel-less design although a slip could ruin your screen(and your day XD) and its nice to see a thermometer wondering where they place it

  8. Loving the Bezel-less design although a slip could ruin your screen(and your day XD) and its nice to see a thermometer wondering where they place it

  9. The storage is alarmingly low. Maybe it is only for this prototype model and the real deal wont be the same. Hopefully.

    1. Thats most likely it .There doesn’t seem to be much information about the phone .What makes me confused is that the display seems to be 18 inches according to what GFX says,have no idea whats that about and also the weird aspect ration (although thats not the first XD).So many confusing factors with the little information that was leaked

    2. The info is, I presume at a vague state as of now. Let’s wait and watch (:
      Edit: typo

    3. Umm I didn’t get you there.

    4. Oh sorry. Typo. (:

    5. All good mate 😀 The specifications seem a bit awkward and no-one can come to the conclusion as there haven’t been much leaks.Really want to see how the phone comes out. Rumours state a bezel-less phone ,Honestly I won’t be surprised if that’s what happens but I have a feeling that they’re false .

  10. The storage is alarmingly low. Maybe it is only for this prototype model and the real deal wont be the same. Hopefully.

    1. Thats most likely it .There doesn’t seem to be much information about the phone .What makes me confused is that the display seems to be 18 inches according to what GFX says,have no idea whats that about and also the weird aspect ration (although thats not the first XD).So many confusing factors with the little information that was leaked

      1. The info is, I presume at a vague state as of now. Let’s wait and watch (:
        Edit: typo

        1. Umm I didn’t get you there.

          1. All good mate 😀 The specifications seem a bit awkward and no-one can come to the conclusion as there haven’t been much leaks.Really want to see how the phone comes out. Rumours state a bezel-less phone ,Honestly I won’t be surprised if that’s what happens but I have a feeling that they’re false .

  11. I feel they are pushing the Andy Rubin marketing too much. I agree he is indeed a genius to create something like android that has developed so much today but either way, him being the android founder doesn’t guarantee an ideal phone that will be very special from competition. We should think of his company as another company in the phone business to gauge and judge to our best abilities without bias.

  12. I feel they are pushing the Andy Rubin marketing too much. I agree he is indeed a genius to create something like android that has developed so much today but either way, him being the android founder doesn’t guarantee an ideal phone that will be very special from competition. We should think of his company as another company in the phone business to gauge and judge to our best abilities without bias.

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