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Android co-creator teases new bezel-free smartphone

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Andy Rubin, co-creator of Android (not to mention the old T-Mobile Sidekick), has been busy since he left Google in 2014. After starting a hardware incubator in 2015 and then launching a new company called Essential in January, we’re now getting a look at the company’s first smartphone – and it looks sweet.

Just look at dem bezels – or lack thereof. You might be immediately reminded of Xiaomi’s Mi Mix, which pioneered the bezel-less design (well, other than the ill-fated Sharp Aquos Crystal) now being aped by LG and Samsung. According to a report by Bloomberg, the phone also features a ceramic back, again like the Mi Mix, but with metal edges.

Still, this is supposed to be an all-new device. Upon further inspection, the side buttons don’t appear to line up with their placement on the Mi Mix, so it doesn’t seem likely this is even a re-brand the way BlackBerry has done with Alcatel.

Either way, we’ll surely find out more soon. Here’s to the bezel-less future (and some decent palm rejection too).

Via The Verge

Published March 27, 2017 — 22:17 UTC

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