Android developer Andy Rubin has been working on a new smartphone whose details have remained unknown for quite some time now.
A few weeks ago, Andy Rubin himself posted an image of what the Essential smartphone would look like, but as expected, not so much was revealed about the phone. Still, it was evident that the said phone would feature a bezel-less design, something like what Xiaomi did with the Mi MIX.
At the time, it was hard to know the specific size of the display screen or even the specs under the hood. However, a new listing on GFXBench benchmarking platform might have just given us the first look at what Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone might pack in terms of hardware specs, software as well as features.
Apparently, the device has been listed with codename Essential FIH, something that we believe could be having a lot to do with the Android creator’s new phone. For those who have been following Andy Rubin and his works, you should know that the Android phone in the works is a startup by the name Essential smartphone. According to the reports, FIH stands for Foxconn International Holdings, which is actually the company that is supposed to make the said Essential smartphone.
From the GFXBench listing, it’s easy to say that this Andy Rubin Essential smartphone will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core clocked at 2.2GHz and paired with an Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. Interestingly, this device has a mere 16GB of storage with only 10GB available to the end user. The rest is used up by Android 7.0 Nougat that’ll come powering the device out of the box.
The back of the Essential smartphone will have a 12MP lens with a LED flash but no autofocus and HDR (strange huh!). Still, users of the phone will be able to record up to 4K videos, same as the 7MP lens on the front panel. The facts that the listed phone has a mere 16GB storage and quite a number of essential features missing on the main camera, coupled by the huge 18-inch display screen for the alleged device, suggests that this could just be a prototype for the said Andy Rubin’s phone.
Having said that, it is better to take this report with a grain of salt, at least for now. However, it is also another indicator that Andy Rubin is almost ready to unveil his first smartphone to the world.