One of the topics we’ve missed during this Covid-filled week was the surfacing of two Essential Phone units. Those are Essential Phone 2 and Essential Phone 3, which have shown up as concept design images, which you can check out below.
Essential PH-1 came in 2017 and proposed something different, straight out of the mind of Andy Rubin. It was supposed to be a different take on the Android phone, maybe a continuation of the Nexus. There was also an Essential Home line of smart products for the home, which never came true. Also, the Project GEM phone which leaked months ago was also canned, as the company was closed this year. Anyway, designer Kevin Hoffman is the one offering the sneak peek at the unlaunched devices. To be hones there’s nothing really groundbreaking and fascinating here.
The Essential PH-2 looks like the first model and also feels a bit like the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2. It has dual cameras, a fingerprint scanner, pogo pins for add on modules and a rather minimalistic design. The back of the phone has a matte glass cover, while the front has a 2.5D glass. IP68 rating is also on the table.
Essential PH-3 is a whole different ballgame, with a triple camera in a square module. It’s like the iPhone 11 Pro one, but more lowkey and with a more highlighted bezel. This device also has a stainless steel housing and a “preexisting OLED display”. No pogo pins are here, so there’s no modular accessory for it. Knowing what we know about the industry, these phones will probably make their way into another company’s lineup.