Andy Rubin’s Essential Android Smartphone Spotted on GFXBench; Key Specs Revealed

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Andy Rubin, the founder of the Android operating system, has already confirmed that he is working on a new high-end Android smartphone, that is aimed to take on the big guns such as Google, Apple, and Samsung. He recently teased the phone on his Twitter handle, which apparently revealed that the device would come with almost zero bezels. The same smartphone is now spotted on the popular benchmarking tool, GFXBench.


Rubin has formed a company and the products under the company will be named as Essential. According to the GFXBench listing, the phone comes with model number Essential FIH-PM1 and flaunts a 5.5-inch display, carrying a resolution of 1312 x 2560 pixels. The display has an aspect ratio of 80:41, which is unusual for a smartphone’s screen.

The phone will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset along with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The listing shows only 16GB of internal storage on the phone, which is kind of weird for modern day smartphones as the base storage is shifting towards 64GB.


Camera wise, the Essential smartphone is said to have a 12MP rear-facing snapper along with an 8MP front-facing camera. The listing clearly shows the absence of autofocus feature for the rear camera. The phone comes with NFC support as well with Android 7.0 Nougat preinstalled.

The phone might come with some modular capabilities as well. Recent reports claimed that the device would come with a port to which you can attach the mods for further enhancement in the usage of the phone. There might be a new technology in the display same as the Apple’s 3D Touch, but these are just speculations, and nothing is confirmed as of now.

The phone was already spotted in other benchmarking app Geekbench, which also suggested similar specifications as GFXBench. With the phone frequently making to benchmark sites, it’s pretty evident that the phone is nearing its launch. Speculations are rife that the phone will be released sometime in Q3 2017.

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