Ina Fried May 30
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Andy Rubin reveals the Essential Phone

Andy Rubin's just-revealed Essential Phone recognizes modern phones are basically giant touch screens and takes things a step further, extending the screen throughout the entire device. That screen is wrapped in a titanium case and has magnetic connectors to attach to accessories, including a widely-speculated 360-degree camera and charging dock.

The essential details: It has Qualcomm's top-of-the-line chip, dual rear cameras and is available for pre-order $699 from Essential's Web site. (The 360-degree camera is offered to early buyers for $50 extra.)

What we don't know: How the company plans to survive in a cut-throat phone business in which nearly all the profits go to the two big behemoths β€” Apple and Samsung.