Could this be the Essential Phone 2, or is this a completely different product?
After revealing that a new product is in the pipeline a year ago, Essential founder Andy Rubin has shared the first look of the company's next phone via a short video and a few live images. The gadget sports a shape we don't typically associate with smartphones, and some pretty wild colors.
However, Rubin has today broken the silence to show off a new prototype device, dubbed Project GEM. Rubin mentioned that Essential is working on a new UI for a radically different form factor.
No word on when we can expect this new handset to show up in consumers' hands.
The phone looks to come in four different colors, but because of the way the colors actually change at different angles it really feels like it comes in more colors than four. However, Andy Rubin's smartphone startup might be on the verge of releasing a second, much stranger phone. With the successor, it seems Essential has turned to the newer pinhole-style of cutout. It is likely this Project GEM device is running a version of Android and looking at the display, we see it connected to AT&T with LTE, Spotify, Phone, Maps (not a Google Maps icon though), Camera, Messages, and Gallery. There's a small hole-punch camera on the front and a single protruding camera module on the rear. Later, the official Twitter handle of Essential also tweeted official pictures of the device.
Something else that catches the eye is the "GEM Colorshift material" of the Essential Phone.
The company claimed it had sold out of its initial stock and rather than manufacture more it wanted to focus on future products. The launch date is not our yet but since the device is in "early testing" phase, it may take a few months for it to hit the shelves. The interface is new indeed, featuring a more tile-esque design for the apps that are available.