In Short

Essential is the hardware company started by Andy Rubin, the founder of Android. After several months of teasing as it built up its products, Essential launched both a phone and smart home device at the end of May, 2017 — simply named the Essential Phone (model PH-1) and Essential Home (model HM-1).

The company's first two products offer high-end design and materials, with the Essential Phone having a wild large display with almost no bezels and a titanium frame filled with high-end specs. Less is known about the Essential Home, but it offers a circular display and equally nice looking hardware.

Essential's products have yet to hit the market, but expectations of how the hardware and software will work together are very high.