Project GEM from Essential Phone offers a slightly different vision of a mobile device: while the 21: 9 aspect ratio is considered extravagance, in this device we see a pressure towards the extreme extension of the display. What proportions can there be? I could shoot, but I don't know. It reminds me a little bit of the Samsung F210, which was as musical / musical as Świecieński at the poviat festival.
GEM Colorshift material pic.twitter.com/QJStoiDleH
– Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 8, 2019
Let's leave the similarities, let's focus on Project GEM. Andy Rubin offers not only a screen definitely longer than the wider one, but also an interface tailored to it: all so that the user can operate the device as conveniently as possible. The start screen is a combination of functional widgets with round tiles – so there is this minimalism that I so much desire in mobile devices. Still, I don't like this idea at all. Just look at the nasty, protruding camera lens at the back and the place for the biometric reader just below it – I wonder how uncomfortable this solution will be.
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Project GEM goes beyond closed testing. Just goes to the testers "from outside"
At least that's what Andy Rubin said. Father of Android, I hope to hear from them that this project absolutely makes no sense and should not appear on the market at all. So it turns out that the man to whom we owe the presence of Android on the market may have had an idea about how the most popular OS in the world should work, but for nothing it is able to create a good mobile phone. Essential Phone was supposed to be the answer to the needs of "Android users", but it became at most a technological curiosity with a weak camera and several significant disadvantages that even ultra-super-powerusers did not overcome.
When would this device hit the market? I bet that if it comes to its market premiere, it will be next year, most likely its second half.
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
It is much more interesting for me whether or not this device is … Android. The interface presented in the pictures does not remind me of anything I have seen on the smartphone market so far: it is only known that Spotify works there, there are "some" maps and … nothing absolutely specific.
What can I say? Project GEM has not yet hit the market, no one has tested it from outside, and it already shows signs of being a sell. This equipment does not offer anything that catches the heart: its only distinguishing feature is the bizarre screen, which rather evokes a smile of pity. Andy Rubin probably expects something completely different, but … Project GEM doesn't defend itself in any way. At least for now.
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