Phone maker Essential has revealed early images of what appears to be a new type of smartphone – a tall, narrow device that looks similar to a remote control.

The company, created by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, released its first phone in 2017 but has been largely quiet since.

Mr Rubin tweeted a short video of the device in several different colours, complete with a camera sensor and what appeared to be a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the small, slim device.

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— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 8, 2019

The official Essential Twitter account also posted images of the phone, which is known as Project Gem and said it was “working on a new device to reframe your perspective on mobile”.

“It’s now in early testing with our team outside the lab. Look forward to sharing more in the near future,” the firm added.

Other images posted by Mr Rubin appeared to show it running apps including Google Maps and Uber.

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