A year and a half after the release of the Essential Phone, the company is working on a new model. According to various patents filed by the manufacturer, this future smartphone could benefit from a camera hidden behind the screen for selfies.
At the end of December, we learned that Essential, the company founded by Andy Rubin, co-creator of Android, would no longer market its only smartphone, the PH-1. The opportunity for the manufacturer to reassure fans nevertheless their very first smartphone stating that a "second mobile product" was well underway. It seems now that we know a little more about what seems to be a second smartphone, potentially the PH-2.
The site Slashgear has indeed spotted several patents filed by the American manufacturer that would protect various innovations technologies. On the diagram of the smartphone, we can distinguish a large screen without borders or even chin or notch. Recall that the Essential PH-1 was the very first smartphone – even before the iPhone X – to integrate a notch at the top of the screen, and it had a fairly wide border at the bottom of the display.
A semi-transparent display above the camera
To integrate the photo sensor for selfies, Essential would work not on a hole or on a mechanical system, but on an integration directly in the screen. The drawings show "at least a camera and a brightness sensor hidden behind the display that can become semi-transparent on command," says Slashgear. A technology on which Samsung is also working, which has already announced its future "New Infinity" screen design.
Other innovations identified by Slashgear include a built-in fingerprint reader and an OLED or LCD display. Remember that the first model had only a fingerprint reader on the back of the device and an LCD screen.
Officially, Essential has not started to communicate on a second smartphone, besides the term "second mobile product". Last October, the Bloomberg agency announced that the manufacturer was working on a device with a small screen that would be used mainly to the voice through an artificial intelligence system.