Modular design seems to be all the rage these days, especially in the world of smartphones, recently the creator of the Android operating system, Andy Rubin has announced another take on this idea: The Essential Phone.
This new ambitious phone proposal begins with the screen; the Essential phone will ship with an edge to edge screen, similar to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, giving the phone a very pronounced and modern look. The modular aspect of the phone stems from the how the camera can be detached and replaced via small metal pogo pins, this design will allow components of the phone to be replaced and even improved upon over time. The camera that does ship with the phone promises to be able take in more light, granting the user more opportunities to take better photos in low-light environments.
An odd omission on the Essential phone is a lack of any headphone jack, something that most manufacturers have kept in-tact after Apple tried the same thing with their latest iteration of the iPhone.
The phone will launch with flagship components, specifically the Qualcomm 835 processor, 4GBs of RAM and 128 GBs of internal storage. Alongside the removable camera, the phone will also have a charging dock that can connect via the pins on the top of the device. As far as aesthetic design is concerned, the Essential phone keeps things minimalistic, with the back of the device being clear of even a logo or any form of branding at all, ultimately giving the phone a very sleek and utilitarian look.
The Essential phone will launch with a suggested price of $699 with a release date sometime later this year.