This Might Be the Successor to the Essential Phone PH-1

It aims to be the “penultimate” smartphone

Even if Essential is struggling, facing layoffs and losses left and right, Andy Rubin’s company is preparing a successor to the Essential Phone PH-1, and new sketches shed light on the Essential Phone PH-2.

The patent above, which was obtained by Slashgear, features a phone with a camera and fingerprint sensor behind the display. While we have seen the latter in some phones already, we have yet seen a phone with a front camera hidden behind the display. Currently, the closest approach is the punch hole display, where there is literally a hole in the display to accommodate the front camera.

According to Essential’s patent, their solution hides the camera and sensor when not needed, and only appears when one uses the front camera. Should Essential perfects the tech, this should bring us close to the goal of a true all-screen display that is devoid of notches or punch holes.


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