Andy Rubin, founder, and CEO of Essential, revealed a new form factor for an upcoming Essential phone which looks like a remote sized device. The Essential PH-1 phone when launched had raised expectations from people about the future of its mobile phones. However, after the first launch, the company shelved plans to launch its upgrade. Now recently the company has revealed on Twitter about the Project called GEM.
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
Andy Rubin also tweeted the new UI for this form factor. As you can see from his post on Twitter, the device is thin and tall, almost like a remote control. The front displays a camera at the top and the back button. The rear features a single camera lens with a fingerprint scanner below. Although this is a prototype and still in development, but if this form factor sees the light of the day, it would be a weird and interesting take on mobile telephony.
New UI for radically different formfactor pic.twitter.com/Es8hFrTuxx
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 8, 2019