Essential Andy Rubin Unusual Smartphone
Photo credit: Andy Rubin
Former Google engineer and now Essential CEO Andy Rubin has leaked a new smartphone with an unusual stick-like design finished in GEM color-shifting paint. No technical specifications were announced, but it does boast a stick or remote-like design and features a front-facing hole punch camera in the top-left corner and primary navigation buttons up top. The display features a narrow bezel and there’s a small speaker grill near the top edge. Read more for a video and additional information.



This appears to be running a custom Android UI skin with a multitasking switcher for apps like “Calendar,” “Maps,” “Weather,” and Uber. The mapping application works perfectly for the phone’s “radically different formfactor,” according to Rubin. The back sports a single camera sensor and a dimple for grip. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but we’re guessing that it will make appearance at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.