Essential reveals insane new Project GEM smartphone

Essential Project GEM

The original Essential Phone that debuted in 2017 was known for its flashy design, including a sea green colour variant with gold accents known as Ocean Depths.

Essential Products CEO Andy Rubin gave us a peek Tuesday at the next handset from his phone maker, and it's a bit provocative.

At present, no release date information has been offered for the upcoming device, though we'd expect an official announcement to come in the not-too-distant future.

Essential has been in a hardware slumber for over two years after launching its first and only phone - the eponymous Essential Phone. Dubbed as GEM, these smartphones have unique slender design.

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From what was revealed, the Essential GEM looks like a run-of-the-mill phone vertically cut in half. Four brilliant colors are shown with a camera centered near the top of the back and what may be a center fingerprint sensor. It's clear that the 360 camera accessory from the Essential Phone is not compatible with this new phone. It's now in early testing, with the Essential team now using it "outside the lab".

XDA developer leaked some code snippets of Essential gem 2 specifications. Additionally, the phone is rumored to be controlled mainly through voice commands, with an AI assistant performing numerous tasks. Later, the official Twitter handle of Essential also tweeted official pictures of the device. It might also run Android with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.

On the front of the device, we can see what Rubin describes as a "New UI for radically different formfactor [sic]", with one image showing numerous stacked apps on a single screen, and another image displaying an unspecified and slimmed-down maps app - you can check both of those out below.

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