【Android发明者推出智能手机:模块化设计,不自带任何应用!】

【Android发明者推出智能手机:模块化设计,无任何应用!】这款”Essential Phone PH-1”手机果然“机如其名”:它基于Android操作系统,没有任何应用程序,也没有自带的“臃肿软件”。它的特点是模块化设计,让用户可以附加各种配件,比如360全景相机、健身软件甚至VR产品来扩展基本功能。今年,这款手机将在市场推出,公司高管的目光集中在西欧和日本市场……不知这样的“智能”手机能否引发一场革命

'Essential' smartphone designed by Android inventor Andy Rubin will launch in the UK this year, despite rumours of trouble at the firm

  • The Essential Phone PH-1 will be launched in a number of major markets this year
  • Executives met with UK operators including EE last week to thrash out a deal
  • Their sights are also set on securing a similar deal in western Europe and Japan 
  • US customers who pre-ordered the handset are still waiting for them however
  • A number of high profile departures have sparked rumours of trouble at the firm

A new handset designed to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy could be launched in the UK before 2017 is out.

Essential, founded by Android inventor Andy Rubin, hopes to take on the industry leaders and has secured £230 million ($300 million) to make it happen.

The technology firm has held talks with major network operators to secure a launch date for the minimalist mobile in the UK, Japan and western Europe.

Customers in the US who pre-ordered the handset, however, are still waiting for theirs to arrive and there have been rumours of trouble at the startup.

A new handset designed to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy could be launched in a number of major markets before 2017 is out. Dubbed the 'Essential Phone PH-1', the phone is based on the Android operating system and will be shipped without any apps

A new handset designed to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy could be launched in a number of major markets before 2017 is out. Dubbed the 'Essential Phone PH-1', the phone is based on the Android operating system and will be shipped without any apps

ESSENTIAL'S PLANS

A new handset designed to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy could be launched in a number of major markets before 2017 is out.

Essential, founded by Android inventor Andy Rubin, hopes to take on the industry leaders and has secured £230 million ($300 million) to make it happen.

Executives from the California company met with UK operators, including EE, last week to thrash out a deal.

They are said to be setting their sights on western Europe and Japan in the coming weeks.

At the time of launching the PH-1, Essential claimed it would be shipping its first models to customers in the US within 30 days.

But almost 50 days later customers who pre-ordered are still waiting, with no word from Essential on when they can expect them to arrive.

In recent days it was announced that Essential had lost its vice president of marketing, Brian Wallace.

This is said to to be the latest sign of turmoil at Essential, according to reports in Business Insider.

Executives from the California company met with UK operators, including EE, last week to thrash out a deal.

They are said to be setting their sights on western Europe and Japan in the coming weeks.

Dubbed the 'Essential Phone PH-1', the phone is based on the Android operating system and will be shipped without any apps, or proprietary 'bloatware'.

It has been created with 'trend setters and technology seekers' in mind, according to Essential's chief operating officer Niccolo de Masi.

It features a modular design that will allow consumers to attach various accessories, like a 360-degree camera which has already been announced by the firm.

Other audio, fitness and virtual reality products will allow users to expand the basic functions of the smartphone.

Essential believe this innovative approach will allow them to compete and even outperform their established rivals.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr De Masi said: 'Consumer choice has declined due to Samsung and Apple.'

He added that those companies have 'slowed the pace of innovation to boost quarterly profits.'

At the time of launching the PH-1, Essential claimed it would be shipping its first models to customers in the US within 30 days.

Essential is working with US carrier Sprint to provide the handsets.

 

The founder of Android, Andy Rubin, haunveiled his new Android smartphone. Dubbed the 'Essential Phone PH-1', the handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display

The founder of Android, Andy Rubin, finally unveiled his new Android smartphone in May. The handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display

It also boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Essential claims is 'one of the world's best phone cameras'

But almost 50 days later customers who pre-ordered are still waiting, with no word from Essential on when they can expect them to arrive.

In recent days it was announced that Essential had lost its vice president of marketing, Brian Wallace.

Last Friday is was confirmed that has left the company to join i.am+, the 'connected lifestyle' company founded by musician will.i.am.

This is said to to be the latest sign of turmoil at Essential, according to reports in Business Insider.

MailOnline has approached Essential for a comment, but has not yet received a response.

Rubin officially unveiled his new Android smartphone in May.

The Essential comes with a magnetic connector which will allow for connection of a 360 degree camera accessory (pictured)

This graphic shows the smartphone’s 360 degree camera accessory. This clips to the rear of the phone, weighs 35g and includes a dual 12-megapixel fisheye sensors that can capture 4K 360 video at 30fps

This graphic shows the smartphone's 360 degree camera accessory. This clips to the rear of the phone, weighs 35g and includes a dual 12-megapixel fisheye sensors that can capture 4K 360 video at 30fps

KEY FEATURES

- 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display

-  Screen protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5

- Will display at a 19:10 aspect ratio at 500 nits brightness

- Dimensions: 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall,  2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across, 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick.

- Will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)

- Titanium body with a ceramic back

- 13-megapixel dual-camera system

-  360-degree camera accessory

- 128GB of internal storage

- 3,040mAh battery

- a USB Type-C port

- A fingerprint sensor

- Costs $699 (£543) and comes in black, grey, white and green

The handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display.

It boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Rubin claims is 'one of the world's best phone cameras.' 

The phone is made out of titanium, instead of aluminium, to help it survive accidental drops. It features a ceramic back.

It is modular and can be fitted with a 360-degree camera accessory.

This clips to the rear of the phone, weighs 35g and includes a dual 12-megapixel fisheye sensors that can capture 4K 360 video at 30fps.

The back has a 13-megapixel dual-camera system designed for low-light photography.

The front camera of the Essential smartphone is a 8MP unit with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

It comes with a magnetic connector, 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor.

The screen is protected with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 and it boasts a 19:10 aspect ratio at 500 nits brightness. Average LCD displays produce between 200 to 300 nits.

The handset (pictured) will be available in black, grey, white and green and features 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor

The handset (pictured) will be available in black, grey, white and green and features 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor

The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)

The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)

There is no traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, but the Verge claims it may ship with a headphone dongle in the box.

The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams).

Essential is launching the phone in the US to begin with, and it will be rolled out globally the near future.

It costs $699 (£543) and comes in black, grey, white and green.

Rubin believes the phone is an 'iPhone killer' and can take on the likes of Apple and Google.

  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4702936/Essential-smartphone-launching-later-year.html


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