Essential just teased an extremely long and gorgeous phone called Project Gem

Joanna Estrada
October 9, 2019

If you're anxious that non-foldable smartphone design has gotten stale and familiar in recent years, you may find Essential's next Android handset to be right up your alley.

In a world where phone screens keep getting bigger and wider - including fold-out displays and second screens - going taller to adjust the placement of important info and notifications is certainly one way to stand out. It is shown flaunting a very reflective rear panel in four distinct colours that appear to be shades of blue, gold, magenta and cyan green. It has a large button and volume toggles on the right side, as well as a fingerprint sensor on the back below a single primary camera.

The former Google employee, who is also credited with the creation of the Android operating system, used the words "GEM Colorshift Material" in his tweet, which suggests that the phone might end up being called the Essential Gem upon its launch.

The revelation came from tweets by both the company's official account, and that of CEO Andy Rubin.

Essential has unveiled images of its new Project GEM smartphone, which sports an extremely tall and slim design. This was, after all, the first smartphone to feature the infamous notch in the market, and it appears that the new Essential Phone will also look pretty unconventional. Rubin mentioned that Essential is working on a new UI for a radically different form factor.

This time, however, it appears that Essential has taken inspiration from Samsung, with the GEM prototype sporting a pinhole camera cutout in the top left-hand corner of the device.

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