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While companies are frenzied over foldable phones, Essential is heading in a completely different direction.
The firm, which was founded by ex-Googler Andy Rubin, has unveiled a new concept that looks more like a vape than an actual smartphone. But, no, it’s an actual smartphone.
“We’ve been working on a new device to reframe your perspective on mobile,” it announced in a tweet on Wednesday.
…still dialing in the colors pic.twitter.com/4gEpFU7mpZ
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 8, 2019
It’s called Project GEM and it looks like the Nokia lipstick phone of old with a completely modern twist.
It features most of the 2019 era smartphone necessities, including a rear camera and fingerprint reader, and a swanky glossy finish on the rear that changes hues based on the angle of the light falling on it.
But perhaps most interesting is the screen itself thanks to its ridiculously long aspect ratio.
We've been working on a new device to reframe your perspective on mobile. It's now in early testing with our team outside the lab. Look forward to sharing more in the near future! #ProjectGEM pic.twitter.com/BnVy7yM2Kj
— Essential (@essential) October 9, 2019
Its OS also features a custom UI making the most of that tall screen.
New UI for radically different formfactor pic.twitter.com/Es8hFrTuxx
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) 8 October 2019
Price and release date info is yet unclear, but what is definite is that the Project GEM will probably live or die based on the level of developer and app support.
Feature image: Essential