Android creator explains why his new Essential Phone looks so weird

Earlier today, Android founder Andy Rubin finally unveiled the new smartphone he’s been teasing for months.

The phone, the first product from Rubin’s new company Essential, is so big that its nearly bezel-less display wraps almost all the way around the handset’s front-facing camera. Now Rubin has offered an explanation for the odd design choice, which raised more than a few eyebrows.

Speaking at Recode’s Code conference, Rubin said there was no other good place to put the selfie cam while maintaining the edge-to-edge display that makes it possible to squeeze a phablet-sized screen in the form factor of a normal phone. Read more…

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