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Essential has started teasing a phone that looks like a remote because reasons

Called Project Gem, it’s anything but.

essential project gem phone
Image: Andy Rubin / Twitter

Essential isn’t afraid to push the boundaries with its phones, but this new one is definitely… something.

Teased on Twitter by Essential founder Andy Rubin (Android co-founder and formerly at Google), the phone looks less like a smartphone and more like a smart remote. It’s thin, it’s shiny, and I’m honestly not sure how to feel about it.

Check out the Essential Project Gem phone

https://twitter.com/Arubin/status/1181688540540764160

In a series of tweets, Rubin shows off the phone’s interesting colors and very thin display. Obviously, it features a completely unique Android UI, as traditional layouts simply wouldn’t work on the device.

https://twitter.com/Arubin/status/1181688574975983616

Not much is known about the phone, but from images, we can see a camera on the back and what could possibly be a fingerprint reader below the camera. It will be interesting to see how things like Google Maps, Uber, and other standard smartphone apps function on this thin boi.

Not everyone is happy with this new phone, however, but much of that stems from reports of Rubin essentially being paid $90 million for allegedly coercing sex from an employee during his time at Google.

What do you think? Interested in this smartphone from Essential or is this a hard pass for you? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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