Andy Rubin (one of the co-founders of Android) announced in January that he was starting a new company, Essential, and would be working on a premium smartphone with an edge-to-edge display “that lacks a surrounding bezel.”
Today, Rubin showed off the first glimpse of what Essential’s first smartphone will look like, and as promised, the bezel is almost nonexistent. Beyond that, we can see that the phone will feature a cutout on top for a speaker, along with a visible button on the side of the device. The software seems to be some version of Android, but it’s hard to say for sure without confirmation.
I'm really excited about how this is shaping up. Eager to get it in more people's hands... pic.twitter.com/LRzQCFSKTm— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) March 27, 2017
There’s obviously still a lot we don’t know about the device, but as a first impression, it definitely looks like Essential could have something interesting on its hands here.