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.
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.